Spring is here – so it’s time to get your walking boots on and discover Yorkshire’s beautiful scenery.
There’s nothing quite like springtime in Yorkshire and one of the best ways to make the most of it is to go on a little adventure around God’s Own Country. Whether you’re rambling through daffodil-strewn woodlands or wandering around blossoming estates, you can see Yorkshire at its beautiful best on these fantastic spring walks.
Farndale Daffodil Walk
Spring walks don’t get much better than this. Farndale is just over an hour up the A1 from Leeds, and every year, this secluded town in the North York Moors is covered in daffodils, carpeting the meadows and river banks in brilliant colour. It makes it one of the most picturesque places in Yorkshire come springtime, and they’ve put together a special 3.5-mile walk to help you enjoy it. Along the way, you’ll be able to take in the views from Low Mill, High Mill and Bitchagreen.
Check out the Farndale Daffodil Walk route.
The paths around Aysgarth Falls come alive during springtime. Not only will this easy 2.2-mile walk show off one of Yorkshire’s finest natural landmarks, but you’ll also get to see natural wildflowers along your route. You can take in incredible views across Wensleydale, as well as walking past the historic Bolton Castle and along the River Ure. There’s a lot packed into this walk, which should take around two hours, and if you look closely, you’ll see plenty of birds at this time of year too, from chaffinches to goldcrests.
Check out the Aysgarth Falls circular route.
Millington and the Wolds
Head to the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds for a beautiful 5-mile walk. You’ll start in Millington, where wide green paths and field tracks lead to a series of small climbs that promise incredible views of the bluebell-blanketed woodland below. Time your visit with the start of butterfly season for a chance to see these colourful creatures in first flight – and don’t forget to stop at The Gait Inn when you get back to Millington.
Check out the Millington and the Wolds route.
Harewood House Estate Circular
Spring is the perfect time to visit Harewood House. The historic estate is surrounded by beautiful grounds that come to life at this time of year, so why not take the circular walk around the house? At just under 5 miles, it’s an easy walk, and you’ll get to see the lambs grazing on Cote Hill, the cherry blossom in Piper Wood and the vibrant colours of the Bluebell Wood. When you’re done, pop back to the house to have a brew and look around – you can check out their latest exhibition, Useful/Beautiful, as part of the first ever Harewood Biennial.
Check out the Harewood House Estate Circular route.
Between Otley and Pool-in-Wharfedale, about 30 minutes from Leeds, is the postcard village of Leathley. From here, you can take on a leisurely 6-mile circular route through Lindley, Braythorn and Leafield. On your way around, you’ll find picture-perfect springtime views with bluebells blanketing Leathley Hall and Riffa Wood, while hawthorn blossom takes over around the village of Stainburn. The stepping stones at Thrispin Beck are also fun, especially if you’ve got little ones along for the jaunt.
Check our the Leathley Circular route.
Fountains Abbey Circular
The stunning backdrop of Fountains Abbey is a wonderful place to kick off a breezy spring walk, but there’s much more to see on this 5-mile route around North Yorkshire. You’ll pass by the likes of Fountains Hall, Studley Royal Water Garden and the Deer Park. It’s pretty as a picture here, with snowdrops, pale yellow primroses and even wild garlic – keep an eye out for ducklings and goslings too.
Check out the Fountains Abbey Circular route.
You’ll start this stunning spring walk in the North York Moors village of Great Ayton. It’s a long one, clocking in just under 8 miles. Make a beeline for the Newton Wood, which comes to life with all kinds of spring flowers from March to May. This route is better for more experienced walkers as you’ll also go up Roseberry Topping where you can take in the breathtaking scenery below, before enjoying a leisurely ramble through Slacks Wood and Cliff Ridge Wood on your way back to the village.
Check out the Newton Moor route.
Welburn is a picturesque Yorkshire village surrounded by lush Yorkshire countryside that flourishes in spring. Start your 6-mile circular walk by heading clockwise towards Ready Wood, Temple of the Four Winds and Castle Howard. There are amazing views to take in as you go, with vibrant spring colours provided by 800 varieties of rhododendron in Ray Wood, hedge floors covered in meadow cranesbill at Hutton Hill and carpets of bluebells in the aptly named Pretty Wood. Look out for the brimstone butterflies and cinnabar moth caterpillars too.
Check out the Welburn Circular route.
Hardcastle Crags offers one of the best spring walks in Yorkshire. Take a trip to the outskirts of Hebden Bridge and enjoy a leisurely 3-mile stroll along the banks of Hebden Beck. From April through May, the woodland on either side becomes blanketed in bluebells and their sweet scent fills the air. It’s an incredible sight as you make your way to Gibson Mill for a well-deserved cuppa before you head back to the start.
Check out the Hardcastle Crags route.
Temple Newsam Spring Blossoms Walk
Temple Newsam comes alive at this time of year. The entrance is decked out in crocuses and snowdrops that will inspire you to do the 6.5-mile walk around the perimeter. Along the way, you’ll pass through blossoming woodland in Spring Wood, North Plantation and Hertford Spring, before finishing up in the Walled Garden, surrounded by azaleas and rhododendrons. The kids will love it too, especially if you treat them to a trip to the farm afterward.
Check our the Temple Newsam Spring Blossoms Walk route.Cover image copyright Temple Newsam.