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 Yorkshire Walks
Route NamePicDistanceDescription
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. Anglers Country Park is located just a few miles south east of Wakefield.
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 include 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.
The walk is waymarked with a green and yellow square.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 riverside section along the River Hull. 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 before following Crimsworth Dean Beck and Hebden Water to Hebden Bridge.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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 its waterfalls), 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.
Rother Valley Country Park3 miles (5 km)Rother Valley Country Park is located near Sheffield and is an excellent place for a peaceful waterside walk or cycle. Here you will find 5 pretty lakes, views of the River Rother and a nature reserve which boasts the recording of over 260 different varieties of birds over the past two decades.
Three excellent cycle routes of varying difficulty have been created while there is also on site cycle hire available. Click here for details.
For walkers there is an extensive network of Nature trails for all abilities. These include an interesting sculpture trail and an easy lakeside route. Please click here for more information.
Rotherham Round Walk25 miles (40 km)This is a circular walk through the countryside around this interesting Yorkshire town. The walk starts at All Saints' Parish Church in the town centre of Rotherham and circles the town on a series of footpaths and country lanes.
Walk highlights include views of the River Don and the Grade I listed Wentworth Woodhouse Country House with its lovely 150 acre park.
Saltburn Valley Gardens1 miles (2 km)This park overlooks the lovely coastline at Saltburn in Yorkshire. It contains beautiful formal gardens and woodland with fine views of the ocean. There is also a woodland centre, the Albert Memorial, Victorian Gardens and Italian gardens.
Sheffield Country Walk53 miles (85 km)Explore the countryside around the city of Sheffield on this interesting circular walk. There's some truly splendid Peak District scenery to enjoy including views of Damflask (video below), Agden and Dale Dyke Reservoirs. You also pass Rother Valley Country Park and Stanage Edge - a popular spot for climbers.
The walk is wayamarked with a yellow and green arrow.
Shibden Park1 miles (2 km)This delightful country park in Halifax is the perfect place for a peaceful afternoon stroll. The park includes a Wilderness Garden, cascades and pools, woodland and a fruit garden with a collection of heritage fruit trees. The centrepiece of the park is the Mere, where you can hire a rowing boat or just stroll along the shore. You can also visit Shibden Hall - a Grade II listed timber framed hall with a history dating back back to 1420. Park facilities include a popular cafe and visitor centre.
Shipley to Steeton11 miles (18 km)A nice and easy 11 1/2 mile cycle ride along the Leeds Liverpool canal, taking in the mills of Saltaire and the 3 & 5 rise locks at Bingley. This ride starts and ends at a railway station.
Six Dales Trail38 miles (61 km)This stunning walk passes through six of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales - Wharfedale, Washburndale, Nidderdale, Colsterdale, Coverdale, and Wensleydale.
The walk runs from Otley to Middleham passing through the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It includes riverside stretches along the River Washburn near the start of the walk, the River Nidd near Pately Bridge and the River Ure towards the end of the walk at Middleham. You will also pass a series of lovely reservoirs including Fewton, Gouthwaite and Leighton Reservoirs.
One of the chief highlights on the route is Jervaulx Abbey - a 12th century former Cistercian monastery it now stands as an enchanting, atmospheric ruin. Also of interest is the English Heritage owned Middleham Castle where there are fantastic views of Wensleydale from the fascinating site.
Spen Way Heritage Trail21 miles (34 km)Follow the Spen Way through the beautiful West Yorkshire countryside on this splendid walk.
Standedge Trail12 miles (19 km)A lovely circular walk through Kirklees. The path starts off at Marsden, near the railway station, and heads towards Diggle before turning round and returning to Marsden. The route passes near Black Moss and Redbrook Reservoir and includes a canal side stretch towards the end of the route.
Studley Park and Fountains Abbey4 miles (7 km)This marvellous attraction boasts 800 acres of beautiful parkland set in the Yorkshire countryside. Explore the beautiful landscaped Georgian water garden of Studley Royal, before heading to the fascinating 12th-century Fountains Abbey. Look out for beautiful statues, follies and the many resident deer in the deer park. The ancient corn mill, the 17th century Fountains Hall and the Victorian Gothic church are also well worth a look.
Tees Link11 miles (17 km)Travel from Guisborough to Middlesbrough on this route which links the Teesdale Way and the Cleveland Way. The walk passes through Hutton Low Cross Woods, Pinchinthorpe and Flatts Lane Country Park before the final section takes you through Middlebrough to the finish point on the River Tees.
Thrybergh Country Park2 miles (2.7 km)Enjoy a waterside walk around Thrybergh Reservoir in this beautiful country park in Rotherham. The park has 170 species of wildflower and plants, 200 species of birds and 20 species of mammals. It is surrounded by some truly lovely Yorkshire countryside making for a splendid short stroll.
