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Local circular walks

North Yorkshire has more than 10,000km of public rights of way, offering many short walks and day walks.

The county includes two national parks, two areas of outstanding natural beauty, wild moors, rolling hills and rugged coastline.

Long distance walks also cover parts of the county. These can take days to complete but shorter sections can be walked in a day.

When setting out on a walk, ensure you have a map, suitable clothing and food and water. Check the weather and let someone know your plans. For a safe and responsible experience, follow the pdf icon countryside code and safety leaflet [2Mb].

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WalksGeneral areaLengthDifficulty

Craven district

pdf icon Leeds to Liverpool Canal long walk [1Mb]Gargrave7.5 milesModerate
pdf icon Leeds to Liverpool Canal short walk [1Mb]Gargrave3.5 milesEasy

Hambleton district

pdf icon Brompton circular [1Mb]Brompton5.3 milesEasy
pdf icon Northallerton and Dibdale circular [1Mb]nr Northallerton5 milesEasy
pdf icon Northallerton, Romanby and Ainderby Steeple [1Mb]Romanby6 milesEasy
pdf icon Thirsk to Thornton le Moor [1Mb]nr Thirsk5 milesEasy
pdf icon Thornton le Moor to Northallerton [1Mb]nr Northallerton5.5 milesEasy
pdf icon A Hambleton ramble [315kb]Thirsk5 milesEasy
pdf icon A hike in the Howardian Hills [1Mb]nr Thirsk,4.5 milesEasy
pdf icon Kirklington and Thornborough Henges [297kb]Kirklington7.7 milesEasy
pdf icon Thirsk and Sowerby [313kb]Thirsk3.5 milesEasy

Harrogate district

pdf icon Masham Leaves [335kb]Masham3 milesEasy
pdf icon Made in Nidderdale [1Mb]Pateley Bridge5.5 milesModerate
The Aislabie walknr RiponvariousModerate
pdf icon A ramble from Ripon [352kb]Ripon6 milesEasy
pdf icon Moors, mines and mills [296kb]Greenhow Hill, nr Pateley Bridge3.8 milesModerate
pdf icon Castley to Almscliff Crag [287kb]nr Otley7 milesEasy
Bronte trailGreat Ouseburn5 milesModerate
Langthorpe loopLangthorpe3 milesEasy
Lower Dunsforth loop Lower Dunsforth2.5 milesModerate
Roecliffe rambleRoecliffe5 milesModerate

Richmondshire district

Jervaulx, East Witton and Cover Bridge*nr Masham5.5 milesModerate
Piercebridge and Stanwick archaeology*Piercebridge, nr Darlington10 milesModerate
Richmond, Colburn village and Iron Banks*Richmond6.25 milesModerate
pdf icon Middleton Tyas [1Mb]nr Richmond3 milesEasy

Ryedale district

Kirkbymoorside and Kirkdale*nr Helmsley6 milesModerate
Settrington*Malton6 milesModerate
A ramble along the River Rye from Helmsley*Helmsley3.75 milesEasy
pdf icon Thixendale [576kb]nr Malton4 milesModerate
pdf icon Welburn with views of Castle Howard [563kb]nr Malton5.5 milesModerate

Scarborough district

pdf icon Ebberston and Snainton [259kb]nr Pickering8.5 milesEasy
Filey coast*Filey Brigg3.5 milesEasy
Whitby and Saltwick Bay*Whitby4.5 milesEasy

Selby district

Wolsey*Cawood, nr Selby5 milesEasy
pdf icon Kirk Smeaton and Brockadale Plantation [267kb]nr Stapleton4 milesEasy
pdf icon Selby horseshoe [1Mb]Selby9 milesEasy

*The information about these walks is temporarily unavailable while we update the documents with new details about the routes.

View public rights of way on a map

This map shows public rights of way in the whole of the county, including the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales national parks. If you have any queries or issues with paths in the national parks please contact the rights of way teams in the relevant national park authority.

This page was last updated on 13 May 2015