Yorkshire has plenty of great walks to get stuck into all year round. If you’re looking for some nice walks to do with the children, these stepping stone walks in Yorkshire are a great way to keep the kids entertained. Enjoy the beautiful scenery God’s Own Country whilst playing and having a run.
Even if you don’t have kids, these walks are great fun and take in some stunning parts of Yorkshire and the surrounding areas, perfect for those holiday days out.
1. Linton Falls, Yorkshire Dales
In Grassington, along the banks of the River Wharfe, the Linton falls Walk is a great short walk to do with kids. You can take a picnic and make a day of it. From the car park, rather than head straight down to the waterfalls, you should go past the houses until you come to a medieval church – and go through the graveyard.
You can have a look at the churchyard. and then you’ll be able to follow the river before coming to a set of stepping stones where you can cross to the other side.
You can follow the footpath around when you get to the other side and head towards the footbridge across the waterfall, and enjoy an ice cream on the way back to the car park. It is one of our favourite stepping stone walks in Yorkshire.
2. Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire Dales
Probably the most famous stepping stones in the UK, Bolton Abbey stepping stones are a right of passage for any Yorkshire folk.
You can enjoy a beautiful forest and river walk around the grounds of the Bolton Abbey Estate and then try the treacherous stepping stones. Be wary of the one wobbly stone. You don’t want to fall into the river, that’s for sure.
3. Ingleton Waterfall Trail
Found on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Ingleton Waterfall Trail is one of the most popular stepping stone walks in Yorkshire. It offers five main waterfalls and eight water spots following the River Twiss and the River Doe from the Ingleton starting point.
Around the halfway mark, where there is a second cafe, you can cross a small river by way of stepping stones – which the kids will love. If you don’t fancy the stepping stones but want to cool down, you can paddle across the 6-inch deep water.
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4. Dovedale, Peak District
Technically in Derbyshire but we like to include it as part of the Peak Districts, as it straddles three counties. Dovedale stepping stones are an iconic walk.
Head over from the car park across a wooden bridge – where you’ll be greeted by the River Dove. If you look up, you can see Thorpe Cloud, which reaches 287 metres high.
You can follow the River Dove, to the famous stepping stones that you cross to climb the top of Thorpe Cloud. There are some beautiful panoramic views of Dovedale.
5. Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
There are several walks to do in this area the main one is a walk through a woodland path, which is a nice walk. You’ll find the stepping stones at the far end of Hardcastle Crags across a lovely river where your kids can have a paddle.
You can take in the beautiful Gibson Mill whilst you are there as well as the wildlife including deer, kingfishers, and squirrels.
6. Aysgarth Falls, Yorkshire Dales
Located along the River Ure, the stepping stone crossing can be found just off ‘Stony Stoop Lane, about a mile and a half east of the famous Aysgarth Falls.
You can head across the stones and then on to the remains of Bolton Castle before heading back to Ayysgarth along the edge of the moors taking in the views of Wensleydale.
7. Middleham, Yorkshire Dales
This is one of the more stunning stepping stone walks in Yorkshire with a great pub involved. Found close to the village of Middleham, the walk takes you from the village along a wooded section of the River Cover before the stepping stone crossing which takes you to East Witton.
You can head over to East Witton west and walk the walled lane crossing farmland to head over the ‘Hullo Bridge and back to the starting point.
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