Walks in the Leeds and Harrogate Area

Almscliff Crag
Almscliff Crag and the countryside between Leeds and Harrogate

There is fantastic and varied walking to be found so close to my home in Harrogate. 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 previous home in Horsforth and there are lots of woodland and park walks in the pretty countryside fringing North Leeds. There are lots of interesting long distance 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 page will be no more than 20 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 industrial heritage. When I get the time to. Enjoy reading about them and if you live near me then get out there and do some.

Interactive map of the walks


Walk Miles Description
Harrogate Pinewoods 1.5 A walk in west Harrogate suitable for all the family, this is an interesting woodland experience.
Trollers Gill and Skyreholme Beck 1.5 Skyreholme Beck rarely appears in Trollers Gill. It did on the occasion I did this walk.
Otley Chevin 2.7 The fabulous Chevin provides great views to the north of Leeds to Norwood Edge and Almscliff Crag.
Abbey Road, Wood Sculptures and 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 and 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, River Washburn and Swinsty Reservoir 4.7 This walk from Timble to Swinsty Reservoir is a perfect way to spend a half day outdoors.
Cavendish Pavilion, River Wharfe, Strid Wood and the Strid 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, Spofforth and the Gritstone Outcrops 5.0 This walk near Harrogate includes some lesser known gritstone outcrops which spark the imagination.
South Stainley, Burton Leonard and the Lime Quarries Wildlife Reserve 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, Swan Lane, East Breary, Bramhope and Fish Pond Plantation 5.5 A gorgeous walk suitable for all the family and mature walkers alike. Highly recommended.
Healey, River Burn, Sole Beck Gill and Druid's Temple 6.0 A lovely walk to a popular stone circle folly in beautiful North Yorkshire countryside.
Leathley, Stainburn, Braythorn and 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, Horsepasture Hill, Nutwith Common, River Nidd and Limehouse Hill 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.
Rocking Moor, Bramley Head and Thruscross Reservoir 7.0 This walk which starts beside a reservoir has riverside, moorland and a few slices of history to seek out.
Cowling, Earl Crag, Wainman's Pinnacle and Lund's Tower 7.0 A walk to the south Craven landmarks of Wainman's Pinnacle and Lund's Tower from Cowling.
Beamsley, The Beacon, Howber Hill, Hazlewood and Storiths 7.0 I think the views from Beamsley Beacon are amongst the best in mid Wharfedale.
Kirkby Malzeard Moor, Grewelthorpe Moor and Carlesmoor 7.1 A walk with stunning views to experience. This is a quiet moor so you may have it all to yourself.
Fewston Reservoir, Blubberhouses Moor, Kex Gill Moor and Washburn Valley 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.
Brimham Moor, Riva Hill, Hartwith, Summerbridge, Smelthouses and Brimham Rocks 7.8 A lovely circular walk in central Nidderdale which is steeped in the history of the area.
Washburn Valley, Norwood Edge and Lindley Wood Reservoir 8.0 A nice undulating walk on the outskirts of north Leeds in the Lower Washburn Valley.
Middlesmoor, Nidderdale Way, Scar House Reservoir and How Stean Gorge 8.0 I did this walk in a white winter blanket to two of Nidderdale's most popular walking locations.
Spofforth, Kirkby Overblow and Sicklinghall 8.1 Walk the wonderful countryside around Spofforth, Kirkby Overblow and Sicklinghall.
Ripley, Hampsthwaite, Birstwith, Burnt Yates and Bedlam 8.5 A walk which visits a series of villages to the north of Harrogate. Includes a lovely section of river walking.
Braythorn, Lindley Moor, Little Alms Cliff and Almscliff Crag 8.5 A country and moor walk linking secluded Little Almscliff Crag with it's famous big brother.
Sicklinghall, Stockeld Park, Wetherby and Linton 8.6 This walk includes Stockeld Park, the Harland Way, Wetherby Ings, Linton and Lime Kiln Wood.
Lofthouse, Bouthwaite, Fountains Earth Moor and Thrope Edge 8.8 Best when the heather is at its most spectacular this is a wonderful moorland and valley circular.
Pateley Bridge, Coldstones, Greenhow Hill and Ashfold Side 9.0 A walk which features wonderful meadow and moorland and visits sites of the the industrial past.
