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Yorkshire offers some of the most beautiful dog-friendly walks and hidden gems across the UK! We’ve picked our top 10 Yorkshire walks featured on our K9 Nation app to help you decide where to visit this summer. On our app you can find more details and reviews of your favourite walks and hikes all across the UK. Check out some of our top picks and let us where you’ll be visiting first.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
West Bretton, Wakefield, WF43 4LG
Visit this beautiful open-air gallery in Wakefield, just a few miles out from Leeds! This 500 acre park shows work by British and International artists and is a fantastic choice for arty-types. There is a large car park on site and toilets available in the visitor centre as well as the cafe! Be mindful that whilst the Sculpture Park is dog-friendly, dogs are not permitted in all areas of the park and they must be kept on a short lead at all times!
Best Features - This park features work by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth!
Horton-in-Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire, BD24 0HE
Pen-y-ghent is a beautiful circular walk up to one of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks. The whole route takes 2-3 hours and you can choose between a gentler walk or a more challenging hike. There is paid parking available and a cafe down in Horton-in-Ribblesdale where the route starts!
Best Features - The views from the submit are spectacular!
Ogden Water Local Nature Reserve, HX2 8YA
Ogden Water is a beautiful local nature reserve at the heart of West Yorkshire. It’s a popular destination for picnics, family outings and feeding the ducks and the perfect spot for a little escapism!
Best Feature - The reservoir won Yorkshire's Favorite Reservoir in 2018 so it’s definitely one to check out!
Marske-by-the-Sea, TS11 7NF
This beach is predominantly sand and is beautiful and wide, especially when the tide is out! Marske Sands is hugely popular with water sports fans, it’s dog-friendly all year round and there are free parking options and eateries a little further into the town!
Best Feature - A must visit spot for windsurfing, swimming, boating and fishing!
Austerfield Mosaic Reserve
South Yorkshire, DN10 6RG
This reserve is a 70 acre former sand quarry gifted with it’s ‘mosaic’ name because of the unique mixture of habitats that exist there! Dog’s must be kept under control, especially during bird season but it’s a great place to explore if you’re in need of some variety.
Best Feature - The biodiversity here is really something to be marvelled at!
Langsett, Sheffield, S36 4GY
Langsett Reservoir, situated on the north eastern edge of the Peak District National Park, combines woodland views with views of the moorland and reservoir. There are toilet facilities available and pubs and cafes en route!
Best Feature - Cyclists and horses are welcome on this route and it’s a great visit for bird watchers for the varieties treecreepers, woodpeckers and owls!
80 Higher Coach Rd, Saltaire, Baildon, Shipley, BD17 5RH
Roberts Park is a beautiful country park open 24 hours a day all year round. This is a great choice for families as the route is flat and wheelchair and pushchair friendly. There is a children’s playground and picnic areas and the historic Half Moon Cafe is situated at the heart of the park offering a wide range of food options.
Best Feature - The park hosts events all year round so check on their website ahead of time and see what’s on!
Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre, Church Bank, Aysgarth, Leyburn DL8 3TH
The Aysgarth Falls are a North Yorkshire must-see! Situated on the River Ure this circular walk takes you through St Joseph’s Wood and then out into the open countryside, finishing in some amazing vantage points for views of the three-stepped falls. These falls have tons of history, having been a favorite of historic figures such as Woodsworth and was also featured on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves!
Best Feature - The falls are the clear stand out here
Newmillerdam Country Park
Newmillerdam, Wakefield WF2 6QQ
Visit this beautiful country park in West Yorkshire! Your route can be lengthened or shortened depending on how far you want to walk and the mixed-leaf woodland and lake views offer a spectacular breath of fresh air. There are several pubs and cafes at the beginning, end and en route so if you fancy a gentle walk with your dog and a bite to eat in the dog-friendly Boathouse Cafe then this is the destination for you!
Best Feature - This walk is very accessible for all members of the family!
Wakefield, WF3 1EE
This is a great circular walk in East Ardsley, Leeds. The footpath is flat and wide and makes for a perfect running route. You can start the walk from the free car park and enjoy the 45 minutes steady walk round. There’s even an off-the-lead area so your dog can blow off some steam whilst you take in the gorgeous views!