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Self catering walking breaks near Embsay Yorkshire Dales

Embsay, in Yorkshire Dales, is just a small hamlet in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, in England. Its nearest and first attraction is further two miles northeast, being the seaside resort of Skipton. The hamlet itself is grouped with some other neighbouring village of Eastby in the civil parish of Embsay with Eastby. Embsay railway station built in 1888, it services the village and visitors to the area, and passengers can alight to visit the sites of Heritage Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. 

The natural beauty of the Dales is well known, and the hamlet of Embsay is no exception. The village is nestled just under a rock formation to the north called Embsay Crag, which also holds an enormous  water reservoir called Embsay Reservoir. The cliff approach is also the gateway to a big open stretch of moors called Barden Moors, which is frequented by with walkers due to being open access land. The best method to explore the area is either on foot or horseback as you will be able to see the landscape views in more finite detail, some of the heathers patches are unquestionably exquisite and worth stopping by. Rambling or hiking is a marvellous way to exercise the body overall, and, improve your metabolism. The fresh country air is beneficial for you because it will make you feel more lively and invigorated, especially if you come from the city and do not have much opportunity to enjoy wide, open country spaces that are less polluted, like Barden Moors.

The Embsay Moor Circular is a well worn track area and a highly sought after area for brisk walks, because of its location as most of the moor is on a high plateau with heavy mossy purple heather tufts. The wild and windy weather can make the moors an enjoyable and exciting place to walk in - very similar to Wuthering Heights landscape. The moor is full of well-beaten tracks that can be followed for a fascinating nature trail, but there are certain things that an inexperienced rover must be mindful of. Other than the walking track between Rylstone and Cracoe, and the return journey from Upper Bardon Reservoir, ramblers have a huge disadvantage of getting lost in this part of the moors. Once you start to walk in the rock follies, one can easily go astray, and that take you could end up walking in a maze, so be careful and plan your journey in a meticulous fashion to avoid any mishaps.

The best bet when exploring this area is, to either choose a walking guide from the hamlet, or research your OS map and avoid certain types of tracks, and walk where the heather is the thickest. Just walking through the moors and taking in the colourful heathers can be exerting in itself, and if there is rain or storm then, the level of walking difficulty is greater, than if the conditions were hotter. Obviously, if the weather is wet, you would have to tread on boggy, marshy wet land, but if it were dry, warm and the terrain would be firm, making it much easier to walk on. Before you venture on the moors, make sure you speak to a walking guide who can tell whether it is the right time of the day to go for a walk. The walks would be accomplished more quickly, and at times views of the moors can be quite moving in the bright sunlight.