One of our favourite dog walking destinations, we love exploring dog-friendly walking trails in the picture perfect North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales. So whether you have a lively spaniel who loves long walks or a more sedate yorkshire terrier, we have recommended walks for all levels of fitness whether you fancy a gentle stroll or hike up a more challenging terrain – there are lots of different walking routes across Yorkshire to suit all abilities. Wander along the coast, explore Castle grounds and landscaped gardens, nature reserves and riverside strolls passing through pretty villages along the way.
There are a myriad of walking routes to explore at Hardcastle Crags – with 400 acres of countryside with streams, meadows and giant awe inspiring trees, it’s the perfect walk for you. Take the Railway trail – venture to the top of the valley and take this three mile walk along the streams and dams with fabulous views along the way. Or for an easier route take a stroll through the trees on the one mile estate track. Dogs are welcome in both the café and mill.
The North York Moors National Park includes coastal strolls, moorland, walks as well as the 109 mile Cleveland Way National trail. There are plenty of gorgeous walks for you and your dog to choose from including Newtondale walk – a fantastic forest walk, May and Beck and Falling Foss – an amazing woodland waterfall walk that we think your dog will love, avoiding wildlife, livestock and with no stiles.
Park your car in the car park on the corner of Crabtree Lane and Harewood House before crossing the public footpath to begin your walk. Cross the road to the public footpath where the walk takes you through gorgeous countryside towards the river. Take the footbridge to cross the river and continue on and take the right fork in the direction of Trip Lane and Woodhall Hotel and Spa. This is not a circular walk so depending on when you turn back it can be a one mile or four mile walk.
The Wessenden Valley Walk is a fabulous dog-friendly walk which takes you through a moorland valley and crosses through Marsden Village in West Yorkshire. This eight mile walk allows you to explore the gorgeous valley and discover four reservoirs along the way including Blakeley Butterley, Wessenden and Wessenden Head reservoirs. When you get to Wessenden Head you need to turn around and return to Marsden village.
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is located just outside Wakefield and is a definite must-see featuring amazing outdoor sculptures dotted around the grounds which include works by Damien Hurst, Barbara Hepworth and Ai WeiWei. Cultured dogs will love walking around the grounds with over 500 acres of gorgeous parkland to explore and lots of cafes along the way. Almost everywhere is dog-friendly except the indoor exhibitions and the area around the Upper Lake or the Menagerie Wood to protect livestock and wildlife. Entry to the Park is free, although you will need to pay for parking.
The Rivelin Valley Nature Trail was recently voted one of Sheffield’s top walks and features mostly flat trails which include gorgeous woodland walks and streams along the way – ideal for off lead frolics especially for those dogs who love to paddle. This is one of our favourite walks though it can get rather busy in the summer months. It has a lovely dog-friendly cafe – the Rivelin Park cafe serving freshly ground coffee and homemade cakes.
One of the very best coastal dog walks in Yorkshire is Runswick Bay perched at the top of a fabulous sweeping sandy bay. The views are spectacular and you can do a spot of fossil hunting too. Take the two mile walk along the clifftop of Runswick Bay with wonderful views over Mulgrave and Runswick Bay following the Cleveland Way National Trail. The bay itself has plenty of space for your dog to play off lead and to splash in the sea – the village itself is charming and also worth a visit.
Situated in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Castle Howard Arboretum is near Malton in North Yorkshire – featuring 120 acres of trees from around the world, lakes and ponds. There are two trails you can follow, one taking an hour and the other two hours. Enjoy off lead walks in some designated areas and a dog-friendly cafe. A great day out for furry friends.
Your four-legged friend will love Aysgarth Falls! It is truly spectacular with a series of waterfalls which create a gorgeous backdrop to a scenic walk with your dog. There are plenty of different trails to try through the village and beyond with a lovely woodland walk through the lower falls. After your walk enjoy lunch at the Wheatsheaf – a delightful dog-friendly country inn. The Aysgarth Falls were immortalised in the Robin Hood Prince of Thieves film.
The birthplace for Wensleydale cheese, the delightful market town is on Hawes and is a wonderful place to go for a dog walk. From here we suggest walking to Hardraw Falls which is the largest single drop waterfall in the UK, perfect for a splash in the water on a hot day. Tuesday is market day so you would be able to pick up some delicious Wensleydale cheese. If you feel like a longer walk you could walk the Buttertubs Pass, a 5.5 mile stretch which crosses high moorland and links Thwaite in Swaledale with Hawes.