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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

Roadside near Low Raisgill B&B, Yockenthwaite, Skipton, BD23 5JQ. Grid ref: SD905786

Step 1

After parking on the roadside at Yockenthwaite, head down the road to Raisgill farmhouse. From here, head behind the B&B and follow the bridleway, signed to Halton Gill. Continue on the track as it zig-zags uphill steeply and turn left to head south-west across a large area of common land known as the Hagg.

Step 2

As the path levels, continue in the same direction, 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, take a short detour to the fell summit by going through the gate and turning right. Keeping the wall on your right, walk for roughly 330 yards (300 metres) to the trig point.

Step 4

From the trig point, retrace your steps back to the gate, go through and turn left. 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 in the wall on your left, turn right. (If you reach a wall in front of you, you've gone too far). Follow this footpath north 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 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. Follow this path through the fields until it meets back up with the river on your right. Keep walking until you reach Yockenthwaite.

Step 8

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

End point

Roadside near Low Raisgill B&B, Yockenthwaite, Skipton, BD23 5JQ. Grid ref: SD905786

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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