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10 of The Best Guided Walks in Yorkshire

· Katie Wells · Culture

Explore Yorkshire with a knowledgable local guide.

See historical landmarks, uncover myths and conquer peaks with the help of an expert guide.

With rolling dales and historic cities, God’s Own Country is full of wonderful walks. But instead of heading out on your own, why not try one of the many guided walks that take place across Yorkshire? There’s everything from rambles in Brontë Country to smuggler’s passageways. With a knowledgable guide to lead the way, you’ll get to venture off the beaten track, hear intriguing stories and seek out hidden gems. It’s one of the best ways to explore this marvellous county – so strap on your walking boots and get out there.

Mystical Wensleydale Walk

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You can discover the secrets of the Wensleydale countryside on the Feet In The Clouds Mystical Wensleydale Walk. Guided by Ange Harker, a qualified Moorland Leader, you’ll start the 9.5-mile walk at the Bivouac car park then venture towards the Druid’s Temple. You can explore the mysterious structure and learn about the dark rumours that surround it, before you make your way through the woods to Leighton Reservoir. It’s uphill from here to the wild Leighton Moors, which inspired many Romantic writers. Take in the breathtaking views then head down for a cuppa at the Bivouac cafe.

The Mystical Wensleydale Walk starts at The Bivouac car park, Knowle Lane, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4JZ.

White Rose York Walking Tour

White Rose York Walking Tour

York has a rich history and you can learn all about it on the White Rose York Tours. This free walking tour will take you to all the important landmarks, guided by passionate historians. You’ll start at the impressive York Minster, before you head up Queen’s Path and past the Constantine Statue. Following the city’s quaint cobbled streets and ancient walls you’ll visit The Shambles, Kings Manor, St Mary’s Abbey, Clifford’s Tower and more. It’s a three hour tour (including a break for lunch) and your guide will keep you entertained with intriguing facts and stories along the way.

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

Wild Country Walkabouts

Rosedale Abbey

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If you want to go for a ramble across the North York Moors, Wild Country Walkabouts is one of the best guided walks in Yorkshire. It’s run by Andrew Middleton, a bushcraft expert who will take you on an adventure that’s tailored to you. 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 where you’ll be set a series of challenges along the way – it’s a great way to get outdoors and entertain the family.

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

Three Peaks Guided Walk

Large Outdoors Three Peaks Guided Walk

A 25-mile circuit that’ll see you climb up to 2300-feet, the Yorkshire Three Peaks is a mighty walking challenge, so what better way to take it on than with Large Outdoor’s expert guides? You’ll set off along easy-going paths towards Ingleborough before you wind upwards to the summit. It’s then time to tackle the ascent to Whernside, the tallest of the peaks. When you reach the top you’ll get spectacular views of the Dales and the impressive Ribblehead Viaduct, before you follow the path through picturesque fields which snakes up to Pen-y-Ghent. It’s a tough walk, but with tips and support from your guide, you’ll be sure to conquer it.

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

Yorkshire Photo Walks

Yorkshire Photo Walks

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A Yorkshire walking tour and photography workshop rolled into one, you’ll visit some of the most beautiful sites in God’s Own Country with Yorkshire Photo Walks. You’ll be guided by local photography expert Tom Marsh, who’ll 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. The 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 village of Ravenscar.

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

Whitby Storyteller Walks

Whitby Abbey

There’s no better way to explore the North Yorkshire coast than on the Whitby Storyteller Walks. They have a variety of guided routes, but the most popular are the Whitby Town Walks and the Smuggler’s Walk. On the first, you’ll wander through the town’s picturesque cobbled streets, marvelling at sights like the Whalebone Arch, as your guide tells you about Whitby’s myths and legends. Or you can 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 smugglers and explorers that lived here, like the famous 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.

Coast & Moors Nordic Walking Tours

Nordic Walking Roseberry Topping

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If you’re looking for guided walks in Yorkshire that are different from the norm, try Coast & Moors Nordic Walking. Your guide will teach you the Nordic walking technique – a full body exercise where you use two poles to propel yourself forward. You’ll then put what you learnt into practice, choosing one of the various trails across Saltburn, Redcar, Guisborough or the North York Moors. One of the most interesting is the 11-mile Rosedale & Iron Ore Kilns walk, which will see you follow an old railway track through the countryside of Rosedale, passing historic mines and quarries.

Coast & Moors Nordic Walking Tours take place at various locations across Yorkshire.

Helen’s Heritage Walks

Helens Heritage Walks Bronte Country

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You can go on a literary journey through the West Riding of Yorkshire, also known as Brontë Country. Join Helen on the famous 8-mile Top Withens Walk, where you can explore the wild landscape that inspired Emily’s ‘Wuthering Heights’. You’ll follow the well-trodden path out of Haworth and travel uphill past Lower Laithe Reservoir and into the moorlands as Helen tells you stories of the famous four siblings. You’ll stop off at the breathtaking Brontë Waterfall, before pressing on to Top Withens, where you can find the ruins of Wuthering Heights and enjoy readings from the novel before heading back.

The Top Withens Walk starts at The Brontë Parsonage Museum, Church Street, Haworth, Keighley, BD22 8DR.

Real Yorkshire’s Malham Tour

Real Yorkshire Guided Walks

You can trek through Malham’s spectacular limestone landscapes on a walking tour with Real Yorkshire. Setting off from Malham village, you’ll head into the woods, following the path to Janet’s Foss. You’ll hear stories of the fairy queen that is rumoured to live in the beautiful waterfall, before your guide takes you off the beaten-track to seek out Gordale Scar and an iron-age settlement. It’s then a short trek to Malham Cove, a spectacular 70-metre limestone amphitheatre. You can ask your geology-loving guide about the formation of this natural wonder as you make your way back to the village.

Real Yorkshire’s Malham Tour starts at various locations in Malham, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 4AW.

Yorkshire Dales Guides

Yorkshire Dales Guides

For bespoke guided walks in Yorkshire, check out the Yorkshire Dales Guides. They know the region like the back of their hand, so each walk can be specially tailored to you. Fancy a leisurely ramble? They’ll take you on a 12-mile walk through Swaledale, where you’ll pass through wild flower 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 interesting features like Gaping Gill, Alum Pot and Norber Erratics along the way.

Yorkshire Dales Guides offer walking tours across the Yorkshire Dales.

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