Beautiful vistas, vast expanses of wild moorland, delightful villages, secluded dales, rugged coastline – Yorkshire, “God’s own County” really does have it all!

So, if you’re a keen long-distance walker or even if you’re more of a stroll-and- teashop person, why not come to Yorkshire –any part of it – and sample the fantastic scenery and hospitality on offer.

If you wanted to combine a holiday with one of the longer challenges you could do the Cleveland Way in the north of the county: 108 miles, starting from the pretty market town of Helmsley and ending at the seaside resort of Filey, covering stunning moorland and hugging the dramatic North Sea coastline for much of the way. Take 5 or 6 days to complete it, staying in beautiful accommodation along the way.

Then there’s the Yorkshire Wolds Way in the east of the county – 79 miles amongst amazing chalk landscapes with dry valleys and stunning wildlife alongside vibrant market towns and ancient villages.

The Six Dales Trail does “exactly what it says on the tin” and comprises a 38 mile route from Otley in the west to the racehorse capital of Yorkshire, the Wensleydale market town of Middleham (and childhood home of the much-maligned king, Richard III). This walk winds across the entire length of the superb Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and crosses 5 watersheds that separate the six dales which give the trail its name.

If you fancy a true challenge and have more time to spare, the famous Pennine Way (268 miles) takes in some of the most rugged and remote parts of Yorkshire, as well as passing through the neighbouring counties of Derbyshire and Northumberland and ending up in the Scottish Borders.

Our bookshops and Visitor Information Centres are packed with books and leaflets outlining any type of walk you could wish for.

Please come! You can always be assured of a warm northern welcome!

Chris Redman – Yorkshire Blue Badge Guide