Bradley Moor and the Dales High Way
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Near Skipton there are some beautiful rolling hills and open moorland overlooking the Aire Valley and Wharfedale. With stunning views, breathtaking scenery and friendly locals, this is a walk in a somewhat lesser known area just south of the Yorkshire Dales, not to be missed.
We start our walk on the very edges of North and West Yorkshire, the meeting point is in a village physically located in North Yorkshire but oddly given West Yorkshire postal town and area codes! It is from here we will take a slightly hilly, but scenic 12 mile walk over fields and moorland, with beautiful views along the tops of the moors.
Come along and experience the stark beauty of God's own country. Starting by heading up and over Bradley Moor overlooking the Aire Valley heading towards Addingham, before turning back towards Skipton, looking out this time over Wharfedale at the opposite side of the moor. We may get to hear, if not see, one of the trains chugging along the Embsay and Bolton Abbey steam railway in the valley while we are heading back along the Dales High Way.
We will be finishing the walk with an optional visit to the local village pub, with food and drink available, a friendly welcome and warming open fireplace, before heading home for a relaxing evening.
Feel free to bring along your furry friends, although remember it is a fairly long walk for little legs and there are a few stiles along the route. Please remember to keep them on a lead through fields with animals roaming free and to pick up after them. Thanks.
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch
Food & drink
Bring a packed lunch. There is a pub near the end of the walk too if you would like a drink or snack before heading home at the end of the day,
Please bring plenty of water, suggested at least 2 litres.
It's likely to be chilly so a flask of hot drink might also be a good idea.
Snacks, for small food and drink breaks along the walk.