Skipton Circular Walk
This long circular walk around Skipton makes use of the Leeds Liverpool Canal and the long distance Dales High Way to take you on a tour of the area. It's a varied route with some easy waterside walking followed by a challenging hill climb on the southern edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales countryside.
Starting in Skipton the route first heads west along the canal towpath toward Gargrave. Just before you reach the village you turn north to Ray Bridge Hill and the village of Flasby. This section passes Eshton Bridge with nice views of the pretty Eshton and Flasby Becks.
The next section climbs towards Flasby Fell and then on to the notable Sharp Haw Fell which rises to a height of 357 metres (1,171 ft). From here there are terrific views over the canal, the Aire valley, Gargrave, Skipton, Wharfedale and Malhamdale. The bridleway across the fell is also great for cyclists.
After taking in the views you descend to Tarn Moor before returning to the town. The final section takes you past the medieval Skipton Castle and along the canal to the finish point.
To extend the walk you can explore the grounds of the castle and Skipton Woods where there are nice trails along the Eller Beck.
To the south east of the town you can enjoy a climb up onto Skipton Moor where there are wonderful views over the Yorkshire Dales from 373 metre high point.
In Gargrave you can try our circular walk and link up with the Pennine Way long distance trail.
Skipton Circular Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Skipton Circular Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Skipton Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Skipton Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Cock and Bottle is a good choice for some refreshment after your exercise. The historic former coaching inn dates back to the 18th century and includes a charming old interior with a stone fireplace and wood-beamed ceiling. Outside there's a nice beer garden for warmer days. You can find them at 30 Swadford St, BD23 1RD. The pub is dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The long distance Lady Anne's Way starts in Skipton. It runs through the Yorkshire Dales to Penrith, passing several historic buildings associated with Lady Anne Clifford. The noteworthy Noblewoman was a signficant restorer of many English castles during the 17th century.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Yorkshire Dales Walks page.