Walking Gradings & Categories


"W" Walks

Main daytime walking programme events exploring the northern Yorkshire Dales. Generally there are three walks per day of varying length from 3 to 12.5 miles. A summary and grade is provided for each walk with joining instructions.

NB. All our walks are led by unpaid volunteers who provide their time for the pleasure of passing on their love and knowledge of our wonderful countryside. These walks can be booked alongside the book events, either online, by post or at Castle Hill Bookshop.

"H" Walks

These shorter walks are part of the national Walking for Health program www.whi.org.uk. They offer an easier option, perhaps for less active partners and children of regular walkers on the main programme. These walks are free and should be booked direct with William Gedye on 07710 739192 or walk.for.health@btinternet.com.

"T" Walks

These are themed guided walking tours in and around Richmond town, generally with a historic or artistic interest. Expert guides pass on their specialist knowledge on the history, architecture or artistic heritage of our lovely town. We show clearly where Town Walks are suitable for wheelchairs or mobility-scooters, with a symbol. Please refer to individual events for fees (where applicable), booking arrangements and joining instructions.


"W" Walks

We have graded the "W" walks in the main walking programme and included an approximate distance.

Easy: For those who walk in the countryside only occasionally, mainly shorter distances with generally gentle gradients.  

Moderate: For those of average fitness used to regular country walks involving longer distances, or with some inclines and uneven terrain.

Hard: The longest walks with some sustained or repeated climbs which should only be attempted by those who are physically fit and have regular experience of the type of terrain involved.

Owing to the nature of the Dales landscape most walks are considered of moderate grading and should be no problem to the fairly fit, normal weekend rambler. Please be aware: There are no flat walks in the Yorkshire Dales. All walks will have some gradients as well as the usual country walking features, such as tracks which can be rough muddy and uneven; and field paths with stiles and livestock.

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