The park has good facilities with two bird hides, a play area and a lakeside cafe.
Todmorden Centenary Way22 miles (35 km)This is a splendid circular walk through the beautiful Calder Valley in Yorkshire. The walk takes you across a series of atmospheric moors and past several lovely reservoirs, including Ramsden Clough and Warland reservoirs. There are also waterside sections to enjoy along the Rochdale canal and a visit to Stoodley Pike. This 1,300ft hill includes the Stoodley Pike Monument at the summit. It was built in 1856 when peace was declared at the end of the Crimean War and is a major highlight on the walk.
Trans Pennine Trail215 miles (346 km)This terrific walking and cycling trail runs from coast to coast across northern England entirely on surfaced paths. It starts on the Yorkshire coast at Hornsea and passes through Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Greater Manchester before finishing on the Merseyside coast at Southport.
Ulley Country Park1 miles (2 km)Enjoy a short walk or cycle around the beautiful Ulley Reservoir near Rotherham. There are lovely paved paths around the reservoir and fanatastic views of the surrounding Yorkshire countryside.
National Cycle Network route 6 runs past the park so you could continue your ride along the Rotherham to Worksop cycle route.
Wainwright's Coast to Coast183 miles (294 km)Travel from the west coast of England to the east along this breathtaking route devised by Alfred Wainwright. The walk passes through three of England's most beautiful National Parks taking you on a tour of some of the most incredible scenery in the country.
Starting at St Bees Head the route leads you into the wonderful Lake District National Park with its series of beautiful lakes and mountains.
The path continues east into the Yorkshire Dales National Park with more delightful countryside to enjoy.
The final stretch takes you through the splendid moorland scenery of the North York Moors National Park and then along the North Yorkshire coast to the finish point at the fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay.
Walton Hall Park3 miles (5 km)A walk around the pretty parkland surrounding Walton Hall in Wakefield. Walton Hall is a Georgian mansion on an island surrounded by its own lake. The walk takes you past the lake, into the woodland of Haw Park and then along the Barnsley Canal.
The Trans Pennine Trail runs past the park so you could continue your walk along the Barnsley Canal or head to the nearby Anglers Country Park.
Way of the Roses170 miles (274 km)This fabulous 170 mile national cycle network route takes you right across the country from west to east coast along off road paths and quiet country roads.
You start at Morecambe Bay in Lancashire on the west coast and head towards Lancaster where you join the River Lune for a lovely off road waterside stretch. You soon enter the beautiful Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The landscape here is simply stunning and there is also a variety of wildlife to look out for on this section.
The route then continues into the equally wonderful Yorkshire Dales National Park with more gorgeous countryside and a series of charming Yorkshire villages to enjoy.
A real treat awaits near Ripon where you will pass the fascinating National Trust owned Fountains Abbey - this 12th century ruined Cistercian monastery is a real route highlight and is an ideal place to stop for a rest and refreshments.
From Ripon you continue through Yorkshire along the River Ouse taking you into the historic city of York.
The final stretch takes you through the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds with the lovely Millington Pastures and the interesting 17th century manor house at Burton Agnes Hall, two of the highlights. The route finishes on the prom at the coastal town of Bridlington.
Wilberforce Way60 miles (97 km)Follow the Wilberforce Way from Hull to York on this walk created in memory of Hull's most famous son, William Wilberforce the Slave abolitionist.
You start at the Deep Aquarium, on the River Humber in Hull and head north along the River Hull to Beverley, with its magnificent Minster. You then head west along a dismantled railway to Market Weighton and then onto Pocklington, where Wilberforce went to school. A waterside section along the Pocklington canal then takes you to Elvington before the final section from Wheldrake to York. This section passes the University of York before joining the River Ouse and finishing at York Minster.
The walk is waymarked with a black and white disc.
Worsbrough Mill Country Park2 miles (2.5 km)This splendid park includes a 17th Century working water mill set in 240 acres of lovely parkland. The park includes cycling and walking paths taking your around the 60 acre reservoir. You can also tour the mill and learn about the milling process and the history of the mill.
The park is located just south of Barnsley on the Trans Pennine Trail.
York Millenium Way23 miles (37 km)A circular walk around the outskirts of this historic city. The walk includes lovely riverside stretches along the Rivers Ouse and Foss with splendid views of the countryside surrounding York.
York to Selby16 miles (25 km)This lovely cycle and walk route starts on the banks of the River Ouse in the city of York and follows the Trans Penine Trail and the York to Selby Railway Path south to Selby.
This mostly flat, off road route is ideal for a relaxing afternoon's cycling or walking and has views of York racecourse and the River Ouse.





 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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