8 of the best woodland walks in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 09:15 10 September 2019 | UPDATED: 20:09 11 September 2019

Autumn colours at the Strid, Bolton Abbey by Carolyn Bell

Autumn colours at the Strid, Bolton Abbey by Carolyn Bell

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Woodland walking is a fine way to explore the outdoors at at any time of the year, there is an abundance of wildlife in the warmer months to an explosion of colour in the autumn. We've picked half a dozen of our favourites of these from our archives.

Bluebells in Middleton Woods, Ilkley by Terry FletcherBluebells in Middleton Woods, Ilkley by Terry Fletcher

Middleton Woods

Although this walk is best enjoyed in the Spring as they are host to spectacular display of bluebells, you can take this route any time of the year.

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Autumn in Strid Wood by Robert GarrigusAutumn in Strid Wood by Robert Garrigus

Strid Woods

Strid Woods is owned by the Bolton Abbey Estate and while there are many different walks you can take here, the most popular ones almost always include a section of the ancient woodland.

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Otley Chevin by Phillip LongleyOtley Chevin by Phillip Longley

Otley Chevin

The Chevin is a ridge overlooking the market town of Otley, the area is covered by woodland and heathland and this walk, setting off from Bramhope, takes in a section of Otley Chevin Forest Park.

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A ford near Boltby by Terry FletcherA ford near Boltby by Terry Fletcher

Boltby

Located on the western edge of the North York Moors National Park, Boltby can often be overlooked by many as Sutton Bank is just a few miles away. However, the advantage of this is that there fewer other walkers on this pretty ramble.

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

Kings Wood and Roche Abbey

For those in South Yorkshire, the popular places for walking are often the Yorksire Peak District and now the renovated gorunds at Wentworth Castle. But it's worth travelling a bit further afield to Kings Wood near Roche Abbey, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

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Aysgarth Woods by Hollie RushtonAysgarth Woods by Hollie Rushton

Freeholders' Wood and Aysgarth

Of course, the main attractions of this walk are the beautiful Wensleydale countryside and the breathtaking Aysgarth Falls, but this quaint woodland is abundant with wildlife for all you nature lovers.

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Pond at Hardcastle Crags by Harry FeatherPond at Hardcastle Crags by Harry Feather

Hardcastle Crags

Hardcastle Crags, where some 400 acres of woodland provides a welcoming green buffer between Hebden Bridge and the high moors that surround it. Now in the care of the National Trust, the woods and their deep side valleys have over 15 miles of footpaths.

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Hackfall woods by Sandra BriggsHackfall woods by Sandra Briggs

Hackfall Wood

Sitting on the eastern edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Hackfall Woods is one of the lesser known areas of woodland in Yorkshire. Until the early 20th century when Hackfall fell into decay, tourists flocked to marvel at the wooded gorge and the follies, mock ruins and water features.

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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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