Want one last summer’s day out in the heart of Yorkshire? These walks are just the ticket…
Summer is coming to an end, but it still has a few walks left in it yet. So get your hiking boots on, pack your waterproofs and get out into God’s Own Country. You can expect incredible views and must-see landmarks as you ramble through the greenery. And of course, each of these walks has a well-deserved pint at the end.
The Hubberholme Circular promises 9.6 miles of beautiful open moorland and rewarding valley trails in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Take Birk’s Fell to the top of the moors where you can enjoy stunning 360° views as you make your way across Birk’s Tarn, Moss Top, Sugar Load and the Horse Head. Why not see if you can spot Plover Hill and Pen y Ghent in the distance from Trig Point. You can gaze over the beautiful sun-kissed valley at Longstrothdale as you make your way back to Hubberholme along the picturesque River Wharfe. When you’re done, pop into The George Inn, a postcard-perfect pub by the side of the water where you can get a quality pint and classic pub grub.
The Hubberholme Circular starts at The George Inn, Dubb’s Lane, Hubberholme, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 5JE.
Great Ayton, Roseberry Topping and back
This leisurely 7-mile jaunt around Great Ayton is something of a hidden gem. It brings together history and nature as you make your way from Newton Road in the village, along a single track through the fields and up to the peak of Roseberry Topping. It’s not particularly high, but it offers up incredible views in every direction. From there, you’ll walk across Great Ayton Moor to the Captain Cook Monument, a landmark dedicated to the intrepid explorer, before you return to the start. Reward yourself with a pint of local ale and a bite to eat from the Royal Oak pub in the heart of Great Ayton.
The Great Ayton, Roseberry Topping and back walk starts from The Royal Oak, 123 High Street, Great Ayton, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, TS9 6BW.
Agden Reservoir Circular
Walking in Yorkshire isn’t all about the Dales or the Moors – you can do the Peak District too. Make a beeline towards Sheffield to take on the tiny, but rewarding 4.3-mile ramble around Agden Reservoir. It’s perfect for a late summer stroll, as you pass through the quaint villages before reaching the big blue waters of the reservoir. It’s an incredible sight, but there’s more where that came from as you pass through Agden Wood and Dike, Rocher Edge and Bailey Hill. The views as you make your way from High Bradfield to the start across the top edge of the Peaks are breathtaking. When you’re done, pop into The Plough, a proper Yorkshire country pub, dripping with character and a massive beer garden.
The Agden Reservoir Circular walk starts at Sands Lane, Low Bradfield, South Yorkshire, S6 6LA.Cover image credit Tony Coates licensed under Creative Commons for commercial use.