Walk Gradings & Categories


In 2018 we feature 19 new walks, plus some festival favourites, principally located within Swaledale and Wensleydale. This year's multi-day walk is "The High Fells Challenge"  featuring almost 70 miles of excellent walking, visiting 10 summits above the 2,000ft. contour, over a 6 day period. For those of you who want to book and complete the whole challenge we are offering a £1 discount on the £7 daily ticket price as an incentive. Taking you further afield we have walks in Teesdale, Wharfedale and in Nidderdale, where we visit the fascinating Hackfall Woods and its 18th century follies. We also welcome back those 2 festival classics: The Feldom Wander and the pre-walk visit to Altberg, Britain's last remaining boot manufacturer. 

Please note - In the interests of other walkers, wildlife and livestock, dogs are not allowed on any festival walks.


"W" Walks

Main daytime walking programme events exploring the northern Yorkshire Dales. Generally there are three walks per day of varying length from 5 to 13 miles. A summary and grade is provided for each walk with joining instructions.

NB. All our walks are led by unpaid volunteers who provide their time for the pleasure of passing on their love and knowledge of our wonderful countryside. These walks can be booked alongside the book events, either online, by post or at Castle Hill Bookshop.

"H" Walks

These shorter walks are part of the national Walking for Health programme www.whi.org.uk. They offer an easier option, perhaps for less active partners and children of regular walkers on the main programme. These walks are free and can be booked direct with William Gedye on 07710 739192 or walk.for.health@btinternet.com.

"T" Walks

These are themed guided walking tours in and around Richmond town, generally with a historic or artistic interest. Expert guides pass on their specialist knowledge on the history, architecture or artistic heritage of our lovely town. Please refer to individual events for fees (where applicable), booking arrangements and joining instructions.


"W" Walks

We have graded the "W" walks in the main walking programme and included an approximate distance.

Easy: For those who walk in the countryside only occasionally, mainly shorter distances with generally gentle gradients.  

Moderate: For those of average fitness used to regular country walks involving longer distances, or with some inclines and uneven terrain.

Hard: The longest walks with some sustained or repeated climbs which should only be attempted by those who are physically fit and have regular experience of the type of terrain involved.

Owing to the nature of the Dales landscape most walks are considered of moderate grading and should be no problem to the fairly fit, normal weekend rambler. Please be aware: There are no flat walks in the Yorkshire Dales. All walks will have some gradients as well as the usual country walking features, such as tracks which can be rough muddy and uneven; and field paths with stiles and livestock.

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