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 Yorkshire Walks
Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Aire Valley Towpath16 miles (26 km)Follow the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and the River Aire from Leeds to Bingley on this waterside cycle or walk. The route follows NCN route 66 and passes Kirkstall Abbey, Bramley Fall, Rodley, Calverley Woods, Apperley Bridge, Thackley, Shipley, Hirst Wood and Dowley Gap with both countryside and urban sections to enjoy.
Highlights on the route include the fascinating Saltaire Village World Heritage Site. Here you will find the grade II listed Victoria Hall and Salt's Mill with its shops, cafes and galleries.
Also of interest is Kirkstall Abbey. This medieval Cistercian abbey is set in beatutiful parkland and is well worth a visit if you have time.
Aislabie Walk17 miles (27 km)This walk follows a circuit that connected the estates and gardens of the Aislabie family in the 18th century. You will visit the picturesque landscapes of Studley Royal, Laver Banks and Hackfall on this delightful circular walk which takes place near the Yorkshire city of Ripon.
The main highlight of the walk is the National Trust owned Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. A designated World Heritage Site which has an area of 323 hectares (800 acres) and features an 18th century landscaped garden, some of the largest Cistercian ruins in Europe, a Jacobean mansion and a Victorian church designed by William Burges. It was developed around the ruins of the Cistercian Fountains Abbey.
Anglers Country Park2 miles (2.5 km)Enjoy a peaceful walk or cycle around this pretty country park in Wakefield. The park consists of a large lake and pretty pond with several bird hides for you to observe the wildfowl visitors. These includes herons, coots, mallard, pied wagtail, osprey, widgeon and yellow wagtail. The lakeside path is perfect for a nice, easy stroll or ride.
If you'd like to continue your activity then the nearby Barnsley canal leading into Wakefield is a good option. Nostell Priory with its delightful gardens and 300 acres of parkland is also only a couple of miles away. Anglers Country Park is located just a few miles south east of Wakefield.
Aysgarth Falls2 miles (4 km)Enjoy a woodland walk to the spectacular Aysgarth Falls in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The walk starts at the visitor centre and takes you along the River Ure in St Joseph's wood to the falls. There are three tiers to the falls which make for a wonderful spectacle, particularly in wet weather. The upper and middle fall was featured in the film 'Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves'.
Barningham Trail24 miles (39 km)Travel through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park on this circular walk around the pretty village of Barningham in County Durham. The walk passes through the stunning Arkengarthdale - the northernmost of the Yorkshire Dales where there are stunning views of the Pennine Hills to enjoy. Scenery on the walk includes waterfalls, moors, becks and forests while there is also a visit to the village of Langthwaite which was used for the filming of several scenes in the television series All Creatures Great and Small.
This is a very challenging walk with some steep climbs, but with the reward of some simply stunning views over this beautiful area.
Barnsley Boundary Walk73 miles (117 km)A super circular walk around the South Yorkshire town. Walk highlights includes a series of lovely reservoirs, the beautiful Peak District scenery and the splendid Bretton Country Park. The country park includes 500 acres of lakes and parkland, housing various sculptures as well as being the home of several endangered species. The fascinating Yorkshire Sculpture Park also sits within the park and is well worth exploring. The only one of its kind, the park is an international centre for modern and contemporary art, which receives thousands of visitors each year.
Also on the route is the interesting Elescar Heritage Centre. Set in the conservation village of Elsecar, the centre is located within the former ironworks and colliery workshops of the Earl Fitzwilliam. Restored historical buildings now house an antique centre, individual craft workshops, and exhibitions of Elsecar's past.
Another major highlight is the delightful Cannon Hall Country Park. This country house museum is set in 70 acres of historic parkland and includes a collection of art including ceramics, glass, furniture and Old Master paintings, displayed in the hall's Georgian and Victorian room.
You'll also enjoy waterside sections along the beautiful Winscar Reservoir and Langsett Reservoir.
The walk is waymarked with a green and yellow square.
Bempton Cliffs7 miles (12 km)Bempton Cliffs RSPB Nature Reserve is considered the best place in England to watch seabirds. Start species include Puffins, Gannets, Kittiwakes, Guillemots and Razorbills. In the summer months it is a spectacular sight with hundreds of thousands of birds around the cliffs. The RSPB have created several cliff-edge viewing platforms from which to observe the action.
This walk starts at the reserve car park and heads along the coast in an easterly direction before turning back and heading west towards Buckton Cliffs. A lovely footpath then heads away from the coast and into the countryside towards Bempton. A country lane from Bempton then takes you back to the car park. As such the walk provides both great coastal scenery and views of the North York Moors countryside.
You can easily continue your walk along the East Riding Heritage Way towards the wonderful Flamborough Head.
Beningbrough Hall4 miles (6 km)The 18th century Beningbrough Hall has 8 acres of formal gardens to explore including a walled kitchen garden, herbaceous borders and Italian border filled with colourful Mediterranean blooms. You can also follow footpaths through woodland to the River Ouse where you can enjoy a long waterside stroll. Look out for Oystercatchers, Curlews and Sand Martins along the riverside.
You can tour the Georgian house with its baroque interiors, cantilevered stairs and ornate wood carvings.  There's a fine collection of 100 portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery featuring influential figures of the era.
If you would like to continue your walk you could follow the River Ouse and the Jorvic Way towards York.
Beverley Twenty20 miles (32 km)This 20 mile walk runs from Hessle to Beverley through the Yorkshire wolds.
The walk starts in Hessle, at Humber Bridge Country Park and takes you to the Humber Estuary with fine views of the Humber Bridge. The path then follows the estuary to North Ferriby where you turn north and head towards Beverley through the countryside of the Yorkshire Wolds. The walk passes Welton and the pretty village of Skidby, with its English Heritage windmill, before finishing at the splendid Beverley Minster.
Bewerley Industrial Heritage Trail9 miles (14 km)Explore the Pateley Bridge of Nidderdale, North Yorkshire on this historical circular walk. The trail explores nearly a thousand years of lead mining history while also offering splendid views of the beautiful Nidderdale area.
Highlights include the delightful waterfalls at Throstle Nest and Coldstones Cut-a huge artisitic construction which visitors can freely walk through and explore. The sculpture overlooks the working Coldstones Quarry and offers fabulous views of the scenery of Nidderdale in the Yorkshire Dales.
Blue Man Walk16 miles (26 km)This woodland walk takes you through Broxa, Dalby and Langdale Forests in the North York Moors National Park. The walk starts at Reasty Bank Top Car Park and follows forest roads, earth tracks and paths through the coniferous forests to Allerston. There are some steeps climbs but also some splendid views of the North York Moors countryside to enjoy.
Bolton Abbey7 miles (11.5 km)Explore the huge estate surrounding the ruins of this 12th-century Augustinian monastery. There are miles of riverside walking trails to follow with the River Wharfe running through the estate. The paths take you to the Strid - here the River Wharfe becomes very narrow causing the water to rush with great force at this point. There are also colour coded nature trails taking you through ancient woodland and bluebells in spring.
The fascinating ruins of the 12th century priory are also worth exploring. Nearby are stepping stones across the river which are always popular. You can extend your walk by heading across Barden Moor or climbing Simon's seat through the Valley of Desolation.
The Dales Way also runs through Bolton Abbey so you could continue along this path.
