1- Gunnerside Gill dog walk

Set in the beautiful village of Gunnerside within the Swaledale part of the Yorkshire Dales. You will find plenty to keep your dog amused on dog walks around Gunnerside. Once you finish this circular walk you can check out some fine local ales at the Kings Head in Gunnerside.

Parking is next to the local primary school in Gunnerside. Turn left to a narrow path and small bridge and follow signs for Gunnerside Gill. Beware that Swaledale is popular for sheep, so make sure your dog is well under control.

You should enter some woods shortly after following the Gunnerside Gill sign. Once out of the woods you should see the stream alongside you to your right. You will have also entered what is known as the ‘dressing floor’. The gill was part of the lead mining industry which was notorious for its toxicity and employment of young children. The dressing floor is where material was sorted. You should also see some old stone buildings where mined metal was stored.

Gunnerside Gill dog walk
Gunnerside Gill dog walk

The walk continues alongside the stream for approx. 3 miles. You will pass St Frances Level mine where you will see some of the original machinery still standing. Further on you will come to another set of buildings which are the Old Gang Smelting Mills.

The path continues and there are some narrow sections which eventually head up. Follow a sign for ‘surrender bridge’ and then head south (back towards Gunnerside). Now the view will be very different as you pass into open fields. Here you will see the stunning rolling hills associated with the Dales. Follow the path all the way back to Gunnerside and treat yourself to a well-earned pint of Black Sheep beer!

*Incidentally Gill means gully and originate from Norse settlers many years ago. Along with many other words (Dale- valley, Fell – hill and Beck- stream all included). 

2 - Gunnerside to Muker dog walks

There are two alternatives to the Gunnerside Gill walk which would both take you to the picturesque village of Muker. There are two options for refreshments in Muker- the Farmers Arms (highly recommend their large Yorkshire puddings) and the Village Store and teashop.

If you want a shorter dog walk, then start at the School in Gunnerside. Head away from the Kings Head pub up a short hill until you reach a cattle grid. This is to start of the footpath that will take you directly over the hills towards Muker. 

For a longer walk you can go via Gunnerside Gill and head in the opposite direction to Muker taking in stunning scenery along the way.

3 - Askrigg and the falls dog walks

Askrigg is a very picturesque Yorkshire village. Made famous as the setting for All Creatures Great and Small (the 1978 show based on James Herriot books, remade again in 2020). If you want refreshments, then we would thoroughly recommend The Bake-Well in Askrigg. They offer a great selection of good food and decent coffee. Incidentally they also own the Cornmill just down the road in Bainbridge.

From Askrigg car park you can walk directly up through some lovely woods to Mill Gill Force (of Norse origin mean fall). You can then continue for a longer dog walk to the next falls – Whitfield Gill Force. From here it is an easy walk back via any one of the several footpaths you will see signed for Askrigg. 

Once back in Askrigg there are pretty streets to explore local trades. There are options for different pubs. We would also recommend the Yorkshire Dales Brewery located between Askrigg and Bainbridge (be aware the beer garden and tap room only open between March and September at time of writing).

4 - Hawes to Hardraw Force dog walks

Hawes is a great place to start and finish a dog walk. Loads of options for food and drink alongside galleries, shops and the Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre. Parking at the Dales Countryside Museum (what3words- amphibian.gold.mock). Head out of town over a small bridge and very quickly a footpath on the opposite side of the road to the Museum will become clear. This path will take a lovely route over the river Ure and directly up to Hardraw Force. You will arrive at The Green Dragon Inn where you can rehydrate. Hardraw Force is located to the right-hand side of the pub. 

You can make this a more circular walk by passing the falls and continuing the Pennine Way up to Nova Farm. From here you turn right along Quarry and along a traditional dales’ country lane with stone walls. You will end up back on Bellow Hill where you can turn right and retrace your steps back to the original path towards Hawes.

5 - Aysgarth Falls

Parking at Aysgarth Falls visitor centre (what3words- chambers.tubes.static) give lots of options for different dog walks. If you want an easy and short dog walk without stiles, then stay around the falls and in the woods and you will find a lovely walk. There are benches along the way for short breaks.

Oscar & Hooch at Aysgarth Falls
Oscar & Hooch at Aysgarth Falls

If you fancy a longer day out, then you have several options for circular walks. You can head all the way north to Bolton Castle for a 6-mile loop, although dogs are not allowed in the grounds. Alternatively, you can take a slightly shorter 4-mile circular dog walk south to West Burton. Lastly you can follow the river all the way back to Askrigg and take in several falls in one day.

For refreshments at Aysgarth the Coppice café next to the visitor centre is a good option.

6 - Malham Cove

There is some spectacular scenery to be seen at Malham Cove and Gordale Scar. Start the walk at the National Park car park (what3words - blubber.failed.valve) and head towards Malham and the onto a path over a footbridge. This will pass over Malham Beck. Continue the footpath all the way to Gordale Scar where you will see rock faces looming either side of the canyon. 

You have different options here including scrambling up the ravine which we wouldn’t recommend unless you feel very capable and confident to do so safely. Alternatively take the path to the left of the waterfall and eventually you will see signs for Malham Tarn. Malham Tarn is a beautiful natural lake and at this point you may take a well-earned break. 

Malham Cove Dog Walk
Malham Cove Dog Walk

From Malham Tarn you can follow signs back to Malham Cove. For refreshments head to Malham. If you want something substantial, The Lister Arms serves great pub food and has rooms if you’re really tired! The other option is Beck Hall which serves very good plant-based food. 

7 - Quick viewing stops : Tan Hill & Ribblehead Viaduct

From Reeth you can drive up Regional Route 71 directly to Tan Hill. As you drive up the hill you will get a real sense of the remoteness and beauty of the area. At the top you will be greeted by the highest pub in Britain. At 528m the 17th Century Tan Hill Inn is well worth a visit. There are plenty of places around the area to walk you dog. 

If you fancy a stop on the way back towards Reeth, we recommend the dog friendly CB Inn. If you want a simple coffee stop and ice cream, then Reeth Ice Cream Parlour is a very friendly option.

Ribblehead Viaduct is another great place to stop for the view. Set amongst the 3 peaks and the viaduct looks over 100 ft high over the landscape.

We hope you enjoy the area as much as we have over the years. Our guides are not meant to replace detailed route planners but should give tips or where a great places to go with your four-legged friends. If in need of any accessories for your chosen dog walks select here.

Henry up the Yorkshire Dales
Henry up the Yorkshire Dales