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Best trails in North Yorkshire

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Trying to find the best North Yorkshire trails? AllTrails has 375 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking 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 around Skipton, York or Pickering, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 253 moderate trails in North Yorkshire ranging from 1.2 to 115.4 miles and from 26 to 2,444 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in North Yorkshire
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#1 - Ingleton Waterfalls
Yorkshire Dales National Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 44 m
The circular route is one of the most popular walks in the Dales. Once you leave the carpark, the walk takes you through beautiful woodland before climbing through the collection of waterfalls. There is a well defined footpath which runs close to the edge of the two rivers and steps to climb. Dogs must be kept on a lead in certain areas, especially when crossing farmland. This walk features beautiful nature and geological features, such as Thornton Force. This area has been designed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England. Entrance Fee: £7 - Adults £3 - Under 16Show more
#2 - Malham Tarn via Gordale Scar
Yorkshire Dales National Park
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 3 h 59 m
A circular and very challenging walk, passing through some wonderful limestone scenery as it visits the iconic Yorkshire Dales sites of Janet's Foss, Gordale Scar, Malham Tarn and Malham Cove. With beautiful waterfalls, a lake, a limestone pavement and an impressive natural cove you will be spoiled with natural delights along the way. The walk follows a mixture of roads and dale footpaths. There are several climbs and descents throughout. You will need to negotiate flights of steps, kissing gates, gates and a few stiles (of various designs, including stone wall stiles and ladder stiles). The challenging part of the walk is a scramble up Gordale Scar - a rocky climb which is suitable only for experienced walkers and should NOT be attempted after periods of heavy rain (when the waterfall can be flowing strongly) or in icy conditions. You will be sharing much of the open moorland with free roaming sheep. Allow 4 hours.Show more
#3 - Yorkshire Three Peaks
Yorkshire Dales National Park
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Length: 24.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
This trail covers the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough which form part of the Pennine Range. The Three Peaks challenge is the most iconic walk in the Yorkshire Dales taking in the three highest mountains in the area. Be prepared for the hike to take 14 hours due to steep climbs and the long distances between the peaks.Show more
#4 - Janet's Foss, Gordale Scar and Malham Cove
Yorkshire Dales National Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
A circular walk from the village of Malham in the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire. The route takes you through classic limestone scenery and visits three iconic sites - the waterfall of Janet's Foss, the steep gorge of Gordale Scar and the beautiful limestone pavement and impressive natural cove of Malham Cove. The limestone pavement has been made famous on the large screen, most famously featuring in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. The walk follows a mixture of footpaths and tracks alongside rivers and through grass pastures. There are several climbs and descents throughout. You will need to negotiate steps, kissing gates, gates and stiles. You will be sharing some of the paths with sheep. Allow 2.5 hours. Show more
#5 - Pen-y-Ghent
Yorkshire Dales National Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 35 m
#6 - Whernside Loop Trail
Yorkshire Dales National Park
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 4 h 25 m
A fairly steep walk up the first of the Yorkshire Peaks, with views of the surrounding areas and Ribblehead viaducts.Show more
#7 - Malham Cove and Gordale Scar
Yorkshire Dales National Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 34 m
A walk around Malham taking in Malham Cove and Gordale Scar.Show more
#8 - Feizor, Stainforth Force, and Giggleswick Scar
Yorkshire Dales National Park
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 4 h 7 m
#9 - Kirkham Priory and the River Derwent
Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
A circular walk from Kirkham Priory in North Yorkshire. If you want a picturesque start to a walk, you can't get much better than this one! Starting at the majestic ruins of Kirkham Priory next to the River Derwent, the route follows woodland and open paths through the pretty Howardian Hills before returning along the riverbank. The walk offers you and your pooch a bit of a climb to get the blood pumping, as well as the chance for a paddle and a good romp in the fields and along the path by the river. Views are plentiful amid the peace and quiet. The terrain is moderate with several climbs and descents. The outward leg follows green paths through fields or quiet farm tracks and roads. The return leg is along the riverside which is more challenging. Duckboards are provided on some of the riverside sections, but the majority of this stretch can be quite muddy and boggy, especially following wet weather. The riverside paths are also narrow and prone to being overgrown in the height of the summer growing season. You will need to negotiate some gates and footbridges but there are no stiles on route. You may come across cattle in a couple of the fields. Allow 2.5 hours. Show more
#10 - Mallyan Spout via Grosmont
North York Moors National Park
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 3 h 57 m
Enjoy the beautiful waterfall of Mallyan Spout on this walk.Show more
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