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Barden Moor - An Easy Hike in The Yorkshire Dales



Total Ascent

191 m


2 hrs



About the Hike

Barden Moor is a true gem within the Yorkshire Dales, boasting a diverse range of hiking trails suitable for all ages and abilities. One of the most popular trails is the Barden Moor Loop, which takes you on a circular journey through heather-clad moorland and farming tracks. The trail offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

If you haven't already used the Ordnance Survey App, you can download it here. This app allows you to download the GPX route from above straight into it. I use this app to plan all my hikes, and as its OS, it mirrors the paper map you should always use in conjunction with it.

Where To Park? There is hard-standing parking on both sides of Barden Road.

Terrain: Reasonable paths underfoot. Some parts of the path can get quite muddy.

Dog and Child Friendly? Sadly, dogs are not allowed on Barden Moor. However, this is a suitable route for children.

Map: Explorer OL02 Yorkshire Dales Southern and Western.

What 3 Words:  reporters.corporate.grudge for the starting point.

Nearest Cafe/ Amenities: Bolton Abbey Village or Billy Bobs Ice Cream Parlour (I highly recommend it if you have young children) is just down the road near Embsay.

Barden Moor

The First Leg of the Hike:

There is an easily identifiable start to the walk, which takes you along a double track; whilst the OS Map doesn't signify this as a public footpath, I have been assured that it is open to the public. (See Yorkshire Dales Website for information on access). This is an excellent path for kids and really easy to follow. The path takes you towards Hutchen Gill Head and gives great views down towards Lower Barden Reservoir. This section of the route has barely any ascent. From Hutchen Gill Head, you drop down slightly and finish up at Upper Barden Reservoir. From here, there are a few options to extend the walk, including going up and around the reservoir if you fancy.

The Second Leg of the Hike:

Walking along the edge of the Upper Reservoir, you pass a cute little house and head back along a double track towards the Lower Reservoir; before reaching the lower reservoir, there are two options, depending on the conditions. You can follow the track and cross the stream; however, if there is a lot of rain, this is impossible to cross. So, if you walk back on yourself, there is a permissive path that takes you across a cute little bridge to get you to the west side of the reservoir. From there, the path will take you back to the car.

Tips for a safe and enjoyable hike at Barden Fell

As there are no facilities on this walk, I would suggest taking a good pack and plenty of water. The nearest toilet facilities are at Bolton Abbey Village or Billy Bobs. 


In conclusion, Barden Fell offers a delightful opportunity to unwind and explore the natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales through an easy hike. Whether you are seeking a peaceful escape or a family-friendly adventure, Barden Fell has something for everyone. Immerse yourself in the captivating landscapes, so pack your backpack, lace up your hiking boots, and embark on a beautiful walk in the Yorkshire dales.

Disclaimer: At the time of this walk, all the rights of way were open, and the terrain was easy to navigate; I followed all the rights of way as per the OS maps, but things can change. Please be aware that the weather/farmers, etc., can change things, and therefore, the route may not be as possible as it was for me. Please make your checks beforehand, including the weather. Please get in touch with me if any information that I have included has now changed.

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