Valley of Desolation & Simon's Seat

A truly rewarding walk


This tranquil valley links the River Wharfe corridor to Barden Fell. Walk up through the valley and discover that nature has long since repaired the devastation. At its head walkers are rewarded with a beautiful waterfall. The walk continues up on to the moors to Simon’s Seat, where on a clear day, the views are breathtaking.

Barden Moor and Barden Fell Access Areas

The Valley of Desolation is an access point to Barden Fell Access area. Walks on the moor are suitable for the more experienced and well equipped walker. Dogs are not permitted on the moors other than the public rights of way on Barden Moor. Therefore, dogs cannot go up the Valley of Desolation and to Simon's Seat. Barden Moor and Barden Fell Access Areas may be closed if there is a risk of fire or for shooting (Aug-Dec).

Barden Moor and Barden Fell Access Areas will not be closed for shooting until August 2019.
There will be no more moor closures due to shoots in 2018.
Closure dates for shooting are usually posted at the beginning of August and at the beginning of each month thereafter.

Closures include the following walks:

  • Valley of Desolation
  • Simon’s Seat
  • Rocking Hall

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Simon's Seat is a rocky outcrop 485m above sea level. The name is thought to relate to Druids who followed Simon Magus who claimed to be one of the Three Wise Men.