Nice places to walk in Yorkshire

There are so many nice places to walk in Yorkshire you are spoiled for choice!

Whether you’re local to the area or are here visiting, grab your walking boots and a picnic and visit any of these nice places to walk in Yorkshire.We are very lucky to have so much open landscape and natural beauty; it would be a shame not to spend some time exploring it.


For a 3 ½ mile walk alongside the River Dove, head over to Farndale and take in the sights of Yorkshire farm fields and valley views. The walk is well known for its wild daffodils between March and April.

Take a look at the route here

Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth falls are lovely, and there’re different routes you can walk to look at the lower, middle and upper falls. They’re at their best just after a rainfall, but make sure you bring appropriate shoes and the ground can get a little tricky in the wet weather.

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Aysgarth Falls in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales in northeast England

Roseberry Topping

Take a leisurely stroll up what’s known as the ‘Yorkshire Matterhorn’ as you set out on this 7 mile circular route that will give you great views of the surrounding area. You’ll also get to see Captain James Cook’s monument on this route and can join in the #Cook250 celebrations this year to commemorate the 250th year since Cook set out on his first voyage.

View the route here

Ilkley Moor and the Twelve Apostles Stone Circle

This is one of the great heritage walks you can take when you’re staying in Yorkshire. On your route, across Ilkley moor, you’ll get to look at the Twelve Apostles stone circle and ancient stone carvings.

Have a look at the route here

Malham Tarn

There are lots of great routes you can take at Malham Tarn, England’s highest lime-rich lake. This 4 ½ mile circular walk takes you through lots of the points on interest on the way, including the Tarn Moss Nature Reserve.

Check out the route here

feet using a woodland pathway on in a nice place to walk in Yorkshire

Brimham Rocks

Brimham Rocks are an awesome natural wonder that will entertain the whole family. The giant rock formations were created by an immense river 100 million years before even the dinosaurs walked the earth. You can explore the site on your own, or follow one of their specified walking routes.

Take a look at the circular route and see all the most impressive rock formations or take a look at their other great walks.

Bolton Abbey

Whether you’re looking to wander by a river, meander through heather moorland or explore woodland trails, there’s a route for you at Bolton Abbey after you’ve finished exploring the ruins of course!

Pick your Bolton Abbey route here

Skipton Woods

Set out on a trail through Skipton Castle’s woodland on an easy, moderate or strenuous route depending on how active you’re feeling. You’ll be able to lose yourself in nature without ever feeling lost and see stunning views of the castle.

Pick your route here

family on a nice walk in Yorkshire

Fountains Abbey

The boots, gaiters and vistas walk at Fountains Abbey will take you around the boundary of the estate, giving you great views of the Abbey, a chance to see the deer park and to visit the 18th century water garden.

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Folly Druid’s temple at Masham

Take a 6 mile walk through the rolling hills and farmland of lower Wensleydale and take in the sights of a 19th century folly of a Druid’s temple. Although the temple isn’t genuine, it’s still 200 years old and a great spot for a picnic.

Find out more about the route here

Runswick Bay

This 2 mile walk takes you across the top of Runswick Bay cliff giving you great views over the bay itself and Port Mulgrave. It follows part of the famous Cleveland Way National Trail and offers you some stunning coastal views.

Take a look at the route here

Sutton Bank and the White Horse

This walk, just shy of 2 miles, takes you round one of the “finest views in England” so named by James Herriot, British vet and writer. The route takes you right over the white horse, one of the most famous landmarks in North Yorkshire and dates to 1857.

See the route for yourself here

Rievaulx Abbey

Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey

The route from Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey is a well-trodden one, and deservedly so! The 7 mile circular route takes you through the town and its impressive castle before coming to the striking ruins of the Abbey. You’ll see lots of beautiful sights, including the charming bluebell woods.

Take a look at the walk here

Goathland waterfalls

Goathland is a celebrity village, having been used as the fictional Aidensfield in Heartbeat and the famous Hogsmeade station in Harry Potter. You can wander the village and experience its delights, but we’d recommend you also set out to see the Mallyan Spout and Thomason Foss waterfalls.

See the route here

Hayburn Wyke

Follow the old Scarborough to Whitby railway line and discover some of Yorkshire’s Heritage coast on this 5 mile circular route and see tumbling waterfalls and giant boulders.

View the full route here

We can’t possibly document all the nice places to walk in Yorkshire, there are simply too many! No matter where you’re based during your time here or what places you’re visiting, there are lots of delightful places you can wander and you’ll always see something spectacular.

Think we’ve missed something amazing off this list? Get in touch.

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