Award winning walking on your doorstep...
There are plenty of walks and routes to choose from in North Yorkshire. With the three world famous National Parks, three areas of outstanding beauty, wild moors, rolling hills, rugged coastline and stunning views around every turn; this is the ideal location for walkers of all abilities.
Yorkshire is blessed with many great views and walks aplenty for the keen hiker or the more relaxed Sunday stroller. There are many routes for both styles of walkers, if you wish to go it alone or would prefer to leave the finer details to our expert walking guides, here are a few of our recommendations whilst you are visiting:
The famous Coast to Coast walk passes by many of our holiday properties, as it starts in the Lake District National Park before crossing the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors, undoubtedly some of England’s finest scenery.
Gunnerside – For the classic Dales landscape of drystone walls, barns, and wildflower meadows, head to the pretty village of Gunnerside in Upper Swaledale. The valley of Gunnerside Gill is beautiful, with woodland, waterfalls and its imposing scars.
Great Shunner Fell – While in Wensleydale, Great Shunner Fell is one of the few summits traversed by The Pennine Way. The main routes up are from Hawes, Thwaite and Hardraw, and the views from the top of the third highest peak in the Dales are well worth the effort.
Middleham Gallops – There are many great views in this 3 or 5 mile walk; head through the lovely village which is elevated by the remarkable Middleham Castle, and there are thoroughbred horses by the dozen along the gallops from the yards of world class trainers in the area.
Buckden Pike – as well as climbing one of the best fells in the Dales outside the Three Peaks, this walk explores Upper Wharfedale. It is a day’s exploration, passing a poignant memorial to a crashed RAF bomber in 1942, and the views from Great Whernside are worth the effort.
Richmond Walks – there is so much to see in this ancient North Yorkshire town, including the great Norman Castle, the Georgian Theatre, the Green Bridge, the Falls and along the River Swale to the ruins of Easby Abbey.
Aysgarth Falls – with three flights of waterfalls this is a highlight of Wensleydale, well known for its scenes in Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves. Walk through the woods to the 14th century Bolton Castle to tour the ruins and gardens.
Roseberry Topping – known as the ‘Yorkshire Matterhorn’, the point can be seen for miles around and is loved by walkers and families alike for seeing both woodland and moorland.
The White Horse Walk – with panoramic views over to Kilburn Woods this is one of the most iconic Yorkshire landmarks. There are different route lengths starting from 1.5 miles, with a longer more challenging route via the Sutton Bank scar.
Helmsley to Rievaulx – a gentle but 7 mile walk that is perfect for a picnic. Start in Helmsley’s market place, go through the pretty bluebell woods, to the banks of the River Rye and the grand ruins of Rievaulx Abbey.
Wainstones – a more challenging walk through the western moor where the rocks, known as Wainstones, are dramatic and magnificent. Hitting Urra Moor, you’re at the highest point in the North York Moors.
Rievaulx Terrace – explore Ryedale with this leisurely walk along the grassy terrace alongside the woodland. There are vistas of Hambleton Hills, and look out for the temples and the surrounding wildlife while strolling through the landscaped gardens.
Farndale – Wind along the River Dove for an easy stroll, or you can take the longer route through the fields. This walk is beautiful at any time of year, but is at its finest in Spring to see the ‘Daffodil Dale’ in all its glory.