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.
Distance: 1 to 2 miles
Duration: As long as you like
Level of walk: Easy View Walks Key
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Why you should do this walk…
This is a great walk to do in any weather at any time of the year as the beach at Runswick Bay is open to you and your dog all year round. You and your pooch can blow the cobwebs away, be it windy, sunny or raining and you can both be as laid back or as energetic as you like. Obviously there’s the opportunity for a swim too. Runswick Bay is a picture postcard seaside village with a beautiful beach.
What else you need to know
Open to you and your dog all year round. Don’t forget to check tide times.
How to get there – from the A174 Whitby to Middlesbrough road, follow the signs along Ellerby Lane or Runswick Lane to Runswick, and head through the village to beachside car park. By bus – Arriva busses X5 between Whitby and Middlesbrough serve Runswick.
Suggested map – N/A
Car park – Runswick Bay pay and display, accessed by the road through the village
Start – at the car park
Length/time – 1 to 2miles depending on tides! Take as long as you like
Terrain/difficulty – EASY, fine sandy beach
Dog friendliness– dogs allowed on the beach throughout the year, waste bins are provided. Great beach to run around on, not usually busy outside peak times.
Food and drink – The Royal Hotel – signposted from the car park, is dog friendly inside and out, with great views of the bay. See Directories for details.
Public toilets – at the Royal Hotel, for patrons only.
Other interesting info:
Runswick Bay has been frequently awarded the ENCAMS Seaside Award and if appropriate will be flying the distinctive blue and yellow flag.
Due to the instability of the soft, slippery Jurassic shales there was a landslip in 1682 and the whole village had to be rebuilt. Looking at the village today it appears to cling to the steep hillside.
- From the car park, head down the steps and turn right along the road, which heads straight onto the beach. Head south along the beach towards Kettleness Point. On reaching the end of the sands, choose between pausing to enjoy the peaceful setting and beautiful view of Runswick Bay and continuing still further along the rocks. There are plenty of opportunities for your dog to swim and have a good run around on this lovely beach.