Take a trip up to the magnificent Yorkshire Dales and enjoy a walk along the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. The trail leads you through ancient oak woodland and breath-taking Yorkshire scenery via a series of stunning waterfalls and geological features. Head to Gunnerside in Upper Swaledale and marvel at the classic Dales landscape of drystone walls, barns and wildflower meadows that bloom magnificently in late spring.
Take in the impressive surroundings of a remarkable castle, abbeys, rivers, thoroughbred horses and fantastic views with a relaxing stroll around Middleham Gallops. For something a little more challenging, try the classic walk to Gordale Scar from Malham. Park at the National Park Authority car park and walk up through Janet’s Foss towards Gordale Scar, before a steep climb leads up to Malham Moor and then on to Malham Tarn.
Located on the outskirts of the village of Danby, The Moors National Park Centre is the perfect place to start any visit to the National Park. From this idyllic spot on the banks of the River Esk, you will be greeted by sweeping views of moorland, woodland, farmland, miles of hedges and drystone walls and historic buildings, all basking in glorious peace and quiet. There are pushchair and wheelchair friendly woodland and riverside trails around the grounds as well as plenty of picnic areas and seating if you just want to sit back and soak up the fantastic views.
With around 2,300 km of paths and tracks, the spectacular North York Moors National Park is both a walker’s and cyclist’s paradise. Right in the centre of the park, you’ll find the picturesque village of Rosedale, and just above, you can walk along Spaunton Moor on paths that lead though heathery tufts to medieval crosses marking epic viewpoints.
Travel to West Yorkshire and take in The Meltham Way, a nine mile circular route taking walkers through sites of scientific and scenic interest including Royd Edge, Blackmoorfoot Reservoir and Honley Wood. Or why not explore the National Trust’s Marsden Moor Estate on the northern edge of the Peak District National Park. Spread across 6,000 acres of open moorland, peaks, crags, and reservoirs, it’s easily accessed by public footpaths and the Pennine Way.
A bracing walk along the coast is guaranteed to refresh you. For spectacular cliff top walks, try Flamborough Head where foaming waves crash against towering cliffs and seabirds wheel noisily around ancient smugglers’ caves and tiny hidden coves. Or head north to Robin Hood’s Bay and venture along the beach or cliff path, returning along a disused railway.
Visit the picturesque village of Shibden and enjoy a circular walk starting from the Shibden Mill Inn. For an easy, mostly level stroll, walk the three miles to local landmark, Shibden Hall. Or for something a little more taxing, take the three mile walk to Shibden Dale, perfect for exploring the beautiful valley. If you really fancy a challenge, have a go at the Calderdale Way Taster – a seven and a half mile energetic and varied walk sampling both the Calderdale Way and the Brontë Way. Whichever walk you choose, reward yourself with a delicious lunch at Shibden Mill Inn.
This article comes from our 2016 Spring Guide