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Walks in the Leeds and Harrogate Area
Almscliff Crag
Almscliff Crag lying between Leeds and Harrogate is an extremely popular outdoors attraction

There is fantastic and varied walking to be found so close to my home in Horsforth, North Leeds. Within a 15 mile radius I can walk in places like Ilkley Moor, Otley Chevin, Harewood, Harrogate and Knaresborough, Wharfedale, Airedale, Lower and Upper Washburn, Nidderdale and Baildon Moor. The Leeds to Liverpool Canal passes by less than a mile from my house and there are lots of woodland and park walks in the pretty area around Horsforth itself. There are lots of interesting Leeds walks and Harrogate walks like the Harrogate Ringway and Knaresborough Round. I am simply blessed with great walking potential so close to home and these pages will reflect those areas as all the walks included on this site will be no more than 15 miles from my front door. The walks include hill walking on some interesting fells, rivers and valleys, tracks around towns and villages, places of historical interest and even a walk on the canal. When I get the time to! Enjoy reading about them and if you live near me then get out there and do some.

Easy Walks:  
Golden Acre Park & North Leeds A gorgeous walk of five and a half miles, suitable for all the family and mature walkers alike. Highly recommended.
Burton Leonard Lime Quarries A five mile walk from South Stainley to Burton Leonard which includes a visit to a spectacular Yorkshire Wildlife Trust site.
Harrogate Woodland & Parks A wonderful walk in the woods and parks of Harrogate including fabulous Valley Gardens.
Abbey Road, Wood Sculptures & Knaresborough Castle Much in 3 miles, a chapel in rock, wood sculptures, an abbey, a hermits cave, super woodland, Blind Jack and the castle.
Ripley, Hampsthwaite, Birstwith and Burnt Yates A Nidderdale walk which visits a series of villages to the north of Harrogate. Includes a lovely section of river walking.
Harrogate Pinewoods Another great Harrogate walk suitable for all the family, this shorter 1.5 mile version is a woodland masterpiece.
Leathley, Stainburn & Lindley A lovely walk in nice countryside just outside Northern Leeds.
Otley Chevin The fabulous Chevin provides the walker with great views.
Timble & Swinsty Walk from Timble to Swinsty Reservoir, a perfect Sunday stroll.
Spofforth Countryside Walk the wonderful countryside around Spofforth, Kirkby Overblow and Sicklinghall.
The Strid, Bolton Abbey The Wharfe in flood on its way through the Strid is a powerful sight.
Troller's Gill, Skyreholme Skyreholme Beck rarely appears in Trollers Gill. It did this time.
Harewood House Estate A pleasant walk around the well managed Harewood House Estate.
Druid's Temple near Masham A lovely walk to a popular stone folly in beautiful countryside
Eccup Reservoir Enjoy a gentle ramble around Eccup Reservoir in north Leeds.
Swinsty Reservoir I love this particular reservoir walk in Autumn. However it has variety and is a great walk all year round.
Fewston Reservoir The best reservoir perimeter walk in all of the Leeds Harrogate area.
Horsforth and Rodley A super walk, so diverse with woodland and water, all from my house!
Follifoot and Spofforth This walk near Harrogate includes interesting gritstone outcrops.
Moderate Walks:
Simon's Seat and Troller's Gill Fantastic walking up to Simon's Seat and down to the enchanting gill.
Almscliff Crag A country and moor walk linking Little Almscliff with it's big brother.
Skipton Moor A very under rated and under walked moor walk which is simply brilliant.
Ilkley Moor A tour of the moor that stands between Airedale and Wharfedale.
Harewood and East Keswick Parkland, heritage village, landscaped estate grounds, open countryside, tree lined lanes and a riverside walk.
Fountains Earth Moor, Lulbeck Crags and Lofthouse Moor Best in late Summer when the heather is in blossom this is a wonderful moorland and valley circular.
Thruscross & Rocking Moor This walk has riverside, moorland and a few slices of history.
Sicklinghall & Wetherby This walk has lots of lovely variety including Stockeld Park, the Harland Way, Wetherby Ings, Linton and Lime Kiln Wood.
Round Hill from Askwith Great views and a boggy moor but it has to be done.
Dallow Moor and Dallowgill Moor A wonderful moorland walk close to Ripon and Pateley Bridge.
Pateley Bridge & Brimham Rocks A walk in awful weather but made Brimham Rocks an eerie sight.
Bewerley Industrial Trail Walk in wonderful meadow and moorland and visit the industrial past.
Earl Crag from Cowling Walk to south craven icons, Wainman's Pinnacle and Lund's Tower.
Upper Nidderdale from Lofthouse Walk along the upper River Nidd and then onto the moor.
Lindley Wood & Norwood Edge A nice walk on the outskirts of Leeds in the Lower Washburn Valley.
Studley Park & Fountain's Abbey A walk in lush countryside near Ripon with a visit to Studley Deerpark.
Grewelthorpe & River Ure A spectacular section of the River Ure is followed on this great route.
Blubberhouses Moor Keep your navigation right and Blubberhouses Moor reveals surprises.
Beamsley Beacon Views from Beamsley Beacon are amongst the best in Wharfedale.
Kirkby Malzeard Moor A walk with stunning views to experience. And on a quiet moor too.
Hartwith Heritage Walk A lovely circular walk in central Nidderdale which is steeped in history.
Scar House & How Stean Gorge A walk in a white winter blanket to two of Nidderdale's best.
Riggs Moor, Meugher & Stean Moor This challenging walk from Lofthouse is to the high moors on the south side of Nidderdale's watershed.
Hard Walks:
Harrogate Ringway The 20 mile circuit of Harrogate has plenty of special moments.
Knaresborough Round The 20 mile circuit of Knaresborough has many special moments too.

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