Fancy retiring the pub habit for the weekend and heading out into the glorious landscapes God’s Own Country has to offer? We’ve rounded up the top, easy walks to try in Yorkshire – all providing spectacular views of the iconic Yorkshire countryside.
1. River Swale, Swaledale
A 2.5 mile walk with some fantastic views, the Keld, River Swale and Swaldale Waterfalls route is a great choice for walkers looking for an easy route – however while the walk is fairly easy, there is a slight incline to be aware of.
The walk kicks off in Keld at the River Swale, where walkers can head to check out the East Gill Beck, before moving on to Birk Hill and the pretty waterfall at Kisdon Force and East Gill Waterfall. There truly is lots to take in, so a handy camera is recommended.
Other highlights include the Pennine Bridleway, Currack Force, Keld village itself and Catrake Force. A great walk in Yorkshire for water lovers!
2. Marsden Moor, Huddersfield
A personal favourite for us here at The Yorkshireman, Marsden Moor is a great option for beginners and pro walkers – with different routes for varying abilities.
One of the more popular walks in Yorkshire offers three reservoirs to visit: Butterley reservoir, Blakeley reservoir and Wessenden Reservoir. The route features mostly flat land (other than climbing up the incline through the village) and is a beautiful spot to simply take in the sights and snap some photos.
Another popular route is the Pule Hill circular walk, a 4.5 mile route that gives trekkers sights of the canal, Pule Hill, the moor and remains of Marsden’s industrial heritage.
3. Flamborough Head Circular Walk, Flamborough
Flamborough Head is always a delight to see, with the circular walk being a fantastic choice for those looking to take in some fresh, sea air on their route.
The 7-mile walk is fairly challenging, but well worth it for the views you get from the top of the cliffs! Starting in Flamborough village, the route heads by Thornwick Bay (a great photo opp), before descending on the beautiful Flamborough Cliffs Nature Reserve. Following the coastline on top of the cliffs, trekkers will get glorious views out to sea – perfect for a mild day.
The route also runs past the Lighthouse, before circling back round to the village and the remains of Flamborough Castle.
4. Malham Cove, Malham
One of the most terrific walks in Yorkshire, Malham Cove is famous for its incredible limestone cove top – as featured in Harry Potter.
The cove is a huge limestone formation, and can be enjoyed as part of a 4.5 mile circular walk. The walk starts just south of Malham Village, and leads walkers along the famous Pennine Way, before arriving at the picturesque Janet’s Foss.
The route then progresses towards Gordale Scar, where you can take in sights of the caves, the waterfall, and Gordale Beck. The walk finishes at Malham Cove, where you’ll be sure to want to update your Instagram Story from the iconic limestone pavement. Not only that, there’s even a pub to finish so you can claim your well-deserved reward – a nice, cold pint!
5. Fell Beck, Yorkshire Dales
A short 2.8 mile walk, this easy route lets walkers explore Brimham Rocks, before taking in views of the vast Yorkshire Dales.
The route is a fairly easy one, with mostly flat land to work with for the duration. You’ll take in panoramic views throughout the walk, as well as stumble upon sights of the Druids Writing Desk, the Dancing Bear, the woodland and Fell Beck itself. The walk talks just 1 hour 15 minutes, so is perfect to squeeze in before scranning your weekend chippy.
6. Haworth Circular Walk, Haworth
Haworth is a glorious place to visit, with its picturesque, quaint town that’s perfect for exploring. But on top of that, the moors offer some incredible views for walkers to uncover.
The circular walk is five miles, taking up to 3 hours to complete – however its a great choice for walkers of all abilities. Fun fact: the landscape was actually an inspiration for the Bronte sisters when writing their novels!
The route begins at Penistone Hill Country Park, before passing Lower Laithe Reservoir and giving trekkers sights of Top Withins and the beautiful Bronte Waterfall. Be sure to check out the village and grab a cuppa while you’re there – it really is a pretty place!