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10 great walks near famous Yorkshire churches

PUBLISHED: 08:28 13 August 2019

Morning at Bolton Abbey by Karol Gajewski

Morning at Bolton Abbey by Karol Gajewski

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Yorkshire has a number of churches built throughout the ages. The monks may have left long ago, but the secluded locations of these buildings mean that they are often landmarks in some of the most stunning landscapes in the country.

Autumn colours at Bolton Abbey by Carolyn BellAutumn colours at Bolton Abbey by Carolyn Bell

Bolton Abbey

This six mile circular route around Bolton Abbey takes in one of the most picturesque and dramatic parts of the Wharfe; the Strid itself, take a detour to visit the iconic stepping stones that are situated close to the priory.

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River Skell at Fountains Abbey by Karol GajewskiRiver Skell at Fountains Abbey by Karol Gajewski

Fountains Abbey

One of two UNESCO World Heitage Sites in Yorkshire, Fountains Abbey is a joy to explore with its quirky follies and water features. This walk explores the lower valley of the River Skell and surrounding countryside.

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Whitby Abbey by Martyn WrightWhitby Abbey by Martyn Wright

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey is one of the most iconic buildings in Yorkshire, the present ruins are mainly mediaeval but there has been an abbey on the site since the birth of Christianity in Britain. Set off from here to start your journey to Robin Hood's Bay.

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Ruins of Kirkham Priory by Terry FletcherRuins of Kirkham Priory by Terry Fletcher

Kirkham Abbey

The Augustinian Canons chose the banks of the Derwent for their priory at Kirkham between York and Malton almost 900 years ago, this riverside walk suggests the reason why this spot was chosen was for the peace and tranquillity of the surrounding area.

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Rievaulx Abbey by David PickettRievaulx Abbey by David Pickett

Rievaulx Abbey

This walk on the edge of the Hambleton Hills, close to Sutton Bank, visits the stunning ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, long the way it weaves through charming woodland and spends a while tracing the valley of the delectable Rye through constantly-changing scenery as well as graceful stone-arched bridges which have served the area for centuries.

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Archways into the gardens at Roche Abbey by Diane ReedArchways into the gardens at Roche Abbey by Diane Reed

Roche Abbey

This walk, close to Rotherham and Doncaster and easily reached via the M1 and A1, starts at the 12th century Cistercian ruins of Roche Abbey and crosses arable fields and woodland to take in the even older All Saints Church at Laughton en le Morthen.

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A gothic arch in the menagerie garden, Nostell Priory by Paul KirkwoodA gothic arch in the menagerie garden, Nostell Priory by Paul Kirkwood

Nostell Priory

There are 300 acres of parkland at Nostell Priory near Wakefield, which means there are plenty of walking options, this walk to the Obelisk Lodge also has an abundance of wildlife.

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Ana Cross, Rosedale by Mark BulmerAna Cross, Rosedale by Mark Bulmer

Rosedale Abbey

This walk begins in the picturesque village of Rosedale Abbey - itself a slight misnomer since there never was an abbey here, only a priory, and precious little remains even of that, its stones having been absorbed into the buildings that surround the village green.

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Daffodils at Museum Gardens, York by Christine SykesDaffodils at Museum Gardens, York by Christine Sykes

St. Mary's Abbey and Yorkminster

St. Mary's Abbey is a ruined Benedictine abbey that dates back to the 11th century, this two walk by yorkwalls.org.uk circles the city walls and passes by the Abbey Gardens and you are never too far away from a view of the iconic York Minster.

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United Reformed Church, Saltaire by Karol GajewskiUnited Reformed Church, Saltaire by Karol Gajewski

Saltaire United Reformed Church

We covered the innovative Multi-Story Water project a few years ago, and their informative walk through the history of Saltaire is well worth a try. This audio walk starts at Salts Mill, which just a few paces across the road from Saltaire United Reformed Church.

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All the routes were correct at the time of publication, over time access to certain parts of the walk may be subject to change.

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