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Yorkshire & Durham : Hiking guide

31 July 2022

Yorkshire & Durham offer some of the most glorious hikes in the country. Infamously known as ‘God’s own country’, this region boasts unspoilt countryside for miles. We have put together some of the must-visit walks and trails across the area so that you get the very best of what Yorkshire & Durham have to show.
The Sun Sets Over Blooming Heather In The North Yorkshire

Yorkshire & Durham offer some of the most glorious hikes in the country. Infamously known as ‘God’s own country’, this region boasts unspoilt countryside for miles.

We have put together some of the must-visit walks and trails across the area so that you get the very best of what Yorkshire & Durham have to show.

Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk

190 miles from St. Bees Head to Robin Hood’s Bay. Easily the most popular long distance walk in England.

This spectacular experience passes through three national parks along the way and there are parts of challenging terrain. The route was originally published in 1973 and has been updated a number of times since.

This walk is divided up into 12 sections, seasoned walkers can take one section per day but for most walkers 14 days is recommended.

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

A short 4.5 mile trail that takes in a number of natural waterfalls through historic woodland and heavenly scenery.

We would recommend you take 2 – 3 hours to complete this. There is an entry fee of £8 per adult and £4 per child but for the experience, it’s well worth it.

The trail is a footpath that is clearly defined and runs very closely along the edge of two rivers to allow clear views. There are steps throughout so it isn’t suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Cleveland Way National Trail

Get an authentic view of the North York Moors via 109 miles of walking route through an ever changing landscape.

The start point is in the market town of Helmsley and leads you out across the heather moorland of the national park before you stumble upon the coast at Saltburn-by-the-sea. The trail then takes you along the coast through some quaint fishing villages and coastal habitats.

The route is well signposted but we strongly advise you to take an up to date map or GPS for your own safety.
Anyone with reasonable fitness can tackle this walk over a 9 day period. A truly great way to connect with 9 centuries of history.

Pennine Way National Trail

Passionate rambler? This 270 mile walk starts in the Peak District national park and takes you right up to the Scottish borders.

Affectionately referred to as the backbone of England, this walk was Britain’s first national trail and it’s a life changing experience.

The Pennine Way’s combined ascent exceeds that of Mount Everest which makes it one of the, if not the, most challenging national trail in England and is only recommended for experienced walkers.

To take it all in, it’s best to walk it between May and September. Take regular stops and explore the local area during your rest days.

Yorkshire Three Peaks

Situated in the Yorkshire Dales, the three peaks challenge includes climbing Pen-y-ghent (294 metres), Whernside (736 metres) and Ingleborough (723 metres) in under 12 hours.

The 25 mile route is fully accessible and well sign posted but taking a map and compass will be beneficial.

This is a hugely popular route for hikers, a tough challenge but well worth the extensive views and impressive landscapes you will be passing through. This is a circular route that can be completed in one go or broken down into parts.

The fastest completion time of the entire route is 2 hours 29 minutes and 53 seconds so far.

North Sea Coastal Trail

This is part of a much larger project funded by Europe. The North Sea Trail is an attempt to bring countries that border the North Sea together in creating networks of pathways that include the sea.

When complete the trail will pass through Norway, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, England and Scotland across 5000 km. There are currently 26 regions involved at varying stages of development.

There are 6 existing paths in England at the moment but they aren’t all connected as of yet.
You can experience this trail in progress along the Moray Firth Trail, the Fife coastal path, coast of East Lothian, the Northumberland coastal path and the coastal section of the Cleveland Way.

Wolds Way National Trail

Exciting market towns, traditional villages and bursting with wildflowers, the Yorkshire Wolds Way has it all.

This 79 mile route takes in the chalk landscape of the wolds and includes the Humber estuary. From vantage points you can see neverending vistas.

May and September are preferable months for this route but you can walk it at any time of year. A favourite amongst walkers due to the total peace of the area, it’s a truly magical part of the region.

Northwood Trail

Seeking some magic?

The Northwood Trail is a 2 mile walk that is home to fairies and hobgoblins alike. There is a museum that showcases artifacts and stories to enjoy as well as a self sustaining kitchen.

Enchanting woodlands to entertain and delight the whole family. 1 -2 hours is plenty for this excursion.

Hidden away in 100 acres of woodland, this mythical journey will leave you full of awe.

Where to Stay

Hiking in Yorkshire & Durham leaves you wanting to explore which is why we are so excited to share our Explore & Stay packages with you.

When you tackle one or more of these trails, you have a choice of hotels in the region to choose from.

George Hotel is within easy reach of parts of Hadrian’s Wall and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a swimming pool and gym onsite to ease those aching muscles post walk before having a drink in our bar.

Norbreck Hotel in Scarborough offers 57 bedrooms, restaurant and bar lounge. Ideal to reach the Yorkshire Moors.

New Southlands Hotel is also in Scarborough and has 55 bedrooms on offer. 20 miles from the North York Moors National Park.

The Royal Whitby is up on a clifftop position overlooking beaches, harbour, old town and abbey ruins. 115 bedrooms to choose from here. 14 miles from The Moors National Park Centre.

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