Six Dales Trail

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Six Dales Way
Length 39 mi (63 km)
Location North and West Yorkshire, England
Trailheads Jubilee Tower, Otley, West Yorkshire
53°54′19″N 1°41′39″W / 53.9054°N 1.6942°W / 53.9054; -1.6942 (Six Dales Trail, Otley trailhead)
Market Cross, Middleham, North Yorkshire
54°17′07″N 1°48′21″W / 54.2853°N 1.8057°W / 54.2853; -1.8057 (Six Dales Trail, Middleham trailhead)
Use Hiking
Elevation gain/loss total ascent 1,453 m (4,767 ft)
Hiking details
Sights Middleham Castle

The Six Dales Trail is a long distance footpath in North Yorkshire, England, with a short section in West Yorkshire. It is 38 miles (61 km) long and connects Otley and Middleham.[1]

The trail is waymarked. It was opened by Janet Street-Porter at the end of June 2010 in conjunction with Otley Walking Festival.[2] It is a project of Walkers are Welcome - Otley.[3]


The route takes its name from the six Yorkshire Dales it traverses: Wharfedale, Washburndale, Nidderdale, Colsterdale, Coverdale and Wensleydale.[4]

From Otley in Wharfedale the trail heads north to Swinsty Reservoir, then follows Washburndale past Fewston Reservoir to the small village of Blubberhouses. From the dam of Thruscross Reservoir above Blubberhouses the trail climbs and descends to the village of Glasshouses in Nidderdale. It says close to the River Nidd to Pateley Bridge. Above Pateley the trail coincides with the Nidderdale Way past Wath and Gouthwaite Reservoir to Bouthwaite near Ramsgill. The trail then ascends to cross Fountains Earth Moor and Low Ash Head Moor to the head of Roundhill Reservoir. It descends to cross Colsterdale at Gollinglith Foot to reach Ellingstring and Jervaulx Abbey in Wensleydale. It then ascends the side valley of Coverdale for 1.9 miles (3 km) before turning north to reach the end of the trail at Middleham.[5]


  1. ^ "Six Dales Trail". Long Distance Walkers Association. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Jack, Jim (6 March 2013). "Otley's 'walk of delights' hailed a triumph". Wharfedale Observer. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "The Six Dales Trail". Walkers are Welcome Otley. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "BBC - Otley has warm welcome to walkers". Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Batten, Rhiannon (26 June 2010). "Yorkshire: Striding ahead in the Six Dales". The Independent. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 

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Coordinates: 54°07′06″N 1°47′53″W / 54.1184°N 1.7980°W / 54.1184; -1.7980 (Six Dales Trail)