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Best trails in Pickering

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Looking for a great trail near Pickering, North Yorkshire? AllTrails has 23 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in North York Moors National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Harewood Park or Dalby Forest. Ready for some activity? There are 16 moderate trails in Pickering ranging from 2.1 to 21.4 miles and from 82 to 961 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Top trails (23)
#1 - Hole of Horcum
North York Moors National Park
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 27 m
A circular walk to the Hole of Horcum. The Hole of Horcum is a "Devil's Punchbowl" type feature which, according to local legend, was made by a giant who scooped up a large ball of earth and tossed it aside to create a nearby hill, Blakey Topping. Begin at the car park just east of the Hole of Horcum, which provides great views of the countryside. Follow the route along the moor to the town of Levisham. The Horseshoe Inn is a great spot to stop for refreshments! Keep walking along the town's main road and follow signs for the Hole of Horcum. The path slowly ascends uphill and back to the parking lot where the walk began.Show more
#2 - The Bridestones Circular Walk
Dalby Forest
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
A walk to the amazing Bridestones - peculiar shaped rocks with heather moorland, ancient woodland, and herb-rich meadows.Show more
#3 - Levisham Station Circular Walk
North York Moors National Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
A walk from Levisham to Levisham station (and back). Show more
#4 - Levisham and Newton Dale
North York Moors National Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
A circular walk from the village of Levisham, close to Pickering in the North York Moors. This is a great walk for any season as it offers relatively sheltered paths and stopping off points, and encompasses some moor walking together with a couple of climbs and some dramatic views. Your pooch will appreciate being able to be off-lead on some lovely wide green paths and also perhaps have a paddle in Levisham Beck. The route follows a mixture of quiet roads, open moorland and green paths (which can be muddy at times and are narrow in places, meaning they are prone to being overgrown in later summer). There are several climbs and descents throughout. You will need to negotiate several gates, a flight of steps plus one stile (which is enclosed, so dogs will need a lift over). You will probably be sharing the moorland with plenty of sheep, but there are no cattle on route. Some of the ridge paths have quite steep drops to the side so take care with children and dogs. Allow 2 hours. Show more
#5 - Thornton-le-Dale, Ellerburn, and Longlands Lane
North York Moors National Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 41 m
A circular walk from the beautiful village of Thornton-le-Dale in the North York Moors. The walk takes in the village itself along with the nearby hamlet of Ellerburn and the pretty paths alongside the village's beck. (A shorter version of this walk, 2.5 miles, is also available on AllTrails which omits the final loop along Longlands Lane). The paths are a mixture of pavements and woodland/field paths, the latter of which can get muddy. There are a few steady inclines and the route includes several kissing gates but there are no stiles. You will be sharing some of the fields with sheep so take care with dogs. There are public toilets alongside the car park at the start of the walk. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours. Show more
#6 - Pickering and Pickering Woods
North York Moors National Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 41 m
A circular walk from the market town of Pickering in the North York Moors. The route heads north out of the town following Pickering Beck and on through the paths of Pickering Woods. The walk then crosses the beck and the railway before returning along a quiet country lane to explore the town itself. The route is relatively flat with just a couple of small gradients. The woodland and field footpaths are very uneven and can get very muddy after wet weather. There is one stile (with a gap in the fence alongside for dogs) plus several gates. One of the fields you pass through is likely to be holding sheep. At one point you will need to cross the railway line at an un-signalled crossing so take particular care with children and dogs here. There are public toilets in the short stay car park which you pass near the start of the walk. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours. Show more
#7 - Dalby Red Route
Dalby Forest
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Length: 20.5 mi • Est. 10 h 58 m
#8 - Dalby Forest and the Bridestones
North York Moors National Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
A circular walk from Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire. If you want a walk with a sense of wild freedom, where your pooch can enjoy extensive time off the lead on long grassy tracks and paths, this is the one for you. In spite of the title, there is little time spent in the actual forest. Most of the walk is in peaceful open countryside with great views of the North York Moors and the almost other-worldly Bridestones. The route is mainly on easy to follow tracks and green paths, with an uphill climb at the start. You will need to negotiate a set of stepping stones and there are two stiles along the way, which smaller dogs will be able to squeeze under but larger dogs will need a lift over. Apart from a short section along a quiet, single-track road, well-behaved dogs can be off the lead virtually all the way around. Most of the route is livestock free, but one field may be holding cattle. Suggested map OS Explorer Map North York Moors Eastern Area OL 27. Allow 2.5 hours.Show more
#9 - Pickering Castle and Newbridge
Pickering, North Yorkshire, England
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
A circular walk from the market town of Pickering in Ryedale. The route heads north through quiet lanes and pastures to the railway crossing at Newbridge before climbing into woodland to visit Pickering Castle on the return leg. This walk is published through a collaboration with Ryedale District Council. For more visitor information on the area including events and accommodation, go to www.VisitRyedale.co.uk The walk has a few climbs and descents throughout. You will need to negotiate one stile, several kissing gates, a footbridge and two flights of steps. The stile has wooden fencing surrounds suitable for medium-large dogs to pass through. The paths through woodland and pastures can get muddy. One field is used to graze cattle at times so take particular care with dogs. You will need to cross the railway at an unsignalled crossing point so take great care to look and listen for trains before you proceed at this point. You will have good views of Pickering Castle from the public paths, but should you wish to enter the grounds, these are managed by English Heritage and entrance fees apply. Allow 1.5 hours. There are public toilets in The Ropery car park (at the start of the walk). If you are looking for refreshments, you will find Lowther Place Tea Gardens in Newbridge (just after waypoint 3) and there are plenty of pubs and cafes centred around the Market Place in Pickering at the end of the walk. OS Map: Explorer OL27 North York Moors Eastern Area. This walk follows public footpaths and bridleways which cross private and public land. Please respect people's privacy, keep dogs under control and remember the Countryside Code.Show more
#10 - Thornton-le-Dale and Ellerburn
North York Moors National Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
A circular walk from the beautiful village of Thornton-le-Dale in the North York Moors. The walk takes in the village itself along with the nearby hamlet of Ellerburn and the pretty paths alongside the village's beck. (A longer version of this walk, 3.5 miles, is also available on AllTrails which includes an extra loop along Longlands Lane). The paths are a mixture of pavements and woodland/field paths, the latter of which can get muddy. There are a few steady inclines and the route includes several kissing gates but there are no stiles. You will be sharing some of the fields with sheep so take care with dogs. There are public toilets alongside the car park at the start of the walk. Approximate time 1 to 1.5 hours. Show more
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