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River Wharfe at Buckden, Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales
Wander alongside the River Wharfe on the Dales Way | © National Trust Images / Ben Selway

Horse Head Moor and Deepdale walk

Challenge yourself to the Horse Head Moor and Deepdale walk, which explores the remote moorland ridge and rewards visitors with views across the Three Peaks. This invigorating circular trail tackles steep climbs to cross moorland and fellside before descending for a stroll alongside the River Wharfe. It offers the chance to discover colourful fauna, woodland restoration as well as kingfishers and other water wildlife.

Total steps: 8

Total steps: 8

Start point

Yockenthwaite, Skipton, BD23. Grid ref: SD904790

Step 1

After parking on the roadside at Yockenthwaite, return along the road to Raisgill farmhouse and follow the bridleway, signed to Halton Gill. The track zig-zags steeply uphill, across a large area of common land known as the Hagg.

Step 2

When the path levels, continue onwards, keeping Hagg Beck in the valley to your left. You'll eventually come to a wall with a gate at the top of the pass.

Step 3

At the gate, you can take a short detour to the fell summit. Go through the gate and turn right, walking by the wall towards the white trig point not too far away. At the trig point enjoy the views of the Three Peaks then return to the gate, go through and turn left.

Step 4

Keeping the wall on your left, walk along the moorland ridge for 1.2 miles (1.9km), crossing a gate, a stile and a ruined wall.

Step 5

When you reach a gate on your left, turn right. Follow this footpath downhill towards Beckermonds, with Greenfield Forest away to your left. Continue on this path until you reach the River Wharfe.

Step 6

Once at the river, don't cross the bridge. Instead, turn right and follow the Dales Way footpath along the riverside towards Deepdale.

Step 7

At Deepdale, cross the road bridge and turn right into the hamlet. A short way up the track, take the footpath on the right, signposted to Yockenthwaite.

Step 8

Once in Yockenthwaite, cross over the stone packhorse bridge to return to the start of the trail.

End point

Yockenthwaite, Skipton, BD23. Grid ref: SD904790.

Trail map

Map route for Horse Head Moor and Deepdale walk
Horse Head Moor and Deepdale trail map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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