Bretton Country Park3 miles (5 km)This country park includes 500 acres of lakes and parkland, housing various sculptures as well as being the home of several endangered species. The fascinating Yorkshire Sculpture Park also sits within the park and is well worth exploring. The only one of its kind, the park is an international centre for modern and contemporary art, which receives thousands of visitors each year. Also of interest is the Grade II listed Bretton Hall built around 1720.
The Barnsley Boundary Walk and Dearne Way run through the park so you could continue your walk along the River Dearne towards Barnsley.
Brighouse Boundary Walk18 miles (29 km)A circular walk exploring the area around the town of Brighouse in West Yorkshire. The walk visits Norwood Green and Hartshead and includes a waterside stretch along the River Calder.
Brimham Rocks3 miles (4.5 km)Brimham Rocks is a National Trust owned site with a collection of fascinating rock formations. You can explore the labyrinth of paths while enjoying fabulous views over Nidderdale.
The site is located near Pately Bridge and on the Nidderdale Way walking route so there is scope for continuing your walk through the Nidderdale AONB.
Bronte Way44 miles (71 km)Follow the Bronte Way through Lancashire and Yorkshire and visit many of the places associated with writings and lives of the Bronte Sisters.
Highlights on the walk include:
Gawthorpe Hall - visited by Charlotte Bronte on several occasions, Gawthorpe Hall is the start point of the walk
Wycoller Country Park - Wycoller Hall is believed to have inspired Ferndean Manor in Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre".
Top Withens - the inspiration for the location of Wuthering Heights
Ponden Hall - situated near the village of Stanbury it inspired Thrushcross grange in Wuthering Heights.
Haworth - this Yorkshire village is where the Bronte sisters wrote many of their works and includes the Haworth Parsonage Museum
Thronton - birthplace of the Brontes
Oakwell Hall - inspiration for 'Fieldhead' in Charlotte Bronte's novel Shirley and also the end point of the route

Bronte Waterfall

-this beautiful waterfall is located in Bronte Country near Haworth. It was a popular with the Bronte sisters who loved visiting the waterfall. There is a pretty little bridge called Bronte Bridge next to the falls.
As well as the interesting places above the walk also passes some beautiful scenery including Ponden and Leeming Reservoirs, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and Penistone country park.
Burton Constable3 miles (5 km)Explore the extensive parks and gardens of this Elizabethan country house near Hull. The hall is a Grade I listed building, set in a 300 acre park designed by Capability Brown. The park includes a large lake and an Orangery. There is a Waymarker Trail that takes you around the main features of the park.
Calder Aire Link17 miles (27 km)This route provides a link from the St Ives Estate near Bingley to the Pennine Bridleway Mary Towneley Loop in Calderdale.  It is suitable for walkers and cyclists though a mountain bike is really needed due to the nature of some of the terrain on the path.
You will pass Cullingworth and Oxenhope while there's some truly spectacular scenery as you pass the beautiful Leeming and Leeshaw Reservoirs before finishing near Gorple Reservoir at Widdop.
Calderdale Way50 miles (80 km)The Calderdale Way is a walking circuit around the beautiful district of Calderdale in West Yorkshire. The walk passes through exposed moorland and woodland paths, while there are also waterside sections along the Rochdale Canal, the River Calder and around Withens Clough and Warlands Reservoir. The walk officially starts at Greetland and passes through Ripponden, Mankinholes, Todmorden, Heptonstall, Holdsworth, Shelf and Brighouse. The Calderdale Way website has split the walk into manageable sections.
Highlights on the route include the beautiful wooded valley at Hardcastle Crags.
Campsall Country Park2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a short walk around the pretty grounds of Campsall Hall. The estate consists of open grassland, meadow, ponds and woodland. The landscaped pleasure gardens also contain ornamental specimen trees.
The park is located just a few miles north of Doncaster.
Cannon Hall Country Park2 miles (3 km)Explore the beautiful lansdscaped gardens of Cannon Hall in Cawthorne, Yorkshire. The park includes sweeping grasslands, woodlands, a stream and a lake with a waterfall nearby. The hall itself is also worth a visit, housing collections of fine furniture, paintings, ceramics and glassware.
The park is located on the Barnsley Boundary Walk and Penistone Boundary Walk so there is scope for continuing your walk along these walking paths. Cannon Hall is located just a few miles west of Barnsley.
Captain Cook's Monument6 miles (10 km)Enjoy a walk from Great Ayton to this iconic landmark on Easby Moor. Captain Cook's Monument is an obelisk 60 ft (18 m) high in memory of the great British explorer. This walk starts in the village of Great Ayton and climbs to the monument through woodland and moorland. You then pick up the Cleveland Way to take you across Great Ayton Moor to the wonderful Roseberry Topping. This distinctive hill commands wonderful views across the Cleveland Plain towards the Pennine Hills. The route then descends from Roseberry Topping to Great Ayton and the finish point.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could climb Roseberry Topping on the National Trust walk or continue east along the Cleveland Way towards Guisborough Forest and Walkway.
Castle Howard2 miles (3.5 km)The 1000 acres of parkland and gardens surrounding this stately home is a walker's paradise. There are peaceful woodland trails, two large lakes, a series of ponds, formal gardens and fountains. There's a lovely walled garden with romantic Italianate trellises and peaceful woodland trails in the Yorkshire Arboretum. The Arboretum covers 120 acres and includes a wonderful collection of trees from all over the world. There's also beautiful rhododendrons and a wildflower meadow to enjoy. All the while there is the beautiful surrounding countryside of the Howardian Hills making a splendid backdrop. The Centenary Way runs past the estate so you could easily pick this up and extend your walk into this AONB.
The house has been categorised as 'One of the World's Top Ten Greatest Mansions and Grand Houses' in Lonely Planet's 1,000 Ultimate Sights. It was used as the fictional 'Brideshead', in the 1981 TV adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited and the two-hour 2008 remake for cinema.
Catrigg Force7 miles (12 km)This circular walk visits the beautiful Catrigg Force waterfall in the Yorkshire Dales. It's a wonderful spot and can be easily reached from Stainforth. This longer walk starts at Settle and involves some more challenging hill climbing.
After leaving Settle you climb towards Attimire Scar where you can see a series of caves and interesting limestone formations. You then descend to the waterfall, passing Jubilee Cave, Victoria Cave and Winskill Stones - a 74-acre area of limestone grassland and limestone pavement. The area is also a nature reserve with a wide variety of plants and wildflowers, such as sandwort, horseshoe vetch, meadow saxifrage, mossy saxifrage, mountain everlasting and moonwort.
Shortly after passing through Winskill Stones you come to Catrigg Force. The waterfall has 2 main drops of about 20 feet and a series of smaller waterfalls. It's a delightful area, with peaceful woodland and the Stainforth Beck to enjoy.
The route then continues to Stainforth before picking up the Ribble Way and following the River Ribble back to Settle. This lovely waterside section also passes the Stainforth Force Waterfall.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby Malham Tarn Estate or continue along the Ribble Way.
Centenary Way Yorkshire83 miles (134 km)Explore the Howardian Hills and the Yorkshire Wolds on this splendid walk devised to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Yorkshire County Council. The walk starts at the fabulous York Minster and runs to Filey Brigg on the Yorkshire coast. The walk includes:
  • Riverside sections along the River Foss near York, and along the River Derwent near Malton.
  • Sheriff Hutton Castle - 12th century ruined castle and Grade I listed building
  • Castle Howard - 'One of the World's Top Ten Greatest Mansions and Grand Houses' - according to Lonely Planet's 1,000 Ultimate Sights. Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th-century residence set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape in the Howardian Hills. (video below)
  • Kirkham Priory - Owned by English Heritage these Augustinian ruins are situated between York and Malton, next to the River Derwent.
