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Weekend Walk: Pickering Beck & Howl Dale

Pickering is the busiest gateway to the North York Moors and this - the town’s best circular walk - serves as a good introduction to the National Park.

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Elbolton

Weekend walk: River Wharfe & Elbolton

Elbolton is one of a chain of strange conical hills on the south side of the River Wharfe which stand out because of their green grass against the surrounding brown moor, the result of the underlying geology being limestone.

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Weekend Walk: Huby, North Rigton and Weeton

The farmland around these three villages in Lower Wharfedale is one of the best places in Yorkshire for seeing red kites.

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Looking towards Carlton Bank from the cairn on Live Moor

Weekend Walk: Swainby and Live Moor

This route is far from being a staple feature of walking guides to the North York Moors National Park, yet judging by the number of people encountered on the stretch through Clain Wood and over Live Moor it seems fairly popular.

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Looking down on Horton-in-Ribblesdale, end of the walk

Weekend Walk: Ribblehead to Horton

A great way for walkers to use the Settle-Carlisle railway line is to alight at one station and catch a train back from another.

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On the Trans Pennine Trail

Weekend Walk: Upper Don Valley

The Don is one of the great rivers of the industrial revolution in Yorkshire but you wouldn’t know it from its beautiful origins to the north of Sheffield

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The village of Conistone

Weekend Walk. Conistone Dib

Conistone Dib is a limestone gorge which at one point narrows to allow walkers to pass through it one at a time.

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Ripon Canal

Weekend Walk: Ripon Canal

Beginning at the dock basin overlooked by Ripon Cathedral, this is one of the shortest waterways in Yorkshire, being 2.3 miles in length, but it’s also one of the prettiest.

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Heath Common

Weekend Walk: Heath & Goosehill Circular

The village of Heath on the east side of Wakefield is a surprising and pleasant discovery for many, its elegant houses arranged around wide greens and flanked by a lovely 130-acre Common.

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Looking across Robin Hood's Bay from Ravenscar

Weekend Walk: Ravenscar-Hayburn Wyke

All walks should be so easy to follow, and be so enjoyable from start to finish.

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The Leeds-Liverpool Canal at Calverley

Weekend Walk: Apperley Bridge

In 2015 the railway station at Apperley Bridge, near Rawdon in Leeds was reopened after a gap of 52 years

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Pateley Bridge High Street

Weekend Walk: Pateley Bridge Circular

Pateley Bridge is the capital of Nidderdale and starting point for a number of excellent walks.

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Looking across to Lambkin Plantation from Newfield Lane.

Weekend Walk: Fairburn & Ledsham Circular

RSPB Fairburn is celebrating its 60th anniversary and this is a splendid walk through the reserve.

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Simon's Seat from Barden Bridge

Simon's Seat

Weekend Walk: Simons Fell from Barden Bridge

Simon’s Seat is a heap of gritstone rocks on the edge of Barden Fell, which spreads along the north side of Wharfedale between Bolton Abbey and Appletreewick.

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Leeshaw Reservoir

Weekend Walk: Leeshaw Reservoir

There are several fine walks on the moorland above Oxenhope, terminus of steam trains on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

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Looking across Ribblesdale from the route

Weekend Walk: Giggleswick Scar & Schoolboy Tower

Giggleswick Scar is a long limestone edge forming part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park’s southern boundary.

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Near York Road on Beverley Westwood.

Weekend Walk: Beverley Westwood

Beverley has one of the best areas of common land in England.

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The River Lune south of Kirkby Lonsdale

Weekend Walk: Kirby Lonsdale and River Lune

The River Lune no longer marks one of the the boundaries between the old counties of the West Riding and Westmorland, but part of it has at least been brought into the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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Beckfoot packhorse bridge

Weekend Walk: Bingley-Harden

The Airedale town of Bingley is starting point for several good walks and this shorter one is as satisfying as any.

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Swinsty Reservoir

Weekend Walk: Swinsty - John O’Gaunt Reservoirs

Most visitors to the Washburn Valley to the south west of Harrogate walk enjoy walks beside the string of reservoirs built to supply tapwater to Leeds in the 19th century.

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