Tributaries: Walk Information

The Tributaries Walk is a circular walk over seven days, starting and finishing in Ingleton.

The seven-day circular route involves a total of approximately 96 miles (155 km) with an overall height gain of around 14,500 feet (4,420 m). The toughest day is also the final day; at around 17 miles (27.4 km) and has two climbs early in the day with a total ascent of 2,800 feet (853 m).

Devised by the founder of Brigantes, Mike Schofield, the walk has become a popular favourite with our customers.

This is how Mike describes the walk. “I decided to create my own walk around the tributaries of some of the Yorkshire Dales rivers (The Tributaries Walk) making this a circular tour for the ease of arrival and departure, and which would hopefully address some of the shortcomings of existing routes. It would take in what I consider to be some of the finest and most spectacular high-level scenery in England, whilst providing the opportunity for the walker to stop and stare, to become proficient in the use of GPS through navigational exercises, the naming and recording of the rivers and their tributaries, and to observe geological and geographical landmarks and other points of interest, which would ordinarily have been passed by.

Having completed the walk, an evening meal and a bottle of wine are the rewards for the successful completion of a navigational puzzle involving map references and the GPS used during the walk.

Typical Itinerary

Day 1 – Ingleton to Dent (10m)
The route out of Ingleton uses a quiet lane as far as Twisleton Scar, where you have the choice of a high level walk over Whernside or a gentle stroll along the secluded valley of Kingsdale, after which, fields and hay meadows bring you into the cobbled streets of Dent.
Day 2 – Dent to Garsdale Head (13m)
We use the Dales Way to pick our way sedately through the fields of Dentdale and then climb the rugged track beneath the arches of Artengill Viaduct. From there we skirt the upper slopes of Great Knoutberry Hill before following the old Coal Road down to Garsdale Head
Day 3 – Garsdale Head to Muker (14m)
A quiet path takes us from Garsdale Head into the heart of Cotterdale and then up the mostly paved Pennine Way path to the summit of Great Shunner Fell. We remain on the Pennine Way descending into Thwaite and then through more hay meadows into Muker
Day 4 – Muker to Askrigg (14m)
A day of historic exploration awaits us as we climb out of Muker up into the beautiful Swinner Gill and the lead mining areas on Gunnerside and Melbecks Moors. Descending to Gunnerside village in Swaledale we climb and cross Oxnop Common via a quiet lane to Askrigg, home of the James Herriot TV series.
Day 5 – Askrigg to Yockenthwaite (14m)
Riverside paths take us from Askrigg, through Bainbridge and Raydale to Semer Water. We then take to the hills again, crossing Cragdale Moor, before descending to the tiny settlements of Cray, Hubberholme and Yockenthwaite, in Langstrothdale.
Day 6 – Yockenthwaite to Malham (16m)
Start day six with a climb up and over Horse Head Moor before descending the other side into the beautiful valley of Littondale. Having walked most of its length we climb again, through stunning limestone scenery, over the fell, via Malham Tarn, to Malham – the final destination for all six-day walkers.
Day 7 – Malham to Ingleton (17m)
Clients wishing to complete the circle to Ingleton leave Malham and use an old trading route over the top of Kirkby Fell to Settle, from where a mixture of high paths, quiet lanes and fields take us through the villages of Austwick and Clapham before finally arriving in Ingleton.

Useful External Links

The Tributaries Walk Official website
Walking Places Message Forum