Welcome back to our very own very of Groundhog Day, Yorkshire folk. From sitting in our PJs all day, to staring at the same four walls day in day out – we’re in desperate need of a bit of nature. Luckily for us, Yorkshire has plenty of it. From coastal views, to hidden gems tucked away in the forest – we’ve rounded up the most beautiful nature walks to try out in North Yorkshire.
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1. Malham Tarn Estate
Located near the famous Malham Cove, Malham Tarn is a great spot to walk around – providing a little piece of serenity during a pretty shitty time. Featuring vast open water and surrounded by beautiful grasslands, visitors can take advantage of the Pennine Way, which runs right through the area, as well as a stunning woodland if you follow the route. Grab your walking boots for this one, however, as there’s changing terrain as the route leads on.
2. Filey Brigg
Providing fresh sea air and endless views out to sea, Filey Brigg is the perfect spot to escape from your four walls – boasting dramatic cliffs and the ultimate coastal viewpoint. To make the most of your location, start the route at the Country Car Park, and follow the path towards Filey Brigg along the cliff tops. Once you’ve taken in all is to see there, take a stroll across the Royal Parade and beach, through Glen Gardens, and back up through the Old Town.
3. Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail
An accessible walk for even newbie walkers to enjoy, Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail provides quite the variety of sights, following Clapham Beck and the lake to Ingleborough Cave. The leisurely stroll from Clapham is just over 2km, so its a great choice if you’re looking for something easy to do on a Sunday afternoon.
4. Howardian Hills
An ‘Area of Outstanding Beauty’, and for good reason, the Howardian Hills make for a stunning day out, featuring iconic Yorkshire landscapes such as rolling hills, vast countryside and the mesmerising Castle Howard. Whether it’s the castle grounds and its beautiful lake you choose to explore, or one of the many scenic routes from Terrington, you’re sure to find mystical water spots, never-ending countryside and a number of woodlands to explore.
5. Yorkshire Arboretum
One of our favourite nature spots in Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Arboretum is home to over 6,000 trees (that’s a whole lotta fresh air!), many of which are actually rare or endangered. Not only that, but they come in a rainbow of colours, too, providing Autumnal vibes all year round. The spot is suitable for families to enjoy, and is sure to provide a little bit of peace and quiet during lockdown.
6. Staveley Nature Reserve
Sitting close by to the gorgeous River Tutt, Staveley Nature Reserve consists of 79 hectares of wetland and is the perfect place to spot wildlife (including otters!). Take a stroll around the beautiful waters, visit the sheep, or take advantage of the surrounding walking trails that are perfect for a dog walk.
7. North Riding Forest Park
Ok, so North Riding Forest Park is a pretty big space, consisting of highlights including Dalby Forest, Langdale Forest and Cropton Forest – so for this one, take your pick. Personally, we absolutely love Dalby Forest, thanks to its spectacular views, many walking trails with differing benefits, and additional cycling and running trails. The spot is ever-popular with local dog walkers, and when we’re not in lockdown, you can take part in a number of activities including zip-lining and a treetop challenge at GoApe.
8. Nidd Gorge
Close by to lovely Knaresborough, this particular nature walk can span a whopping 8 miles, following the River Nidd right round through Bilton. For just the highlights, however, starting at the Woodland Trust carpark will allow you to follow the river to the gorge, through to Scotton Mill and the viaduct. There, you can turn back, or keep walking down to Conyngham Hall along a circular route back round to the car park.
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