5 Wonderful Walks
Every season offers something new to see in Yorkshire, from fresh spring mornings when the flowers start to bloom to crisp autumn evenings with crunchy leaves underfoot. We have such a variety of places to enjoy on foot, there is always somewhere to explore and inspire.
Follow the fantastic scenery of the North York Moors National Park, crossing stunning lengths of heather moorland and providing spectacular views of the North Yorkshire coastline. Starting from the attractive market town of Helmsley, the trail heads across the inspirational, and sometimes vibrant heather moorland of the North York Moors, before reaching the coast at Saltburn. From here it's a visual feast along the dramatic North Yorkshire coastline to Filey, passing old fishing villages and lively coastal towns, including Staithes and Whitby.
The Wolds Way
A National Trail to savour. It's not too strenuous and offers a route where the peace and quiet of country life still dominate and the gentle charm of the Yorkshire Wolds leaves you feeling refreshed in body and spirit. As well as being a National Trail, the Wolds Way National Trail forms part of the E2 European walking route. At only 79 miles long this trail is perfect for anyone looking to complete their first National Trail to walk. To make things even easier there are train stations near the start of the walk on the shore of the Humber estuary in Hessle and its North Sea coast end in Filey.
The Yorkshire 3 Peaks
The Yorkshire Dales are home to Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside, more commonly known as the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Each of these hills is worthy of spending a full day exploring but each year many walkers attempt to walk all three in less than 12 hours following a circular route. The route is 24.5 miles (39km) long and has over 5,000 feet (1,600m) of ascent. Ingleton, nestled on the lower slopes of Inglebrough, is an ideal start and finish point with plenty of parking, shops and amenities. Keep an eye out for the Brownlee Brothers who like to use these famous hills as their training ground.
Walking in Yorkshire doesn't always have to involve mountains, valleys and breath taking scenery. Our cities and towns can be just as exciting. And the best bit is, if it starts raining, you're never too far from a warm and welcoming a pub to shelter in. A great place to start is York which is surrounded by over two miles of ancient city walls (the longest town walls in the UK). Each year, around 2.5 million people take a walk through 1900 years of history on York’s City Walls, enjoying some amazing views. The completion of the entire circuit will take approximately 2 hours. There are five main bars or gateways, one Victorian gateway, one postern (a small gateway) and 45 towers.
Get your walking shoes on and discover the Bronte landscape first hand. Walk up Haworth Moor to Top Withens, a ruined farmhouse thought to be Emily Bronte’s inspiration for the location of the house in Wuthering Heights. Follow the Brontë Way, a 40 mile waymarked trail which leads you to key locations associated with the Brontë family. Starting from Oakwell Hall in Birstall, visit the Spen Valley, where Shirley was set and discover the wild moorland scenes associated with Wuthering Heights as well as passing through Haworth itself. Whether attempting the full distance or just a short stroll, you’ll find plenty to enjoy in the beautiful countryside the Brontë sisters knew so well.