My Favourite Short Walks

November 16, 2015

Anytime, anyplace it is great to hop out for an hour and take in the fantastic scenery around us. Particularly during the winter months this can be a great alternative than striking out far and wide. Of course, for those with young families or the knees are creaking, these walks become the main focus of a very worthy day in the outdoors.

As with all my lists there is no significance to the order and some are a little bit more unusual:

1.Footsteps of Wordsworth, Rydal, Lakes

Beach under Loughrigg

The great poet and his sister walked this route around Rydal Water 100s of times, the paths are good and the views outstanding.

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2. Circuit of Malham Tarn, Dales

Malham Tarn from west

Even though some of this walk is on quiet roads there is a beauty and sense of peace about the walk that is uplifting.

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3. Roseberry Topping, North York Moors

Classic Roseberry Topping

A small but perfectly formed hill which is striking whether seen from afar of during the climb.

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4. Aysgarth Falls, Dales

Aysgarth Upper Falls

Possibly the most famous ‘part’ of the Dales the waterfalls are great but the walk to the pretty village of Carperby exquisite,

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5. A walk around Buttermere, Lakes

Head of Buttermere

The best “round lake” walk and if ever a walk gives a true feel of an area then Buttermere does for the Lakes.

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6. Exploring Runswick Bay

Village of Runswick Bay

The coast north of Whitby is less explored and a little wilder so get a taste of the sea air and enjoy the small village of Runswick Bay.

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7. Lovely Littondale, Dales

Arncliffe green

Probably my favourite valley in the Yorkshire Dales, its peace, scenery and lovely villages the obvious highlights.

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8. Above Threlkeld, Keswick, Lakes


The walk skirts the flanks of Blencathra with some great views of the Northern Fells, ending with tea or beer in Threlkeld.

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9. Fountains Abbey & Studley Park, Ripon

Not just is the abbey a great place to explore but so are the grounds and interesting park, complete with deer.

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Fountains Abbey from the grounds

10. Exploring Crinkle Moor

For those after a taste of the high moors then Crinkle Moor is easy to get to and has a good path network.

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Typical Moorland Walking


There are many more short walks on the website. Just search the area you want.

Enjoy your walking


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