What it's like
North Yorkshire lacks only big mountains, this aside it has every conceivable type of walking you can imagine. Ranging from the rolling hills of the Pennines in the west to the north sea coast in the east, within it's boundaries you will find long distance routes, high level horseshoe walks, linear sea-cliff walks, strolls by rivers and through neatly walled fields, bog-hopping epics and marches across limitless moorlands. The problem is not how to find walks, it's which one to choose fro the endless list!
The two national parks are the obvious places to start. If you want summits and big drops then the Yorkshire Dales is the Place to head for. If on the other hand you want wide open spaces then head for the North Yorkshire Moors. Don't ignore the other areas though for there are countless other stunning landscapes to explore. Places like the weird rock formations of Ilkley Moor or the pub linking lanes of the Vale of York.
Covering such a diverse area you won't be stuck for things to do when you don't fancy a walk. York of course is a world class city with a massive selection of cultural and heritage attractions and each of the national parks has its own range of castles, museums. If you fancy expending energy elsewhere then try mountain biking, rock climbing or potholing, some of the UK's premiere venues for each sport can be found here
- The Three Peaks Yorkshires ultimate walk is the classic 'Three Peaks' round of Ingleborough, Pen y Ghent and Whernside. The challenge is to do it all in one go but for the connoisseur each peak done in isolation is much more rewarding.
- The Lyke Wake Walk Another epic walk that easily breaks down into a series of superb day walks is the Lyke Wake Walk. It's a complete traverse of the North York Moors from west to east taking in all the areas best bits.
- Malham Cove For an easy walk with some of the most dramatic rock architecture in Britain try the route around Malham Cove and Goredale Scar. It will only take half a day but the impression it leaves on you will last the rest of your life.
Must see and do
- Have a post 'Three Peaks' pint in the The Old Hill Inn Chapel-le-Dale, North
- Yorkshire, LA6 3AR. Tel: 015242 41256
- Descend Gaping Gill Every year, two caving clubs set up winch equipment that enables non-cavers to descend into Gaping Gill (Britain's Biggest known cave chamber). Winch sessions take place during Whit Week (Bradford Pothole Club) and on August Bank Holiday (Craven Pothole Club). For details visit www.bpc-cave.org.uk or www.cravenpotholeclub.org.
- Visit the remains of Rievaulx Abbey Built in 1132 it was one of the richest monasteries until its dissolution by Henry VIII in 1538. The sheer size of the remains are gobsmacking and give an inkling to its original grandeur.
Destination County : North Yorkshire