Spring Walks

Spring is in the air! With the weather improving, spring is a wonderful time of year to go for a walk - snowdrops and primroses are springing up, daffodils are bursting out, lambs are being born, and little ducklings and goslings are being hatched. Yorkshire, God's Own Country, is an amazing county to explore.

Here is a selection of popular walks across Yorkshire and links to more information about the area and places to stay.

The Three Peaks Three Peaks walks
Whernside, Ingleborough and Penyghent - 'The 3 Peaks' are all around 700 metres high. Walking and climbing in these areas is very popular because of the wild landscape, limestone features and the hill walking potential. They form part of the Pennine range and look down to the valley of the River Ribble.
The Malham Tarn Circular
Limestone pavement above Malham This 11.5 mile walk is long but relatively easy, and goes around Malham Tarn and the valley of Littondale.
The walk starts at Street Gate, Waterhouses, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9PT. You soon pass Janet's Foss, Malham's small but very picturesque waterfall, then go on to Gordale Scar, a huge gorge, which more experienced ramblers can climb.
Raydale and Semer Water Raydale and Semer Water
To take in the incredible views of the valley surrounding the River Bain, you would have to set a day aside to enjoy this 9 mile walk. It isn’t a beginners walk.
It starts at School Hill, Bainbridge, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 3EH
Keld and Ravenseat Circular Keld and Ravenseat Circular
You can enjoy Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales and say you have visited ‘the highest pub in Great Britain’ on this 9.5 mile walk.
The walk starts at The Tan Hill Inn, Long Causeway, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6ED
Hutton-le-Hole and Lastingham Circular Hutton-le-hole and Lastingham Circular
4.5 mile walk - The walk connects the two moorland villages of Hutton-le-Hole and Lastingham, where you can enjoy the quiet, peaceful countryside of the North York Moors. There is the open-air Ryedale Folk Museum and St Mary’s church, with its 11th Century crypt, if you want to make more of a day of it.
It starts at Hutton-le-Hole car park, North Yorkshire, YO62 6UB.
Spofforth Countryside Spofforth
8.1 mile walk - Wonderful countryside around Spofforth, Kirkby, Overblow and Sicklinghall. The walk passes a couple of pubs if you want to break half way for lunch or there are plenty of convenient places for a picnic. Starts information is as follows. At the lay-by with your back to the castle (SE 362512), turn right and walk along the main road (A661) for just under half a mile. Turn right at Park Mount (SE 366507). This is a cul-de-sac and the footpath starts between the 4th and 5th house from the end, on the right. There is a fingerpost pointing to it on the opposite side of the road on a telegraph pole. Spofforth finishes at Spofforth Castle.
Fox and Rabbit Inn Walk, Pickering Fox and Rabbit Inn Walk
This 12.2 mile walk is one of the most popular east North York Moors walks with a fairly difficult rating. It would take about 5-6 hours.
Starts at the Fox and Rabbit Inn, Whitby Road, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7NQ then through Stain Dale, Bridestones, Hole of Horcum, Levisham Moor and Cross Dale.
Falling Foss and the Hermitage Falling Foss
A short, one mile woodland walk where you discover the stunning waterfall and carved out boulder – The Hermitage. You can reward yourself during or at the end of the walk at Falling Foss Tea Gardens.
Easy Starts at Littlebeck Woods Car Park, Whitby YO22 5JD
Bolton Abbey Estate Bolton Abbey Estate
It is nice to take a ride on the Steam Railway and then follow with this 3.8 miles, easy, 2 to 3 hour walk from Bolton Abbey Station to Bolton Abbey Estate Country Park.
Walk starts at Embsay & Bolton Abbey Station, Skipton Road, Skipton, BD23 6PH
Goathland’s Beautiful Moors and Waterfalls Goathland's Moors
Goathland was used as a filming location in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
The 6 mile, moderately easy 3-4 hour walk starts at Mallyan Spout Hotel, Goathland, North Yorkshire, YO22 5AN. There are two lovely Waterfalls to visit, Mallyan Spout and Thomason Foss, set in pretty woodland.
Whernside & Ribblehead Sedbergh Holme Knot
This challenging walk - up and down the highest of Yorkshire's 3 Peaks – is a 9 mile route, with a climb of 513 metres.
The walk starts at Dent Station, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5RF. The first part follows alongside the Settle-Carlisle Railway. Not for beginners!
Pateley Bridge walk Pateley Bridge
This 7 mile, gentle walk encircles Fewston Reservoir. It takes in Glasshouses and the breathtaking views of the Washburn Valley. The route starts at the free Swinsty Moor car park (LS21 2NP). Crossing over Fewsron embankment you are met with the stunning views of Fewston and Swinsty Reservoir.
Brimham Rocks Circular Walk Brimham Rocks
This easy 1.3 mile walk should only take about an hour but will show you the highlights of Brimham, from the amazing rock formations, to the Dancing Bear and the fantastic heather moorland. Start and finish point is the Brimham Rocks car park, grid ref SE206650
Farndale Daffodil Walk Sights of a spring walk
This 3.5 mile walks starts in Low Mill Car Park, in the secluded town of Farndale. It passes thousands of wild daffodils in the spring months, depending on the weather and you can take in the views from Low Mill, High Mill and Bitchagreen. Picturesque at any time of the year.
Aysgarth Falls Walk Bolton Castle
This is an easy 2.2 mile walk, but it has lots of gems to see on the way. It finishes off at one of Yorkshire’s finest natural landmarks, Aysgarth Falls, passes Bolton Castle and you can take in breathtaking views across Wensleydale.
Fountains Abbey Circular Fountains Abbey in spring
Lovely in the spring, you can pass the delights of snow drops, pale yellow primroses, wild garlic and even ducklings and goslings. The 5 mile route around the boundary of the estate passes fantastic views of the Abbey, Fountains Hall, Studley Royal Water Garden and the Deer Park.