Routes & Downloadable Maps
Exploring the unmistakable beauty of our county is easy for families, casual walkers and serious hikers. Whatever you're looking for, here's a little help to find your way.
The Turner Trails
JMW Turner was one of Britain's greatest landscape painters, and for much of his life, Yorkshire was his inspiration.
Follow in his footsteps and rediscover some of the 70 places and scenes immortalised in his art with our self-guided walking trails which can be downloaded here.
Why not try our Turner Trails website.
National Parks and National Trails
A range of walks with maps from the National Trails Try a Trail series can be downloaded here for free.
The North Sea Trail website has a number of wonderful walks to download along the North Yorkshire coast. It's a great way to enjoy the natural and cultural heritage of our fascinating coastline. There are twenty walks for you to enjoy. These include six linear sections following the Cleveland Way National Trail.
Yorkshire's National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty have a range of walking routes for you to download, see Forest of Bowland, Howardian Hills, Nidderdale, Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors for more ideas.
Where2Walk features the best 100 walks in the Yorkshire Dales with detailed descriptions, maps and GPS directions on each walk while dogwalksyorkshire.com has an ever expanding directory of dog friendly walks, complete with gpx files for downloading, as well as details of pubs, cafés and accommodation that will welcome you and your pooch.
Walks in the Pennines
Take a walk with Ashley Jackson, the famous watercolour artist, as he celebrates his passion for Yorkshire by sharing his vision of the Holme Valley. Ashley invites you to find the hidden gems around the back streets and beautiful landscape surrounding Holmfirth on this 2.5 mile route.
If you have ever fancied following in an artist's footsteps then this walk is for you, stop at exact locations along the walk to compare the artist's watercolour interpretation and your own. Follow up the steps behind the Church, be lead through back streets with houses nestled into the hill side and out in to open countryside, spotting birds, hamlets, hidden streams and most importantly fantastic views. Download the route here.
Find plenty more routes to download on the South Pennines - Walk Cycle Ride website, a brilliant way to plan your walking across this stunning part of Yorkshire. There's around 200 routes to choose from, with ideas suitable for all ages and abilities. You can choose between a stroll on a canal-side path or an ambitious day hike across the heather moors, where the only sound will be the call of the curlew or the chatter of the red grouse. You can follow in the footsteps of the Bröntes or explore the wooded valleys where poet laureate Ted Hughes grew up.
Yorkshire Water's Reservoir Walks
Yorkshire Water is one the county's largest landowners, with around 72,000 acres of land. It spans National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Yorkshire Wolds, and they want everyone to enjoy it.
Whether you fancy a gentle stroll around one of its picturesque reservoirs or a more adventurous cross-country trek, then there's something for you. We've selected some of the top walks for you and split them into three regional packs. Just print them out and off you go...
Download over 300 interesting routes passing through the towns, nature reserves, coastal villages and rolling hills of the Yorkshire Wolds and East Yorkshire on the Walking the Riding website. Most of the walks are short circular ones and can be completed in 2 - 3 hours but there are walks for all ages and abilities.
If you fancy exploring the Yorkshire Wolds even more, you can pick up the new Walk the Wolds pack complete with 15 circular routes, available to buy from Tourist Information Centres in Beverley, Bridlington, Hull and Humber Bridge.
Visit York has produced a series of nine walking trails for the city of York, including Medieval Churches, a Railway Heritage Trail, A Rowntree Trail - taking visitors on a tour of the city's chocolate heritage, a Roman Trail and many more.