Autumn on Foot

When the crisp autumnal sun lights up the Yorkshire countryside with spectacular hues of red, orange and yellow , there’s nothing better than pulling on your wellies, grabbing the dog and heading out to take it all in.

With breathtaking panoramas across the Vale of York and the Vale of Mowbray, you’d be hard pushed to find a better view than that from the top of Sutton Bank. From there, walk along the Cleveland Way towards the pretty market town of Helmsley.

For spectacular views and a bracing sea breeze, head to the coast and walk or cycle along the Cinder Track – a disused railway line that runs from Whitby to Scarborough through Robin Hood’s Bay and Ravenscar. Then why not reward yourself with some well-deserved fish and chips by the sea. Further down the coast, discover the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Flamborough Cliffs Nature Reserve, home to flocks of noisy seabirds that swarm around ancient smugglers’ caves and tiny hidden coves.

Head inland and explore the stunning North York Moors National Park which is home to around 2,300km of paths and tracks that weave through dense woodland, open countryside and picturesque villages. Start at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby, where you’ll find everything you need to plan your visit, as well as pushchair and wheelchair friendly woodland trails around the grounds and plenty of picnic areas to sit, relax and enjoy the fantastic views.

For grand landscapes and big views try the scenic walk around the Hole of Horcum and Levisham Moor, or head north to Great Ayton and ascend the Yorkshire Matterhorn, Roseberry Topping. Continue on to the iconic Captain Cook’s Monument, or simply have a break at the summit to take in the outstanding panoramic views across Cleveland and North Yorkshire.

Walk along the River Swale from Keld to Muker where you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views across the Yorkshire Dales, or for something a little more challenging, try the classic walk to Gordale Scar from Malham, taking in Janet’s Foss and the imposing Malham Tarn.

Head to West Yorkshire to take a walk on the wild side and explore the ecological paradise of Marsden Moor – with more than 5,000 acres of moorland to explore, there is always something new to see and it is easily accessed by public footpaths and the Pennine Way.

How about trying one of Yorkshire Water’s walking routes? The trail around Langsett Reservoir in South Yorkshire, offers charming glimpses of the quiet waters through the trees and unspoilt views over the reservoir. Ramsden Reservoir also provides spectacular views of the South Pennines, while the nearby Digley Reservoir offers an invigorating 4.9 mile walk along lanes, fields and open moorland, while a shorter walk of 1.2 miles is ideal for families.

Heading East, the Yorkshire Wolds Way winds for almost 80 miles from Hessle near Hull, to Filey, taking in some of the most tranquil countryside in Britain. Choose your starting point to join the trail wherever you please and enjoy the scenery.

This article was taken from our Autumn 2016 Guide.