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From wild dales and windswept moors to tranquil waterfalls and rugged coastline, these Yorkshire walks offer a wealth of opportunities to get out exploring.

Yorkshire’s landscape is scattered with plenty of natural wonders that are best explored on foot. From easy strolls amidst breath-taking scenery to taking on the mighty Three Peaks challenge, this guide to Yorkshire walks has something for everyone.

Continue reading to discover 10 of the best Yorkshire walks…


1. Aysgarth Falls via Castle Bolton

Aysgarth Lower Waterfall

This stunning Yorkshire Dales walk offers a myriad of landscapes that will not fail to astound you!

Begin this circular Yorkshire walk from the National Park Centre in Aysgarth, where you can savour three flights of waterfalls. These stunning feats of beauty have been painted by Turner and Ruskin, and have been seen on the big screen during the Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves film. So, you are sure to snap an insta-worthy shot or two here!

After enjoying the Lower Falls, find the path that veers off to the left and follow the signpost for Castle Bolton and Redmire. From here, make your way into the small village of Castle Bolton, which is built around the ruins of the castle, where you will find plenty of opportunities for a scenic picnic.

Upon visiting, you can enjoy a selection of walks in the Yorkshire Dales.

Car park: National Park Centre at Aysgarth, DL8 3TH
Distance: Under 7 miles
Difficulty: Moderate


2. Ilkley Moor: Twelve Apostles and The Eastern Moor

landscape of Ilkley Moor in West Yorkshire

Ilkley Moor is a popular location for West Yorkshire walks, with this excellent route passing the Twelve Apostles Stone Circle and the Cow and Calf gritstone outcrop, providing some fabulous photo opportunities.

This circular walk in Yorkshire immediately begins with an uphill climb before heading diagonally across the moorland. Here, you will discover Haystack Rock before you find the more striking formation of Grub Stones. If you are brave, climb the stones for stunning views across North and West Yorkshire.

After a gentle incline along the main path, find the Twelve Apostles Stone Circle and savour the views across the moorland.

Discover this and many other wonderful walks during your next getaway to West Yorkshire.

Car park: Ilkley Moor Car Park, LS29 8RF
Distance: 3.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate


3. Catrigg Force Circular

Catrigg Force

Next on our guide is a sublime Yorkshire waterfall walk beginning in the lovely Dales village of Stainforth.

This short Yorkshire walk offers a route that the entire family can enjoy, evoking a sense of a fairy forest! After hopping across the impressive stepping stones, follow the ancient walled track of Goat Lane before reaching the signpost for Catrigg Force.

Hear the roar of the waterfall as you stroll past the trees. Now, the waterfall can be seen and the temptation to dip into the enticing drop pool for wild swimming is all too real!

Once you’ve admired the beauty of the waterfall, return to the walled lane and head to the village pub for a well-deserved pint or two.

Car park: Stainforth Car Park, BD24 9QD
Distance: 2.4 miles
Difficulty: Easy


4. Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook’s Monument

roseberry topping

This classic North Yorkshire walk takes you up to Roseberry Topping, one of the most prominent hilltops in Middlesbrough.

Start this walk from the village green in Great Ayton before reaching Cliff Ridge Wood. From here, continue along the bridleway until you reach the forest and turn left up a steep hill.

Traverse across the moorland and come to the intrepid explorer’s famous landmark, Captain Cook’s Monument. From here, admire the view and follow the Cleveland Way north, heading towards the Roseberry Topping.

Stride across the moorland and take in the 360-degree views of the North York Moors National Park, before completing your journey with a walk through Newton Wood.

Roseberry Topping is just one of several incredible walks to discover on your next North York Moors getaway.

Car park: Roseberry Topping Public Car Park, TS9 6QS
Distance: 5.5 miles
Difficulty: Challenging


5. Whitby and The Coastal Path

199 steps in whitby

A guide to the best walks in Yorkshire would not be complete without an amble from the historic port town of Whitby. Grab a bite to eat at one of the charming cafés on the seafront before setting off along the coast path in the shadow of the historic Abbey.

