GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Beamsley Beacon

3 miles (5.5 km)

This short climb in the Yorkshire Dales visits Beamsley Beacon which is also known as Howber Hill. The local landmark is located close to the little village of Beamsleyin the Craven district of North Yorkshire. You can start the walk from here and then follow a mixture of country lanes and public footpaths to the hill. The summit stands at a height of 326 metres (1,070ft) and includes a number of stone cairns, dating from the Bronze Age.From the peak there are splendid views over the surrounding hills and countryside including the nearby Chelker Reservoir. You can extend the walk by continuing on to Old Pike.
Beamsley is located very close to the wonderful Bolton Abbey. You can extend your walk by following the nature trails along the River Wharfe and it's surrounding woodland. The Dales Way also passes through the area. You could visit the beacon from Ilkley by following the long distance trail along the river to Beamsleyvillage. Our Beamsley Beacon Walk from Ilkley shows an alternative, more direct route to the sumit from the popular town.
There are also public footpaths that will take you to Chelker Reservoir just to the west of the hill.

Beamsley Beacon OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Beamsley Beacon Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Just to the west of the hill there's The Devonshire Arms at Bolton Bridge. They serve high quality food which you can enjoy with a Dales view from their sun trap terrace. You can find them on Burnsall Road, Bolton Bridge with a postcode of BD23 6AJ for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the west of the hill there are some nice lakeside footpaths to follow around Chelker Reservoir and windfarm.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Nidderdale Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


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Beamsley Beacon and Pendle Hill. The cairn in the foreground is the Beacon, a prominent landmark and viewpoint on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The hill in the background is Pendle Hill in Lancashire.

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Beamsley Beacon

The view NW from Beamsley Beacon - - 292221

The view NW from Beamsley Beacon

The last lap to Beamsley Beacon - - 843940

The last lap to Beamsley Beacon

View over Bolton Abbey, towards Skipton - - 1595372

View over Bolton Abbey, towards Skipton. Looking W.N.W. over towards the Low Barden reservoir and the Dales.

Looking SE from Beamsley Beacon - - 717792

Looking SE from the Beacon. March Ghyll Reservoir is in the distance.


GPS Files

GPX File

Beamsley Beacon.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Beamsley Beacon.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)