Looking to explore the largest county in the UK? Home to two National Parks and a 45 mile long coast line, it’s arguably one of the most beautiful places in England. So I have selected 3 beautiful walks to enjoy in North Yorkshire.
Strap on your walking boots, pack your power bar and fill up your water bottle, it’s time to trek.
Why not make a weekend of it and stay in a luxury Shepherd’s Hut. Strawberry Safari is only a short drive from all of these places.
Brimham Rocks makes you feel like you have walked into a fairytale or children’s story book. I was half expecting to see a troll hiding under one of the gigantic stone towers.
The natural landscape, carved by mother nature herself over millions of years, gives each rock its distinct character. We climbed through, up and over the stones and admired the panoramic views. It’s set in a vast moorland, so we took quite a challenging 2 hour walk through all types of terrain. You can find a detailed trail of the Boundary walk here.
Brimham Rocks is a National Turst property that’s free to visit. Just pay for parking and get walking. Explore Brumham Rocks here.
Fountains Abbey is a World Heritage site steeped in rich history. Its scale genuinely took my breath away. Within the grounds sits the largest monastic ruins in the country. Founded almost one thousand years ago, the abbey was once home to monks.
Walking through the ruins felt incredibly special and was made even more magical thanks to the floodlights event. Everything was lit up adding to the drama and spectacle. Don’t forget to wander through the forest and along the river to slowly take in the 800 acre beauty.
National Trust and English Heritage members get free entry. £16 for those without membership. Explore Fountains Abbey here.
It’s is a small and understated village at the base of the Yorkshire Dales that holds a BIG secret. Malham Cove is a 260 foot high cliff made of limestone rock. Your jaw will drop due to its magnificent size and from the top you can admire the unbelievable view.
A trail took us over a stream, through a forest and towards a hidden waterfall called Janet’s Foss. We passed between enormous hillsides to find Gordale Scar – a gorge created over millions of years. A trek over rolling green hills took us to the top of Malham Cove where we carefully stepped over cracked limestone pavement. I will 100% be returning to enjoy this walk again. Stunning.
Get to Malham early to secure parking for the day, usually £5. Learn about Malhamdale here.
After calling it home for 6 years, Yorkshire will always hold a special place in my heart. I’ve only seen a tiny fraction of its natural beauty and I look forward to adventuring more. It really is the ultimate location for beautiful walks in the countryside.