Spring’s arrival means longer, lighter days and more time to enjoy the great outdoors. And what better way to stretch your legs and clear your mind than taking to the hills and beyond in Yorkshire’s best-loved national park…
If you hadn’t heard, wellness walks are on the rise. The kind that see you stomp away stress, get back to nature and boost those all-important endorphins.
And whether you’re getting your steps in solo, with the dog or with a friend or two by your side, there’s no better place to do it in Yorkshire than in the North York Moors.
The national park stretches from the Cleveland Hills in the west to the North Sea coast in the east and is known and loved for its diverse landscapes – from heather-covered moorlands and deep dales to rolling hills and breathtaking coastal cliffs – that make every walk a memorable one.
It’s also home to variety of trails and footpaths – perfect for walkers, joggers, hikers and everyone in between – with natural beauty guaranteed at every signpost.
Here’s a few worth trying as we settle into spring…
Roseberry Topping circular walk
This iconic hill near Great Ayton offers stunning panoramic views of the North York Moors. The circular walk takes you through woodlands and across open moorland before ascending Roseberry Topping, providing a fantastic vantage point to admire the surrounding landscapes.
Sutton Bank and the White Horse Walk
Begin your walk at the Sutton Bank National Park Centre and embark on a circular route that leads you along the edge of Sutton Bank. Enjoy breathtaking views over the Vale of York and spot the famous Kilburn White Horse carved into the hillside.
Goathland and Mallyan Spout waterfall
Start your walk in the picturesque village of Goathland, known for its scenic beauty, through woodlands and across moorland to the enchanting Mallyan Spout waterfall. The perfect place to rest your feet and cool off on a warm day’s hike.
Rosedale Abbey and the Ironstone mines
Explore the historic landscape around Rosedale Abbey – once a bustling centre of the ironstone mining industry. The circular walk provides glimpses into the area’s industrial past, offering a mix of moorland and wooded sections with scenic views.
Farndale Daffodil Walk
In spring, the Farndale Daffodil Walk is a must-visit for its colourful and vibrant display of wild daffodils. The easy riverside walk near Low Mill showcases a carpet of golden blooms and is a stunning way to experience the beauty of the North York Moors.