"Wharfedale " is a long Dale
stretching from Langstrothdale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and
through West Yorkshire. It is a moot point where the "Dale" ends.
The river itself stretches through the Vale of York to join the Ouse but no
part of the Vale of York could really be classed as a "Dale".
Others may differ but I have defined those in the Yorkshire Dales as
"Upper Wharfedale", down as far as Bolton Abbey and those in West
Yorkshire below that as "Lower Wharfedale", treating the River
Wharfe as the indicator of where the Dale lies. I would probably class the
end of the Dale, at a stretch, as Collingham.
Being such a long dale, Wharfedale comprises
many different types of scenery from rugged but beautiful and spectacular
limestone scenery in the north to gentle agricultural country further down.
The limestone especially makes its presence felt at the dramatic outcrop of
Kilnsey Crag or The Strid at Bolton Abbey.
There are various areas of moorland and
unsurprisingly, grouse shooting is prevalent (the season runs from "The
Glorious") 12th August to 10th December.
There are a number of large towns, such as
Grassington, Skipton, Ilkley and Otley.
Littondale is a lovely valley just off
Wharfedale and I have included this here too.
down to see the Wharfedale walks (or walks starting just off Wharfedale).
you will require Accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales, see Accommodation
For Walkers page.
you need to buy any hiking equipment/clothing before your trip see the Hiking
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