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What better way to enjoy Yorkshire than actually getting out and being in it! With so many amazing scenic places, natural beauty spots, and walks, Yorkshire is one of the best places to get out for some fresh air. To give you some inspiration of places to go we have put together a list of a few walks in and around Yorkshire. These are walks that suit a variety of walkers with ranges from 1 mile to over 10 miles and different terrains.
The Aldwark Ramble takes a pleasant circular route through a cultivated, wildlife-rich countryside under wide-open skies. It takes you where witches walked, through the ancient hunting grounds of kings, and links in with a man who fought at the Battle of Hastings. The full walk is a level walk on bridleways and quiet lanes and is just under four miles (6km), it should take two hours at a steady pace. From the church through the village and up Straight Lane to The Fisheries is suitable for wheelchairs and scooters. Park thoughtfully in Aldwark village. Start at the walk interpretation panel on the grass verge outside the church. Follow the route shown by the brown waymarkers.
Caulkleys Bank, Nunnington
Caulkleys Bank Walk is a short walk of 2.5km/1.5 miles, with an impressive view. Follow the route marked: Start at the Church. Easy/moderate grade due to the ascent and descent. The surface is a track with a wide grassy
path. Return either on the road or retrace your steps.
1. From the Church, walk uphill away
from the village, following the fingerpost
sign directing you along a rough track
towards ‘Stonegrave 1 mile’.
2. At the top of the bank you reach a
three-way fingerpost sign. Turn left at
this point towards ‘The Avenue ¼ mile’.
3. On reaching the road cross over to
the wide verge on the other side. This
is a good spot from which to identify
the features marked on the panorama
above. Please take care to avoid
traffic on the road.
If short of time retrace your steps or
carefully walk down the hill along the wide
road verge, to get back to the village.
For a more leg-stretching route extend the walk onto
the River Rye, to give you more time to take in the
impressive views to the north and south and to enjoy a
pleasant riverside stroll as you return to the village.
The Wainstones Walk is an 8-mile long circuit that makes a challenging day out, however, the rewards are worth it! You can watch rock-climbers tackle the crags, sample a thrilling section of the Cleveland Way National Trail, or skirt the Urra Moor. The latter is the highest point in the North York Moors. This walk offers some of the most spectacular views in the whole of the National park!
This route around Swinsty Reservoir nestles in the stunning Washburn Valley and provides breathtaking views across the water and the surrounding landscape, especially from the embankment near the River Washburn or various rest points dotted along the walk. The walk is around 3 miles long and has easy-going terrain.
Haworth Moor Straddles the Pennines and is an invigorating walk that sweeps through the wild moorland and heather which was an inspiration for the Bronte sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne. The paths and tracks on this route provide views up to Top Withens ruins, connected locally to Emily’s famous novel Wuthering Heights and the surrounding moors. Visitors are asked to keep all dogs on a lead in the interest of farming and conservation. This walk is roughly 5 miles long and is mostly a challenging terrain.
Castle Walk at Sheriff Hutton
The castle walk at Sheriff Hutton is an 8.5-mile walk that can be quite challenging underfoot. The ruins of Sheriff Hutton’s Neville Castle dominate this walk throughout, sitting as it is on a slight rise and still containing some impressive high walls. The walk rises up at the edge of the Vale of York, with impressive views around.
Forge Valley Woods
Forge Valley Woods walk is an easy-going and accessible 2-mile walk with a fairly level wooden boardwalk throughout. It meanders through the strikingly beautiful woods of Forge Valley which is a joy to walk at any time of the year. In spring you’ll find yourself overwhelmed with great swathes of pungent wild garlic and delightful wood anemone, and in autumn, the woodland colours are magnificent.
Lord Stones Walk
Lord Stones walk is a 3-mile walk over moderate terrain. It is a real adventure walk for all the family, with some awe-inspiring views. There’s a striking panorama of Middlesbrough, the Cleveland plain, Roseberry Topping and Cook’s Monument. which you’ll see both on the outward leg and then – after a stiff, stepped climb – on the return section that follows the Cleveland Way National Trail across Cringle Moor. The start of the trail is in the privately-owned Lord Stones Country Park, where there’s access to the ancient stone that gives the walk its name – as well as parking, a café-restaurant, and a local produce shop.
Thornton Le Dale and Ellerburn Walk
The Thornton Le Dale and Ellerburn Walk is a 2-mile long circular walk that is moderate going underfoot. Thornton le Dale is regarded by many people as the prettiest village in the National Park, and while its obvious charms make it popular with visitors, it’s also full of historic interest. The walk follows riverside field paths to the hamlet of Ellerburn and its ancient church, before returning along a minor road to Thornton le Dale. It’s an enjoyable stroll at any time of year, but spring and autumn, in particular, show the wooded riverside at its best.
Mallyan Spout and Beck Hole Walk
The Mallyan Spout and Beck Hole walk is roughly 3 miles long and moderate going. Long before Heartbeat and TV fame, the tumbling waterfall of Mallyan Spout helped put Goathland on the map as a tourist village in the nineteenth century. See the spectacle that charmed Victorian visitors on this 3-mile circular route from the village, which descends into the wooded valley bottom and to the waters of West Beck before returning along part of the track bed of the original Whitby-to-Pickering railway line.
This is just a snippet of some of the fantastic walks that the county of Yorkshire has to offer. For more walks head to the North York Moors Website.
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