GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Six Dales Trail

38 miles (61 km)

This stunning walk passes through six of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales - Wharfedale, Washburndale, Nidderdale, Colsterdale, Coverdale, and Wensleydale.
The walk runs from Otley to Middleham passing through the Nidderdale AONB. It includes riverside stretches along the River Washburn near the start of the walk, the River Nidd near Pateley Bridge and the River Ure towards the end of the walk at Middleham. You will also pass a series of lovely reservoirs including Fewston Reservoir, Gouthwaite Reservoir and Leighton Reservoir.
One of the chief highlights on the route is Jervaulx Abbey - a 12th century former Cistercian monastery it now stands as an enchanting, atmospheric ruin. Also of interest is the English Heritage owned Middleham Castle where there are fantastic views of Wensleydale from the fascinating site.

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Six Dales Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Six Dales Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


At Leighton Reservoir you will find theBlack Swanat Fearby. They do great food and also provide good quality accommodation if you need to stay over. Inside there's an attractive olde interior with a number of aerial photographs on the wall. Outside there's a lovely patio area where you can enjoy view across the Dale. You can find the inn at Fearby near Masham, with a postcode of HG4 4NF for your sat navs. The inn is also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.


Weir on River Washburn-geograph-4450608-by-Martin-Dawes

Weir on River Washburn. The footpath to the right follows the river from Blubberhouses to Thruscross Dam and is on the Six Dales Trail, above the weir on the left Redshaw Gill Beck enters the river. The trail was opened byJanet Street-Porterin 2010 in conjunction with Otley Walking Festival.

Jervaulx Abbey - - 1401429

Jervaulx Abbey Park near East Witton. Sheep grazing in the park. The ruins have that 'romantic' appeal as they have never been over tidied or manicured. Trees and wild flowers grow amongst the ruins and add to the atmosphere.

Middleham Castle - - 19428

Middleham Castle. The view northwards from Middleham Castle, which once belonged to Richard Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard III. The village of Thornton Steward is located just to the north and includes the pretty Thornton Steward Reservoir.

Nidd Bridge in Pateley Bridge - panoramio

Nidd Bridge in Pateley Bridge

Fewston Reservoir - - 5394

Fewston Reservoir

Approaching Leighton Reservoir from Pott Bank - - 466696

Approaching Leighton Reservoir from Pott Bank

Six Dales Trail toward Ellingstring Plantation - - 4453833

Towards Ellingstring Plantation

Gouthwaite Reservoir from the Six Dales Trail - - 4462053

Gouthwaite Reservoir from the trail