Buckden Pike

A popular summit with far-reaching sunset views. The Memorial Cross is for five Polish RAF airmen who died here when they crashed in a snowstorm in 1942. It was built with local help by the sole survivor, who crawled to safety in the valley by following the trail of a fox – there’s a bronze […]

Loup Scar, Burnsall

A fantastic stretch of grassy riverside incorporating river, meadow and beaches, with the limestone cliffs and the gorges of Loup Scar. There’s a terrifying jump here, from the path on river R, into a small and very deep plunge pool. In summer there will probably be a bunch of lads attempting it. The village itself, […]

Malham Cove & Watlowes

This dried-up 80m waterfall has carved a huge ‘cove’ into the hillside and would once have been on the same scale as Niagara Falls. On 7th December 2015 it was brought back to life by Storm Desmond, it’s thought for the first time in centuries, and briefly is visible today. After marching, Roman soldiers could […]

Yordas Cave & Jingling Pot

Formerly a Victorian show cave, this is one of the best places in the Dales to experience a wild cavern safely, with little more than wellies and a hand torch required. The low entrance is found among trees just off the lane. It leads straight into a very large cavern with a stream flowing along […]

Druids Temple, Ilton

You could be forgiven for thinking these linked stone circles hidden in the middle of a conifer wood are an ancient sacred site. A palisade enclosing spaces crowded with standing stones, a cell, and altar, it was commissioned by William Danby of Swinton Hall in 1820, apparently as a make-work scheme for locals in hard […]

Richmond Waterfalls, River Swale

Pretty, town-centre waterfall swimming hole with many pools to play in, and beachy and wooded shallow shores upstream with the ruined castle perched above. Popular but easy access near the town centre. Directions: Follow Riverside Rd downstream from the old bridge past the castle to the waterfalls car park.

The Forbidden Corner – Coversham

Well-known, but still worth a mention, The Forbidden Corner is a confusing labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created by a British diplomat. At first just a private garden was intended but ‘we started digging holes and things got interesting’. Pre-booking essential, as maximum numbers are controlled. Directions: Tupgill Park Estate, Coverham, Middleham

Scoska Cave and Woods

A large rectangular opening in the cliff, draped in moss and ferns, within an ancient woodland nature reserve. In 1905 members of the Yorkshire Ramblers Club found the skeletal remains of a woman here, estimated to be 1,500 to 2,000 years old and probably one of the Celtic people who inhabited the area up to […]

Wain Wath Force, Keld

Just by the road, this wide and graceful low waterfall has a very pleasant plunge pool with limestone cliffs and grassy banks for picnics. Interesting river and rock shapes downstream and good paddling. Directions: Head NW 1⁄2 mile from Keld (dir Kirkby Stephen) on B6270 to find falls on R, 200m after the turning to […]

Cautley Spout, Waterfall

The high falls of Cautley Spout were formed when glaciers carved into the mountainside, eventually diverting a north-flowing stream, Swere Gill, over the edge of Cautley Crag. There are no plunge pools here, but it’s an impressive cascade nonetheless. Directions: Follow the bridleway over river from beside the Cross Keys Temperance Inn (A683 just NE […]