  • Filey - the final coastal section in Filey is another major route highlight

Towns/cities on the route include:

York
Huntington
New Earswick
Strensall
Sheriff Hutton
Terrington
Slingsby
Coneysthorpe
Castle Howard
Welburn
Low Hutton
Malton
Norton
Settrington
North Grimston
Birdsall
Thixendale
Wharram Percy
Wintringham
West Heslerton
Sherburn
Potter Brompton
Ganton
Hunmanby
Filey

The walk is waymarked with the letters CW on standard waymarks.
Chalkland Way40 miles (64 km)This circular walk takes you on a tour of the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds around Pocklington, where the walk starts and ends. You will pass through Britain's most northerly chalk outcrop while also visiting a series of pretty villages including Great Givendale, Thixendale, Fimber, Wetwang and Huggate.
Cleveland Street Walk8 miles (13 km)Follow the Cleveland Street Walk from Guisborough to Loftus through lovely rolling Yorkshire countryside.
The path starts at the dramatic 12th century Guisborough Priory and heads east towards the coast through Slapewath, North Skelton and Skinningrove before finishing at Loftus.
Highlights on the path include the 11 arch Waterfall viaduct near Spa Wood and views of Margrove Park which is just to the south of the path near Boosbeck. The path also passes a series of dismantled railway lines and old mines.
Cleveland Way109 miles (176 km)This wonderful trail runs from Helmsley to Filey, taking you through the beautiful North York Moors national park and along the stunning North Yorkshire coastline.
The trail begins in Helmsley, with the first section taking you through the heather moorland of the North York Moors, before arriving at Saltburn to begin the coastal stretch. You then pass through a series of lovely coastal towns, including Whitby and Scarbrough, while enjoying some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the country.
Colne Valley Circular Walk13 miles (21 km)Take in the stunning scenery of the Colne Valley on this circular footpath through Kirklees in Yorkshire.
The walk begins and ends at Golcar, passing Linthwaite,Slaithwaite and Marsden on the way. The path includes a waterside stroll along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal at the start, a stretch through Slaithwaite Moor and views of the picturesque Butterley Reservoir near Netherley. There are some challenging climbs on this walk but you are rewarded with fabulous views of the Colne Valley.
Cuckoo Way46 miles (74 km)This walk follows the Chesterfield Canal through Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire from Chesterfield to West Stockwith. You will pass 36 locks and 11 bridges as you walk along one of England's most beautiful waterways.
The walk passes Stavely, Retford and Worksop while there is also a pleasant section around the lovely Rother Valley Country Park at Killamarsh. Here you will find 5 lakes and a nature reserve which boasts the recording of over 260 different varieties of birds over the past two decades.
Cusworth Country Park1 miles (2 km)Explore acres of historic parkland in this country park in Doncaster. The estate surrounds the Grade I listed Cusworth Hall and includes lakes, plantations and pleasure ground with dramatic views across the town. In the park there is an Italianate Chapel with beautiful ceiling paintings and an excellent museum with a collection of 36000 objects including accessories, toys and games and kitchen equipment. Look out for watervoles, kingfishers and green flowered heleborine orchids at the delightful lake.
The Trans Pennine Trail runs just past the park so there is scope for continuing your walk along the River Don to Conisbrough.
Dales Way78 miles (126 km)This wonderful walk takes you through the fabulous Yorkshire Dales and on into Cumbria and the spectacular Lake District.
There are several wonderful waterside stretches to enjoy starting with the River Wharfe at Ilkley before runs along the Rivers Dee and Lune soon follow. A pleasant stroll along the River Kent takes you into the Lake District National Park and then onto the finish point at Bowness on Windermere.
Highlights on the route include the spectacular Linton Falls and the wonderful Bolton Abbey.
Damflask Reservoir3 miles (5 km)Enjoy a circular walk around this lovely reservoir near Sheffield. A good foopath runs around the perimeter of the reservoir which is ideal for an afternoon stroll. There are long waterside sections and some woodland trails to enjoy. The water is also surrounded by some lovely Peak District countryside.
The walk begins at the village of Lower Bradfield at the western end of the reservoir. You then follow the path to Low Holdworth before returning via Oak Farm, with views of the Ughill Brook. The walk can easily by extended by visiting the nearby Agden and Dale Dike Reservoirs where you will find more waterside footpaths.
The route below is a walking trail but cyclists can also enjoy the reservoir by using the country lanes around the water.
Danby Beacon6 miles (9.5 km)This circular walk from the village of Danby climbs to Danby Beacon for wonderful views over the Fryup dales. It follows quiet country lanes for most of route with splendid views of the heather covered moors and the River Esk. You'll also pass the excellent Moors National Park Centre with information, exhibitions and refreshments set in 13 acres of grounds on the banks of the River Esk. The walk passes the village of Houlsyke and the remains of the 14th century Danby Castle. Now a working farm the castle was once inhabited by Catherine Parr before she became the sixth wife of Henry VIII.
The walk starts in centre of Danby where parking is available. Danby also has a train station near the route start.
Danum Trail50 miles (80 km)Enjoy the woodlands, nature reserves, country parks and farmland around Doncaster on this splendid walk through the Yorkshire countryside. The walk begins at the Dome Leisure Park in Doncaster and passes through a series of pretty towns and villages including Rossington, Tickhill, Maltby, Conisbrough and Stainforth before finishing at Kirk Sandall.
Walk highlights include:
  • Waterside stretches along the River Don and the River Don Navigation Canal.
  • The 12th century, medieval Conisbrough Castle which boasts the finest Circular Norman Keep Tower still surviving. Climb the castle for splendid views as shown in the video below
  • The delightful Denaby Ings Nature Reserve - a marshland supporting many botanical species which straddles the old course of the River Dearne, close to the confluence of the rivers Dearne and Don.
  • The beautiful landscaped gardens at Campsall Country Park which includes open grassland, meadow, ponds and wet and dry mixed semi-natural broadleaf and Yew woodland.
Dearne Valley Park2 miles (3.3 km)Enjoy a short walk or cycle around the pretty Dearne Valley Park in Barnsley. You can follow the path alongside the River Dearne, around the pond and through the peaceful woodland. The park is located just a mile from Barnsley town centre.
If you would like to continue your walk/ride then you could follow either the Dearne Way or the Trans Pennine Trail as these run just past the park.
Dearne Way30 miles (48 km)Travel from Birds Edge to Mexborough along the River Dearne on this delightful riverside walk through Yorkshire.
The footpath begins at Birds Edge, near Holmfirth and heads east through Daton, Barnsley and Bolton Upon Dearne before coming to an end at Mexborough.
Walk highlights include the splendid Bretton Country Park near the start of the walk. The country park includes 500 acres of lakes and parkland, housing various sculptures as well as being the home of several endangered species. The fascinating Yorkshire Sculpture Park also sits within the park and is well worth exploring. The only one of its kind, the park is an international centre for modern and contemporary art, which receives thousands of visitors each year. The walk also visits the lovely Dearne Valley park in Barnsley. This riverside park runs along the River Dearne for about two miles and boasts a lake and a variety of wildlife.
Doncastrian Way33 miles (53 km)This is a circular walk through the countryside and woodland around the Yorkshire town of Doncaster. The walk includes lovely waterside stretches along the River Don and the River Torne, while there are also pleasant woodland sections through Edlington and Wadworth Wood. The path passes the villages of Wadworth, New Rossington and Auckley.