Lofthouse, Upper Nidderdale, Woogill Moor, Dale Edge and Lofthouse Moor 9.3 A walk from Lofthouse in Upper Nidderdale along the River Nidd and then on to the high moor.
Markington, Studley Royal Park, Fountains Abbey and Fountains Park 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 Yorkshire's wonderful moorland walks close to Ripon and Pateley Bridge.
Harewood Park, Leeds Country Way, East Keswick and River Wharfe 11.0 Parkland, heritage village, landscaped estate grounds, open countryside, tree lined lanes and a riverside walk.
Ilkley Moor, Swastika Stone, Doubler Stones and Rombalds Moor 11.3 A tour of the moor from Panorama Wood to the Swastika Stone and Doubler Stones.
Silsden Moor, Low Bradley, Skipton Moor and Draughton Moor 11.5 A very under rated and under walked moor walk which is simply brilliant. It provides awesome views.
How Stean Gorge, Riggs Moor, Sandy Gate, Meugher and Stean Moor 12.0 This challenging walk from Lofthouse is to the high moors on the south side of Nidderdale's watershed.
Askwith, Ellarcarr Pike, Round Hill, Middleton Moor and Denton Moor 12.0 Great views available on a walk from Wharfedale to open moorland which includes visiting two isolated hills. One for blowing the cobwebs away.
High Crag, Yorke Folly, Bewerley, Pateley Bridge and Brimham Rocks 12.0 I did this walk in awful weather which made my walk in Brimham Rocks an eerie sight.
Valley of Desolation, Barden Fell, Simon's Seat, Troller's Gill, River Wharfe and the Strid 13.2 A very popular walk with fantastic walking up to Simon's Seat and then down to the enchanting gill.
Riggs Moor, Great Whernside, Angram Reservoir and Scar House Reservoir 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.
Walk Miles
Harrogate Pinewoods 1.5
Trollers Gill and Skyreholme Beck 1.5
Otley Chevin 2.7
Abbey Road, Wood Sculptures and Knaresborough Castle 3.0
Swinsty Reservoir 3.1
Harrogate Woodland and Parks 3.6
Fewston Reservoir 3.7
Timble, River Washburn and Swinsty Reservoir 4.7
Cavendish Pavilion, River Wharfe, Strid Wood and the Strid 4.7
Harewood House Estate 4.8
Follifoot, Spofforth and the Gritstone Outcrops 5.0
South Stainley, Burton Leonard and the Lime Quarries Wildlife Reserve 5.1
Eccup Reservoir 5.2
Golden Acre Park, Swan Lane, East Breary, Bramhope and Fish Pond Plantation 5.5
Healey, River Burn, Sole Beck Gill and Druid's Temple 6.0
Leathley, Stainburn, Braythorn and Lindley 6.1
Ilkley Moor and Burley Moor 6.3
Grewelthorpe, Horsepasture Hill, Nutwith Common, River Nidd and Limehouse Hill 6.7
Horsforth and Rodley 6.7
Rocking Moor, Bramley Head and Thruscross Reservoir 7.0
Cowling, Earl Crag, Wainman's Pinnacle and Lund's Tower 7.0
Beamsley, The Beacon, Howber Hill, Hazlewood and Storiths 7.0
Kirkby Malzeard Moor, Grewelthorpe Moor and Carlesmoor 7.1
Fewston Reservoir, Blubberhouses Moor, Kex Gill Moor and Washburn Valley 7.2
Thorner and Hetchell Wood 7.7
Brimham Moor, Riva Hill, Hartwith, Summerbridge, Smelthouses and Brimham Rocks 7.8
Washburn Valley, Norwood Edge and Lindley Wood Reservoir 8.0
Middlesmoor, Nidderdale Way, Scar House Reservoir and How Stean Gorge 8.0
Spofforth, Kirkby Overblow and Sicklinghall 8.1
Ripley, Hampsthwaite, Birstwith, Burnt Yates and Bedlam 8.5
Braythorn, Lindley Moor, Little Alms Cliff and Almscliff Crag 8.5
Sicklinghall, Stockeld Park, Wetherby and Linton 8.6
Lofthouse, Bouthwaite, Fountains Earth Moor and Thrope Edge 8.8
Pateley Bridge, Coldstones, Greenhow Hill and Ashfold Side 9.0
Lofthouse, Upper Nidderdale, Woogill Moor, Dale Edge and Lofthouse Moor 9.3
Markington, Studley Royal Park, Fountains Abbey and Fountains Park 10.0
Dallow Moor and Dallowgill Moor 10.2
Harewood Park, Leeds Country Way, East Keswick and River Wharfe 11.0
Ilkley Moor, Swastika Stone, Doubler Stones and Rombalds Moor 11.3
Silsden Moor, Low Bradley, Skipton Moor and Draughton Moor 11.5
How Stean Gorge, Riggs Moor, Sandy Gate, Meugher and Stean Moor 12.0
Askwith, Ellarcarr Pike, Round Hill, Middleton Moor and Denton Moor 12.0
High Crag, Yorke Folly, Bewerley, Pateley Bridge and Brimham Rocks 12.0
Valley of Desolation, Barden Fell, Simon's Seat, Troller's Gill, River Wharfe and the Strid 13.2
Riggs Moor, Great Whernside, Angram Reservoir and Scar House Reservoir 14.4
Harrogate Ringway 20.0
Knaresborough Round 20.5
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