Continue to Stainsacre, before reaching the beautiful North Yorkshire coast, and come back to the centre via the eerie Whitby Abbey and down the iconic 199 Steps.

This is just one of many wonderful North Yorkshire walks to try when you’re in the area.

Car park: Church Street Car Park, YO22 4AS
Distance: 8.9 miles
Difficulty: Easy


6. Baitings Reservoir

baitings reservoir

With enchanting views across secluded moors, this is one of the best Yorkshire reservoir walks. The locals will tell you that a stroll around Baitings Reservoir is one of the finest walks in Yorkshire, with so much to see along the way.

Start the route along the northern shore of the reservoir before crossing Baitings Viaduct. Moments later, you will arrive at the entrance to Yorkshire Water’s permissive footpath, which takes you along the southern shore of the water.

Continue eastwards along the path before turning left for the final section back to the car park. This circular walk is the ideal choice for those with little avid ramblers!

Car park: Rochdale Road Car Park, HX6 4LR
Distance: 1.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy


7. Flamborough Head Circular

Flamborough Head Circular

Yorkshire coastal walks are perfect for those seeking a haven for wildlife and incredible views that will impress at any time of the year.

This walk around Flamborough in the East Riding of Yorkshire boasts views of one of the finest areas of chalk cliffs in Britain, as well as a collection of lighthouses that line the coast.

After leaving the village, find the Flamborough Cliffs Nature Reserve, which hugs the coastline. The walk then continues along the top of the cliffs, with the North Sea crashing to your left. The path will then bring you to the Lighthouse at Flamborough Head before venturing to the Fog Signal Station.

After a short climb up steep steps, savour the views of the coastline before taking the footpath to the right, heading towards Flamborough.

Car park: Chapel Street, YO15 1LH
Distance: 2.4 miles
Difficulty: Moderate


 8. Goit Stock Waterfall

Goit Stock

This Yorkshire hidden gem is an undeniably pretty waterfall walk in the scenic Harden Valley.

Start this Yorkshire walk by meandering through Myrtle Park as you follow the Harden Beck upstream. After crossing over the old Beckfoot Packhorse Bridge, you will soon discover the magnificent beauty of the Goit Stock Waterfalls, tucked away in a charming woodland setting.

After taking some stunning photos of the following water, make your way to the Hewenden Viaduct, where you will walk under the arches and striking views across Bronte Country.

Car park: Bingley Railway Station, BD16 2NB
Distance: 10.7 miles
Difficulty: Challenging


9. Langsett Reservoir and Little Don River Circular

langsett reservoir

Langsett Reservoir and Little Don River circular walk is a superb choice to relish in the beautiful landscapes of South Yorkshire.

This Yorkshire walk begins near Langsett on the edge of the Peak District National Park before taking you through little-known moorland, coming back down via the Little Don River. If you’re enjoying good weather, extend the route to encompass the Langsett Reservoir.

During this superb South Yorkshire walk, you are sure to catch a glimpse of unique Yorkshire wildlife and misty views across the striking moorland. A perfect Yorkshire walk to take you away from the stresses of everyday life!

Car park: Langsett Barn Car Park, S36 9FD
Distance: 3.8 miles
Difficulty: Easy


10. Yorkshire Three Peaks

snowcapped Pen-y-Ghent

A guide to Yorkshire walks would not be complete without the famous Three Peak challenge. This 24-mile route takes on the peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough and can be completed within 12 hours.

Whilst there are multiple starting points for this route, we recommend beginning the hike in Chapel le Dale, where you can take on the summit of Ingleborough first. After two hours of walking, you will arrive in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, a small village where you will find toilets.

The next peak is Pen-y-Ghent, which is the lowest of the three, encompassing views of the Ribblehead Viaduct. To complete this Yorkshire walk, you will hike to the summit of Whernside, before returning to Chapel le Dale, where you can be rewarded with a pint in the local!

Car park: Free parking available in Chapel le Dale, LA6 3AR
Distance: 24 miles
Difficulty: Challenging


If these Yorkshire walks are tempting, take a look at accommodation in Yorkshire or find even more wonderful things to do in our North Yorkshire travel guide and Yorkshire Dales travel guide

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