Spring Walks Around Yorkshire
Spring into Action
As winter draws to an end, the longer and lighter days invite walkers and hikers of all ages, strengths and abilities to dust off their walking boots in search of fresh air and breath-taking scenery. The North of England is a hotspot for ramblers, dog walkers and families, with West Yorkshire providing many opportunities to wander off the beaten track. From easy-peasy to more challenging, we’ve listed the best places to get your fix of the countryside in the coming months. Come rain or shine, these walks are bound to put a spring in your step.
This quaint little town is most famous for being the location of the classic TV series Last of the Summer Wine, but there is plenty more to see. Popular among walkers and wildlife lovers, its gorgeous spot in the Holme Valley offers an abundance of pubs and cafes to choose from when you feel it’s time for a well-deserved drink. If you want to explore the beauty of Holmfirth but are looking for much more reasonably priced accommodation, take a look at our Huddersfield serviced apartments, just 15 minutes’ drive away.
Greenhead Park, Huddersfield
Located very close to the town centre, Greenhead Park is the perfect place for families and provides a children’s playground, a lake home to ducks and other wildlife, and a couple of cafes. You can even take the kids on the short train ride that passes through the centre of the park. With no shortage of surrounding amenities, there is also the opportunity for some retail therapy at the nearby Kingsgate shopping centre. After a gentle stroll and some fun in the playground, you might want to treat yourselves to something tasty from the local fish and chip shop by the park’s entrance.
Castle Hill, Huddersfield
The history of Castle Hill dates back to over 4,000 years ago during the Middle Ages. Originally a fort, the ancient monument is ideal for those looking for a little history, and you also have the opportunity to go inside the tower that stands on the top of the hill. This was built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. It’s an easy walk but it can get pretty windy at the top - perhaps you could bring a kite for the kids!
Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge
Located just west of Halifax, Hardcastle Crags resides in the stunning Pennine Valley and is owned by the National Trust. An enchanting wooded forest full of streams, waterfalls and 15 miles of footpaths, you will need a full day for this walk - especially if you want to enter the Gibson Mill visitor centre, home to interactive displays, dancing and exhibitions. You might even spot some of Yorkshire’s finest spring bluebells in these woods! Why not make a weekend of it and stay at our Central Suite in Halifax?
Marsden Moor Heritage Walk (Yellow Route)
The Yorkshire Moors have long been a favourite destination among walkers, and this 8-mile walk is no different. With moderate difficulty, the circular walk is dog friendly and protected by the National Trust, giving you the chance to spot some local plants and birds along the way. As is to be expected anywhere in England, it’s probably a good idea to pack some waterproofs in case of unpredictable weather. Marsden also offers some lovely pubs and Britain’s longest canal tunnel, Standedge Tunnel.
Roundhay Park, Leeds
As one of the biggest city parks in Europe, Roundhay is so much more than just a park. With over 700 acres of lakes and woodland, it’s open every day of the year and also fronts one of the UK’s most popular garden tourist attractions, Tropical World. Here you will find exotic plantlife, a butterfly house, creatures and critters and more recently, even crocodiles. This award-winning parkland is also in close proximity to Leeds Trinity, a hub of restaurants and shops that opened in 2013.
Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge
At 24 miles long with 5,200 feet of ascent, the Three Peaks is no walk in the park, but invest in some good walking boots, lots of layers and a decent waterproof and you will certainly reap the rewards. The trail covers the mountains of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, sitting among the valleys of the River Ribble, Chapel-le-Dale and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, ensuring the views from the top are the best in the area. Completed in under 12 hours, you will need to book in advance and tickets cost £70 per person. Are you ready for the challenge?back to articles