Wonderful walks in Yorkshire
With its jaw dropping cliff tops and views that stretch for miles, Yorkshire is a county that gives in abundance across dales, moorlands, and the coast. If you’re looking for an exhilarating and dare we say breathtaking walk, then this list of locations is for you.
When you think of Yorkshire, you may not instantly think that the coast is the perfect location for a walk, but you would be missing out on what makes this county, God’s Own Country the perfect destination for a passage to wind down and to re-invigorate the senses. Sandy beaches, chocolate box villages and historic sights and dripped for your walking entertainment.
Which are the walks we suggest for your next trip? Here are some suggestions.
Maw Wyke Walk
Not for the lighthearted, and definitely not for the first timer, but the 6-mile Maw Wyke Walk is an exhilarating coastal scramble that rewards every inch of your effort. Starting at Robin Hood’s Bay you head down to Ness Point - try and not get distracted by the stunning coastal views and water landscapes. The jagged rocks and amble conditions can make the journey from Ness Point to Cinder Track a little edgy for your nerves but fear not, the stunning views and crisp sea air make it all worthwhile. A gentle walk along the old railway line at Cinder Track, takes you back to where you came.
From stunning relics to breathtaking vistas, the Whitby Abbey and coastal walk is one for the novice, the experienced walker and the family looking for an exciting day out. Start at the striking relic which delivers on so many creative and visual levels. The waterscape behind is just a part of the allure. From here take the coastal path towards, Saltwick Bay, another, mesmerising display is on hand to make the day go by with memories in tow. The final leg of your journey is to reach the old lighthouse before heading back to the Abbey and into the historic town of Whitby.
With views of Cayton Bay and Scarborough Castle in the distance, the Coastal Filey walk is one for the adventurer in all of us. If paddling out is your thing, then do it at the start as this is the kind of walk that keeps you hugged onto the cliff tops for the duration of the walk. With sheer drops, you need to keep your wits about you but fear not, this is an expedition that also brings out the inner geologist. Counting stratas of rock as you navigate towards Filey you will be tempted to look over cliff tops, don’t. Carry on with your walk over what has been called, Yorkshire’s Ayre’s rock to find yourself in the grassy finger of Filey Brigg. You will have arrived at your destination, from ancient war relics to modern days defense posts, you will discover more about the region and town in this walk than in many others dotted around this beautiful county.
Flamborough Head Circle
This is the kind of walk that leaves you breathless for two very different reasons. The first, is the stunning vistas, the second, the length of this cross county traverse. Measuring 8 miles long, the Flamborough Head Circular is the kind of walk you want to attack when you have a full day of walking in your legs and the ambition to feel like you will achieve something. Strap those boots on tight and head through Flamborough village and past the church to the seafront at South Landing. The incredible peninsula is just the start, next is a cliff side walk that is home to thousands of birds and walkers like you who will scramble over this terrain to see coastal views that will last a lifetime of memories. Home to ancient settlements and battlefields over the years, Flamborough Head Circle is a walk that always delivers.
Speeton Cliff Walk
Perfect for families and little ones, the picturesque village of Speeton is the starting place of our final coastal walk guide. With panoramas that keep you looking, this walk takes shape by passing through the ancient Norman chapel of St Leonard’s and then swiftly moving onto the Bempton Cliffs Nature Reserve; a getaway for the bird watchers in all of us. Here you will see World War Two Coastal Fortifications where then, after taking in more breathtaking views you head to The Righeton and Hunmanby Gap for a cup of Yorkshire’s finest before heading back to the very start.