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WELCOME The title of our booklet says it all. Yorkshire’s GREAT Outdoors! With three National Parks, three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Pennines and a stunning coastline, we have all the natural ingredients to thrill every kind of outdoor enthusiast; the only thing missing is you. So why not make the most of your precious free time with an action packed break in Yorkshire’s outdoor adventure playground. Whether you are on your annual holiday, a short break or breaking with tradition and visiting Yorkshire for the first time, I am sure you will be both amazed by what you discover and inspired enough to return again. Welcome once again to Yorkshire’s Great Outdoors. May your lifelong adventure start here!

Gary Verity, Chief Executive, Welcome to Yorkshire For more ideas and to plan your Year of Adventure in Yorkshire, go to Contents 4 On Foot 12 Rocksports 18 On Water 22 On Wheels 30 Country Pursuits 32 Naturally Yorkshire 34 Airsports 36 Easy Access

FOREWORD Yorkshire goes by many fine names: the Broad Acres, the Wild Ridings, even God’s Own County. And nicknames aren’t spawned – and don’t stick without good reason. Yorkshire fully justifies all its pseudonyms (well, I can’t speak for God, but I’m pretty sure he’s keen). It is mind-bogglingly diverse, with an adventure for every heart that wants to see more, do more, or reach further. I can prove it: stand on the top of Ingleborough, mightiest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, surveying an almost infinite land of mountains and moorland ripe for exploration on foot. Then another day, scramble across the gritstone of the Peak District above Sheffield, feeling the friendly, sturdy rock beneath your fingers and hearing it call you onwards and upwards. Or descend into the cave-systems of Dentdale and explore the vast labyrinths beneath Yorkshire’s limestone skin. Some other day, pedal into one of the best natural rollercoasters on Earth – the serpentine cycle paths of Dalby Forest. Then stand on the coast at Filey Brigg and feel the foam of the North Sea crashing around you. These landscapes couldn’t look more different, but they’re all Yorkshire. I’ve come to Yorkshire seeking many different things: excitement, tranquillity, escape, friendship; a new thrill and the perfect pub to follow it. I’ve found all of them – many times over – and I think you will, too. Whatever nickname you give it, Yorkshire is simply: a great adventure.

Vincent Crump, Editor, Country Walking Magazine

Front cover image: Gordale Scar, Malham, North Yorkshire image © Country Walking Magazine.



On foot

Walkers on Cleveland Way, Hasty Bank - photo by Mike Kipling.


There’s a lot to do – so best foot forward On foot is one of the best ways to explore our varied landscapes, stunning scenery, historical sites and legendary landmarks. Whether you’re out for a stroll, a hike or picking up the pace a little with a fell run or adventure race, Yorkshire is made for exploring on foot.


T  he Turner Trails JMW Turner was one of Britain’s greatest landscape painters, and for much of his life, Yorkshire was his inspiration. Follow in his footsteps and rediscover some of the 70 places and scenes immortalised in his art with our self-guided walking trails. You can find the walks at www.yorkshire. com/turnerdownloads

Hardraw Force, North Yorkshire.


On foot

EXPLORING YORKSHIRE’S GREAT OUTDOORS Three world-famous National Parks, three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, wide sweeps of open heather moorland, rolling hills, rugged coastline and stunning views around every turn. Yorkshire is made for walking. We’re lucky to have four of Britain’s finest National Trails here in Yorkshire. So take your pick. The Cleveland Way follows the edge of the North York Moors National Park from Helmsley to the dramatic coast. The Yorkshire Wolds Way rambles through peaceful fields and over gentle chalk-hills. Or for something more strenuous, The Pennine Way strides through the Yorkshire Dales on its mammoth journey from the Peak District to Scotland. Or maybe the purpose built Pennine Bridleway is your kind of walk? One of the best things about these trails, apart from the amazing scenery, is how easy it is to sample them. Try a Trail routes are short day routes that take in highlights, without the need to do all the miles. The Yorkshire Dales also offers a bounty of fantastic walks for everyone. Some of the best family routes are at Aysgarth Falls that takes in a series of breathtaking waterfalls and the gem of a walk to Mill Gill Force and Whitfield Gill Force from Askrigg. Those looking for something a little more bracing are spoilt for choice too. A Dales High Way is a challenging long distance route which starts in the World Heritage village of Saltaire. It’s an exhilarating 90 mile walk across the glorious high country of the Yorkshire Dales, returning on the fabulous Settle-Carlisle railway. Follow the river Esk from its source high on the North York Moors, to the


