Getting a dose of fresh Yorkshire air is something we Yorkshire folks need to get regularly and the same goes for our four-legged friends, too. We’ve put together a few of our favourite dog walking routes from around this stunning county we’re proud to call home.
We hope you find some new favourites, and remember, all of these routes require you pack a flask of Yorkshire Provender before you set off!
1. Ilkley to Beamsley Beacon
Starting at the Old Bridge in Ilkley, this walk takes in views of the river Wharfe and the gorgeous Ilkley Moors featuring beautiful woodland and the fertile fields that make Yorkshire produce the best in the land!The path up the top of the Beacon is well-marked and very dog friendly. As you can see!
2. Langstrothdale Loop
Langstrothdale is a beautiful valley that sits slap bang in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. This route starts off in Yockenthwaite (don’t you just love Yorkshire village names!) and follows the river Wharfe until crossing over at Deep Dale and looping back.
At around two miles this is a lovely leisurely walk that can be easily elongated if you want to wear out your canine companion a little more. Expect to soak up the indescribable rolling hills of the Dales, stunning meadows bordered with dry stone wall and patches of woodland sprouting sporadically. With the sound of the river Wharfe trundling along peacefully never too far away this really is a delightful route for walkers (and dogs) of all ages and fitness levels.
3. Sutton Bank and the White Horse
The famous Kilburn White Horse is one of the most recognisable landmarks in North Yorkshire, so we had to have it on the list! The turf-cut shape of the giant stallion is a sight to behold, but the real jewel of the walk is the view from the top of Sutton Bank which has to be amongst the most breath-taking in Yorkshire.
Make sure to be careful along the route up the escarpment – it is necessary to keep dogs on a lead as there is an unfenced cliff edge. Though the doggos will have to be kept close and have less freedom to explore, the views are certainly worth it!
4. Aysgarth Woods and Waterfalls
A walk around the impressive Aysgarth Falls (located just outside Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales) is an absolute must!
The walking routes around the neighbouring woodland and scenery are easy to navigate and suitable for all ages, as well as being suitable for those with pushchairs. There are a number of spots to stop and enjoy views of the falls, as well as a flask of delicious soup, too!
5. Robin Hood’s Bay to Boggle Hole
Just south of Whitby lies this absolutely stunning bay area on the North Yorkshire Coast. It boasts beautiful views of the most dramatic landscape features you can find in the UK. Pastoral hills tumbling into steep cliff edges that meet the striking blue of the North Sea – absolutely spectacular!
Take in the views from the cliffs then meander down to the beach to let the dogs frolic freely in the sand and the shallows.
We recommend taking soup to enjoy from the top of the cliffs, that way you can drink in the incredible Yorkshire views whilst sipping the warming flavours of the best Yorkshire soup, too! Double Yorkshire goodness!