Top 10 On Foot Experiences

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The Three Peaks – can you rise to the 3 Peaks Challenge and complete the ascent and descent of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent within twelve hours?

Coast to CoastThe classic walk, devised by the late Alfred Wainwright in 1973 to link the Irish Sea and the North Sea via the hills, moors and valleys of northern England. This 190 mile route crosses two of Yorkshire’s National Parks, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.

Complete one of Yorkshire’s National Trails: Discover 300 miles of waymarked walking, mountain biking and horse riding across wild and wonderful Yorkshire landscapes. Long distance trails are a great alternative for a break from home and enable you to explore even more of an area. Set yourself a personal challenge and grasp that fantastic sense of achievement that comes with tackling one.

Walk along ancient monastic footpaths on a short break holiday with Abbey Walks. We bring historic footpaths back to life by travelling from abbey to abbey along routes that were previously taken between the 12th and 14th centuries.  Walk on drovers’ tracks, Roman roads, footpath trails, river banks and through medieval villages in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. If you love walking and history, then you will love Abbey Walks holidays.

Why not explore the rolling hills, inviting dales and charming stone villages of the Yorkshire Dales National Park on a self-guided walking holiday with Muddy Boots Walking Holidays. The team there arrange self-guided walking holidays in the Yorkshire Dales. They take all the hassle out of your trip by arranging accommodation, transport and luggage transfer. They provide clear and detailed walking routes and lots of information about what to see and where to stop on your way.

Something different

You could even swap your two feet for four hooves and go llama trekking around picturesque Nidderdale. And the best bit is, the llamas carry your picnic. A half day trek covers approximately 3.5 miles over fields, tracks, woods and gentle roads. It does contain hills, but nothing too strenuous. Alternatively, how about taking a halter trained alpaca for a walk in the Hambleton Hills? Walks of 1, 1.5 or 2 hours are available for adults over 16 (younger children over 10 can accompany an adult). These delightful creatures are curious and friendly, most endearing and easy to handle.

The Huskies are used to cool conditions so trekking is from October to the end of March only.

If your pace is a little faster, Jelley Legs organise guided runs and running breaks for all abilities in the North Yorkshire countryside, letting you explore great running areas that you wouldn’t necessarily know about. 

They provide accommodation, food and a pick up and drop off from the station. You can bring along non-running friends and even your dog!

Natural Perspectives in collaboration with Nordic Walking UK bring Nordic walking to Natural Retreats in Richmond, North Yorkshire. The ‘Learn to Nordic Walk’ weekends take place in the Swaledale.

Nordic Walking was originally used by elite cross country skiers as a way to stay in top shape throughout the summer months. Unlike when trekking or rambling, Nordic Walking poles are planted behind you in order to propel you along; engaging the upper body and making you feel lighter on your feet. The advantages to this performing technique include using 90% of your major muscle groups in both your lower and upper body and you can burn up to 20-40% more calories.

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