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 to easy rambles of just a few miles.
Here are a few ideas starting from the door -

Whernside Round

A popular route over the top of Yorkshire's highest peak. Distance about 6.5 miles with 450m of ascent. If going clockwise the last bit of ascent to gain the summit ridge is very steep or anticlockwise you'll be coming down steeply. The route to the north via Winterscales and the Blea Moor Aqueduct is gentler. On long days in summer why not try an evening or early morning ascent to avoid the crowds.

Scales Moor & Twislteon Scar

Option to carry on and climb Ingleborough for a much longer, tougher day out

Head south west along the bridleway past Bruntscar and Ellerbeck for about 1.5 miles, then strike off left to explore the alien landscape of Scales Moor, a SSSI and one of the most extensive areas of unbroken horizontal limestone pavement inBritain. Cross the limestone to the top of Twisleton Scar for superb views into the valley of Chapel-le-Dale and across to Ingleborough. For a longer walk carry on to Scar End, cross the River Doe by Beezley's stepping stones and come back over Ingleborough via Crina Bottom. The walk out to Scales Moor is easy with very little ascent. The continuation back over Ingleborough is a lot tougher.

Chapel-le-Dale Round

A short easy walk around Chapel-le-Dale. Head out south west past Bruntscar and turn left after crossing the stream beyond Ellerbeck. The track takes you across moorland to join a lane winding down through woods to Chapel-le-Dale Church. Carry on to cross over the B6255 to do a short loop past Souther Scales and back to the Hill Inn. Return along the lane past Philpin Farm.

Ingleborough and Park Fell

Follow the route of the Three Peaks challenge through Philpin Farm, past the Hill Inn and across the Southerscales Nature Reserve.There's a steep ascent to gain the ridge, then carry on to the summit of Ingleborough. Retrace your steps to the top of the steep climb then carry on, leaving the crowds behind, along a superb high level path contouring round the summit of Simon Fell. Keep going along the ridge over Park Fell to descend past Colt Park. Take care on a short road section to Ribblehead and maybe stop for a spot of refreshment at the Tea Van or the Station Inn. Just a couple of easy miles back to Broadrake under the viaduct past Gunnerfleet and Ivescar farms.

Use the train...

Broadrake is a couple of flat miles on foot from Ribblehead Station which offers the possibility of linear walks using the train for the outward or return leg. Don't forget to check the timetable and be aware how fast you walk.
How about train to Dent station (nowhere near Dent village) walking back over Blea Moor, or take the train to Horton in Ribblesdale and come back over Ingleborough.

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

Not far away is the world famous Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. You'll probably want to drive into Ingleton for this one; there's a car park at the start of the trail. As it is on private land there is a charge for this walk but it's well worth it and has been attracting visitors since 1885.

The Three Peaks

This is the big one.

If you like a challenge try the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks Walk which climbs Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.
The aim is to complete it within 12 hours.
These days most folk start and finish at Horton in Ribblesdale but since the route passes within a couple of hundred yards of Broadrake there's no reason why it can't be done from the door.

A number of organisations offer guiding and in particular Large Outdoors is running several Three Peaks weekends from Broadrake.

If you are feeling fit there is a famous fell race over the route in April each year. Here is the web page for entries,information, results etc. - www.threepeaksrace.org.uk

For those who prefer two wheels how about the Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross race in September - www.3peakscyclocross.org.uk

(Some misguided folk think the "Three Peaks" refers to Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis the highest points in Wales, England and Scotland.)


Long Distance Paths

There are a couple of long distance paths passing close enough to consider Broadrake as an overnight stop - the Dales High Way and A Pennine Journey.

A Dales High Way

The Dales High Way passes right in front of Broadrake on the way from Chapel-le-Dale past the Ribblehead viaduct to Dent. It is a 90 mile long distance route through the Yorkshire Dales from Saltaire to Appleby. The idea is to walk to Appleby then take the train back along the Settle Carlisle line.

Check it out at www.daleshighway.co.uk

A Pennine Journey

A Pennine Journey - based on Alfred Wainwright's 1938 circular walk from Settle up to Hadrian's Wall and back as the world was on the brink of war. The route passes within a hundred yards or so of Broadrake as it descends off Whernside before heading across Scales Moor to Ingleton.


Some other long distance routes pass within a few miles -

The Dales Way

The Dales Way passes close to Broadrake on it's way from Ilkley to Bowness on Windermere

See www.dalesway.org.uk

The Pennine Way

The Pennine Way is the original long distance footpath and an official National Trail.
It passes through Horton in Ribblesdale, a few miles from Broadrake on the other side of Ingleborough.


Other Walks

There are any number of other walks in the area and plenty of scope for inventing your own routes with the help of the local OS maps.
Quite a few guide books include routes either close to (or right past) Broadrake

Here are some websites featuring some local walks to whet your appetite...

Walks in Yorkshire

Walking Britain

The Walking Englishman

Walk in Yorkshire (The Walking Frenchman): Well worth a look - a blog rather than description of walks


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