The Gateway to the Dales. Bradley Moor
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Near Skipton, overlooking the Aire Valley and Wharfedale; the breathtaking scenery make this is a walk not to be missed. So, here's your chance to enjoy the glorious countryside just south of the Yorkshire Dales.
Our meeting point for our walk is close to the edge of North and West Yorkshire. Located in the village of Bradley, physically in North Yorkshire but oddly given West Yorkshire postal town and area codes! It is from here we will take a scenic walk over fields and moorland, with beautiful views along the tops. Come along and experience the stark beauty of God's own country...
We start by heading up through Bradleys Both, across fields, through woodland and up the marshy hills to the walk's summit on Skipton Moor, with views back towards the Aire Valley behind us and down over Skipton ahead. We continue onwards over the moor, heading to join the Dales High Way, which has the feel of an old Roman Road. A relatively flat stretch of path takes us towards Addingham, looking out this time over Wharfedale at the opposite side of the moor to Bradley. Following a quick lunch break we continue heading along the Dales High Way, skirting around the edge of Addingham, before joining the Millennium Way for a short distance as we head back towards Skipton. Next, it's over farmland and on to Bradley Moor, with a quick visit to the Jubilee Tower monument which has spectacular views out over the Aire Valley, finally finishing the walk back beside the canal beneath Low Bradley.
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 dogs on a lead through fields with animals roaming free and to pick up after them. Thanks.
Hopefully the weather will be warmer than it was in the previous walk photos below.
All photos were taken by kge85 on a previous walk in the area. Outdoorlads has permission to use them.
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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
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.
Please bring plenty of water, suggested at least 2 litres.
Snacks, for any small food and drink breaks along the walk.