Some come to the Yorkshire Dales for the solitude of the high moors, with wide horizons broken only by the occasional tree or cluster of rock.
But if you prefer a patchwork landscape criss-crossed by hedgerows and dry stone walls, connected by a lattice work of country lanes and dotted with copses of trees, Lower Wensleydale is for you.
Offering easy walks following the River Ure along the valley floor or more demanding treks along the shoulder of Leyburn Shawl, there really are routes to suit all abilities.
Pubs, hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfast accommodation make ideal resting points and watering holes, with many of Lower Wensleydale’s attractions within easy walking distance from each other.
In summer, for example, it’s quite possible to make an early start from Middleham, hike across the Ure in time for the market in Leyburn, enjoy some shopping and perhaps an early evening drink – and still have time to stroll back to Middleham for supper.
However, ramblers can also extend their daily range by using the Wensleydale Railway or the Wensleydale Vintage Bus Service to connect with towns and villages which may otherwise be out of reach.
More information on walking routes is available from the Welcome To Yorkshire website.