The Dales High Way

On the Howgill Fells
Sheep on the Howgill Fells

I’ve just returned from another backpacking trip, this time to walk the Dales High Way which runs south to north over the high ground of the Yorkshire Dales. This was such an awesome walk which I made in the hottest weather imaginable, and not a drop of rain on the way! And to cap it all, I travelled back on the most scenic railway in England.

The Dales High Way is a relatively new long distance route that runs for 90 miles through Yorkshire, from Saltaire to Appleby in Westmorland, although I embellished it and in fact covered 120 miles in the 7 days, camping along the way. Part of the reason I added to the walk was that I wanted to climb the three peaks of Pen Y Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside whereas the main path only goes over one of these. It takes in such features as Malham Cove, Gordale Scar, limestone pavements, the Howgill Fells, Sunbiggin Tarn, and so much more.

It was an awesome route, with amazing scenery and views, lovely villages and hamlets, and plenty of wildlife – I’ll never forget the early morning walk across Ravenstonedale Moor with skylarks singing and the beautiful sound of curlews wheeling overhead. Being so dry, the paths were all good, although I could see that they might be boggy in places in worse weather conditions.

I will put up some blog entries on the walk when I have processed my pictures……and of course when I have finished blogging my Pembrokeshire Coast Path walk 🙂 !

Until then, this is just a taster 🙂 !

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time,
Your friend
The Dorset Rambler

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