The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

Walking in North Yorkshire

Walking

Based on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, we are close to some of the most picturesque, award winning walking country in the UK.

There are plenty of walks and routes to choose from in North Yorkshire, with the three world famous National Parks, three areas of outstanding beauty, wild moors, rolling hills, rugged coastline and stunning views around every turn; this is the ideal location for walkers of all abilities.

Yorkshire is blessed with many great views and walks aplenty for the keen hiker or the more relaxed Sunday stroller. There are many routes for both styles of walkers, if you wish to go it alone or would prefer to leave the finer details to our expert walking guides, here are a few of our recommendations whilst you are visiting:

Six of the best!

  1. For the classic Dales landscape of drystone walls, barns and wildflower meadows, head to Gunnerside, Upper Swaledale.
  2. While in Wensleydale, Great Shunner Fell is one of the few summits traversed by The Pennine Way, the views from the top are well worth the effort.
  3. Middleham Gallops – remarkable castles, abbeys, rivers, thoroughbred horses and great views in their 5 mile walk.
  4. Buckden Pike – as well as climbing one of the best fells in the Dales outside the Three Peaks, this walk explores Upper Wharfedale
  5. Richmond Walks – There is so much to see in this ancient North Yorkshire town, including the great Norman Castle, the Georgian Theatre and the other historic buildings with spectacular views down onto the river, the Green Bridge and the Falls.
  6. Easby walk – The ruins of Easby Abbey make a lovely afternoon stroll from Richmond following both banks of the River Swale. 

The famous Coast to Coast walk also passes by the Richmond area, which crosses three National Parks, undoubtedly some of England’s finest scenery.


Cycling in Yorkshire Dales

Cycling

They say the best things in life are free... rolling countryside and open woodland make the Yorkshire Dales the perfect place to pedal.

Cycling enthusiasts, tourers and those who just want to take it easy and take in the stunning scenery are well catered for around Yorkshire. With quiet country roads, byways and a network of cycle paths, there’s a lot to see and do, so get on your bike and discover Yorkshire from your saddle.

The Moor to Sea Cycle Network links more than 100 miles of waymarked cycling through the spectacular scenery of the North York Moors National Park, from wide sweeps of open heather moorland to the breath-taking Heritage Coast.

Using forest tracks and part of the old Rosedale railway line, the newest leg links Easby on the western fringes with Dalby Forest. Along its 34 miles, there’s one tough climb up to the moor top, rewarded with a stunning view which is well worth the challenge.

Hamsterley Forest is one of the North East’s premier mountain bike destinations, with over 2000 hectares of forest to explore on 33 miles of waymarked trails and countless more miles of seldom travelled forest road. Whether it is a high octane thrill seeking you are after on one of the extreme downhill courses, or a quiet cycle with your family, Hamsterley Forest has something for cyclists of all-abilities.

Dales Bike Centre is the absolute must be first stop for riding mountain bikes and road cycles in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.