14-mile walk

This 14-mile walking route takes you through some of the most iconic landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales, much of which is looked after by the National Trust.

The area is well known for its excellent walking and cycling opportunities, but it is also a great place to just get out in the fresh air and enjoy the countryside. 

The limestone pavements you'll see are made up of blocks (clints) and cracks (grikes). The grikes are a damp, sheltered habitat for shade-loving plants such as hart's tongue fern, and also provide a home where tree seeds can germinate. In summer the clints have a covering of wild thyme, limestone bedstraw, rock rose and bird's foot trefoil.  

Peregrine Falcons regularly nest on Malham Cove and you can often sit and watch the birds as they fly around the area. The awe-inspiring scenery of the Cove is a wonderful backdrop to watch the young as they start to learn to fly in June and July. 


*Please note, all routes are approximate and subject to change.

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Start and finish: North Ribblesdale Rugby Club, Settle

Perfect for: Walkers looking for a challenging course and distance.

Terrain: The 14 mile walk not only offers a challenging distance, but also offers the chance to take in some of the most unique scenery of the Yorkshire Dales. 

Malham Cove is a unique natural amphitheatre made up of curved limestone cliffs in the heart of Malhamdale.

Although the stunning views from the top of the cove are worth the climb, make sure you’re well prepared for a climb up the famous  400+ steps!

Walkers will need to complete the walk within a maximum of 7 hours although we estimate the vast majority of people will complete the walk between 3.5 and 5.5 hours.

Entry fee: £22* per person. This event is open to those aged 12 and over. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: 8am - 9am

Start time: 8:30am

What's included?

  • Course waymarked with plenty of signposts and marshals
  • Checkpoints including water bottle re-fill opportunity and toilet provision
  • Warm welcome back at the walk finish, where you will receive a finisher’s medal

Optional extras

  • A finisher's t-shirt can be purchased as an extra keepsake for £5
  • Printed maps/guides are available at an additional cost of £3
  • A warm breakfast sandwich is available for an additional cost of £5
  • A hot meal can be pre-ordered for when you've completed the walk, for an additional cost of £7

*plus small processing fee.

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