coast at Whitby on the beautiful 35 mile Esk Valley Walk, while the 48 mile Tabular Hills Walk will take you from the charming market town of Helmsley along the Tabular Hills with its stunning view across the moors to the coast at Scarborough. Perfect for a long weekend. Or how about trying one of Yorkshire Water’s walking routes? The trail around Digley Reservoir, near Holmfirth, is an invigorating 4.9 mile walk along lanes, fields and over open moorland. While in nearby Hebden Bridge, the country’s first Walkers are Welcome town, visitors can enjoy several waymarked routes. Yorkshire is now home to many more Walkers are Welcome towns, proof that our county is a real walker’s paradise.

Finding your way around our great outdoors Exploring the unmistakable beauty of our county is easy for families, casual walkers and serious hikers. Whatever you’re looking for, here’s a little help to find your way. A range of walks, from gentle strolls to hearty hikes and the Try a Trail series, can be downloaded from If you’d like to hone your navigational skills, then why not go on a course from one of these experienced instructors? River Mountain Experience 01677 426112 TeamWalking 01423 871750 Where2Walk 07824 304060


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On foot Black Sheep Boots and Beer Walking Festival, September What could be better than a weekend of great walks, beautiful countryside, fantastic beer and excellent entertainment? Just one of the many fabulous walking festivals you’ll find throughout the county. •Pickering Walking Festival, April •ride2stride Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival, May •Otley Walking Festival June/July •South Pennines Walk & Ride Festival September •Pateley Bridge Walking Festival September •Richmond Walking & Book Festival September/October 3 Peaks Fell Race, April Get ready for the toughest fell race across 24 of the most rugged miles. The annual 3 Peaks Race is not for the faint-hearted. Taking in the famous Yorkshire Dales mountains of Pen-yghent, Ingleborough and Whernside, whether you fancy a challenge or want to support the runners, don’t miss this fantastic spectacle. Keeping the Three Peaks beautiful – with a little help from our friends Around 250,000 visitors explore the Three Peaks area every year, putting heavy demands on its footpaths. The Friends of the Three Peaks are individuals and organisations who want to protect and enhance this special area. Anyone wanting to become a ‘Friend’ can join for a small fee at uk/threepeaks. You’ll receive regular newsletters, invitations to Friends Walks and have the opportunity to get involved in looking after the Three Peaks paths.

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Cross Keys Inn, Thixendale Traditional village pub in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds well placed on local walks and the Wolds Way and offering cask ales, home made food and Bed and Breakfast. 01377 288272

Osmotherley ramble 4.8 miles (7.8km) – moderate circular walk Walking from Square Corner

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8 Osmotherley ramble Start Square Corner car park. (Alternative start from Osmotherley)




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Distance 4.8 miles (7.8 km) Height Gain 754 ft (230m) Terrain A mixture of stone slab and pitched paths over moorland, grass fields and occasional muddy paths through woodland. Some road walking and some stone squeeze stiles and gates en route.


Time 3 hours Refreshments and public toilets Café, pubs and toilets at Osmotherley How to get there Square Corner is 2.5 miles south west of Osmotherley on the minor road for Hawnby. There is a railway station at Northallerton and regular bus links to Osmotherley. Osmotherley is also served by the Moorsbus network. For details visit



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Osmotherley ramble 4.8 miles (7.8km) – moderate circular walk Walking from Square Corner

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Here’s a great way to appreciate the moorland fringe of the North York Moors, combined with the delightful village of Osmotherley Osmotherley

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Osmotherley’s trademark appearance is a picture postcard scene of a market cross and stone table on the small village green at the T-junction of its two main roads. It has been a haven for holidaymakers and day trippers for over a hundred years and boasts three pubs, a café and a walking shop to satisfy active visitors. One of the highlights of the village year is the holding of the Osmotherley Summer Games.

