If there’s anytime that dogs have really been man’s best friend – it’s 2020. Becoming our key companions throughout the pandemic, our beloved pets have been a relief to an otherwise crazy year – providing a sense of normality which has been ever-welcome. But not only that, our dogs provide us with the perfect excuse to explore the great outdoors, and with stunning views like these on our doorsteps, we really can’t complain. If you’re on the hunt for a bit of fresh air this winter, check out our guide to the best dog walks with impressive views right here in Yorkshire.
1. Hack Fall Wood
Covering 47 hectares of ancient woodland, Hack Fall Wood is an enchanting spot for a good ol’ walk with your furry friend – with endless woodland, ruined buildings, and even wet woodland to explore. Walk times vary from 2-3 hours, allowing plenty of time to tire out your doggo. Be prepared to need a bit of a bath afterwards, though, if they dive into the wet woodlands!
2. Flamborough Head
Providing gorgeous sea views and fresh sea air (that’ll do both you and your dog good!), the Flamborough Head circular route is great for all dogs due to its fairly short walking time. Starting at the lighthouse car park, the scenic route follows the coastline, before taking a turn round the Old Fall Plantation and back towards the lighthouse. To finish off, head down to the beach so your precious pooch can have a wild swim.
3. Marsden Moor
A favourite here at The Yorkshireman, the Marsden route is super easy for those who maybe don’t walk too often, and are looking for a flat route to enjoy with their dogs. Take a stroll around the gorgeous moorland, or head towards the reservoirs – including Butterly Clough, Blakeley Reservoir and Wessenden Reservoir.
4. Otley Chevin
Overlooking lovely Otley, the Chevin provides fantastic views for walkers – with the whole forest park to explore. It’s the perfect spot to let your pupper have a good old run, with a steep incline for owners to get some exercise in, too.
5. Port Mulgrave
Fancy a walk with all sorts of sights? The circular route from Staithes to Port Mulgrave is perfect for a couple of changes in scenery – starting along the beautiful cliffs of the coast, before following the Cleveland Way National Trail which boasts countryside views, too. Check out the gorgeous village in Staithes, look out to sea from the cliff tops and explore Port Mulgrave’s abandoned harbour before letting doggo have a little swim.
6. Ilkley Moor
While you’ll need to watch out for the local wildlife during your visit, well-behaved dogs can enjoy the gorgeous Ilkley Moor – as well as the stunning countryside views that its home to. Enjoy the Cow and Calf rocks, walk by the tarn and take in the sights of vast land.
*Please note that farmers can shoot your dog if it poses a risk to their livestock. Sheep may roam Ilkley Moor and are often spotted at the Cow and Calf rocks. Find out more.
7. Dalby Forest
One of Yorkshire’s most fantastic forests, Dalby Forest is full of things to discover – with twelve walking routes to choose from. Enjoy a lakeside stroll, a 2-mile rabbit run, panoramic valley views and so much more.
8. Aysgarth Woods
A truly beautiful trail in the gorgeous Yorkshire Dales, Aysgarth Woods runs alongside the River Ure – with woodland, Aysgarth Falls, Bolton Castle and views of the rolling hills to experience. The circular route begins in the village, before taking you on a fantastic adventure uncovering some of the Dales’ most impressive sights.
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