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10 of The Best Guided Walks in Yorkshire

· Nicola Cadman · Culture

Explore Yorkshire with a local guide right by your side.

Yorkshire Photo Walks

See historical landmarks, learn about legends and summit Yorkshire’s mighty peaks with the help of an expert guide.

Yorkshire truly has it all, but where do you start exploring? Look no further than our guide to the guides. We’ve gathered the best of Yorkshire’s walking tours from the Dales and Moors to historic cities and magnificent coastlines. With a knowledgeable guide to lead the way, you’ll get to venture off the beaten track, hear fascinating stories and seek out hidden gems. It’s one of the best ways to explore this marvellous region – so lace up your walking boots and get out there, our great and green land is calling your name.

White Rose York Walking Tour

White Rose York Walking Tour

From the Romans to the Tudors and Stuarts, York has been a powerhouse of English history for thousands of years, so it’s no wonder it has a few tales to tell. You can hear them first-hand from the historians that guide you on this free three-hour walking tour of the city. Starting outside York Minster at 11am and 3pm daily, you’ll head up Queen’s Path, past the Constantine Statue and along the city’s quaint cobbled streets and ancient walls. You’ll visit The Shambles, Kings Manor, St Mary’s Abbey and Clifford’s Tower, while hearing gory stories and fascinating facts.

The White Rose York Walking Tour starts at York Minster, Deansgate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7HH.

Wild Country Walkabouts

View from Rosedale Abbey

A view down into Rosedale to the village of Rosedale Abbey in Autumn.

If you’re in search of a blustery ramble across the North York Moors, Wild Country Walkabouts is one of the best guided walks in Yorkshire. Run by Andrew Middleton, a bushcraft expert, your adventure will be tailored to you and your party. Nature-lovers can go on a bird-watching walk across Rosedale, where you’ll journey along the River Seven, spotting kingfishers and dippers. Feeling competitive? Andrew will take you into the beautiful Newton Wood for a walk that will see you take on a series of challenges – it’s a great way to get outdoors and entertain the whole family.

Wild Country Walkabouts take place at various locations across the North York Moors.

Large Outdoors Yorkshire Walks

Pen-y-ghent, Three Peaks

Fancy ramping up the ramble? How about taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks? Across 12 hours and 25 miles, you’ll conquer Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and the mighty Whernside. As first aiders and first-class guides, Large Outdoors offer the perfect way to take on a most Yorkshire challenge. With a decent level of fitness and lots of snacks and fluids in the old backpack, this could be the walking tour you’re looking for. The guides will lead you through the Pennines and Yorkshire Dales, marvelling at the panoramic views of Morecambe Bay, the Lakes, and beyond.

Large Outdoors Three Peaks Guided Walk starts at the Crown Inn, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 0HF.

Yorkshire Photo Walks

Yorkshire Photo Walks

Credit: Yorkshire Photo Walks/Flat Capped Walker

A Yorkshire walking tour and photography workshop rolled into one, you’ll visit some of the most beautiful spots with Yorkshire Photo Walks. Local photography expert Tom Marsh will take you on a 2-mile trek to seek out picturesque hidden gems. Along the way, you’ll stop at every photo-op to snap pics and hone your skills. Groups are capped at 6 participants to ensure everyone receives equal focus from Tom. Walks take place in a new location each month, so you could explore anything from the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the picturesque coastal villages.

The Yorkshire Photo Walks take place at various locations across Yorkshire.

Whitby Storyteller Walks

Whitby

Is there a better way to explore the North Yorkshire coast than on the Whitby Storyteller Walks? These folks will tell you about the time of smugglers, the legend of Dracula and the epic ghost stories to send a tingle down your spine. The Whitby Town Walk will lead you through the town’s picturesque, cobbled streets, where you’ll marvel at sights of the Whalebone Arch and the Abbey ruins on the cliff top. Or, delve into the secret passages and close alleys of Robin Hood’s Bay on the Smuggler’s Walk to hear about the escapades of the crooks that lived here and explorers like Captain Cook.

The Whitby Town Walk starts at St Mary’s Church, Abbey Plain, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JR and the Smuggler’s Walk starts at the Old Coastguard Station Visitor Centre, The Dock, New Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4SJ.

Real Yorkshire Walking Tours

Bronte Waterfalls, Haworth

Choosing a guided walk in Yorkshire from the thousands on offer can be overwhelming. Real Yorkshire Walking Tours offers a delightful selection to pick from, so you can explore the drama of Malham Cove, the world-famous Bronte Country or the breathtaking clifftops of Staithes. Try a circular walk, a gentle stroll, or a more challenging hike to suit you and your party. If you had something more specific in mind, they’re even happy to create a route specially. Whether it’s waterfalls, dazzling peaks or sea views that tickle your fancy, Real Yorkshire Walking Tours have something for you.

Real Yorkshire Travel & Tours Walks take place at various locations across Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Coast Nature

North Landing

Boasting two of Britain’s National Parks and hundreds of miles of coastline, it’s no wonder that the wildlife in Yorkshire is as magnificent as the scenery itself. If twitching is your thing, Yorkshire Coast Nature brings the two together in perfect harmony, with walking tours blended with birdwatching. Watch gannets diving into the North Sea from the Flamborough Headland, or explore the depths of The North Yorkshire Forest where European honey buzzards and a willow tit or two are just waiting to be spotted. Bring your own binoculars or hire a pair from the team for the day for £10.

Birding Discovery Days are hosted across Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Dales Guides

Upper East Gill Force waterfall, Swaledale

For bespoke guided walks in Yorkshire, check out the Yorkshire Dales Guides. Their passion and knowledge of the region means they can tailor their guided walks to even the most demanding explorer. Fancy a leisurely ramble? They’ll take you on a 12-mile walk through Swaledale, where you’ll pass through wildflower meadows and the breathtaking Kisdon Force, before enjoying a refreshing pint in the village of Muker. Or if you’re up for more of a challenge, you can trek 900 metres up Ingleborough, visiting natural landmarks like Gaping Gill, Alum Pot and Norber Erratics along the way.

Yorkshire Dales Guides offer walking tours across the Yorkshire Dales.

Walk Yorkshire

Black Gill Lane, between Settle and Kirkby Malham, North Yorkshire

Walk Yorkshire exists to share their guides’ life-long passion for the outstanding natural beauty offered up by God’s Own County with those looking for a tranquil escape from the chaos of urban life. Their respect for its history, folklore and tranquility means their private walking tours can be designed to last a day or even a week, with the team organising each step and overnight stay on the way. Tailored to your pace and your tastes, the guided tours even ensure you get a good feed at the end of each day with pubs and restaurants picked out for you with stops for refreshments.

Walk Yorkshire guided tours take place at various locations across Yorkshire.

Baytown Walks

Robin Hood's Bay, Whitby

Robin Hood’s Bay is a jewel in Yorkshire’s coastline. The tiny old cottages with brightly coloured doors, steep sweeping streets and surprise views around every crooked corner will charm you. But you can go deeper than the Instagrammable vistas with a guided walking tour from the folks at Baytown Walks. They know every inch of the town, surrounding countryside and its less-than-squeaky clean history, so be prepared for tales that will leave you in need of refreshment. Luckily, they offer the option to add on a beer tasting where you’ll sup up to seven Baytown brews. Cheers to that!

Baytown Walk begin all around Robin Hood’s Bay, depending on the walk you choose.

Cover image credit: Yorkshire Photo Walks/Flat Capped Walker.