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.
Duration: 1.5 hours plus
Level of walk: Easy to medium View Walks Key
Why you should do this walk…
A 3 mile ‘there and back’ walk onto the gallops in Middleham in the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire. This is a breathtakingly beautiful part of Yorkshire and gives you chance to relax, enjoy and take in the views of Middleham Castle, Leyburn Shawl and the surrounding dales. This is not a very structured walk; it’s an opportunity for a little bit of freedom and lots of exercise and fresh air for you and your dog. Once on the moor part of this walk, well-behaved dogs will have the opportunity for some off-the-lead time and you can take as long or as little time as you like here.
The walk is relatively flat and easy-going with only gentle slopes. The route takes in popular footpaths around the castle, green tracks through fields and the gallops area itself is lush and green. You will cross several fields on the way out to (and back from) the gallops and these are likely to be holding a mixture of sheep and horses. You may also see racehorses training on the gallops. There are no standard kissing gates or fence stiles on this walk, but you will need to negotiate several gates and squeeze gaps or squeeze stiles through stone walls – these are narrow (see Gallery for photo) and so may prove challenging for broader people and broader dogs. Public toilets can be found by taking the passageway to the side of the Richard III pub in Market Square. Allow 1.5 hours, or longer if you want to explore further.
How can I follow this walk?…
Full walk descriptionHttp iframes are not shown in https pages in many major browsers. Please read this post for details.