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5 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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You don’t need a car to explore the Yorkshire countryside, because these walks are easy to get to by train.

Believe it or not, you don’t need a car to make the most of Yorkshire’s stunning countryside. So next time you want to explore the great outdoors, why not just jump on a train and try 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

Carr Bottom Reservoir, Ilkley Moor

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Take the train to Burley-in-Wharfedale for this four-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, taking in 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 perfect if you want to take the dog with you.

Check out the In Giant Rombalds Footsteps 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 an impressive 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, particularly 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 after around four hours for a brew and bite to eat.

Check out the Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Ingleborough route.

Steeton to Ilkley

Doubler Stone, 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. Take in a stunning view of Airedale in one direction and Wharfedale in the other. The moderate, 7.25-mile walk should take around 3 hours, and you’ll finish in Ilkley where you can grab a bite to eat or do some shopping before you head home.

Check our the Steeton to Ilkley route.

Thirsk Circular

Hambleton Hills

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Jump on the train to Thirsk and take the short walk to the market to begin your adventure. This leisurely 3.5-mile walk will take around 2 hours and blends wonderful scenery with hidden historical gems and incredible architecture. Along the way, you’ll see stunning views of the Hambleton Hills, and the huge Parish Church St Mary’s which dates back to 1430. 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 spend some time before you go home.

Check out the Thirsk Circular route.

Harden Valley Circular

Hewenden Viaduct

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Head out to Bingley to try the Harden Valley Circular. Expect woods, waterfalls, a viaduct, moors and, of course, stunning views of the Bronte Country. From Myrtle Park to Ruin Bank Wood, Goitstock Waterfall to Hewenden Viaduct, there’s so much to explore on this 10.5-mile walk, which should take you around 4 hours to complete. On your way back to Bingley, there’s a wonderful pub called The George. It has a reputation for great real ales, so why not try one before home-time.

Check out the Harden Valley Circular route.

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