Walkshire

10 New Years Walks

For many, a walk on New Year’s Day is a tradition, an opportunity to blow away the cobwebs of last year and a chance to start the next 365 days as they mean to go on. After days of feasting and festivities, a walk in Yorkshire’s great outdoors is the perfect way to gently ease yourself back into the real world.

Whether you’re planning to walk with family, ramble with friends or go on a solo stroll, here’s 10 scenic walks in Yorkshire that can help you start your New Year the right way. View the route on our interactive maps and explore Yorkshire.com to discover local eateries, shops and attractions while you’re in the area.

We asked our followers on social media about their favourite New Year walks. We've compiled a list of the best ones. Let us know if you give them a go. 

Five Weirs Walk - Sheffield City Centre to Meadowhall

This easy six-mile walk flows through the city, along the River Don and along to Meadowhall. Get a glimpse into Sheffield’s industrial heritage as you follow the national cycle route and walk by the five weirs.

Distance: 6 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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Cow and Calf and Twelve Apostles

Expect stunning, tranquil and picturesque scenery on this walk that encompasses highlights of both Ilkley and Burley Moors. A five-mile wander takes you up past impressive views like the famous Cow and Calf rock formation, beautiful panoramas of Ilkley and the Twelve Apostles.

Distance: 5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay

This seven-mile walk takes you along a popular section of the iconic Cleveland Way from Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay. Enjoy cliff top views as you walk through Saltwick Bay, Oakham Beck and Raindale before ending up in the fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay.

N.B. An alternative route is in place for this section of the Cleveland Way due to an emergency closure notice, please click here for further details.

Distance: 7 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

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Malham Cove, Gordale Scar & Janet’s Foss

If you’re looking for a circular route that encompasses the highlights of Malham this is the route for you. From the striking limestone pavements of Malham Cove to the breath-taking waterfall at Gordale Scar, this walk is picture perfect. While this is an easy route, it does involve a lot of steps heading up to the top of the cove.

Distance: 4 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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Beverley Westwood

A steady easy walk perfect for a family of all ages, explore the grounds of the iconic Beverley Minster, through the town of Beverley and onto the Westwood itself before taking in the sights of the Blackmill, Beverley Racecourse and more.

Distance: 4 miles

Difficulty:  Easy

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Hawes to Sedbusk

This circular walk from the small market town of Hawes features a stiff climb about mid-way through, but it’s worth the extra effort as it showcases some of the best the Dales has to offer. Expect panoramic views, a chocolate box village and an impressive waterfall.

Distance: 4 miles

Difficulty:  Challenging

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Follow in the Footsteps of the Brontë Sisters (Wuthering Heights Walk)

Explore the popular village of Haworth, home to the famous Brontë sisters and the surrounding moors and discover the inspiration for the literary classic Wuthering Heights. On this walk, you will pass the Brontë Bridge and waterfall before walking on up to Top Withens and down back past the reservoir.

Distance: 9 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

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Horsehead Moor and Deepdale

Enjoy an easy five and half-mile walk up Horse Head Pass and along the remote moorland ridge, with magnificent views of the Three Peaks, returning along the beautiful River Wharfe. The remote moorland ridge and river environment is a haven for both woodland and river birds making it perfect for bird watching.

Distance: 6 miles

Difficulty: Challenging

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Beckfoot and back

Starting at Bingley train station. Then joining the promenade along the rive to Myrtle Park which visitors have been enjoying for generations. Along this stretch of river you may spot wildlife like herons and cormorants.

Distance: 1.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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Agden Reservoir

Starting in Low Bradfield and moves around Agden reservoir on an easy path that follows the water most of the way around with short stretches of amazing woodland. Perfect for those walkers who want to take it easy or need wheelchair access.

Distance: 2 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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