Walks in North Yorkshire

Roseberry Topping
Roseberry Topping is one of North Yorkshire's most popular hills

As a complement to my Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors pages this North Yorkshire section includes walks outside the boundaries of the National Parks, some of them being in the belt of land between the Yorkshire Dales to the west and the North York Moors in the east, and some of them being on the northern and southern fringes of, what some may claim, is the greatest region for walking in Great Britain. It certainly has the diversity of the two national park fringes to lay claim too as well as a wonderful coastline. Then there are also many interesting walks near to the counties wonderful towns and its central city. I am sure you will find lots of walks to enjoy in North Yorkshire in this section.

Interactive map of the walks


Walk Miles Description
Bridestones and Dove Dale 1.9 A wonderful walk to superb sandstone outcrops in a National Trust managed area.
Abbey Road, Wood Sculptures & Knaresborough Castle 3.0 A chapel built into rock, wood sculptures, an abbey, a hermits cave, 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 humble opinion this is the best reservoir perimeter walk in all of the Leeds and Harrogate area.
River Burn, Leighton Reservoir, Druid's Temple and Sole Beck 4.4 A quiet countryside walk in the beauty of Lower Wensleydale with an intriguing folly being the central objective.
Masham, Ripon Rowel, Shaws Bridge, River Burn and River Ure 4.7 A delighful easy stroll in the heart of North Yorkshire with two lovely riversides to follow along the way.
Timble village and Swinsty Reservoir 4.7 A walk in Upper Washburn from the village of Timble to Swinsty Reservoir makes for a perfect half day stroll.
Hawnby, Easterside Hill, Hawnby Moor and Hawnby Hill 5.0 Hawnby Hill is a small and distinctly shaped ridged hill which is surrounded by giants.
South Stainley and Burton Leonard Lime Quarries 5.1 A five mile walk from South Stainley to Burton Leonard which includes a visit to a spectacular Yorkshire Wildlife Trust site.
Brandsby-cum-Stearsby, Skewsby, Whenby and Foulrice 5.2 A walk around quaint villages in the foorhills of the Howardian Hills area near York.
Osmotherley and Cod Beck 5.3 A short walk around the popular Osmotherley area on the edge of the North York Moors.
Boroughbridge, Milby, Kirby Hill and Devil's Arrows 5.4 A varied terrain walk of town, countryside, riverside, old buildings and pre-historic monoliths.
Goathland Moors & Waterfalls 6.0 This walk is a jewel with lots of absolutely brilliant moments including Mallyan Spout.
Helmsley and Rievaulx Abbey 6.2 This walk links two of the North York Moors most visited places, one inhabited and one deserted.
Hole of Horcum from Levisham 6.5 There is a monumental hole to visit on this popular circular walk on the North York Moors.
Robin Hood's Bay & Ravenscar 7.0 A brilliant walk part at sea level and part above the magnificent North Yorkshire sea cliffs.
Runswick Bay, Kettleness, Goldsborough and Disused Railway Line 7.0 Walk along a wonderful sandy beach to start this coastal adventure which includes a railway line.
Roseberry Topping 7.0 A walk up Teeside's classic hill, the walk includes a trip to Captain Cooks monument.
Lowna Bridge, Farndale and Harland Moor 7.1 This fabulous dale is a draw in springtime for its famous daffodils. Enjoy them here.
Swainby, Carlton Moor, Faceby and Whorlton 7.4 A scenic walk from Swainby to the Cleveland Hills and then down to Whorlton Castle.
Staithes, Cowbar, Roxby Wood and Borrowby Dale 7.6 A refreshing coast and woodland walk from this attractive coastal town loved by artists.
Rosedale Abbey, Northdale, Dale Head, Rosedale and Thorgill 7.8 A wonderful walk in the beautiful heritage area of Rosedale with a visit to a fantastic tea shop.
Nether Silton, Thimbleby Moor, Black Hambleton and Kepwick Moor 8.0 A lovely moor walk from Nether Silton to the iconic hill of Black Hambleton.
