Six Dales Trail

38-mile route from Otley to Middleham

Thruscross Reservoir
Thrushcross Reservoir Dam

The trail, launched in June 2010, starts in Otley and winds across the entire length of the superb Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to end at Middleham, in Wensleydale.
Along its 38-mile length, the trail crosses the 5 watersheds that separate the six dales that give the trail its name. From Wharfedale, it crosses into Washburndale, then into Nidderdale, Colsterdale, Coverdale, and finally Wensleydale. The terrain traversed by the trail varies from quiet pastures to high heather moorland, from stretches alongside fast-flowing rivers to stretches through the 18th-century parkland surrounding the ruins of Jervaulx Abbey. The fully way-marked route is full of interest and opens up areas that have not been downtrodden and eroded by the passage of a million boots.

The Six Dales Trail Guide Book, Certificate and Badge

The 52-page revised edition of the guidebook is now available by clicking the buy now button below, from local outlets or from John Sparshatt, 30a Sandholme Drive, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, LS29 7RQ. Please send a cheque made payable to Walkers are Welcome (Otley) for £5.99 plus £2.40 p & p.

The Six Dales Trail guidebook describes each of the 14 sections of the route and provides detailed maps and descriptions. It also gives information on accommodation, eating establishments, and public transport links along the way. It can also be purchased from local outlets. +

About the Author

John Sparshatt has been a keen walker for over 30 years. He is a previous officer of the Long Distance Walkers’ Association (LDWA) and a member of the West Yorkshire group. He has organised three of the LDWA’s annual flagship 100-mile challenge events. He is the author of the Six Dales Trail and co-author of the Welcome Way.

Certificate & Woven Badge

Upon completion of the Six Dales Trail, a high-resolution A4 colour certificate and the woven badge is available for purchase at £5.00. Send a cheque to John Sparshatt, 30a Sandholme Drive, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 7RQ.

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