A 3 mile circular walk around the wooded Pennine valley of Hardcastle Crags, near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Owned by the National Trust the valley comprises a beautiful shallow river, Hebden Water with steep wooded valley sides and you will have chance to discover lots of wildlife plus some industrial archaeology along the way. If you have children with you, you may wish to bring along crayons and paper as there are several engraved markers around the site, showing the various leaves and seeds in the woodland.
Kirkham Priory and along the River Derwent
Distance: 5 miles
Duration: 2 ½ hours
Level of walk: Medium View Walks Key
Why you should do this walk…
A 5 mile 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.
How can I follow this walk?…
This walk is available on the iFootpath App or to print the Kirkham Priory and along the River Derwent walk please visit iFootpath