At the start of your walk you will follow stone slabs and steps that were part of an award-winning scheme of path restoration in the 1990s. In all about 8 miles of the Cleveland Way was restored following extensive damage caused by walking on the vulnerable peat surface. This section won an award for the quality of work carried out to blend the surfacing into the natural surroundings.

Hambleton Drove Road When you walk the tranquil road near Chequers it is hard to imagine how busy the Hambleton Drove Road would have been in its heyday in the 18th and 19th centuries. Many cattle and even geese, sometimes with felt pads to protect their feet, were driven along this route from Scotland to Yorkshire towns and some eventually to London.

Osmotherley ramble route profile

Walking from Square Corner 1F  rom the Square Corner parking area join the Cleveland Way heading west, signed for Osmotherley. 2 At the bottom of the moor, continue on the obvious track that passes Oak Dale Reservoir. 3 Turn left along the road and after about 30 metres go right onto a track still on the Cleveland Way. 4P  ass the field gate and turn left at the squeeze stile a few metres after and head towards White House Farm. 5T  urn right on the path that bypasses the farm and drop down and then across the bottom of the valley.


6 Cross the bridge and continue on the Cleveland Way up the side of the wood and then through the fields towards Osmotherley. 7A  t the road cross straight over and follow Back Lane into the village centre. 8 Turn right and up the main road in Osmotherley, carry on beyond the Cleveland Way turn off. Join the route here if arriving by public transport. 9T  urn right and down the private road signed for the YHA and campsite. 10 J  ust past the hostel turn left up a path along the woodland edge.

11 G  o through the gate marked for Cod Beck and follow the path through the forest block. 12 The path meets a T junction, with a derelict building on the left. Go right here. 13 Go straight across at the two gates by Bad Lane. 14 Turn left off the lane after passing Rocky Plain Farm and head up the field. 15 Beyond the farm turn left and onto the farms access road. 16 At the top turn right onto the Hambleton Drove Road. 17C  ontinue along the road to return to Square Corner.



Professional sport climber Steve McClure, mastering Overshadow, on the limestone crags of Malham, North Yorkshire © Keith Sharples.


Discover Yorkshire’s great ups and downs Looking for adventure on the rocks, or even under the rocks, it’s all here. With the Pennines, North York Moors, Dales, Peak District and dramatic coastline, welcome to rocksports heaven. There are climbs, caves and challenges for everyone from beginners to experts.

Some of the UK’s best limestone sport climbing and gritstone bouldering can be found in Yorkshire. And even if the weather is against you, there’s always a climbing wall nearby to test your technique. Climbing in Yorkshire is not only a great way to test your skill and nerve, it’s also an amazing way to see our stunning county from a whole new perspective. From the weird and wonderful formations at Brimham Rocks, in Nidderdale, to landmark features, such as the Cow and Calf in Ilkley, boring is never an option.


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Rocksports Serious climbers will love Malham Cove and nearby Gordale Scar. The magnificent steep crag at Kilnsey, the ravine of Trow Gill, Giggleswick and Robin Proctor’s Scar are also must-scale faces. Castlebergh Crag, above Settle is also well worth a climb, with 24 fully bolted routes. And if you’re looking for everything in one place, try Almscliff. It has over 180 climbs and world-class bouldering all packed onto one hillside. You don’t have to climb high to get your kicks. Yorkshire’s other great bouldering locations prove just that. Crookrise and Scugdale offer some excellent options. With boulders of all grades, Earl Crag is one of Yorkshire’s finest venues with overhangs and lips in abundance. The Peak District has plenty of challenges up its sleeve too. Burbage North is home to one of the area’s great routes, Long Tall Sally. And one of the Peak’s best kept secrets (until now) is Rivelin Edge. A superb sheltered spot with many formidable features. CLIMBING WALLS Trying your hand for the first time or perfecting your technique, Yorkshire’s climbing walls are ready and waiting. The Leeds Wall in Leeds and Harrogate Climbing Centre are great places to test your handholds and footwork. The ROKT Climbing Gym in Brighouse is the newest addition to Yorkshire’s collection, creating a state of the art facility from an old flour mill. HIGH WIRE A brave challenge for thrill seekers is the Via Ferrata at How Stean Gorge. Traverse rock walls, wade through gushing water, abseil off a bridge and slide through waterspouts. Bring out your inner ape and swing through the trees at Go Ape! in Dalby Forest, or find the ultimate treetop adventure at Log Heights, tucked away in the grounds of Ripley Castle near Harrogate.


