The Best Walks in Yorkshire
Published: Thursday 2nd Jan 2020
Written by: Louise Burtt
With its natural beauty of purple heather moorlands, rolling hills and craggy peaks, on these walks around Yorkshire you'll certainly see why Yorkshire is named God's Own County.
North York Moors
Levisham to the Hole of Horcum
The delightful picture postcard village of Levisham nestles in the North York Moors between Whitby and Pickering and is a fantastic starting point for this 6 mile walk which takes in grand landscapes and spectacular views of the beautiful moorland. If you park in the village and head up the lane on the right of The Horseshoe Inn pub you're soon on the open moorland. The walk has a couple of climbs such as up the side of the amazing Hole of Horcum; but the views are totally worth it! You then walk along a wide moorland track over the moors alongside an iron age dyke to Dundale Pond. Now it is a sheltered spot to rest for a few minutes before finishing the walk back to Levisham. The Horseshoe Inn is very welcoming with great food and well worth visiting for some well earned refreshments.
James Herriot Way
Like millions of people worldwide you've probably read his books or watched All Creatures Great and Small on TV, and this walk is based on a walking holiday which the famous vet James Herriot took with his son Jimmy. The route is 52 miles long and is typically walked over four days but you can just do parts of it. The circular route starts at Aysgarth and showcases the best of the Dales through Swaledale and Wensleydale, including big sights such as Aysgarth Falls, Hardraw Force and Bolton Castle.
Staithes to Port Mulgrave
The coastline of Yorkshire is full of drama and interest with chalky cliffs, smuggler's coves and wonderful wildlife. Take in the dramatic sea views on this 6.5 mile walk starting on the cliffs above the charming fishing village of Staithes, once the home of Captain Cook. Meander along to the quaint fishing port at Port Mulgrave. Climb down to the port if you fancy a quick detour to take in the amazing views before heading inland to Hinderwell and Borrowby Dale, where you can find traditional local pubs and cafes to enjoy some refreshments whilst on route.
Thixendale to Wharram Percy
The Yorkshire Wolds are an area of peace and tranquility with unique rolling chalkstone landscapes and steep sided valleys; offering the perfect setting for long refreshing walks and providing the inspiration of many an artist and poet such as the likes of David Hockney. The picture perfect village of Thixendale is the starting point for this 7 mile walk, which is a relatively easier walk as it tends to cover the higher ground rather than the valley floors. The village itself is full of character along with a warm and welcoming pub and cafe, which is a great start or finishing point. A little detour off the circular route will take you to the lost medieval village of Wharram Percy, where only the historic church remains, and provides a fascinating location to explore. This once bustling village was largely wiped out by the Black Death in the 14th century.
Taking in ancient settlements, dramatic chalk cliffs, a light house and conservation area, this fascinating walk starts from the car park at Danes Dyke Nature Reserve and passes through Thornwick Bay. This is a breathtaking 9 mile walk along Yorkshire's finest coastline and boasts spectacular views of Bempton Cliffs and a huge variety of sea birds such as gannets and puffins can be both seen and heard en route. Eroded by the sea into some remarkable shapes, the chalk cliffs provide particular interest, with the cliffs at Flamborough Head being the most spectacular.
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