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Walking the Dales

The Yorkshire Dales offers some of the best walking in the UK, whether you are looking for a gentle stroll beside a river or a serious hike on the wild and empty moorlands.

The area is also blessed with lots of country pubs and teashops that allow you to stop for welcome and tasty refreshments en route. However, if you want to get off the beaten track then it is also possible to experience total peace and quiet, especially if you are visiting in the quieter months.

We provide a selection of walking books and maps, and can suggest a variety of walks either directly from The Old Vicarage or slightly further afield.

The walking possibilities in the area are endless with an extensive network of footpaths, bridleways and country lanes catering for all levels of walking abilities. You can also make use of the local bus service if you want to try some linear routes.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park website (www.yorkshiredales.org.uk) has more information on walking in the area, including four featured walks that are very accessible from The Old Vicarage.

The area's popularity for walking is boosted by several long distance footpath routes that wend their way through the Dales, including Wainwright's famous Coast to Coast route, the Pennine Way and the James Herriot Way. Even though you won't be undertaking the entire journeys, the local parts of the walks are well worth following.

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