Autumn in Yorkshire is nothing short of enchanting. The landscape transforms into a mosaic of warm hues, with leaves crunching underfoot and a crispness in the air that beckons you outdoors. If you want to explore the beauty of Yorkshire this autumn, there’s no better way than to embark on some memorable walks. Here are five of our favourites for an autumn adventure:
1. Malham Cove and Gordale Scar
The picturesque village of Malham is the perfect starting point for a day of exploration. Begin your walk at the magnificent Malham Cove, an imposing limestone amphitheater. Then, meander through the magical Gordale Scar, a dramatic limestone gorge with towering cliffs and a breathtaking waterfall. The circular route offers a taste of Yorkshire’s rugged charm. This walk usually takes somewhere between 3-4 hours and totals about 8 miles. Please be aware that this isn’t an accessible option.
2. Hardcastle Crags
Just a short drive from Hebden Bridge, Hardcastle Crags is a haven of woodland and riverside walks. In the autumn, the ancient woodland is bathed in rich, fiery colors. The enchanting crags are adorned with vibrant foliage, and the meandering paths offer a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. There are a total of 15 miles of footpaths around Hardcastle Crags, including some short, accessible routes.
3. Brimham Rocks
A visit to Brimham Rocks feels like stepping into another world. These natural rock formations, sculpted over centuries by wind, rain, and ice, provide an otherworldly backdrop for your autumn walk. Explore the labyrinth of rocky corridors, take in sweeping views, and discover peculiarly shaped stones that seem to defy gravity. While there are 9 miles of footpaths, there are parts of the site that are accessible and buggy friendly. Please note, Brimham rocks can be very busy so be sure to plan ahead.
4. Bolton Abbey Estate
The Bolton Abbey Estate offers a variety of trails that wind through the stunning countryside along the River Wharfe. The Strid Wood circular walk is particularly charming in the autumn, with its vibrant foliage and the chance to spot wildlife along the riverbanks. Don’t forget to visit the ruins of Bolton Priory for a touch of history. Much of the Bolton Abbey Estate is accessible and buggy friendly!
5. North York Moors National Park
For a more extensive adventure, head to the North York Moors National Park. Its vast expanse of heather-clad moorland is a stunning sight in the autumn months. Whether you choose to explore the heather-covered hills, ancient woodlands, or dramatic coastline, the North York Moors offers an array of routes for every level of hiker with varying levels of accessibility to suit your needs.
Remember to pack some seasonal snacks, like homemade pumpkin muffins or a flask of hot chocolate, to savour along the way. Yorkshire’s autumn beauty is an invitation to reconnect with nature, and these walks provide the perfect opportunity to do just that. So lace up your boots, grab your camera, and set off on an autumn adventure you’ll cherish for years to come.