Yorkshire is England’s largest county and it’s got lots of great dog walks. We couldn’t possibly tell you about every possible walk Yorkshire has to offer – so we’ve concentrated on the areas you can see on the left-hand side of the page for now, adding a description of each so that you can choose the places that suit you and your dog best.
We hope you like the walks we’ve selected for you so far. If you’re not tempted just yet, don’t worry as we’ll be regularly be adding more. For updates, new walks and new places to go, why not follow us on Twitter?
Our aim is to improve you and your dog’s days out together by providing all you need to know about dog-friendly places to go for a drink or a meal after your walk, where you can stay overnight and other services to help you look after your dog. You don’t need to be a member of dogwalksyorkshire.com, it’s a free guide offering you and your dog the best of the Yorkshire Countryside. We’ve done the research, so you can enjoy your day out.
From Staithes in the north to Bridlington in the south, the Yorkshire coastline has long sandy beaches and beautiful little coves for you and your dog to discover. Walks at the coast are great for long runs, swims or simply to blow the cobwebs away in any season. We’ll show you which parts of this wonderful coastline are right for you and your dog, as well as where to expect a warm welcome.
This area takes its name from the landowners of Castle Howard, the 18th century stately home. The Howardian Hills is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering 77 square miles of woods, farmland and historic parkland, between the North York Moors and the Vale of York. Walks here can be energetic, so get yourself and your dog ready for a bit of exercise. Terrington and Hovingham are two of the pretty Yorkshire villages you will find on your travels in the wonderful Howardian Hills.
North York Moors
If you’re looking for energetic walks with plenty of steady climbs, great views and peace and quiet, the North York Moors are for you and your pooch. Prehistoric paths along high ridges, sandstone tracks and ancient turf roads cross the moors and will give fascinating routes between villages. It has the largest expanse of heather upland in England, made up of 1,400 miles of natural beauty including forests, hills and dales. From late summer into autumn, the purple heather carpets the moors – a breathtakingly beautiful sight.
Yorkshire Dales and Herriot Country
Expect stunning scenery surrounding picturesque villages and market towns. Walking in the Dales is just perfect if you want to get fit, with plenty of climbs uphill, down-dale and over those dry stone walls the area is so famous for!
Herriot Country extends into parts of the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales and has masses to offer you and your ‘creatures great and small’. If you are a fan of the James Herriot stories, a stop-off at the market town of Thirsk will be just perfect after your walk in the nearby Yorkshire Dales made famous by the TV series.
Situated to the east of York and to the south of the North York Moors, these gently rolling chalk hills are one of Yorkshire’s best kept secrets! A walk in the Wolds offers you and your dog an easy stroll beside a river, or an energetic romp across open hillsides and through deep dales. The Wolds is home to countless pretty villages such as; Thixendale, Millington and Wetwang as well as the deserted medieval settlement of Wharram Percy. Look out for the Wolds Way National Trail, Minster Way and the Centenary Way on your travels through the Wolds!
Vale of York
The Vale of York sits between the Howardian Hills to the north, the Yorkshire Wolds to the east and the historic city of York to the south. The terrain here is a mainly flat, perfect for a gentle stroll with your dog beside the many rivers or through the fields and lanes – great if you’re just starting to get fit. Look out for pretty villages and market towns like; Easingwold, Sutton-on-the -Forest, Stamford Bridge and Sheriff Hutton with its historic castle. York itself also offers charming streets, parks and riverside walks as well as having many dog-friendly pubs and cafes.