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7 Incredibly Photogenic Walks Within an Hour of Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

Cameras at the ready for these beautiful walks through Yorkshire.

Brimham Rocks

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 seven 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

Goit Stock Waterfall

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, Goit Stock 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

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.

Ogden Water

Ogden Water

Set amidst a stunning country park, this Ogden Water wander circles a 34-acre reservoir surrounded by great swathes of moorland. The well-defined waterside route is just 2-miles long and extremely picturesque, with woods lining the water’s edge – you can get some great shots of the trees reflecting onto the still water. If you want to lengthen your walk, continue along the bridleway that branches out into the moors, then take the country lanes that join a 3.8-mile loop around Warley Moor Reservoir, which often has sailing boats drifting across it in the summer months.

The route starts from Ogden Water Car Park, 5 Ogden Lane, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX2 8XZ or OS Reference SE066309.

The Strid

The Strid

A prime spot for riverside picnics, The Strid is a popular walk that starts in the grounds of Bolton Priory. The flat 4.7-mile route follows the course of the River Wharf through Strid Wood, which is full of old sessile oak trees. Throughout the year the woodland comes alive with bluebells and the smell of wild garlic. You’ll continue along the western side of the river until you reach the halfway point at Barden Bridge, a picturesque crossing over the water. From there, the path heads back along the eastern bank to the priory, where the Cavendish Pavilion Cafe awaits.

The walk starts at Cavendish Pavilion, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AN or OS reference – SE076553

Rombalds Moor

Rombalds Moor

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

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.