GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


5 miles (7.8 km)

This circular walk explores lovely Littondale in the Yorkshire Dales. The route runs for just under 5 miles with some small climbs on the way. There's lovely river paths and fine views to the surrounding hills to enjoy.
The walk starts in the little village of Litton, located on the River Skirfare. From here you can pick up footpath heading north west to Nether Hesleden. You continue following the course of the river to Halton Gill. This little hamlet is situated at the northern end of Littondale.
The route then turns around and follows a country lane back to Litton, with more nice river views on the way.

Littondale OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Littondale Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Queens Arms in Litton is a fine place for some post walk refreshments. The country pub is in a delightful spot and includes a garden area with lovely views. They do very good food and have a decent selection of real ale too. You can find them at postcode BD23 5QJ for your sat navs. It's also dog friendly if you have your four legged friend with you.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The area is located close to Kettlewell where you can try the circular Kettlewell to Starbotton and Arncliffe Walk. This route visits two pretty villages and explores the more southern section of Littondale.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Nidderdale Walks and the Yorkshire Dales Walks pages.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Stone Bridge near Litton - - 319955

Stone Bridge near Litton. The bridge leads to an Other Route with Public Access over Cow Close Fell.

Icy pools in the River Skirfare on a bright November day - - 80417

Icy pools in the River Skirfare on a bright November day. Taken looking towards Litton from the Bridge near Spittle Croft

Houses near the river at Litton

Houses near the river at Litton

Bridge over the River Skirfare. - - 335549

Bridge over the River Skirfare. Taken near Litton in the Yorkshire Dales. This river like others has gone underground for its high summer exposing the limestone pavement.

Heber Side Barns - - 258412

Heber Side Barns. A series of field barns at the head of Littondale, near Nether Hesleden

Halton Gill from the slopes of Plover Hill - - 1620678

Halton Gill from the slopes of Plover Hill. The small hamlet of Halton Gill nestles towards the head of Littondale.

Halton Gill to Litton road - - 1768347

Halton Gill to Litton road. This quiet country lane runs between the two settlements and is good for walking on.

The Old Church - - 1619327

The Old Church in the picturesque little hamlet of Halton Gill


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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