The Six Dales Trail

38-mile route from Otley to Middleham

The trail, launched in June 2010, starts in Otley and winds across the entire length of the superb Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to end at Middleham, in Wensleydale. 
Along its 38-mile length, the trail crosses the 5 watersheds that separate the six dales that give the trail its name. From Wharfedale it crosses into Washburndale, then into Nidderdale, Colsterdale, Coverdale and finally Wensleydale. The terrain traversed by the trail varies from quiet steep pastures to high heather moorland, from stretches alongside fast-flowing rivers to stretches through the 18th century parkland surrounding the ruins of Jervaulx Abbey. The fully way-marked route is full of interest and opens up areas that have not been downtrodden and eroded by the passage of a million boots.

The Six Dales Trail Guide Book, Certificate and Badge

The Six Dales Trail guide describes each of the 14 sections of the route and provides detailed maps. It also gives information on accommodation, eating establishments and public transport links along the way. It can be purchased in Otley from Chevin Trek, Just Books, Mounseys and Browse Time.

About the Author

John Sparshatt has been a keen walker for over 25 years. He is an officer of the Long Distance Walkers’ Association (LDWA) and is chair of the West Yorkshire group. He has organised three of the LDWA’s annual flagship 100-mile challenge events. John is also co-editor of the UK Trailwalkers’ Handbook, a comprehensive directory of over 1000 long distance trails in the UK.



The 48-page guidebook updated in 2017 is available for purchase at retail outlets for £5.99

Online at £5.99 plus £1.20 postage, by using Paypal and clicking the Buy Now button below:





By cheque at £5.99 plus £1.20 postage, made payable to ‘Walkers are Welcome Otley’.

Cheque’s can be posted to: John Sparshatt, 30A Sandholme Drive, Burley in Wharfedale, West Yorks, Ilkley LS29 7RQ



Certificate and Badge

Upon completion of the Six Dales Trail, a high resolution A4 colour certificate and woven badge is available for purchase at £5.00. Send a cheque to John Sparshatt at the address given above.