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Best Walking Routes in Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is one of England’s most popular walking destinations, with endless routes and trails crossing its iconic landscape of rolling green hills, rocky peaks and dramatic limestone scenery.

While not as mountainous as the nearby Lake District, the Dales has its own unique charm and appeal for hillwalkers and hikers. The most obvious highlight is the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, with walkers aiming to climb the neighbouring summits of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in less than 12 hours on a route that covers 25 miles.

Hundreds of thousands of walkers explore Malham Cove and Gordale Scar each year, and the Yorkshire Dales is rightly famous for its impressive rivers and waterfalls. Aysgarth Falls is perhaps the most famous location, with its awesome cascades immortalised in the blockbuster movie Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.

There are many more highlights to discover in the Dales, including the Ribblehead Viaduct, ancient castles, stately homes and the picturesque stone villages of Dent and Grassington, which are great places to relax by a roaring fire in a country pub at the end of a long day walking in this beautiful National Park.

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