Swaledale lies on the northern frontier of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. James Alfred 'Alf' Wight, better known by the pen name James Herriot, once described Swaledale as, 'The most beautiful part of England'. It inspired him to write All Creatures Great and Small and other titles. The books were adapted for film and a long-running BBC television series which were filmed in the local area.
Swaledale is now reserved mainly for sheep farming, but during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries it was devastated by the lead mining industry. Fortunately, its remoteness has helped to stave off many of the threats posed by twentieth-century and modern day developments. The small villages and narrow roads still make it much more accessible to walkers rather than motorists. This 'special dale' with its unrivalled scenery and secluded grandeur is a haven for the sincere walker.
Each walk has a two page description, a colour map with numbered arrow pointers and route directions with grid references to aid map reading. All of the walks follow circular routes ranging from 5.5 to 10.5 miles (8.8 to 16.9km).
|Walks in Swaledale||Miles|
|Kisdon Hill, Thwaite and Muker||7.5|
|Oxnop Gill and Ivelet Bridge||8.5|
|Ivelet and Gunnerside||6.7|
|Gunnerside Gill and the Blakethwaite Dams||8.2|
|Melbecks Moor and Surrender Bridge||9.0|
|Fremington Edge, Hurst and Arkle Beck||7.5|
|Langthwaite via Fore Gill Gate||8.5|
|Marrick and Fremington Edge||7.2|
|Slei Gill and Booze Moor||5.5|
|The Tan Hill Inn and Ravenseat||10.5|
Sample pages of walks featured in the books can be viewed and printed out from The Walks page.