Duncombe Park2 miles (4 km)Enjoy woodland trails, a spectacular landscaped garden and the International Centre for Birds of Prey in this large park and nature reserve in Helmsley, Yorkshire.
You can enjoy a gentle stroll around the 35 acre 18th century green gardens. Here you will find a great lawn, terraces, temples, a yew tree walk and the scented 'secret garden'. Continue into the wider estate and you can visit the deer parks, explore large areas of woodland and enjoy a waterside stroll along the River Rye.
At the International Centre for Birds of Prey you can see owls, falcons, hawks, buzzards and eagles.
If you'd like to extend your walk you could follow the Cleveland Way to Rievaulx Abbey.
East Riding Heritage Way85 miles (136 km)Follow the East Riding Heritage Way from the Humber Bridge to Filey on this trail through the East Yorkshire countryside. The walk starts with a section along the Humber Estaury from Hessle and heads to Beverley, with its wonderful minster. You continue to Driffield where there is a lovely waterside section along the Driffield Canal. The next stage then takes you to the coast and the seaside resort of Bridlington. The rest of the route then follows the spectacular East Yorkshire coastline, passing Bempton Cliffs with its huge seabird colonies, Flamborough Head (video below) and Thornwick Bay before finishing at Filey.
Ebor Way76 miles (122 km)Follow the Ebor Way from Helmsley to Ilkley on this walk through Yorkshire. The first section runs from Helmsley to York, passing Hovingham and the ruined Sheriff Hutton Castle, before a short section along the River Foss leads you into York. After leaving York following the River Ouse, you head towards Tadcaster where you join the River Wharfe taking you to Wetherby. Here you continue to Otley, passing the impressive Harewood House which is a major route highlight. The house was built in the 18th century and has wonderful art collections while there is also a Bird Garden and over 100 acres of beautiful gardens to enjoy.
The final section of the walk runs from Otley to Ilkley through Ilkley Moor, passing the Cow and Calf Rocks on the way.
The walk is waymarked with a green and white disc.
Eccup Reservoir6 miles (10 km)Enjoy an easy, waterside walk around this lovely reservoir near Leeds.
The walk begins in the car park on Stair Foot lane in Adel Woods and follows the Dales Way past Sand Moor golf course to the reservoir. You'll pass through Eccup and then follow a bridleway to Owlet Hall before turning south and enjoying waterside sections along the eastern and southern edges of the reservoir. The walk then passes Alwoodley Old Hall before a woodland section returns you to the Dales Way.
The area is well known for being a great place for birdwatching. In particular look out for Red Kites as you make you're way round the reservoir.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could pick up the Leeds Country Way at Eccup and follow it to the splendid Harewood House where you will find 100 acres of landscaped gardens. If you follow it west then you will soon come to the lovely Golden Acre Park.
Esk Valley Walk35 miles (56 km)A stunning walk through the North York Moors National Park from Castleton to Whitby.
The walk begins with a loop from Castleton which passes through Danby Head, Westerdale Moor, Farndale Moor and High Blakey Moor. You return to Castleton where you begin the next section through Esk Dale to Danby and then the climb to Danby Beacon. From here it leads to Leaholm, Glaisdale, Egton Bridge and Grosmont with several sections along the River Esk. The final section takes you through Sleights to the finish point at Whitby, on the North Sea.
The walk passes the North York Moors Railway which you can take for part of the route. The steam railway is a significant tourist attraction and may be the busiest steam heritage line in the world, carrying around 350,000 passengers in 2009.
Falling Foss2 miles (2.5 km)This walk visits the lovely Falling Foss waterfall in the North York Moors.
The walk starts in the parking area located near the falls and heads through wonderful ancient woodland to the 30ft high falls. Along the way there is a waterside section along the pretty May Beck. There's also lots of little paddling pools and other smaller waterfalls dotted along the walk. Also on the route is the delightful Falling Foss tea rooms which are the perfect place to stop for refreshments.
This is a fairly easy walk with a few small climbs and generally good footpaths.
If you're looking to extend your walking in the area then you could head to the 70 ft high Mallyan Spout Waterfall and enjoy more woodland trails.
Fewston Reservoir3 miles (5.5 km)Enjoy an easy circular walk around the lovely Fewston Reservoir in the Yorkshire Dales. The path around the reservoir is well surfaced and largely flat so this is a good walk for abilities. The reservoir is surrounded by woodland and beautiful widlflowers including common vetch, betony, milkwork golden rod and common cow-wheat. Also look out for birds on the water including Moorhens, Geese and Ducks.
This walk starts at Blubberhouses at the northern end of the reservoir and follows the waterside footpaths around the reservoir.
It's easy to extend your walk by heading to the adjacent Thruscross Reservoir. A lovely footpath along the River Washburn will take you there. Swinsty Reservoir is also just to the south and also has an easy circular footpath.
Fewston Reservoir is located near to Leeds and Harrogate.
Filey Brigg Country Park2 miles (3 km)This super country park is located on the coast at Filey in North Yorkshire. It is also known as North Cliff Country Park. The park has super views over Filey Bay and the town below. The walk also takes you along Filey Brigg - a long narrow peninsula with steep cliffs and lovely coastal views.
The Cleveland Way and the Centenary Way walking routes run past the park so there is scope for continuing your walk along the coast to the nearby town of Scarborough.
Fitzwilliam Country Park2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy a short walk or cycle along the network of way-marked paths in this pretty country park in the Wakefield area of Yorkshire. The park features open grassland, woodland and ponds. Look out for wildlife including Water vole, Skylarks and Buzzards.
The park is located right next to Fitzwilliam rail station about 7 miles south east of Wakefield.
Five Churches Walk10 miles (16 km)Visit five historic churches on this circular walk in South Rotherham. Much of the walk follows ancient footpaths and bridleways, visiting the picturesque villages of Wales, Harthill, Thorpe Salvin, South Anston and Todwick where you can see some of Rotherham’s finest church architecture. There also views of the Chesterfield canal and the ruins of Thorpe Hall to enjoy on this interesting walk.
Flamborough Head7 miles (12 km)Enjoy some spectacular coastal views on this walk along Flamborough Head in the North York Moors. On the walk you'll pass towering white chalk cliffs, coves, caves, pretty bays and the oldest surviving lighthouse in Britain. The area is also designated as a nature reserve so look out for large seabird colonies including auks, gannets and gulls. In summer you may also see fulmars, herring gulls, kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills and puffins. In the Holmes area there are also interesting plants and flowers which attract a variety of butterflies.
This walk starts at the village of Flamborough and picks up a footpath south to the coast. You then head along the coast passing Cross Bow Hill and a radio station beacon. You continue past Selwicks Bay to Thornwick Bay before returning to Flamborough via another countryside footpath.
The East Riding Heritage Way passes through Flamborough Head so you could continue along this path to the nearby Bempton Cliffs where you can see more seabirds.
Flatts Lane Country Park2 miles (4 km)This 100 acre country park in Normanby has super views of the Eston Hills and the North York Moors. There are also a number of peaceful woodland trails and an excellent visitor centre. The Tees Link and Guisborough Forest and Walkway country park are nearby so there is scope for continuing your walk.
Foss Walk28 miles (45 km)Follow the River Foss, from the historic city of York to Easingwold, on this lovely riverside walk through Yorkshire. You will pass several pretty villages including Strensall, Sheriff Hutton, Haxby Crayke and Oulston.
