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 these walks and these paths may be closed for shooting (Aug-Dec) or risk of fire.

Barden Moor and Barden Fell open access areas will be closed for shooting on 26, 27, 29, 30 September and 6, 7, 14, 15 and 18 October 2016.

This closure will include the Valley of Desolation and Simon's Seat.

The closure dates for October will not be announced until nearer the end of September.

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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.



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