The Best Walks in Yorkshire

Get out and about and discover #Walkshire

May is national walking month so we thought we’d round up some of the best walks in Yorkshire (in our humble opinion) and set you off on the right foot.

Breathtakingly beautiful with stunning scenery and natural beauty, Yorkshire captures it all. With rolling hills, mountains and mile after mile of gorgeous countryside to explore, there are walks available for everyone here. Walking is one of the activities in Yorkshire that enables you to discover amazing places. It’s also one of the best free things to do in Yorkshire with kids! So, check out these walks and get exploring!

Yorkshire Walks - Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth Falls

This is a relatively gentle walk that covers two miles and is ideal for doing with children and dogs. You’ll follow the River Ure and meander through the stunning woodland and countryside, enabling you to experience Yorkshire in all its glory. You’ll be able to explore the three tiers of the waterfall too which is a great experience for all.


Yorkshire Walks - Cloughton & Hayburn Wyke

Cloughton and Hayburn Wyke Walk

If you’re looking for leisurely weekend walks in Yorkshire then this is the one for you. It’s a circular route that’s easy and is ideal for those who feel that the sea and sea air helps with their wellbeing. You’ll be given the chance to walk through the stunning wooded valley of Hayburn Wyke. Following this, you’ll be able to view the gorgeous waterfalls and rocky cover before wandering back to Cloughton via a disused railway track.


Yorkshire Walks - Cow & Calf, Ilkley

Cow and Calf

This iconic rock formation can be explored with ease but it’s a great way to escape the world for a short while and surround yourself with amazing views. It’s a relatively short walk of two miles or one hour but it’s great if you’ve got a dog that loves to run wild.


Yorkshire Walks - Bolton Abbey Estate

Bolton Abbey

To explore a touch of history and marry that up with a stunning walk, Bolton Abbey is a must-see. This amazing place has a number of walks including some fairly moderate walks. A visit to Bolton Abbey is considered one of the best things to do in Yorkshire! The longest route here is seven miles. You’ll be able to take in the old ruins and cross the River Wharfe before venturing through Strid Wood.


Yorkshire Walks - Forge Valley Woods

Forge Valley Woods

If you’re eager to explore the real ‘Walkshire’ then you’ll love Forge Valley Woods. It’s a great place to walk as a couple or with the family because it’s a walk that can be enjoyed at your own pace. Head there during Spring and you’ll hear the birds singing and smell the wild garlic. What’s more, if the little ones get tired, you can take a rest as there are plenty of seats along the route as well as viewing platforms that enable you to soak up the views.


Yorkshire Walks - Langsett Reservoir

Langsett Reservoir

If water leaves you feeling calm and you enjoy walking the dog then this is the walk for you. Start off in the village of Langsett and then follow the footpaths that take you through the woodland. You’ll be able to explore the reservoir and take in the views of the Peak District. You’ll really feel at one with nature, making this a super walk for those who love a leisurely stroll.