Yorkshire winter walks

If you’re looking for some stunning Yorkshire winter walks, you are absolutely spoiled for choice! There are lots of wonderful places you can visit for a wander with your family and escape the house for a little while.

Take a look at some of our favourite places for a walk in the picturesque North Yorkshire winter.

winter sunrise in the Yorkshire Dales

Ancient tree walk at Fountains Abbey

There is lots of beauty to be found at Fountains Abbey! Bring the family out for a walk around the Deer Park, ancient trees and learn more about the landscaping. The terrain is easy to walk around, with good paths to follow, although there are a few hills to overcome.

Malham Tarn circular

The 4.5 mile Malham Tarn circular takes you through stunning scenery in the Yorkshire Dales. It’s not always easy underfoot, with parts of field and limestone outcrops, but it’s very beautiful and a great way to blow away the winter cobwebs.

The Hole of Horcum

This impressive natural amphitheatre is 400 feet deep and is more than half a mile across at the Hole of Horcum. You can do a wonderful walk round Levisham Moor and the hole, on a 5 mile scenic route.  Just make sure you pack your sturdy shoes – this route can get pretty muddy.

sheep on the Yorkshire Moors

Knaresborough riverside

If you fancy a walk somewhere beautiful with excellent amenities, Knaresborough is perfect. You can have a refreshing wander down by the river, take in the beautiful sights and even stop off for a tasty treat or hot drink from one of the local businesses.

Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay

If you fancy a jaunt up the coast, why not give the Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay route a try? You get beautiful views over the Yorkshire coastline and, as parts of the route are a bit trickier underfoot, you’ll get some fantastic exercise. It’s about 7 miles each way, or you can check out the public transport to get you back to Whitby.

Beningbrough Hall circular

The river walk at Beninbrough is a real treat and not one to be missed – just make sure you book first if you want to go inside the house grounds. You can follow the yellow way markers all the way around in a 3.5 mile loop. Make sure you stay on the footpaths, as there are sometimes livestock grazing in the fields.

Yorkshire winter walk by a lake

Semer Water

Semer Water is one of the largest natural lakes in North Yorkshire, yet not many people visit! It’s a wonderful walk to get right into nature, wander along good footpaths and past the stunning lake. Make sure you look out for the hidden town said to have sunk beneath the waters.

Dalby Forest

If you don’t feel like completely embracing the elements on your winter walk in Yorkshire, why not find a little shelter in the trees at Dalby Forest? There are more than 8000 acres of woodland to explore, as well as cycle trails if you feel like getting a bit more adventurous.

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