It is great to see so many people out walking at this time of the year as we deliver our Go Yorkshire Bedroom Browsers and Go Yorkshire Mini-Guide and often I wish I could be joining them rather than driving around the countryside delivering but I look forward to the weekends and longer evening to enjoy a walk and there are so many walks you can choose from to suit all levels of fitness and ages.
I recently undertook a 9 mile circular walk (though it felt more like 15 miles) from Hutton Le Hole through Farndale stopping for a picnic amongst the heather with breathtaking views, before heading down into the valley, near the village hall and crossing over before heading back through the woods to the start. The valley was awash with daffodils and the path took us through a remote part of the valley where few people except the real walkers venture. Farndale is of course famous for its daffodils and attracts hordes of visitors in the early spring, I returned last week to check the pub, the Feversham Arms at Church Houses to be greeted by three magnificent dogs before heading up the steep winding bank to visit The Lion at Blakey Ridge. Always a popular destination for day trippers and motor bikers it serves honest pub grub all day, every day 365 days a year.
This week I visited Cropton Forest which another lovely part of this area and quite different from the open moorland. Here you can park for free and either enjoy a walk on one of the forest trails or bring or hire a bike to explore.
The North York Moors National Park stretches from the Cleveland Hills over to the East Coast and there are literally hundreds or walks to choose from. My favourite coastal walk is from Boggle Hole to Robin Hoods Bay and back along the disused railway line, stopping off for half way or eating a picnic on the beach. If it is too strenuous to complete the circular route you can always walk along the beach and back again along the cliff top.
The Yorkshire Dales in contrast is a quite different landscape of valleys and rivers and varies from the softer southern dales to the moorland and craggy outcrops of the northern dales which stretch to the River Tees. Nidderdale is a favourite valley to walk in with the Nidderdale Way a circular route of just over 52 miles running the length of the valley. It is possible to tackle sections of the walk in one day for those who do not want to tackle the whole route and a favourite is the sections from Lofthouses starting in the village and passing How Stean Gorge a famous beauty spot before climbing up to Middlesmoor and crossing over the valley to the opposite side.
Another famous national walking route is the Pennine Way which traverses the backbone of England from Edale in the Peak District through the Yorkshire Dales National Park the Northumbrian National Park and ends at Kirk Yetholm just inside the Scottish Border in Northumbria. The 276 miles passes through some of the most stunning countryside in Britain, including the famous landmark of Malham Cove and a walker covering the entire length of the trail is obliged to navigate 287 gates, 249 timber stiles, 183 stone stiles and 204 bridges. The walk also crosses another national walking trail the Coast to Coast walk which runs from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hoods Bay on the East Coast of Yorkshire. The contrasting scenery is stunning taking in two coastlines the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales as well as the more remoter parts of the Lake District.
For ideas of walks an excellent website is www.thewalkingenglishman.com
For accommodation and places to eat
High Grange Holiday Cottages is an ideal base for those wanting to explore both the Dales, Moors and Coast and within an hour’s drive of York, Leeds and Harrogate.
Bankwell Cottage is a comfotable cottage situated near Settle
Moors and Dales
Near Helmsley the comfortable Pheasant Inn offers a relaxing stay in comfortable accommodation and delicious food.
Lowther House, situated in a delighful location overlooking the North York Moors Railway http://www.goyorkshire.com/what-to-do/history-heritage/north-yorkshire-moors-railway offers light refreshments, evening meals and comfortable accommodation. Only a short distance from Pickering, it is an ideal base for touring.
Ideal for exploring the North York Moors are Keld Head Cottages
The Horseshoe Inn, Levisham is a wonderful pub and location to finish your walk at with delicious food and accommodation.
The Fox and Rabbit is a great base for exploring the Moors and Coast and for those wanting self-catering they also have Lumley Cottage
This cosy cottage makes an ideal and comfortable base situated in Thornton le Dale near Dalby Forest.
Stay in the beautiful Sneaton Castle situated on a hill looking over Whitby. For budget but comfortable accommodation with excellent food this is a great base for exploring the coast and moors.
Blue Chip Holidays have a selection of self-catering cottages available throughout Yorkshire.
Gorgeous Cottages have a selection of wonderful luxury cottages throughout Yorkshire to rent.