Golden Acre Park3 miles (5 km)This delightful country park in Leeds has beautiful gardens, a lakeside walk, streams, ponds and peaceful woodland. It is also right next to two nature reserves - Breary Marsh and Adel Dam. There are very good facilities with a cafe (with indoor and outdoor seating), a bird feeding shelter and picnic benches.
The park is on the Leeds Country Way so you could continue your walk east towards the lovely Eccup Reservoir which is about a mile away from the park. Golden Acre Park is located just a few miles north of Leeds city centre.
Gordale Scar4 miles (7 km)This walk climbs to the spectacular Gordale Scar in the Yorkshire Dales. You start in the pretty village of Malham and follow Gordale Lane and Gordale Beck to Gordale Scar. Here you will find two waterfalls and overhanging limestone cliffs over 100 metres high. It's a truly stunning sight and well worth the climb from Malham. From Gordale Scar you continue the climb towards Seaty Hill where there are magnificent views of the Yorkshire Dales. The final section descends along country lanes to Malham Village.
If you'd like to extend your walking in the area then you could visit Malham Cove and the Malham Tarn Estate for more beautiful scenery.
Great Shunner Fell8 miles (13 km)Climb to the highest point in Wensleydale on this popular walking route in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The route begins at the village of Hardraw near to the lovely Hardraw force waterfalls. It then follows the Pennine Way National Trail to the village of Thwaite. As such the path is well defined and way-marked.
There are fabulous views from the summit of Wensleydale to the south, Ribblesdale to the south west and Swaledale to the north, as well as views into Cumbria and County Durham.
Grimwith Reservoir4 miles (6.5 km)Enjoy a circular walk around this lovely reservoir in the Yorkshire Dales. There is a good footpath running around the reservoir with fabulous views of the surrounding countryside. The reservoir is great for bird watching, look out for wildfowl including wigeon, teal, greylag geese and Canada geese on the water.  Other winged visitors to the area include ringed plover, northern lapwing, common redshank, curlew, reed bunting, lesser redpoll, whinchat and sedge warbler.
The walk starts at the car park at the southern end of the reservoir and heads to Grimwith Moor, crossing Grimwith Beck on the way. You continue to Bracken Haw, cross the pretty Blea Gill and then pass Hebden Moor. The final section passes Hartlington pasture before returning to the car park.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could head to the nearby Linton Falls. Just to the south is the wonderful limestone gorge at Troller's Gill.
Grosmont to Goathland Rail Trail3 miles (5 km)Follow the track bed of the original Whitby-to-Pickering railway line on this short, easy walk in the North York Moors. The trail runs from Grosmont to Goathland passing Beck Hole on the way. There's some beautiful Yorkshire countryside and a waterside section along the Murk Esk River to enjoy. The path is generally very good for walking on and you also have the option of taking the North York Moors Steam Railway back to Grosmont. You could also take a short detour to visit the 70ft high Mallyan Spout Waterfall near Goathland.
Guisborough Forest and Walkway6 miles (10 km)This super country park has cycle trails, walking routes, bridleways, a trim trail and an easier sculpture trail. The park includes the Guisborough Walkway which runs along the former trackbed of the Middlesbrough to Whitby railway line. This includes a wetland area with boardwalks, woodlands and grasslands. You can also climb Highcliff Nab for fabulous views of Teeside and the coast.
The park is also very popular with mountain bikers with a number of super trails to explore. There is an excellent visitor centre with full details of all the trails in the park.
The Cleveland Street Walk and the Cleveland Way walking routes run through or near the park so there is scope for continuing your walk along these trails.
Hardcastle Crags4 miles (6 km)Explore this beautiful wooded valley in the South Pennines on this walk around Hardcastle Crags. There are 15 miles of walking paths taking you to tumbling streams, beautiful waterfalls and the fantastic Gibson Mill. Here you will find an excellent visitor centre with interactive displays telling the history of the valley over the past 200 years.
The circular walk below starts at the car park at Horse Bridge and takes you along Hebden Water on the Haworth-Hebden Bridge Walking Path. You return through the countryside on other footpaths.
You can also easily reach Hardcastle Crags from the centre of the nearby town of Hebden Bridge by following the Haworth-Hebden Bridge Walk. It's a lovely riverside walk and is only about two miles from the start of the wooded valley.
If you would like to continue your walk why not head up to the nearby Widdop Reservoir where you will find more waterside walking and stunning scenery.
Harewood House3 miles (5 km)Explore the 100 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens surrounding this 18th century country house in Leeds. A series of well laid out footpaths take you to the Terrace, the Lakeside Garden, the Himalayan Garden and the Walled Garden. The wider estate is also a deer park with 155 Red, 45 Fallow and 45 Roe deer to look out for.
From the Terrace there are wonderful views of the surrounding Yorkshire countryside. It also includes a stunning Parterre with 20000 plants and bulbs and ornate fountains.
The 32 acre lake is another major feature in the grounds. You can stroll alongside the lake then head into the surrounding woodland on either side of the water. Here you will find peaceful wooded glades and a large collection of colourful rhododendrons. From here you can easily access the stunning Himalayan Garden. Footpaths will take you through a gorge and over a bridge across a beck to a garden with primulas, orchids, cobra lilies and blue poppies. You'll also find the Harewood Stupa, a Buddhist monument built by monks from the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.
Another major attraction in the grounds is the marvellous bird garden. Here you'll see a number of exotic birds including Humboldt penguins, Snowy Owl, Red Kites, Chilean flamingos, Duyvenbode's lories, macaws, rainbow lorikeets and snow geese. Also look out for Kingfishers near the waterfall by the lake.
You can also walk around the fascinating 18th century house and view a number of fine portraits, beautiful furniture, Renaissance masterpieces and a collection of Sevres china.
This walk makes use of the Leeds Country Way long distance walk. If you'd like to continue your walking in the area you could follow this path west to Eccup Reservoir and on to Golden Acre Park which are only a few miles away.
Harrogate Ringway20 miles (32 km)This is a 20 mile circular walk around Harrogate. There's much to enjoy on this route including the RHS Harlow Carr Gardens. With lakes, woodland and a wildflower meadow it is well worth spending some time in.
The path also includes a lovely long stretch along the River Nidd to the delightful market town of Knaresborough. Another waterside stretch along the River Crimple follows soon after Knaresborough with splendid views of the Yorkshire countryside a further attraction on this challenging walk.
Haworth-Hebden Bridge Walk8 miles (13 km)This walking path takes you through some beautiful Yorkshire countryside from Haworth to Hebden Bridge.
The walk starts in Penistone Hill country park near Haworth and heads south passing Lower Laithe and Leeshaw Reservoirs. You will also pass the splendid Lumb Hole waterfalls and the beautiful wooded valley at Hardcastle Crags before following Crimsworth Dean Beck and Hebden Water to Hebden Bridge.
Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey4 miles (6 km)This is a popular walk which takes you from the medieval Helmsley Castle to the fascinating ruins of Rievaulx Abbey. It makes use of the Cleveland Way National Trail so it is a good, waymarked footpath.
The walk starts at Helmsley Castle and heads west passing Duncombe Park with its spectacular landscape garden, the International Centre for Birds of Prey, and the surrounding parkland all open to the public. The walk continues through woodland to Griff Farm before a lovely waterside section along the River Rye takes you to Rievaulx Abbey. You can explore the ruins of the former Cistercian abbey before continuing to the beautiful Rievaulx Terrace. These 18th-century landscape gardens contain woodland, grass banks, wildflower meadows and two temples. The terrace is perched high above the abbey so there are stunning views down to the ruins.
