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9 of the best dog walks in Yorkshire

Posted 01/09/2016

While the north isn’t known for hot days, or dry ones, Yorkshire is fortunate to boast some of the best beaches and countryside across England. This makes them perfect spots to take your dog(s) for a long walk/bound on a nice day. We’ve taken a look at three of the best categories and found nine options for you and your four-legged friend(s). Enjoy. 

Three wonderful coastal walks 

Robin Hood’s Bay

Just south of Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay is a small fishing village known for it’s natural beauty. Attracting a number of tourists, it is surprising that it is largely untouched – and it is wonderfully dog friendly. There’s a three-mile walk from the car park that takes you across the cliff tops or along the beach (dogs allowed year round). Alternatively, you can extend that and head down all the way to Ravenscar. 

Runswick Bay

Another beach open to dogs throughout the year, this picture perfect village is north of Whitby and has a sweeping, sheltered bay that makes it a great option to walk through the year. This is the perfect place to let the dog off his/her leash, and have a swim, while you enjoy the pretty cottages and stunning sea views. 

runswick bay walk

Image source: Howard Greenwood

Flamborough Head to North Landing

An easy walk that lasts an hour and a half to two hours, you can have the dog off the lead for much of the path. Taking you from the cliffs at Flamborough Head, you end up in the North Landing cove beach where there is a café and the option for a swim/doggy paddle. 

Two down the river 

River Ouse

You don’t have to leave the city for a great walk. In York city centre, you can walk up and down the River Ouse. A wonderful urban route, there are wide paths that make the banks an easy place to walk the dog and let it off the lead. Consider a trip along the City Walls or around Clifford’s Tower too. 

river ouse york walk

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River Derwent

You have a number of options to choose from along the River Derwent but you can be certain of a picturesque stroll whatever you pick. You can head out from the ruins of Kirkham Priory, down the river and through the Howardian Hills for a moderately difficult walk, a walk through the fields at Westow and along the riverside for a more gentle option or take a long walk starting from Stamford Bridge.

Four in the hills 

Rivelin Valley Nature Trail

A third of Sheffield is in the Peak District National Park, and this makes it one of the most beautiful – and green – cities across England. One of the favourites for dog walkers is Rivelin Valley. It is a flat route, making it an easy walk, and takes you through woodland and along the river. 

Otley Chevin

Blow off the cobwebs with a wander around this part of the Yorkshire Dales. In shooting distance of the major towns and city, this park is a Local Nature Reserve and the cliffs overlook Otley. Varied scenery and wonderful views await. 

Aysgarth Falls

With a claim to fame in the film Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves, Aysgarth Falls is a number of small, but dramatic, waterfalls and pretty woodland walks. Found in Wensleydale, it is a part of the River Ure and has three drops. It is easy terrain – wheelchair and pushchair friendly – and there are a couple of cafes at this popular spot. 

aysgarth falls

Image source: Dave_S.


This 6-mile circular route in the North Yorkshire Moors is a forest track and takes in valley-bottom walking and an upper section in deep woodland. It is a beautiful spot to get some fresh air and you can even hear trains whistle, and sometimes steam over the top of the trees, from the railway.

*Lead image source: Andrew Bowden

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