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 Open Access

The Valley of Desolation is an access point leading to Barden Fell. Walks on Barden Moor and Barden Fell are suitable for the more experienced and well equipped walker. Dogs are not permitted on Barden Moor and Barden Fell other than on the public rights of way which cross Barden Moor. Therefore, dogs cannot go up the Valley of Desolation and to Simon's Seat.

Grouse shooting will take place on Barden Moor and Barden Fell from 12th August to 14th December. These areas will not be closed when shooting takes place, and therefore visitors are very welcome to walk there.

Barden Moor and Barden Fell may be closed during a sustained dry period due to risk of fire, such a closure would include the Valley of Desolation.

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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.