Broadrake is in Yorkshire Dales National Park and the heart of walking country.
There is plenty to go at from major challenges like the famous Three Peaks walk or long distance footpaths including the recently established Dales Highway and Wainwright's Pennine Journey to easy rambles of just a few miles.
Here are some ideas for you, many of which start from the door or make use of the Settle Carlisle railway. If using the train one way I suggest taking it for the outward journey and walking back. That way you aren't constantly looking at your watch and wondering if you'll make it or getting to the station too early with hours to spare. Of course there are cafes and pubs in Horton if you need to kill some time but there is nothing at Dent Station (which is about 4 miles from Dent Village).
Times shown for the walks are a rough guide to how long they will take the average walker in good conditions. They do not include stops so allow extra time for this. Fast walkers will be able to do the walks in a shorter time than shown. Bear in mind that the larger the group the slower it tends to move.
Walks from Broadrake
|Ribblehead||Easy, mostly level||4¾ miles||allow 2 hours|
|Ellerbeck, Chapel-le-Dale |
|Easy, 200m ascent||5½ miles||allow 2½ hours|
|Scales Moor||Moderate, 200m ascent||7 miles||allow 3½ hours|
|Whernside Round||Strenuous, 440m ascent||6½ miles||allow 3½ hours|
up and down the same way
|Strenuous, 500m ascent||7 miles||allow 3½ hours|
|Ingleborough and Park Fell||Strenuous, 570m ascent||9½||allow 5 hours|
|Three Peaks||Very Strenuous, 1,530m ascent||24 miles||target time 12 hours|
Walks using the train
These walks involve taking the train from Ribblehead Station which is about 2 miles from Broadrake across fields. To be on the safe side allow an hour to catch the train. Alternatively there is car parking at the station - allow 15 minutes to drive there.
|Pen-y-Ghent from Horton||Strenuous, 480m ascent||6½ miles||allow 3½ hours|
|Dent station to Broadrake via Whernside Tarns||Strenuous, 620m ascent||8¼ miles||allow 4½ hours|
The descriptions given on this website are offered to give you some idea of possible walks from Broadrake but the weather and terrain can be challenging so make sure you are prepared. Some walks are on very popular and well used paths, others on less frequented paths where the route on the ground may not always be clear and navigational skills will be needed. GPS and smartphone apps can be useful but should never be regarded as a substitute for having a map and compass and knowing how to use them. Mobile phone coverage is patchy in much of the Dales.
You should have sturdy footwear with good tread, waterproofs, hat, gloves and spare clothing. Take water and some emergency food as well as your lunch. On a sunny day in summer you might wonder what all the fuss is about but weather can change quickly here and conditions on the summits, or even at times in the valleys, can get pretty wild.