Leave the car at home because you can catch the bus to these beautiful countryside walks…
Yorkshire is a walker’s paradise and you don’t need to drive to enjoy it – you can jump on the bus, enjoy the ride and treat yourself to a cheeky pint because you don’t have to get behind the wheel. But where can you go? From Otley Chevin to Skipton Moor, we’ve put together five awesome walks for you and they all have at least three pubs along the way. Get ready for woodland wanders, reservoir rambles and hilly hikes.
Get off the X84 bus on Skipton High Street and take the 10-minute stroll through the town centre to start your 5-mile pub walk with a pre-trek pint in the Early Doors Micro Pub. It’s a short stroll to the bridleway on Shortbank Road where you’ll join a path that will take you all the way up past High Bradley Moor to the top of Skipton Moor. The views here are incredible, particularly when you get to the Twin Cairns rock formations and look out across the Aire Valley below.
If you can drag yourself away, continue your walk along the bridleway past Carr Bog Farm. Keep an eye out for the blooming gorse bushes and Jenny’s Gill quarry as you make your way back into Skipton, where you’ll find a medley of pubs to rest your weary legs at before you jump on the bus back into Leeds. Will you enjoy local ales and home-cooked food in the rustic Woolly Sheep Inn or the character-filled Cock & Bottle?
The walk starts at Shortbank Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 2JU. Check out the route. You can get the X84 bus to High Street, Skipton.
Hawksworth Wood Circular
Take the 50 bus and get off at Butcher Hill in Horsforth to start this 6.7-mile pub walk through this leafy part of Leeds. It’s a short wander into Hawksworth Wood where you’ll follow the path west along the River Aire. Look out for the wildflower meadows and see if you can spot butterflies, woodpeckers and roe deer on the way. After a while, you’ll come to Newlay Bridge, where you can take in the pretty views over the water, before you head into The Abbey Inn for a pint of local ale.
The towpath along the Leeds Liverpool Canal will take you to Rodley Nature Reserve where you can visit The Rodley Barge and The Owl for a few drinks, or carry on under Calverley Bridge to The Railway Inn and Calverley Arms. After you’ve quenched your thirst, hop on the Leeds Country Way which will take you up to Hunger Hills and through Haigh Wood before you stroll along Oil Mill Beck to reach the start and catch the bus back to town.
The walk starts at Hawksworth Wood, Rein Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 4TA. Check out the route. You can get the 50, 50A and 97 bus to Butcher Hill, Horsforth.
Otley, Eccup and Bramhope
The X84 will drop you at Otley Bus Station where this mammoth 10-mile pub walk begins. You can pop into the nearby Junction Inn for a pre-walk drink or get straight to it by heading along the old dismantled railway tracks. You’ll come across beautiful views as you pass Caley Hall Farm and Crags. Pause to take it all in, then head North towards Bramhope before you follow The Dales Way to the pretty village of Eccup.
After a turn around the reservoir, nip into The New Inn for a quick pint, before you make your way back towards Bramhope, with a detour into the beautiful greenery of Golden Acre Park. The Fox and Hounds is ready and waiting with refreshments at the end of the route, and you don’t even have to head back to Otley because the X84 will pick you up at the bottom of the road.
The walk starts at Otley Bus Station, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 3NX. Check out the route. You can get the X84, X85, 33 and 34 bus to Otley Bus Station.
Chapel Allerton to Roundhay
Board the 2 bus and jump off at Harrogate Road in Chapel Allerton to start your walk. You can take your pick of pubs, with craft beer specialists Further North and the rustic Mustard Pot nearby. Once you’re ready to go, head east down Town Street and Gledhow Lane to reach Gledhow Valley Woods. You’ll make your way through the trees and past the lake to Roundhay Road.
This brings you to Oakwood where you can take a break for a craft beer in Preston or enjoy a spot of lunch in The White House. Roundhay Park is just around the corner so wander in and take the path around the picturesque Waterloo Lake up to Roundhay Gorge, past the castle ruins and on to the Upper Lake. Stroll back through Soldier’s Field and into Oakwood where you can pop in to North Bar’s Preston outpost before you get the 12, 13 or 13a bus back into Leeds.
The walk starts at Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4JU. Check out the route. You can get the 2, 3 and 3A bus to Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton and the 12, 13 or 13a from Oakwood to Leeds.
Ride the X84 bus all the way to Ilkley Bus Station for a 6.3-mile walk that will show off some of Yorkshire’s most beautiful scenery. It’s just a short walk along Wells Road to reach the start at West View Park, where you’ll climb a small hill and join up with the Dales Way Link. Along the way, you’ll pass Ilkley Crags before climbing to the top of Ilkley Moor where breathtaking views await in every direction.
You’ll pass over Coldstone Beck on your way to the Twelve Apostles stone circle and The Cow and Calf. These incredible rock formations are a sight to behold, and once you’re done, you can cross over the road to enjoy a well-deserved rest at The Cow and Calf pub. To get back to the start, take a leisurely walk down the hill and back into the centre of Ilkley where you can visit Friends of Ham, The Midland and the Ticket Office for a quick tipple before you make your way home.
The walk starts at West View Park, 3 College Drive, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 9TY. Check out the route. You can get the X84 bus to Ilkley Bus Station.