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10 Picturesque Yorkshire Walks for Non-Drivers

· Joseph Sheerin · Yorkshire

Get on the train to take advantage of these great Yorkshire walks.

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Believe it or not, you don’t need a car to explore the Yorkshire countryside, because these walks are easy to get to by train.

Leave the motor at home the next time you want to make the most of Yorkshire’s stunning countryside. Head out and explore the great outdoors, by just jumping on a train from Leeds Station and trying out one of these walks. From the picturesque Harden Valley to the historic Ilkley Moor, you’ll soon see why it’s called God’s Own Country.

In Giant Rombalds Footsteps

White Crag on Rombalds Moor

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Take the train to Burley-in-Wharfedale for this 4-mile walk across Rombalds Moor. It’s perfect if you don’t have a lot of experience or need a bit more time to get around, across good tracks and moorland paths. Within two hours, you can reach York View, which offers incredible views of the Minster on a clear day, see the Carr Bottom Reservoir or visit The Hermit for a pint on your way around. It’s also ideal if you want to take the dog with you with plenty for the pooch to see and sniff, and when you’re done, have a pint and a bite at The Red Lion – it’s dog-friendly too.

The walk starts at Burley in Wharfedale Station, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 7AA. Check out the route.

Newtondale Circular

Levisham Moor, Newtondale, North York Moors

This walk starts at the restored Levisham Station, which looks exactly as it did in 1912, and takes you on a leisurely 6-mile stroll through the beautiful North York Moors. It’s ideal for all ages and abilities, with one gradual climb splitting up strolls along fields, bridleways and tracks. Along the way, you’ll pass Kale Pot Hole Farm, where you can take in the views across the beautiful valley towards Skelton Tower, before you reach Raper’s Farm Picnic Place. As you make your way back to the station, pop into The Horseshoe Inn for a well-deserved pint or two.

The walk starts at Levisham Station, 1 Railway Cottages, Levisham, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7NN. Check out the route.

Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Ingleborough and back


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This one is great for more experienced walkers. Get the train to Horton-in-Ribblesdale and set off on a 9.3-mile trek that takes you back to the station. The route follows the Three Peaks trail in reverse, taking you up and over Ingleborough, where you can see stunning views of Pen-y-ghent, Morecambe Bay and the Lakeland Hills on a clear day. You’ll also pass the active Horton Quarry, with breathtaking views of Simon’s Fell and The Lord’s Seat, before you go back to Horton – make a beeline to the historic Golden Lion pub for a pint of quality local ale and grub.

The walk starts at Horton-in-Ribblesdale Station, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 0HL. Check out the route.

Whernside Circular

Ribblehead Viaduct

Take the train to Ribblehead to start an 8-mile trek that will lead you across some of the most beautiful parts of God’s Own Country – you’ll even get to complete one of the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks while you’re at it. You’ll pass Force Gill Aqueduct to see the waterfall in full flow, before you head up to the trig point at Whernside for incredible views in every direction, from Ingleborough one side to the majestic Ribblehead Viaduct the other. When it’s over, take a rest with a few drinks and a plate of classic British food at The Station Inn, right near the end.

The walk starts at Ribblehead Station, Low Sleights Road, near Ingleton, North Yorkshire, LA6 3AS. Check out the route.

Steeton to Ilkley

Ilkley Moor

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Take the train to Steeton & Silsden Station for this exploration of Wharfedale and its wonderful rocky landmarks. This walk will take you past Wingate Nick, as well as the Sepulchre, Doubler, Swastika and Panorama Stones. Soak in the stunning views of Airedale in one direction and over to Wharfedale in the other. This fairly easygoing 7.25-mile walk should take you around 3 hours to complete and you’ll finish in Ilkley where you can grab a bite to eat and enjoy a pint at The Flying Duck or snaffle charcuterie and wine at Friends of Ham to end your adventure.

The walk starts at Steeton & Silsden Station, Station Road, Steeton, North Yorkhire, BD20 6RY. Check out the route.

Knaresborough and The Nidd Gorge


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You can take a short 5-minute walk from Knaresborough Station into the picturesque town centre to start this wonderfully scenic 6-mile adventure around a North Yorkshire gem. It kicks off at Conyngham Hall and takes you past landmarks like Mother Shipton’s Cave, Bilton Village and the River Nidd. Take a break on your way around to admire the stunning views along the Nidd Gorge, before you head back into the town centre, where you can kick back and enjoy traditional cask ales and quality pub grub at The Mitre before you make your way home.

The walk starts at Knaresborough Station, Station Road, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 9AA. Check out the route.

Scarborough to Filey


Get the train over to Scarborough where you can start a wonderful 8.2-mile coastal trek south to Filey. From the station, make your way to the amazing beach at South Sands and find the sea-view path you’ll follow past Black Rocks to the reach the stunning Cayton Bay, a quiet stretch of sandy beauty, perfect for your mid-walk picnic. Afterwards, you’ll make your way past Lebberston Cliff, The Wake and Filey Brigg, where you can try to dig out fossils in the prehistoric rocks, before you finish up your adventures with a trip to The Star in Filey for a refresher.

The walk starts at Scarborough Station, West Square, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1TN. Check out the route.

Thirsk Circular

Hambleton Hills

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Jump on the train to Thirsk and take the short walk to the town’s market to begin this ramble. This leisurely 3.5-mile walk will take around 2 hours and blends wonderful scenery with hidden historical gems and incredible architecture. You’ll see stunning views of the Hambleton Hills and the huge Parish Church St Mary’s which dates back to 1430 on the route. You’ll also have the chance to explore the World of James Herriot Museum. Your walk will lead you back to the town centre, where you can head to The Frankland Arms for refreshments before the train home.

The walk starts at Thirsk Station, Station Road, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 4LS. Check out the route.

Harden Valley Circular

Head out to Bingley to try the Harden Valley Circular. Expect woods, waterfalls, a viaduct, moors and, of course, stunning views of the Brontë Country on this jam-packed wander. From Myrtle Park to Ruin Bank Wood, Goitstock Waterfall to Hewenden Viaduct, there’s so much to explore on this 10.4-mile walk, which should take you around 4 hours to complete at a steady pace. On your way back into Bingley, there’s a wonderful pub called The George. It has a reputation for great real ales, so why not pop in and try one before you get the train home?

The walk starts at Bingley Station, Wellington Street, Bingley, West Yorkshire, BD16 2NA. Check out the route.

Settle Circular

Pen-y-ghent, Three Peaks

This 7.9-mile walk from Settle Station is full of incredible surprises. You’ll start in the picture-perfect North Yorkshire village, then head off in a clockwise direction towards Giggleswick Station and Accerhill Hall. Along the route, which takes in straightforward roads and bridleway paths, you’ll be able to stop to enjoy the incredible sights of Ingleborough, Pen y Ghent, Fountains Fell and Warrendale Knotts. Just make sure you leave enough time to have a look around Settle, and grab a pint in The Talbot Arms, ahead of your train journey home.

The walk starts at Station Road, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9AA. Check out the route.

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