Top 10 Walks
There is no better way to take the weight of the world off your shoulders than to take a walk along the Cleveland Way National Trail. With points of interest at every step this 110 mile walking route follows the fantastic scenery of the North York Moors, crossing stunning lengths of heather moorland and providing spectacular views of the North Yorkshire coastline. Enjoy a few hours’ steady saunter, or maybe a few days’ trekking. For a real test of stamina, set aside nine days to walk the full length between Helmsley and Filey and enjoy coast and countryside.
Get away from it all and discover 18 miles of walking trails around Dalby Forest. There’s something for all levels and abilities. Enjoy over 8,000 acres of woodland, watch out for the roe deer and rare birdlife. And if the children still have energy to burn there are two exciting adventure playgrounds to tackle.
Proclaimed “The finest view in England” by the author of the James Herriot novels. The Sutton Bank National Park Centre sits at the top of the bank, and is the starting point for some inspiring walks and trails. You could try the pleasant 1 mile walk along the escarpment edge, which brings you to the top of the striking White Horse of Kilburn, a huge turf-cut figure on the hillside. Stunning, panoramic views. There’s a wheelchair accessible trail in the Centre’s grounds, too.
An easy two mile walk for beachcombers of all ages. Stroll along the beach or the cliff path, returning along the disused railway. The bay in front of Boggle Hole Youth Hostel was once a notorious smugglers’ haunt. Nowadays it’s perfect for discovering fossils and exploring rock pools. Take a guided fossil hunt during the summer holidays.
For the more serious walker, the Yorkshire Three Peaks walk is a famous challenge in the Yorkshire Dales. It takes in three of the highest summits in the area – Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Unbeatable for breathtaking beauty and dramatic scenery.
79 miles of unbroken peace and quiet along one of Britain’s most charming landscapes. The Yorkshire Wolds Way wends through some of the most tranquil and gentle countryside in England. Walk sections of the trail or take a few days to enjoy its entirety, from the mighty Humber Bridge to the dramatic headland of Filey Brigg. There are plenty of interesting places to stop and see along the way – from breweries to Buddhist centres – and historic villages to welcome you overnight.
A beautiful wooded walk, with nature trails, tumbling streams and cascading waterfalls. At its heart is the 19th Century Gibson Mill. You can make an easy 4 mile round trip or, if you want to carry on, Gibson Mill is an additional 2.5 miles there and back.
What better way to soak up the ambience and culture of a city that has its feet firmly rooted in history and its eyes looking to the future? Celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Hull’s most famous son by following in William Wilberforce’s footsteps. Self-guided trails or take your own personal guide.
Take a walk on the wild side in 6000 acres of open moorland. Explore a vast swathe of unspoilt valleys, reservoirs, peaks and crags, with a wealth of archaeological remains – from pre-Roman times to the canal and railway age. Windswept isolation.
The highest glacial lake in England is set amid rolling hills and rugged moorland, and there are glorious walks for everyone to enjoy. You might try the walk to Malham Cove and Janet’s Foss, a picturesque waterfall near Malham. For something more challenging, and a chance to really escape from the crowds, you can explore the wide expanse of Fountains Fell.