If you'd like to extend your walk then you could continue west along the Cleveland Way to the Hambleton Hills or explore the wonderful parkland and gardens of Duncombe Park.
High Hunsley Circuit24 miles (39 km)Travel through the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds on this delightful circular walk.
The walk starts and ends in Brantingham Thorpe park and visits the villages of Walkington, Skidby, Brantingham, South Cave and Bishop Burton. The scenery is varied with sections through parkland, wooldand and open countryside to enjoy.
Hole of Horcum5 miles (8 km)Enjoy a circular walk around this beautiful natural amphitheatre in the North York Moors. The hollow is 400 ft deep and was created over thousands of years by a series of landslides caused by water pressure.
The walk starts from the parking area by Horcum Wood and takes you across Levisham Moor to Dundale Griff and Horcum Slack before returning to the car park. You'll pass interesting Bronze Age barrows, rocky ravines, woodland, waterfalls and streams on your way through this lovely area. You can also see wild flowers and purple heather on the moor in the spring and summer. It's also a splendid area for wildlife - look out for deer, grouse, curlew, lapwing, merlin and golden plover.
There is the possibility of a short diversion to Skelton Tower. A footpath leading west from Dundale Griff leads to this splendid beauty spot which commands great views over Newtondale.
The Hole of Horcum is located near to the villages of Saltergate and Levisham. The walk could also be easily started from either of these locations.
Holme Valley Circular Walk24 miles (39 km)A circular walk through the beautiful Holme Valley.
The walk starts at Berry Brow Railway station near Huddersfield and first heads south to Holmfirth with a lovely stretch along the River Holme at the start. Holmfirth is a popular tourist destination as it is used as the location for the Last of the Summer Wine television series.
The path then takes you around a series of beautiful reservoirs surrounding Holmbridge, before a wooded section and several delightful country lanes lead you to Hepworth. From here you head towards Thurstonland and then onto the fascinating Castle Hill Iron Age Hill Fort. It is a Scheduled Acient Monument and the most conspicuous landmark in Huddersfield. The path then leads you back to the finish at Berry Brow station.
This is a challenging walk with a number of ascents giving stunning views of the Holme Valley.
Holme Valley Hills and Hamlets Walk10 miles (16 km)This circular walk takes you on a tour of the Holme Valley around Holmfirth in Yorkshire.
The path starts and ends in Holmfirth - location for the famous Last of the Summer Wine TV series. This walk will take you near some of the famous sites in the show while also displaying some of the fabulous scenery you may also recognise. There are also a couple of pleasant waterside stretches along the River Holme and a series of delightful Yorkshire vilages and hamlets to enjoy on this walk.
Howden 2020 miles (32 km)This 20 mile circular walk takes you on a tour of the countryside around Howden in Yorkshire. It starts and finishes in Howden next to the magnificent Howden Minster and follows the Rivers Ouse and Derwent through Boothferry, Wressle and Breighton. You then return to Howden along country lanes through Willitoft and Spaldington. You will also pass the interesting grade 1 listed Wressle Castle on the way.
This is a fairly flat and easy walk with several long waterside sections to enjoy.
Humber Bridge Country Park1 miles (2 km)This Country Park and Local Nature Reserve consists of woods, meadows, ponds and cliffs. From the park there are dramatic views over the River Humber and the iconic Humber Bridge. There are three lovely nature trails waymarked with hand carved owls, rabbits and frogs. You can also follow The Phoenix Sculpture Trail which winds its way through the woods and features 10 unique sculptures. If you are on your bike please cycle carefully on the designated paths.
If you would like to extend your cycle or walk then you can follow the Trans Pennine Trail along the River Humber to North Ferriby.
Ingleborough Mountain8 miles (13 km)One of Yorshire's Three Peaks, Ingleborough stands at a height of 723 metres (2,372 ft). This circular walk starts in the village of Clapham and takes you along Clapham lake to Clapdale Woods. You continue along Clapham Beck toward

Ingleborough Cave

. You can take a short detour from the route to visit this show cave which has a long fossil gallery and interesting stalagmitic formations. From the cave you continue to Trow Gill where you will pass through a lovely, wooded limestone ravine before reaching Gaping Gill natural cave. You continue north to the summit where there are fantastic views over the Yorkshire Dales.
The descent takes you through Newby Moss to Newby Cote where you pick up a country lane which takes you back to Clapham.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could try climbing the other two of the Yorkshire Dales three peaks:-Pen y ghent and Whernside.
Ingleton Falls4 miles (7 km)One of the loveliest walks in England, this circular trail visits a series of beautiful waterfalls in Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales.
The walk starts at the car park in Ingleton and follows the River Twiss through the woodland of Swilla Glen. You then cross the river at Manor Bridge and soon come to Pecca Falls. These falls consist of five main waterfalls dropping 30 metres over sandstone and slate into deep plunge pools. You then climb to Hollybush Spout, before coming to the spectacular Thornton Force. Here you will find a viewing area where you can watch the river plunge 14 metres over a cliff of limestone.
From Thornton Force you head to Ravenray Bridge where you cross the river and begin the return leg. This starts by following Twisleton Lane to Twisleton Hall and Beezley Farm. Here you pick up the River Doe to Beezley Falls and Triple Spout – three beautiful waterfalls all side by side. You continue south along the river passing Rival Falls, and Baxengyhll Gorge where there is a viewing platform with fabulous views of the river and Snow Falls. The final section takes you into the pretty village of Ingleton and then on to the finish point at the car park.
The Richmond Way long distance walk passes through Ingleton so you could pick this up to continue your walking in the area.
Jorvic Way65 miles (104 km)A circular walk through the countryside surrounding the city of York. Starting at Tadcaster the walk visits the 18th century Beningbrough Hall and Park (video below), Wheldrake, Esrick and Bolton Percy. The route also visits Marston Moor, the confluence of the Rivers Nidd and Ouse at Moor Monkton and the Moorlands Nature Reserve.
There are also long riverside sections along the River Great Ouse and the River Derwent near Dunnington.
Kirklees Way73 miles (118 km)Explore the Kirklees metropolitan district on this challenging walk through West Yorkshire. The walk visits the upper Colne Valley, Spen Valley and Holme Valley and passes Dewsbury, Holmfirth and Marsden.
Highlights on the route include a series of picturesque reservoirs including Holme Styes, Ramsden and Bilberry Reservoirs. The walk also visits the interesting Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal at Marsden.
Kisdon Force5 miles (8 km)This walk visits the stunning Kisdon Force, East Gill and Catrake Force waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The walk begins in Keld and first heads to the nearby Catrake Force. It's a beautiful spot comprising of a series of 4 steps each with its own small waterfall. The largest single drop being about 20 feet (6.1 m). You then head to East Gill Force - it has two main torrents: the upper falls have an impressive 4.5 metre drop whilst the lower section is a series of stepped cascades that fall three metres as East Gill enters the River Swale. The walk continues east to Kisdon Force waterfalls. These stunning falls drop 10 metres (33 ft) over two cascades and are surrounded by Kisdon Force Woods with mixed broad-leaved woodland including ash, wych elm and rowan trees.
The walk then continues along the River Swale towards Muker, passing more pretty waterfalls along the way. You return on the eastern side of the river to Keld.
