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 geatest 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.
Masham, Ripon Rowel, River Burn, 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 Hill & Easterside 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.
Osmotherley and Cod Beck 5.3 A short walk around the popular Osmotherley area on the edge of the North York Moors.
Boroughbridge, Kirby Hill and the 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 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.
Farndale Daffodil Walk 7.1 This fabulous dale is a draw in springtime for its famous daffodils. Enjoy them here.
Swainby & Whorlton Castle 7.4 A scenic walk from Swainby to the Cleveland Hills and then down to Whorlton Castle.
Staithes and the Coast 7.6 A refreshing coast and woodland walk from this attractive coastal town loved by artists.
A circuit of Rosedale 7.8 A wonderful walk in the beautiful heritage area of Rosedale with a visit to a fantastic tea shop.
Black Hambleton 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.
Captain Cook's Monument and Roseberry Topping 8.3 Gisborough Moor, Captain Cook's Monument and Roseberry Topping all feature here.
Great Arden Moor 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 and Saltwick Nab 8.9 One of my best walks on the North Yorkshire coast is just one highlight of this spectacular countryside walk.
Cringle Moor, Cold Moor, Wain Stones and Bilsdale West Moor 10.0 A lovely walk across moorland with an exploration of the Wain Stones on top of Hasty Bank.
Byland Abbey & Sutton Bank 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.
Castle Howard 11.6 A Howardian Hills walk with landscaping, buildings and follies of Castle Howard to be enjoyed on the way.
Runswick Bay to Saltburn (linear) 11.6 A walk of ups and downs along the spectacular erosive coastline. Don't get too close to the edge!
Rudland Rigg, Cockayne and Bransdale 11.8 Walk along the ancient Waingate road and then into Bransdale with a beautiful secluded hamlet.
Stain Dale, Bridestones, Hole of Horcum & Levisham Moor 12.2 One of the most popular east North York Moors walks with two geological features and wonderful moors.
Cold Kirby, Sutton Bank, White Mare Crag and Boltby Scar 12.2 A super 12 mile walk with excellent views and visits to geological marvels of the Jurrasic Era and last ice age.
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