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Walks & Cycling

Weekend Walk: Lower Nidderdale

This is a splendid walk in spring and summer, especially for those who prefer a route with gentle gradients that’s just a few miles in length.

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Looking down on Settle from the route.

Weekend Walk: Settle Circular

This is one of the shorter walks available from Settle and a fine alternative to the well-trodden route to Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave.

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The entrance to Hirst Wood

Weekend Walk: Hirst Wood & Shipley Glen

This is a lovely walk in spring, with Hirst Wood providing a carpet of bluebells, and is an excellent addition to a visit to the Saltaire World Heritage Site, home of the famous Salts Mill and David Hockney gallery.

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Malo Cross

Weekend Walk: Malo Cross

This walk makes a fine alternative to the famous Hole of Horcum route, which the car park also serves.

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The green at Upper Denby

Weekend Walk: Denby Dale Circular

This circular walk begins in the West Yorkshire town of Denby Dale and loops into the Barnsley district of South Yorkshire.

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Timble Village

Weekend Walk: Fewston & Timble Circular

Blubberhouses (some locals pronounce it “Blubber-us”) is a village of scattered houses and farms on both sides of the busy A59 Harrogate-Skipton road.

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Hooton Pagnell

Weekend Walk: Hooton Pagnell Circular

Hooton Panel is a delightful village with a fair claim to being one of the loveliest in South Yorkshire.

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Looking across the Crimple Valley

Weekend Walk: Crimple and Follifoot

This walk through countryside on the south-east side of Harrogate is centred on the lovely Crimple Valley, which follows the course of Crimple Beck (alternatively known as the River Crimple).

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Looking up the Aire Valley from the route to Rodley Nature Reserve

Weekend Walk: Kirkstall Forge & Bramley Fall Wood

The new Kirkstall Forge station was opened in June 2016 (there was a previous station here from 1860-1905), and being about eight minutes from the centre of Leeds it provides an excellent way to quickly access some remarkably good countryside.

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Looking back on Mirfield

Weekend Walk: Mirfield & Whitley Circular

Despite being at the heart of West Yorkshire’s M62 belt this is a highly satisfying walk in countryside that seems far removed from its built-up surroundings.

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Looking across Kingsdale to Whernside

Weekend Walk: Turbary Road & Kingsdale

Kingsdale is unknown to many lovers of the Yorkshire Dales despite having a very appealing c.v.

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Silsden and the edge of Rombalds.

Weekend Walk: Silsden Circular

This is a pleasant walk on the north side of the Aire Valley between Keighley and Skipton.

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Hull Pot

Penyghent from Horton Scar Lane

Weekend Walk: Hull Pot

In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks area, this route is good for those days when a planned ascent of Penyghent is abandoned because of deteriorating visibility.

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Robin Hood's Bay Maw Wyke Walk  Robin Hoods Bay and the headland of Ness Point.

Weekend Walk: Robin Hoods Bay & Maw Wyke

Two good paths run out of Robin Hood’s Bay to provide great circular walks: the Cleveland Way national trail and the old Scarborough Whitby railway line, now a walking and cycling route known as the Cinder Track.

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Slaithwaite  Looking back across Slaithwaite.

Weekend Walk: Slaithwaite Circular

This is a lovely walk at any time of year but especially so on a crisp winter’s day.

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Margaret Atherden explores Nidderdale with her faithful companion Bertie for a new book on winter walks in North Yorokshire.

Walking guide to county that’s a real breath of fresh winter air

Keen walker Margaret Atherden realised there were no guides to winter walks in North Yorkshire, so she decided to write one. Catherine Scott reports

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St Michael & All Angels, Beckwithshaw

Weekend Walk: Beckwithshaw Circular

This is an easy but satisfying walk around the field paths, back lanes and tracks on the west side of Harrogate.

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Autumn sun on the flanks of Great Whernside above Kettlewell.

Weekend Walk: Great Whernside

Not to be confused with Whernside, which is Yorkshire’s highest summit and one of the famous Three Peaks, Great Whernside is nevertheless a challenging climb.

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Weekend Walk: Studley Park & Fountain’s Abbey

Weekend Walk: Studley Park & Fountain’s Abbey

This easy walk showcases the lovely countryside in and around Studley Park and provides an elevated view across the beautiful valley of the River Skell and ruin of the great Cistercian monastery, Fountains Abbey.

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Path along the edge of Wharfedale.

Weekend Walk: Cow & Calf

Many walkers visit Ilkley Moor’s iconic Cow & Calf (also known as the Hangingstone Rocks) by using one of the network of paths from Ilkley and White Wells.

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