Spofforth Countryside 8.1 Walk the wonderful countryside around Spofforth, Kirkby Overblow and Sicklinghall.
Hutton Village, Gisborough Moor, Captain Cook's Monument and Roseberry Topping 8.3 Gisborough Moor, Captain Cook's Monument and Roseberry Topping all feature here.
Arden Great Moor, White Stones and Thorodale 8.8 A stunning circular around the edge of one of the great moors of North Yorkshire. Superb views throughout.
Whitby, Ruswarp, Stainsacre, Widdy Head and Saltwick Nab 8.9 One of my best walks on the North Yorkshire coast is just one highlight of this spectacular countryside walk.
Scugdale, Cold Moor, Wainstones, Cringle Moor and Bilsdale West Moor 10.0 A lovely walk across moorland with an exploration of the Wain Stones on top of Hasty Bank.
Dallow Moor, Dallowgill Moor and Skelding Moor 10.2 One of North Yorkshire's wonderful moorland walks close to Ripon and Pateley Bridge.
Kilburn, Byland Abbey, Sutton Bank and Kilburn White Horse 10.6 Walk to the ruins of Byland Abbey and then to the awesome views from Sutton Bank.
Whitestone Cliff, Gormire Lake & White Horse 11.2 A spectacular walk on and below the North York Moors fabulous escarpment, a geological marvel.
Coneysthorpe, Castle Howard, Hollin Hill and Slingsby Bank 11.6 A Howardian Hills walk with landscaping, buildings and follies of Castle Howard to be enjoyed on the way.
Runswick Bay, Port Mulgrave, Staithes, Skinningrove and Saltburn by the Sea 11.6 A walk of ups and downs along the spectacular erosive coastline. Don't get too close to the edge!
Rudland Rigg, Cockayne, Bilsdale East Moor and Bransdale 11.8 Walk along the ancient Waingate road and then into Bransdale with a beautiful secluded hamlet.
Fox and Rabbit, Stain Dale, Bridestones, Hole of Horcum, Levisham Moor and Cross Dale 12.2 One of the most popular east North York Moors walks with two geological features and wonderful moors.
Cold Kirby, Sutton Bank, Whitestone Cliff, Boltby Scar, Gowerdale and Murton Heights 12.2 A super 12 mile walk with excellent views and visits to geological marvels of the Jurrasic Era and last ice age.
Walk Miles
Bridestones and Dove Dale 1.9
Abbey Road, Wood Sculptures & Knaresborough Castle 3.0
Swinsty Reservoir 3.1
Harrogate Woodland & Parks 3.6
Fewston Reservoir 3.7
River Burn, Leighton Reservoir, Druid's Temple and Sole Beck 4.4
Masham, Ripon Rowel, Shaws Bridge, River Burn and River Ure 4.7
Timble & Swinsty 4.7
Hawnby, Easterside Hill, Hawnby Moor and Hawnby Hill 5.0
South Stainley and Burton Leonard Lime Quarries 5.1
Brandsby-cum-Stearsby, Skewsby, Whenby and Foulrice 5.2
Osmotherley and Cod Beck 5.3
Boroughbridge, Milby, Kirby Hill and Devil's Arrows 5.4
Goathland Moors & Waterfalls 6.0
Helmsley and Rievaulx Abbey 6.2
Hole of Horcum from Levisham 6.5
Robin Hood's Bay & Ravenscar 7.0
Runswick Bay, Kettleness, Goldsborough and Disused Railway Line 7.0
Roseberry Topping 7.0
Lowna Bridge, Farndale and Harland Moor 7.1
Swainby, Carlton Moor, Faceby and Whorlton 7.4
Staithes, Cowbar, Roxby Wood and Borrowby Dale 7.6
Rosedale Abbey, Northdale, Dale Head, Rosedale and Thorgill 7.8
Nether Silton, Thimbleby Moor, Black Hambleton and Kepwick Moor 8.0
Spofforth Countryside 8.1
Hutton Village, Gisborough Moor, Captain Cook's Monument and Roseberry Topping 8.3
Arden Great Moor, White Stones and Thorodale 8.8
Whitby, Ruswarp, Stainsacre, Widdy Head and Saltwick Nab 8.9
Scugdale, Cold Moor, Wainstones, Cringle Moor and Bilsdale West Moor 10.0
Dallow Moor, Dallowgill Moor and Skelding Moor 10.2
Kilburn, Byland Abbey, Sutton Bank and Kilburn White Horse 10.6
Whitestone Cliff, Gormire Lake & White Horse 11.2
Coneysthorpe, Castle Howard, Hollin Hill and Slingsby Bank 11.6
Runswick Bay, Port Mulgrave, Staithes, Skinningrove and Saltburn by the Sea 11.6
Rudland Rigg, Cockayne, Bilsdale East Moor and Bransdale 11.8
Fox and Rabbit, Stain Dale, Bridestones, Hole of Horcum, Levisham Moor and Cross Dale 12.2
Cold Kirby, Sutton Bank, Whitestone Cliff, Boltby Scar, Gowerdale and Murton Heights 12.2
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