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 County and these seven photogenic adventures will show you just why. From stunning coastal wanders to challenging hikes through the Yorkshire Dales, riverside rambles to reservoir routes full of beauty, they’re full of photo ops, with natural wonders and panoramic views across the countryside. Take a look, take a hike and take a snap.

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 you can do in Yorkshire. The 10.7-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 stop and savour along the way. Enjoy the breathtaking 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. Check out the route.

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 County 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. Check out the route.

The Hartwith Heritage Walk

Brimham Rocks

The Hartwith Heritage Walk will show you why Nidderdale is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s a moderate 7.8-mile ramble that starts and ends at the incredible Brimham Rocks. This beautiful walk is steeped in history – you’ll wander along paths that have been used for hundreds, sometimes thousands 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. Check out the route.

Ogden Water

Ogden Water

Set amidst a stunning country park, the Ogden Water wander circles a 34-acre reservoir surrounded by 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. To lengthen your walk, continue along the bridleway that branches out into the moors, then take the lanes to join a 3.8-mile loop around Warley Moor Reservoir, which often has sailing boats drifting across it.

The walk starts from Ogden Water Car Park, 5 Ogden Lane, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX2 8XZ. Check out the route.

The Strid

The Strid, Bolton Abbey

A prime spot for riverside picnics, The Strid walk starts in the grounds of Bolton Priory. The flat 4.7-mile route follows the course of the River Wharfe through Strid Wood, which is full of old sessile oak trees. Through 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 water crossing. From there, head 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. Check out the route.

Rombalds Moor

Rombalds Moor

You can begin your epic journey to the beautiful Rombalds Moor from Ilkley, which is also where you’ll finish. Along this fairly strenuous 11.3-mile route, you can see some of Yorkshire’s ancient treasures, with landmarks like the old Heber’s Ghyll Woods and Swastika Stone a huge part of the appeal of this walk. 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 – you might need an extra memory card for this one.

The walk starts at Heber’s Ghyll Drive, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 9QH. Check out the route.

Haworth Circular

Bronte Waterfalls, Haworth

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. Check out the route.