One of England’s most beautiful counties, Yorkshire is prime walking country. Whether you prefer the purple-hued wilderness of the moors, the challenge of climbing high peaks or tranquil walks along a river, the scenery is stunning. Narrowing down the best treks in the region is a near-impossible task, as you could spend years seeking out new routes, but here are four of Culture Trip’s favourite spots for gorgeous views and interesting hikes.
This picturesque walk around Aysgarth Falls allows for many photo opportunities during a short two-and-a-half-hour loop, taking in woodland, views and three waterfalls. Visit following heavy rain to appreciate the falls at their full force, although the walk is impressive at any time. While it’s possible to park close to the falls, save the upper falls for the end of your trek, and begin by passing the mid and lower falls before ascending to views of Bolton Castle. The route then passes through the small village of Carperby, where thirsty hikers can stop for a drink at the Wheatsheaf before continuing back to the car park and admiring the upper falls. If you’d like to get closer to the water, take the opportunity to do so at the beginning of your hike, as the easiest access is the stretch of rock at the water’s edge at the lower falls.