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Best trails in York

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Looking for a great trail near York, North Yorkshire? AllTrails has 29 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 Buck Wood. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in York ranging from 3 to 33.3 miles and from 29 to 1,105 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Helmsley and Beck Dale
North York Moors National Park
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 33 m
A circular walk from the market town of Helmsley in Ryedale. The route heads north through the beautiful woodland belt of Beck Dale, following an idyllic babbling brook, before crossing a few fields and returning via another woodland belt, Ash Dale. 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 just gentle slopes for the most part, with one steep climb about half way round. Whilst some of the tracks are firm stone, many of the other stretches through woodland can be muddy in winter and after periods of rain. You will need to negotiate several single bridle gates throughout plus one stile (which can easily be avoided if necessary). You will be sharing a few of the fields with sheep so take particular care with dogs. One field could also be holding a mixture of cattle and sheep (although this one field can also be avoided if necessary). Allow 3 hours. There are public toilets in Borogate (just south of Helmsley Market Place at the start and end of the walk). If you are looking for refreshments, you will be spoilt for choice with pubs, cafes and restaurants in Helmsley at the start or end of the walk. OS Map: Explorer OL26 North York Moors Western 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
#2 - Tockwith and the River Nidd
York, North Yorkshire, England
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 56 m
A circular walk from the village of Tockwith, near Wetherby in North Yorkshire. If you want a fairly gentle walk along quiet country lanes and by the riverside, where your pooch has plenty of opportunities to be off the lead and have a good run by the river then this walk may be for you. The route is relatively flat with just some gentle slopes. You will need to negotiate some gates plus three stiles. There can be electric fencing alongside these stiles, so dogs may need a lift over. You may be sharing a couple of the fields with cattle, so take particular care with dogs. Allow 2 hours. Show more
#3 - Yearsley Moor Circular
Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h
#4 - Sancton and The Wolds Circular
York, North Yorkshire, England
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 4 h 51 m
A lovely hike that offers various habitats and views. Beginning in Sancton the hike takes you through woodland before emerging onto a country lane that leads into North Newbald. You then begin an ascent up onto the Wolds before descending and walking along a valley. Finally you'll join the Wolds Way for a short way before turning left and making your way back to the start in Sancton. This is a lovely hike with most of it on flat ground.Show more
#5 - Dick Turpin's Dog Walk
York, North Yorkshire, England
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 46 m
A circular walk around the city of York in North Yorkshire. The walk takes place in the spookily good bits of historic York, where the highwayman Dick Turpin was rumoured to walk with his dog Little Nell. It is rumoured that the highway man and his little dog had many adventures in and around York. The following walk attempts to give you a glimpse of the old York that Dick and Little Nell might have inhabited. Of course, the story here is fictitious but it gives a fun slant on this city trail. The walk is relatively flat, with only gentle gradients. There are no stiles or gates on route but you will need to negotiate a couple of flights of steps. The paths are all tarmac, paved or cobbled so the route is easy to follow throughout the year. Allow 1 hour. Show more
#6 - Rievaulx Circular Walk
North York Moors National Park
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 5 h 31 m
This starts at Rievaulx Terrace parking which is free. The walk starts by descending through the woods towards Rievaulx. The walk is suitable for dogs and the paths are well defined though can be muddy in the woods if wet.Show more
#7 - Freers Bank and Fryton Moor
Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
A circular walk around the countryside near Terrington in North Yorkshire. The route follows a beautiful high ridge through woodland and then with superb panoramic views. The short version of the route returns along the same ridge, while the full version of the route performs a loop down into the valley bottom. This walk is published through a collaboration with Howardian Hills AONB Partnership with the aim of providing countryside access for all in the Howardian Hills. The short version of the route follows a compacted stone vehicle track which is generally well-made with just the odd pot hole and some shallow surface mud. The track has only gentle slopes for the most part (estimated maximum gradient of 1:20 or 5%) with one 10 metre stretch that has a moderate slope (estimated gradient of 1:12 or 8%). There are no stiles, gates or steps on this version of the walk and it should be suitable for rugged pushchairs and rugged disability buggies for most of the year. Breakfree Surface and Slope Rating B1 (for majority of track) and B3 (for a 10 metre stretch). Allow 1 hour. The full version of the route follows a mixture of stone and unmade vehicle tracks, parts of which are deeply rutted. There are several long and steep slopes (maximum estimated gradient of 1:6 or 16%). You will need to negotiate two vehicle gates. You will cross one grass pasture which may be holding sheep so take particular care with dogs. Breakfree Surface and Slope Rating D5. Allow 1.5 hours. There is one bench along the route, just a simple large log set on the ground, which is located at the turning point of the short version. There are no facilities on the route. If you are looking for refreshments, you will find Terrington Village Stores and Tea Rooms (which has indoor and outdoor tables) in nearby Terrington village. This walk follows public rights of way through public and private land. Please show respect for landowners and other visitors and remember the Countryside Code. OS Explorer Map 300: Howardian Hills and Malton.Show more
#8 - Acaster Malbis and the River Ouse
York, North Yorkshire, England
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
A circular walk from the village of Acaster Malbis, near York in North Yorkshire. This riverside walk gives your pooch the opportunity to be off lead on grassy paths and have a swim or paddle in the river. Even though you are close to the city of York, this walk takes you on a tranquil journey past picturesque villages on the riverside and through wide open fields. The terrain is fairly easy, mostly on wide, flat paths by the river or on the old railway line. You will need to negotiate a flight of steps and there are a few stiles, but these will present no problems to most dogs due to the large gaps under the gates. There is a little bit of walking on a quiet road near the end of the walk. Most of the walk is livestock free, but you will cross one field that sometimes holds cattle. Approximate time 1.5 hours. Show more
#9 - Hemsley Walk
North York Moors National Park
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 4 h 28 m
#10 - Stamford Bridge and the River Derwent
York, North Yorkshire, England
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 33 m
A circular walk from the historic village of Stamford Bridge in the East Riding of Yorkshire. You'll have chance to explore the history of the village including the site of the Battle of Stamford Bridge and the old rail line, plus a long peaceful stretch alongside the idyllic River Derwent. The walk is almost entirely flat, some of the paths being fairly narrow and muddy/slippery after wet weather. There are no stiles on route, just several kissing gates and a squeeze gap to negotiate. Two of the fields you cross may be holding cattle so take care with dogs. About one mile of the route follows a quiet country lane which doesn't have pavements so take care of traffic on this stretch. Approximate time 1.5 hours. Show more
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