This is a lovely, fairly easy walk with river views, waterfalls, and woodland.
The Pennine Way walking trail runs past the falls so you could pick this up if you wanted to continue your walk.
The video below shows a similar route but this time starting from Muker. The walk below starts from Keld for more direct access to the falls.
Langsett Reservoir3 miles (5.5 km)This circular walk takes you around the lovely Langsett Reservoir on the edge of the Peak District National Park.
The walk starts in the village of Langsett and follows footpaths through the woodland and open moorland around the reservoir. There is some climbing involved, though you are rewarded with splendid views across the Peak District. Most of the route is on well maintained, signed paths.
Other highlights on the route include the ruined farm buildings at North America, views of the Little Don River and some delightful woodland paths.
The Barnsley Boundary Walk runs past the reservoir so you could pick up this trail and head east to the nearby Midhope and Underbank Reservoirs, or west towards Winscar Reservoir.
Langsett Reservoir is located near Stocksbridge and Sheffield.
Leeds Country Way62 miles (99 km)A super circular walk through the countryside surrounding this major Yorkshire city. The walk has been split into 4 manageable sections:
Golden Acre Park to Barwick-in-Elmet
Barwick-in-Elmet to Carlton
Carlton to Cockersdale
Cockersdale to Golden Acre Park.
Highlights on the route include
  • Golden Acre Park - the start point for the route includes a lake and the Breary Marsh nature reserve.
  • Riverside sections along the River Aire and the River Calder near Wakefield
  • Harewood House - 18th century house with wonderful art collections, a Bird Garden and over 100 acres of beautiful gardens to enjoy. See the video below for more details
See the link below for excellent pdf guides to the route.
Leeds to Shipley12 miles (20 km)This route follows the tow path of the Leeds Liverpool Canal from lock 1, where the canal joins the River Aire, to Shipley rail station
Linton Falls3 miles (5 km)This popular walk from Grassington visits the spectacular Linton Falls in the Yorkshire Dales. You start off in the lovely village of Grassington and soon join the River Wharfe for a waterside stroll which takes you past the falls. There is a bridge across the river which affords fabulous views of the falls below. The route returns to Grassington through countryside footpaths.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could pick up the Dales Way and head along the River Wharfe through the beautiful Wharfedale. Also nearby is the delightful Grimwith Reservoir which has a walking path around its perimeter. Just a few miles to the east is the wonderful limestone gorge at Troller's Gill.
Lotherton Hall Estate1 miles (2.2 km)Explore the beautiful grounds of this Edwardian house once home to the Gascoigne family.  The park includes a bird garden with 200 magnificent species including flamingos and snowy owls. There are also lovely formal gardens with gravel paths and yew hedges, a rock garden and a walled garden.
There are several different walks taking you through the grounds, woodland, orchards and deer park. Facilities include tea rooms and a gift shop.
Lotherton Hall is located near Garforth, about 11 miles from the centre of Leeds.
Malham Cove9 miles (14 km)This super walk visits two well known beauty spots in the Yorkshire Dales. It begins at the village of Malham and follows the Pennine Way to the stunning Malham Cove.  The cove is a huge curved cliff formation of limestone rock with a vertical cliff face of about 260 feet high. There are fabulous views across the Yorkshire Dales from the high point.
From the cove you continue to climb towards the beautiful Malham Tarn. The tarn is owned by the National Trust and is also a designated nature reserve. The walk takes you around the tarn on footpaths and country lanes before returning to Malham village on the Pennine Way.
An alternative route takes you to the tarn via the spectacular Gordale Scar where you will find two waterfalls and overhanging limestone cliffs over 100 metres high.
Malham Tarn Estate4 miles (7 km)This beautiful spot in the Yorkshire Dales is perfect for a safe cycle or walk. It is run by the National Trust and consists of limestone pavements, upland hill farms and flower-rich hay meadows. There are also delightful waterside paths along the tarn and a National Nature Reserve with a bird hide and rare plants.
For cyclists there is a nice, easy family cycle trail and more challenging routes for mountain bikers. There are different routes for walkers with a stroll along the shores of Malham Tarn, through the National Nature Reserve and across the fields a favourite.
Mallyan Spout2 miles (4 km)This delightful circular walk in Goathland visits the beautiful 70 ft high Mallyan Spout waterfall in the North York Moors National Park.
The walk starts from the parking area in the pretty village of Goathland and heads west along a country lane for about half a mile. You then follow a footpath north to the waterfall. You continue through a peacefull wooded valley along West Beck to Beck Hole on the Murk Esk River. The route then returns to Goathland along the track bed of the original Whitby-to-Pickering railway line. The walk has some lovely waterside sections and splendid views of the surrounding North York Moors to enjoy.
If you enjoyed this walk then you could head to the nearby Falling Foss Waterfall for more lovely woodland trails. You could also continue along the rail trackbed to Grosmont on the Grosmont to Goathland Rail Trail.
Minster Way50 miles (80 km)This splendid walk runs between the well known minsters at Beverley and York, visiting Arram, Scorborough, North Dalton, Lockington, Millington, Great Givendale, Bishop Wilton, Full Sutton, Stamford Bridge, Kexby and Fulford.
The path crosses the chalk hills of the Yorkshire Wolds, as well as a wide variety of beautiful East Yorkshire countryside. Highlights include delightful waterside stretches along the River Derwent and along the River Ouse into York
The route is waymarked by white symbols depicting a view of an ecclesiastical building representing the two minsters and the words 'Minster Way'.
Newmillerdam Country Park3 miles (4.25 km)Enjoy cycling and walking paths in this country park in Wakefield. The park includes a central lake surrounded by a surfaced path and woodland with way-marked cycling trails.
If you would like to continue your outing you could follow the Chevet branch line old railway into the countryside and onto the nearby Barnsley Canal. Here you can join with the Trans Pennine Trail and head towards Wakefield or Barnsley.
Nidderdale Way53 miles (85 km)Explore beautiful Nidderdale in the Yorkshire Dales on this circular walk. The walk includes splendid riverside sections along the River Nidd and waterside sections alongside Scar House Reservoir and Gouthwaite Reservoir. The delightful town of Pateley Bridge is a good access point and just a short walk along the River Nidd leads you to the main attraction on the route - Gouthwaite reservoir.
Also of interest is the 15th century castle at Ripley. The castle, and the landscaped grounds are open to the public.
The walk is waymarked with named signposts.
Nostell Priory2 miles (3 km)Explore 300 acres of parkland and gardens surrounding this 18th-century treasure house near Wakefield. There are several beautifully laid out gardens including a formal rose garden, a recently planted orchard, a vegetable garden, the pleasure gardens and the menagerie gardens. In the parkland you can enjoy a waterside stroll along the two pretty lakes and a woodland stretch through Joiner's Wood. There's also the Obelisk Lodge, boathouse and the ha-ha. The house has grand rooms with furniture by Chippendale, a collection of paintings and a very special library.
If you'd like to continue your day out then you could visit the nearby Anglers Country Park with its large lake and birdwatching opportunities.
Oakwell Country Park1 miles (2.2 km)Explore over 100 acres of parkland on this short walk in Bradford. The park includes a visitor centre, gift shop, nature trail and countryside centre.
The Spen Way Heritage Trail and Bronte Way walking routes run through the park so you could continue your walk on either of these trails.
Ogden Water2 miles (4 km)Enjoy fabulous views of the Pennine hills in this country park near Halifax. There is a super waterside path around the 34 acre reservoir while there are other paths leading into the surrounding moors.
