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5 Incredibly Photogenic Walks Within an Hour of Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

Cameras at the ready for these beautiful walks through Yorkshire.

Hewenden Viaduct

See Yorkshire at its finest on these stunning walks through the countryside – and don’t forget your camera.

Yorkshire is fondly known as God’s Own Country and these five photogenic adventures will show you why. From stunning coastal rambles to challenging hikes through the Yorkshire Dales, they’re full of photo ops, with natural wonders and panoramic views across the countryside.

Harden Valley Circular

Hewenden Viaduct

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The Harden Valley is something of a hidden gem, and it’s home to one of the best walks in Yorkshire. The 10.5-mile route starts at Bingley Station, which is just over 30 minutes from Leeds. You’ll make your way out of town and into a world of woods, waterfalls and moorland, with more than a few landmarks to see along the way. Enjoy the views as you pass the likes of Ruin Bank Wood, Goitstock Waterfall and Hewenden Viaduct – they’re all picture perfect.

The walk starts at Bingley Railway Station, Wellington Street, Bingley, West Yorkshire, BD16 2NA or OS Reference – SE107391,

Beamsley Beacon

Beamsley Beacon

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You’ll find the picturesque village of Beamsley tucked away between Ilkley and Skipton. This moderate 7-mile route at the very edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park combines stunning views of God’s Own Country with local history. You’ll climb up to The Beamsley Beacon, which offers show-stopping views of Wharfedale, before you cross the quaint Kex Beck and head along Beamsley Moor back to the village – why not visit Beamsley Hospital while you’re there and check out its unusual architecture?

The walk starts at Langbar Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 0EX or OS Reference – SE090520.

The Hartwith Heritage Walk

Brimham Rocks

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The Hartwith Heritage Walk will show you why Nidderdale is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s a 7.8-mile ramble that starts and ends at Brimham Rocks. This beautiful walk is steeped in history – you’ll wander along paths that have been used for hundreds of years, past Iron Age woods, Bronze Age hills and ancient springs. Look out across the rolling hills before heading up Riva Hill, Hartwith Bank and through Spring House Wood.

The walk starts at Brimham Rocks, Summerbridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 4DW or OS Reference – SE204648.

Rombalds Moor

Sunny Dale Reservoir

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You can begin your journey to the beautiful Rombalds Moor from Ilkley, which is also where you’ll finish. Along your 11.3-mile route, you can see some of Yorkshire’s ancient treasures, with the old Hebers Ghyll Woods and Swastika Stone landmarks you pass. The Doubler Stone is a great spot to watch the sun rise or set, with stunning views across Wharfedale, while the Sunny Dale Reservoir is a great shot too.

The walk starts at Heber’s Ghyll Drive, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 9QH or OS Reference – SE102473.

Haworth Circular

Bronte Country is one of the most breathtaking parts of Yorkshire, so why not head to Haworth for a 7-mile walk that’s absolutely stunning? Expect flowing becks, pretty moorland and incredible views across the Pennine Hills. You’ll make your way through Penistone Hill Country Park and across Haworth Moor to the Bronte Waterfall, which really is a sight to behold. Then continue to Top Withens, which inspired Wuthering Heights, and on to Lower Laithe Reservoir, before you head back to the start.

The walk starts at St Michael & All Angels Church, Haworth, West Yorkshire, BD22 0HB or OS Reference – SE009370.

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