6 dog friendly walks in Yorkshire
PUBLISHED: 00:00 21 February 2020 | UPDATED: 11:23 25 April 2020
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A selection of walks that allow you to bring your four legged friend along.
Shipley Glen, Baildon
Close to the River Aire, this is a beautiful walk along Shipley Glen, a long stretch of moorland. Take in the breathtaking views and head down the hill to explore the forest (although that means a climb back up!). Your four legged friend is likely to meet lots of other dogs roaming free off the lead too. There's free parking, picnic areas and refreshments in busier months.
Postcode for parking BD17 5BN
Robin Hood's Bay beach, North York Moors
This 6.5 mile walk allows you to take in magnificent views of the North Sea, the coast and Ravenscar, along an easy to follow, wide path. You return along the cliff tops, eventually dropping back down into the historic Robin Hood's Bay with plenty of pubs and cafes to choose from - there is hardly anywhere in this beautiful little town that isn't dog friendly. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round too! There are two pay and display car parks at the top of the hill.
Postcode for Station car park YO22 4RE
Wessenden Valley Circular, Marsden, Huddersfield
Another walk that's around 6.5 miles, this circular route takes you across the stunning moorland valley at the very top edge of the Peak District from Marsden. It's got to be up there with the most picturesque dog walk in Yorkshire with 360 degree views most of the time. It has lots of open fields for your dog to run through as you pass six reservoirs, and look out for the mini waterfalls as you go, too. If you park in Marsden, when you get back you and your pooch can enjoy liquid refreshments at The New Inn.
Postcode for pub HD7 6EZ.
The Nidd Gorge and Old Bilton, Knaresborough
This is a fabulous walk for your dog who can enjoy a dip in the River Nidd and plenty of time off the lead. This 6 mile walk takes you through some of the prettiest parts of North Yorkshire. Starting near Conyngham Hall, next to Mother Shipton's Cave, you head to the picturesque village of Bilton towards the river. The Gardeners Arms in Bilton is a lovely place to stop with your pooch where he'll be allowed in the beer garden. When you head back in to the town centre you're also spoilt for choice when it comes to pet friendly pit stops. York Place car park offers all day parking for just £1.60.
Postcode HG5 0AD.
Dick Turpin's Dog Walk, York
If you fancy a walk that's a little bit different, and definitely less rural, this circular walk around York takes you through all the best bits of the historic city, where the highwayman, Dick Turpin, apparently used to walk his dog Little Nell. This walk is short, at just over 2.5 miles, with only gentle gradients, so a great one for little dogs (or people), although there are a couple of flights of steps along the route. It starts at Clifford's Tower before taking you along Whip Ma Whop Ma Gate street and past Turpin's old local, The Last Drop Inn. You'll also take in the Minster en route before finishing back at the start. If your furry friend needs to stretch his legs, head to Tower Gardens for a run on the grass. There are lots of great dog-friendly establishments on this walk so expect it to take you longer than the estimated 45 minutes!
Visit alltrails.com for a detailed route and waypoints.
Humber Bridge Nature Reserve, Hessle
This 21-hectare site is a haven for people, dogs and wildlife, set amongst woods, meadows, ponds and cliffs. The tree covered chalk terraces of the old quarry offer dramatic views over the River Humber and Humber Bridge. There's a choice of walks here including the Meadow, Cliff, Pond and Phoenix Sculpture Trails, winding their way through the woods and open fields. Each is clearly signed with wildlife markers to help you explore. The paths are well maintained and dogs are allowed off their leads, but keep in mind it's a nature reserve - it's also worth avoiding Saturdays between 9am and 10am when a park run takes place. There's lots of parking in the Humber Bridge car park and there's a café close to the tourist information centre.
Postcode for parking HU13 0HB