Otley Chevin Country Park5 miles (8 km)Enjoy cycling and walking trails in this super country park near Leeds. For walkers there are several self guided walking trails while cyclists can enjoy the many bridleways that run through the park. Otley Chevin rises to a height of 280m above sea level, offering fabulous views of the Wharfe Valley and town of Otley below. The park consists of woodland, heathland, meadowland and rocky outcrops. There is also an excellent visitor centre and cafe.
If you would like to continue your walk then the Ebor Way and a link to the Dales Way run right through the park.
Peatlands Way50 miles (80 km)This waymarked circular walk takes you through the moorland and lowland raised bogs around the town of Thorne near Doncaster. The walk visits Crowle, Belton, Epworth, Haxey, Kirk Bramwith and Sykehouse. You will also cross the famous Thorne and Hatfield Moors, wildlife sites of national and European importance. The walk includes some easy waterside sections along the River Don and the New Junction Canal.
Pen y ghent6 miles (9 km)Climb to the 694 m (2,277 ft) summit of Pen y ghent on this challenging circular walk in the Yorkshire Dales. Pen y ghent is probably the most famous and popular of Yorkshire's famous three peaks. The others are Ingleborough and Whernside. This route is the classic ascent from Horton in Ribblesdale via Brackenbottom Scar.
You start in the village of Horton in Ribblesdale at the car park and follow country lanes towards Brackenbottom. You continue the ascent, picking up the Pennine Way just before reaching the summit. From here there are fabulous views across the Yorkshire Dales. The descent follows the Pennine Way passing Tarn Barn, Horton Scar and Hull Point - the largest natural hole in England.
Penistone Boundary Walk14 miles (23 km)Explore the countryside around Penistone and enjoy fabulous views of the Pennine Hills on this circular walk.
The walk passes famland and woodland and also includes a lovely stretch around Royd Moor and Scout Dyke Reservoirs just to the north of Penistone. You will also enjoy views of the River Don crossing it a couple of times on the route.
Penistone Hill Country Park2 miles (4 km)Explore 179 acres of undulating grass and heather moorland in this lovely country park in Haworth. This circular walk takes you around the park and past Lower Laithe Reservoir. There are splendid views of the surrounding Yorkshire countryside. In Haworth you can visit the Bronte Parsonage Museum - the former home of the Bronte sisters. You could also continue your walk along the Bronte Way or Haworth-Hebden Bridge Walk.
Pennine Bridleway120 miles (193 km)This fabulous 120 mile long trail runs through the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District, through Lancashire and on into Yorkshire.
It is suitable for mountain bikers, horse riders and walkers taking you on a tour through some of the most beautiful parts of the country. The trail generally runs along dismantled railway lines, tracks and quiet roads passing through moorland, open fields and purple heather moors with the Pennine Hills providing a splendid backdrop.
Highlights on the route include several picturesque reservoirs and the eye catching 1300 ft Stoodley Pike Hill in Yorkshire.
For more information on this route, including accomodation and holiday ideas please click here
Potteric Carr Nature Reserve2 miles (4 km)Follow a network of footpaths around this large nature reserve in Doncaster. There are nearly 500 acres to explore with habitats including marsh, scrub, waterways, grassland and woodland. Over 230 species of bird have been spotted in the reserve including Bittern, Greater Spotted Woodpecker and Kingfisher. Also look out for other wildlife including Roe Deer and Grass Snakes.
There is an abundance of interesting plantlife in the reserve too. Yellow iris and pink violets can be seen near the waterways while hawthorn blossom lines the pathways. The reserve also has very good on site facilities including a Visitor centre and cafe. It is located less than 2 miles south of the centre of Doncaster.
Pugneys Country Park2 miles (3 km)This 250 acre park contains two lakes with pleasant waterside footpaths. There is one large lake suitable for watersports and another smaller lake designated as a nature reserve. The River Calder also runs past the park so you could continue your walk along the riverside footpath to Horbury if you have time. Also of interest is the ruins of Sandal Castle which overlook the park and Pugneys light railway - the little electric train runs for 3/4 of a mile around the park and is well worth a trip!
Pugneys is located just south of Wakefield city centre. It has very good facilities with a watersports centre, cafe and parking.
Rabbit Ings Country Park3 miles (5 km)Enjoy several miles of well designed walking and cycling paths in this lovely country park in Royston, Yorkshire. The 160 acre site includes several waymarked trails and a mountain bike trail. Habitats include wetland, woodland, grassland and ponds. Look out for roe deer, water voles and woodpeckers as you make your way through the park.
The park is located a few miles north of Barnsley on the Trans Pennine Trail.
Ribble Way65 miles (105 km)Follow the River Ribble through the beautiful Ribble Valley from its mouth at Longton, near Preston, to the source at Gayle Moor in Yorkshire.
You start at Longton just to the west of Preston and follow the river through Ribchester and Clitheroe before reaching Gisburn. The path then crosses from Lancashire into Yorkshire before passing through the stunning Yorkshire Dales national park and finishing at the source at Gavel Moor near Ribblehead.
The route passes through a variety of landscapes including tidal marsh, open moorland and limestone gorges.
Richmond Way60 miles (97 km)Travel from Lancaster Castle to Richmond Castle on this lovely walk through Lancashire and Yorkshire. You will travel through the lower Lower Lune Valley with a long riverside section at the start. You then head through the moorlands and fells of the Pennines and on into the valleys of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Finally, you follow the River Swale into the historic market town of Richmond - gateway to the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The walk passes Ingleton (with the wonderful Ingleton Falls), Ribblehead Viaduct, the picturesque Yorkshire village of Hawes and Castle Bolton.
Ripon Rowel50 miles (80 km)This is a circular walk around the Yorkshire city of Ripon, visiting South Stainley, Markington and Masham. Highlights of the walk include two delightful waterside sections - first along the Ripon Canal at the start of the walk at Ripon, then along the River Ure at Masham. The walk also visits the National Trust owned Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. A designated World Heritage Site which has an area of 323 hectares (800 acres) and features an 18th century landscaped garden, some of the largest Cistercian ruins in Europe, a Jacobean mansion and a Victorian church designed by William Burges. It was developed around the ruins of the Cistercian Fountains Abbey.
The walk also visits Eavestone Lakes, Hackfall Woods and the splendid, moated 14th century house at Markenfield Hall. You will also pass through the beautiful valleys of the Rivers Burn and Ure on this varied walk.
Roseberry Topping2 miles (3 km)Climb to the summit of this distinctive hill near Guisborough and enjoy wonderful views across the beautiful North York Moors National Park.  The summit has a symbolic half-cone shape and jagged cliff, which has been likened to the Matterhorn in Switzerland. The area is managed by the National Trust so there are very good footpaths to take you to the summit.
The walk starts at the car park and heads along Roseberry Lane and through Newton Wood and Roseberry Common to the summit. There are wonderful views of the Cleveland plain and the Pennines on a clear day. From the summit you descend toward Newton Wood for another woodland section. Look out for roe deer and woodpeckers on this part of the walk.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could pick up the Cleveland Way and head east into Guisborough Forest and Walkway. You could also climb to Captain Cook's Monument for more wonderful views of the area.





 Yorkshire Walking Links
NameDescription
Leeds CouncilUseful maps for the Leeds area
North Pennines AONBLots of useful information for this beautiful region
North York Moors National ParkOffical Site for the National Park
Yorkshire Dales National ParkA wealth of information for this beautiful area

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