Bouldering at Sharp Haw, North Yorkshire.

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival March A line up of the best adventure films, including some amazing climbing movies, all in one place, all in one weekend. Don’t miss it. Overground Underground, Ingleton May/June Family friendly exploration in and around Ingleborough. Caves are the big draw here, but expect to experience the landscape above and below, with guided walks, inspirational talks, have-a-go sessions, demonstrations and exhibitions. Cliffhanger July The UK’s biggest outdoor event for outdoor people, with plenty for rocksports fans, Sheffield’s Cliffhanger is a must.


Rocksports CAVING

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GOING UNDERGROUND Exploring the caves in our county takes knowledge, experience and the right kit. The best way to access all this is by contacting one of Yorkshire’s many outdoor instructors or activity centres, all with licensed well-qualified guides. As you’d expect in an area so abundant in caves, there are plenty to choose from. Above & Below Clapham, North Yorkshire 01524 251011 White Scar show cave, Nr Ingleton, North Yorkshire.

SHOW CAVES Want to try caving but not sure where to begin? Try a show cave. These offer guided underground adventures that don’t involve crawling around on your hands and knees. The Yorkshire Dales has three to try, including Britain’s longest at White Scar Cave, near Ingleton. This subterranean landscape is beautifully lit, with gushing streams, waterfalls, exotic cave formations, and a huge ice-age cavern adorned with thousands of stalactites. It’s the perfect introduction to Yorkshire’s underground treasures. Ingleborough Cave is reached from Clapham, before a walkway takes you over half a kilometre into the mountain while Stump Cross Caverns, situated high on the moors above Grassington, offers a fascinating insight into the unique geology of the area. Both are proud members of the Association of British and Irish Show Caves, which encourages enjoyment and protection of these special under world sites.


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Rocksports Routes

Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire.

As with so many things, Yorkshire has great contrast in what it offers for rock climbers. Many people take advantage of the superb indoors climbing walls, such as those at Harrogate, Brighouse, Leeds and Sheffield, to learn how to climb, improve their skills and to train for the next climbing season. Once outside the choice is simple as two rock types dominate the area offering very different climbing limestone or gritstone. On limestone you then need to decide between sport climbing where you clip bolts in the same way as at a climbing wall, or to go traditional and place your own protection. On gritstone the choice is between traditional climbing or bouldering. Many people choose the simple and pure approach of bouldering, which is climbing short routes without ropes, although traditional climbing is still very popular.

Yorkshire’s Big Three The Yorkshire Dales contains the limestone cliffs of the ‘big three’ - Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Kilnsey Crag. They provide some of the best and hardest sport climbing to be found any where in Europe. Malham, North Yorkshire Malham is a huge amphitheatre with great mid-grade trad routes to the hardest sport climbs in the country. Malham is popular all year round with climbers and walkers alike. The Cove is a SSSI so special care should be taken when visiting. Gordale Scar, North Yorkshire Gordale Scar is an impressive gorge with towering cliffs and a tumbling waterfall at its heart. Classic traditional climbs such as Face Route as well as harder sport climbs like Pierrepoint (F7c+) climb the massive overhanging walls deep within the gorge. Kilnsey, North Yorkshire Kilnsey is famous for its overhanging profile which dominates this part of Wharfedale. Routes range from F6c to F9a and are the best to be found anywhere at their grade.



Rocksports Routes

Comedy © Keith Sharples.

Flying Arete © Keith Sharples.

Killer © Keith Sharples.

Kilnsey, North Yorkshire

Almscliff, North Yorkshire

Slipstones, North Yorkshire

Number of routes 160

Number of routes 110 + bouldering

Rock Type Limestone

Rock Type Gritstone

Number of routes c. 120 short routes and boulders

Climbing Style Sport and traditional climbing with some bouldering

Climbing Style Traditional climbing and bouldering

Aspect Overhanging throughout and faces east, so gets the morning sun. Normally stays dry even when it is raining although it seeps badly in the winter.

