Take a stroll through some beautiful parts of God’s Own Country before you reward yourself with a well-earned pint.
Need a little incentive to get your legs moving? We’ve got just the thing – three wonderfully easy walks that all have a pub at the end. You can enjoy a relaxing ramble through the Yorkshire countryside, taking in incredible views and historic landmarks, before making your way to the bar for a pint of the local ale. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to explore…
Castle Hill Circular
The Castle Hill Circular is just 45 minutes away from Leeds as you make your way south to Huddersfield. The 3.9-mile walk starts at a Scheduled Ancient Monument, so you can see what’s left of the 12th-century motte-and-bailey castle, two iron age hill forts and a deserted medieval village. You’ll then make your way along flat paths across Almondbury Common through Molly Carr Wood, Arthur Wood and Farnley Hill before you head back to the start. The Radcliffe Arms is waiting for you, a country pub where you can enjoy a real ale and some classic pub grub.
The Castle Hill Circular starts at Castle Hill, Castle Hill Side, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD4 6TA.
It takes just under an hour to get to Lydgate, on the outskirts of Todmorden, and this 4.3-mile moorland stroll is worth the trip. It starts with a gradual 200-metre climb to get to the moors, but the terrain is easy to master, and once you do, you’ll be rewarded with a series of gritstone outcrops at the top. Look out for the cliff-side Hawk Stones, before you make your way to the Great Bride Stones, some of which frankly defy gravity. Once you’re up close to the rocks, you can enjoy a lovely walk downhill with beautiful views across the valley below, before you head to The Hare and Hounds at the end – it’s a lovely 17th century inn where you can tuck into a menu of British classics and a couple of pints of local ale.
The Lydgate Circular starts at the bottom of Stoney Royd Lane, Lydgate, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, OL14 8EP.
In Sight of Simon’s Seat
If you fancy a longer walk that’s still just as easy, try In Sight of Simon’s Seat. The 10-mile route is just under an hour from Leeds and starts in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales village of Appletreewick. You’ll start with a small climb as you head to the River Wharfe, which you’ll follow for much of the walk. It’s a serene valley ramble through Skyreholme, Trolley Gill and Appletreewick Pasture with stunning views over the open moorland. End your walk with a well-deserved stop at The Craven Arms – it welcomes walkers, kids and dogs with a traditional country fare.
The In Sight of Simon’s Seat walk starts at The Craven Arms, Main Road, Appletreewick, West Yorkshire, BD23 6DA.