There’s no better way to discover stunning Yorkshire scenery than with a scenic summer walk. Whether you choose the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors or Yorkshire Wolds you can discover pretty villages, beautiful vantage points and natural landscapes.
Here is the Gorgeous Cottages guide to 10 of the best scenic summer walks to try:
#01 Aysgarth Falls
Aysgarth Falls is one of the best-known and well-loved waterfalls around so where better for a summery walk. There’s lots to see on a Wensleydale walk and we recommend walking to nearby Castle Bolton then heading back to Aysgarth Falls via the village of Carperby.
Views along the way include the imposing Pen Hill and you can call in for refreshments at the excellent Wheat Sheaf Inn.
#02 Malham Cove
This 4.5 mile circular walk showcases the best of gorgeous Malhamdale’s natural beauty. Highlights along the way include Janet’s Foss (a pretty waterfall), and Gordale Scar. You’ll get stunning views of the impressive Malham Cove so don’t forget to bring your camera.
#03 Castleton to Lealholm
The beautiful Esk Valley is home to a selection of pretty villages so there’s always plenty of places to go exploring. This is a 7-mile stretch of the scenic Esk Valley walk which takes in the Moors National Park Centre in Danby and ends up in they very pretty village of Lealholm (make sure to call in the Poets Cottage Shrub Nursery).
Both Lealholm and Danby are stops on the Esk Valley Railway so you can get the train back to the starting point of Castleton.
#04 Esk Valley to Beck Hole (and back)
This is an easy access walking route that’s a great choice for anyone with reduced mobility. The flat linear 3-mile route follows an old railway line and is suitable for wheelchairs. Beck Hole is a great place to stop for a pint and you may even catch and NYMR steam train on the way.
#05 Levisham Moor and the Hole of Horcum
This classic walk takes in some of the finest North York Moors scenery – including the spectacular Hole of Horcum. This natural amphitheatre is over half a mile wide and 400 metres deep and really is a must-see if you are visiting the North York Moors.
Levisham is one of our favourite pretty villages and this scenic walk makes a great choice to try on a sunny day – you can even pack a picnic to enjoy along the way. Find out more.
#06 Mallyan Spout and Beck Hole
Another North York Moors favourite is the beautiful Mallyan Spout waterfall – especially as it’s just outside the village of Goathland. You can see the Aidensfield shops and tearoom made famous in ITV’s Heartbeat, walk through pretty woodland and get a drink in The Birch Hall Inn at Beck Hole – one of the smallest pubs around!
#07 Huggate Poetry Bench Walk
The beautiful Yorkshire Wolds are a great choice for a summer’s day walk. Think lush green meadows, pretty villages and gentle rolling hills. The Yorkshire Wolds Way National Way covers 79 miles in total, so you may need to break it into chunks!
One of our favourite sections is a 3-mile circular around the village of Huggate. Make sure you stop at the Huggate Poetry Bench – you’ll get stunning views from here as it’s the point where 3 valleys meet. Find out more.
#08 Castle Howard Walk
Discover the beautiful Howardian Hills on this walk around the majestic Castle Howard. Starting at the Castle Howard car park you’ll walk towards the village of Coneysthorpe and past The Great Lake and Ray Wood. There are views of The Temple of The Four Winds, The Mausoleum and Castle Howard itself on this circular Yorkshire walk.
#09 Whitby to Robin Hoods Bay
Where better to head to during summer than the Yorkshire Coast? Fresh air, fish and chips and fossil hunting are all on offer along the North York Moors coastline and one of our favourite walks is Whitby to Robin Hoods Bay following the Cleveland Way National Trail.
Enjoy spectacular views as you walk along the cliffs and then walk down the maze of streets in Robin Hoods Bay for a drink at The Bay Hotel on the beach. Holiday Cottages in Robin Hoods Bay.
#10 Reeth circular walk
Swaledale is always a gorgeous spot to visit with beautiful wildflower meadows, traditional villages and riverside walks. Reeth is the best-known village in this lovely part of Yorkshire and the village green offers 360-degree views of beautiful Yorkshire Dales scenery.
There’s lots of walks to try around here but one of our favourites is the riverside walk to nearby Grinton (stopping for a drink at the Bridge Inn) before heading back past fields of sheep and over the Reeth Swing Bridge. Once back in Reeth there’s a choice of tea shops and pubs to enjoy!
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