6 great walks near Skipton

Sunrays over Skipton by Simon Sugden

Sunrays over Skipton by Simon Sugden - Credit: Archant

The Gateway to the Dales can be the perfect base for a walking holiday around the Yorkshire Dales, this selection of walks are all within a ten mile radius of the market town.

Skipton Woods by John Wood

Skipton Woods by John Wood - Credit: Archant

Skipton Woods
0 miles from Skipton
The wood circles the northern boundary of Skipton Castle, you can follow the canal towpath around the castle which takes you to the Sawmill entrance of the woods. From there you can follow the course to Eller Beck to explore the surroundings.
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Embsay Crag above Embsay Reservoir by Anthony Donlan

Embsay Crag above Embsay Reservoir by Anthony Donlan - Credit: Archant

Barden Moor
2 miles from Skipton
This circular walk startig out from Embsay Reservoir heads up to the top of Crookrise Crag and then takes in Waterfall Gill and Upper Barden Reservoir.
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Sharp Haw at dawn Photo: Martin Priestley Alamy

Sharp Haw at dawn Photo: Martin Priestley Alamy - Credit: Alamy Stock Photo

Sharp Haw and Flasby
2 miles from Skipton
In a landscape marked by long ridges and rounded grassy tops, Sharp Haw's pointed crown stands out and demands attention. Climb over the summit and drop down to the hamlet of Flasby before returning by the flank of the fell, then out into open moorland and gentler woodland and pastures
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Rylstone Cross and Cracoe War Memorial in the distance by Keith Nunns

Rylstone Cross and Cracoe War Memorial in the distance by Keith Nunns - Credit: Archant

Rylstone and Cracoe
5 miles from Skipton
Starting out just north of Rylstone on the B6265 you will pass by two of the most famous landmarks in the surrounding area: the Rylstone Cross and the Cracoe War Memorial.
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Autumn colours at the Strid, Bolton Abbey by Carolyn Bell

Autumn colours at the Strid, Bolton Abbey by Carolyn Bell - Credit: Archant

Bolton Abbey
6 miles from Skipton
Exploring the grounds of Bolton Abbey be as long as short as you want it to be, there are a number of highlights along the course of the River Wharfe including the Strid, Strid Woods and the famous stepping stones.
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Barden Fell by Phil Moon

Barden Fell by Phil Moon - Credit: Archant

Barden and Simon's Seat
6 miles from Skipton
Set off from Barden Bridge and head to the summit of of Simon's Seat, before heading to the Bolton Abbey estate to the woodland called the Valley of Desolation.
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All the routes were correct at the time of publication, over time access to certain parts of the walk may be subject to change. We advise you acquire a recent OS map of the area you plan to visit and assure there are no major changes.