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The 9 Best Autumn Walks in Yorkshire

AD| If you’re lucky enough to catch a day when it’s not chucking it down with rain, you can find some amazing Autumn Walks in…


AD| If you’re lucky enough to catch a day when it’s not chucking it down with rain, you can find some amazing Autumn Walks in Yorkshire! We were really fortunate yesterday, we had planned to meet some friends in Rowntree Park in York. It’s always a bit dicey making outdoor plans at this time of year. But as you can tell from the photos, we dropped on with lovely weather.

It was the best type of autumn morning you can ask for. Fresh, crisp air with the sun shining. It was cold but not freezing. Just right for a walk in the park.

The 9 Best Autumn Walks in Yorkshire

I wore my new burnt orange raincoat from Lighthouse Clothing which was lightly padded enough to keep me warm without me overheating on the walk.

We had a walk around the park and lake, saw the ducks and swans and took Leo on the swings. Then we enjoyed a coffee in the cafe there. It was a lovely morning. Leo even fell asleep in his pram on the way back, bonus!

autumn walks in Rowntree park
autumn walks in Rowntree park

9 of the Best Autumn Walks in Yorkshire

We really need to make the most of all the beautiful places to walk in Yorkshire. There are some stunning locations right on my doorstep. I actually think we might plan a walk next weekend if the weather is nice!

Here are some of the best autumn walks in Yorkshire.

autumn walks in Rowntree park

Aysgarth Falls

I’ve always wanted to visit here, it looks stunning! The waterfalls are one of Wensleydale’s most famous beauty spots. Plan your visit here.

Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre, Church Bank, Aysgarth, Leyburn DL8 3TH

Cod Beck Reservoir

Cod Beck Reservoir in Osmotherly is perfect for a stroll around a tranquil location.

If you’re wanting a longer challenge, you can take a 5.2-mile walk through the Osmotherley Moors which leads to the reservoir. Check out the reviews here. I spent a weekend in Osmotherly a few years ago in a cottage with some other bloggers. It’s the cutest place out in the sticks!

Ruebury Lane, Osmotherley, North Yorkshire, DL6 3AW.

Swinsty Reservoir

This 3-mile walk is another place with incredible views. This is a great place to walk all year round, but the colours you can see during autumn are amazing. Find out more.

Swinsty & Fewston Reservoir Car Park, North Yorkshire, LS21 2NP.

Sutton Bank 

The views around Sutton Bank are amazing! I’ve been here many times and it is such a beautiful location. This is a great place to spend a day, check out the website and plan your trip.

Sutton Bank, Thirsk YO7 2EH

Hardcastle Crags Mill Walk

Take in the views of Hebden Beck and then wander up the riverside path to Gibson Mill – there’s so much beauty and history in this area. This walk is about 3-miles long. Find out more.

Midgehole Car Park, Midgehole Road, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 7AL

Bolton Abbey

I have such a thing for old abbey ruins and the ruins of Bolton Abbey are spectacular! There are three walks you can do here:

  • Bolton Abbey Village to Cavendish Pavilion – 2 miles
  • Cavendish Pavilion to Barden Bridge – 4.7 miles
  • Bolton Abbey to Hare Head – 7 miles

Find out more here.

Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD236EX

Brimham Boundary Walk

This 3.5-mile walk has so much to it! There’s incredible landmarks, moorlands, beautiful woodlands and more. Find out more here.

Brimham Rocks car park, Summerbridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 4DW.

May Beck and Falling Foss Circular

This is a 2-mile walk with both woodland scenery and waterfalls! This is a great walk for families and should only take about an hour and a half. Find out more here.

May Beck Car Park, Sneaton, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 5JE.

Flamborough Head

Out to sea now for this 7-mile walk. This one is challenging but gives you amazing views over the cliffs and coastal area! Check out the full walk here.

Bridlington YO15 1AR

Have you every been on any of these autumn walks in Yorkshire?


  1. I havenโ€™t! But Iโ€™ve done tons in and around Sheffield and the peaks I definitely recommend checking out the longley estate and chatsworth house and gardens if youโ€™re over this way

  2. These look and sound like great places to invest in the autumn experience. The photographs look stunning. Thank you for sharing your suggestions.


  3. You’ve got some beautiful pictures on here ๐Ÿ™‚ I do love the sound of all of these, but I’m with you, I love old ruins too, so Bolton Abbey would be right up my street. Me and my camera would be in heaven! Great post ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Iโ€™ve never been to Yorkshire so Iโ€™m unfortunately not familiar with any of these places but they sound like great autumnal walks. Your orange coat is perfect for the current weather. I need to go on some more interesting walks – if I could find them around here!

  5. One of the sad things about not living in a big city is there are no parks to walk in! The fall colors make for particularly lovely woodland strolls right about now, though, so I take deer walks instead of park walks.
    Thanks for sharing some of the amazing parks and reservoirs in Yorkshire! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. A bit too far from me, but I would love to do any of these walks. Maybe I will do one, on a day-trip later in the month. Hopefully the weather will be nice too.

  7. I haven’t as we aren’t near Yorkshire however I’m now tempted to take a trip for some of these! Maybe later in the month! Thanks for the recommendations x

  8. Okay, this coat is gorgeous – I just love the colour! These walks sound brilliant, and a few not too far from some family, so I’m going to add some of these!

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