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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.

The walks Miles Description  
Harrogate Pinewoods 1.5 A walk in west Harrogate suitable for all the family, this is an interesting woodland experience.

Troller's Gill, Skyreholme 1.5 Skyreholme Beck rarely appears in Trollers Gill. It did on the occasion I did this walk.
Otley Chevin 2.1 The fabulous Chevin provides great views to the north of Leeds to Norwood Edge and Almscliff Crag.
Abbey Road, Wood Sculptures & Knaresborough Castle 3.0 A chapel in rock, wood sculptures, an abbey, a hermits cave, super woodland, Blind Jack and the castle.
Swinsty Reservoir 3.1 I love this particular reservoir walk in Autumn. However it has variety and is a great walk all year round.
Harrogate Woodland & Parks 3.6 A wonderful walk in the woods and parks of Harrogate including fabulous Valley Gardens.
Fewston Reservoir 3.7 In my opinion this is the best reservoir perimeter walk in all of the Leeds and Harrogate area.
Timble & Swinsty 4.7 This walk from Timble to Swinsty Reservoir is a perfect way to spend a half day outdoors.
The Strid, Bolton Abbey 4.7 The River Wharfe in flood on its way through the Strid is a powerful sight. I experienced it on this walk.
Harewood House Estate 4.8 A pleasant walk around the well managed Harewood House Estate between Leeds and Harrogate.
Follifoot and Spofforth 5.0 This walk near Harrogate includes some lesser known gritstone outcrops which spark the imagination.
Burton Leonard Lime Quarries 5.1 A walk from South Stainley to Burton Leonard which includes a visit to a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust site.
Eccup Reservoir 5.2 Enjoy a gentle ramble around Eccup Reservoir in north Leeds. It is a very popular walk.
Golden Acre Park & North Leeds 5.5 A gorgeous walk suitable for all the family and mature walkers alike. Highly recommended.
Druid's Temple near Masham 6.0 A lovely walk to a popular stone circle folly in beautiful North Yorkshire countryside.
Leathley, Stainburn & Lindley 6.1 A lovely walk in nice countryside just outside Northern Leeds. This is one of my favourite local walks.
Ilkley Moor and Burley Moor 6.3 A heather moor walk to the Twelve Apostles Stone Circle and to the famous Cow and Calf rocks.
Grewelthorpe & River Ure 6.7 A spectacular section of the River Ure is followed on this great route near Masham.
Horsforth and Rodley 6.7 A super walk in suburban Leeds, one of diversity with woodland, river, canal and countryside to enjoy.
Thruscross & Rocking Moor 7.0 This walk which starts beside a reservoir has riverside, moorland and a few slices of history to seek out.
Earl Crag from Cowling 7.0 A walk to the south Craven landmarks of Wainman's Pinnacle and Lund's Tower from Cowling.
Beamsley Beacon and Storiths 7.0 I think the views from Beamsley Beacon are amongst the best in mid Wharfedale.
Kirkby Malzeard Moor 7.1 A walk with stunning views to experience. This is a quiet moor so you may have it all to yourself.
Blubberhouses Moor 7.2 Keep your navigation right on this walk. Blubberhouses Moor reveals many surprises.
Thorner and Hetchell Wood 7.7 A lovely walk in rural suroundings to a remarkable nature reserve just a few miles from Leeds.
Hartwith Heritage Walk 7.8 A lovely circular walk in central Nidderdale which is steeped in the history of the area.
Lindley Wood & Norwood Edge 8.0 A nice undulating walk on the outskirts of north Leeds in the Lower Washburn Valley.
Scar House & How Stean Gorge 8.0 I did this walk in a white winter blanket to two of Nidderdale's most popular walking locations.
Spofforth Countryside 8.1 Walk the wonderful countryside around Spofforth, Kirkby Overblow and Sicklinghall.
Ripley, Hampsthwaite, Birstwith
and Burnt Yates
8.5 A walk which visits a series of villages to the north of Harrogate. Includes a lovely section of river walking.
Almscliff Crag and
Little Almscliff Crag
8.5 A country and moor walk linking secluded Little Almscliff Crag with it's famous big brother.
Sicklinghall & Wetherby 8.6 This walk includes Stockeld Park, the Harland Way, Wetherby Ings, Linton and Lime Kiln Wood.
Fountains Earth Moor, Lulbeck Crags and Lofthouse Moor 8.8 Best when the heather is at its most spectacular this is a wonderful moorland and valley circular.
Bewerley Industrial Trail 9.0 A walk which features wonderful meadow and moorland and visits sites of the the industrial past.
Upper Nidderdale from Lofthouse 9.3 A walk from Lofthouse in Upper Nidderdale along the River Nidd and then on to the high moor.
Studley Park & Fountain's Abbey 10.0 A walk in lush countryside near Ripon with a visit to the remarkable abbey and Studley Deerpark.
Dallow Moor and Dallowgill Moor 10.2 One of North Yorkshires wonderful moorland walks close to Ripon and Pateley Bridge.
Harewood and East Keswick 11.0 Parkland, heritage village, landscaped estate grounds, open countryside, tree lined lanes and a riverside walk.
Ilkley Moor 11.3 A tour of the moor from Panorama Wood to the Swastika Stone and Doubler Stones.
Skipton Moor 11.5 A very under rated and under walked moor walk which is simply brilliant. It provides awesome views.
Riggs Moor, Meugher & Stean Moor 12.0 This challenging walk from Lofthouse is to the high moors on the south side of Nidderdale's watershed.
Round Hill from Askwith 12.0 Great views and a boggy moor when I did the walk but it has to be done. Lovely views of Wharfedale feature.
Pateley Bridge & Brimham Rocks 12.0 I did this walk in awful weather which made my walk in Brimham Rocks an eerie sight.
Simon's Seat and Troller's Gill 13.2 A very popular walk with fantastic walking up to Simon's Seat and then down to the enchanting gill.
Great Whernside, Source of River Nidd, Angram and Scar House 14.4 A demanding walk from Middlesmoor across Riggs Moor to Great Whernside. Return via the source of the Nidd.
Harrogate Ringway 20.0 The circuit of Harrogate has plenty of special moments including crags, becks, woods and countryside.
Knaresborough Round 20.5 The 20 mile circuit of Knaresborough has many special moments too. It is a diverse days walking.

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