Aspect High on top of the northern ridge of Lower Wharfedale, Almscliff is visible for miles.

How to get there Take the B6160 north from Skipton, and Kilnsey appears by the roadside 4km north of Grassington. There is a large lay-by for parking just past the crag, where there is usually a tea wagon. Refreshment & public toilets The Tennant Arms is next door and there is a café at the trout farm.

How to get there Just off the main Otley-Harrogate road (A658) near Huby, some 8kms south-west of Harrogate. Refreshment & public toilets Otley and Harrogate Featured climb Flying Arete (Font 6b)

Rock Type Gritstone Climbing Style Traditional climbing and bouldering Aspect High on the north edge of Colsterdale. How to get there From Masham head through Healey and into Colsterdale. Refreshment & public toilets The ‘real ale’ pubs in the local villages are not to be missed Featured climb Killer (E4 6b)

Featured climb Comedy (F7c)




Discover Yorkshire’s wet and wild side Fast flowing rivers, tranquil canals, vast expanses of open water and mile after mile of coastline, it’s no surprise many watersports enthusiasts flock to Yorkshire. Serious sailors, havea-go surfers and first-time fishermen will all be in their element here. So let’s dive in.

SURF’S UP Wetsuits at the ready because Yorkshire has some great surf beaches. The varied coastline throws up some great surfing conditions that are largely rock-free and free from crowds too. So, thanks to the great facilities, easy access, and of course tempting waves, surfing in the county has never been as popular. So where to surf? Or should that be where to surf first? Scarborough’s North and South Bay have nice rolling beach breaks and are gentle enough for beginners to try. A popular spot for long boarders, low to mid tides offer bigger surf for the more experienced. Another favourite spot is Cayton Bay. A quiet and unspoilt bay, with great facilities, it offers some of the county’s best surfing, especially in winter and springtime, from two key surfing locations. The Point offers left handed waves that hold a big swell, and is for experienced surfers only, while the Pump House breaks at mid to low tide with fast moving waves. For something a little more fast and furious, experienced kite surfers will find some great spots with ideal wind and wave conditions.

Joss Wescombe masters the Scarborough surf.



If you’re new to surfin g, or in need of a little extra tuition, the team at Fluid Concept in Scarboro ugh includes one of the most experien ced surf instructors around. And if you fan cy something a little different, Fluid Conc ept can help you try your hand at stand up paddle boarding. Standing on a long an d stable surfboard, propel yourself with a long-handled padd le. It’s a great way to see our amazing coastline and brilliant if you wa nt to spend more tim e out of the water than in it. PADDLES UP Yorkshire has some excellent rivers and can cater for fla t water paddling to Grade 3+ white wa ter. Our extensive network of canals an d rugged coastline also offer some of the best canoeing and kayaking aroun d. The river Washburn joins up a number of large reservoirs in the area. Dry for much of the year, but for 30 glorious days the dam is released purel y for your canoeing pleasure. The 2.4km of Grade 2-3, fast flowing water betwee n Thruscross Reservo ir and Fewston Reservo ir is the only damrelease facility in Engla nd and is one of the most important competition sites in the country. Canoeing in Yorkshire © Sam Atkins


On Water The Washburn is also perfect for your first white water raftin g experience, face your fear on Yorkshir e’s wildest water with Xperience Adventur e. You can learn canoeing basics in a safe and controlled setting on the scenic river Esk with Blue Frog Adventure. Or ho w about trying your hand at Canadian can oeing? It’s an idyllic laid-back way to exp lore our waterways. Stable, roomy and wit h plenty of space for a friend or two, a pic nic and even campin g equipment. If this sou nds more you, River Mountain Experience offer one day boat handling courses to ge t you started. Lovers of saltwater act ion will be impressed by the variety and qu ality of sea kayaking off Yorkshire’s coast. Sw eeping sandy beaches provide plenty of sur f and this beautiful coastline is home to some impressive sights . Viewing over 200,000 sea birds nesting on Bempton Cliffs from your kayak or canoe simply can’t be beate n, while for geological drama, the massive cliff s of Flamborough Head have spectacular caves, which may require a torch to be fully explored. On Water Adventures Coasteering now ava ilable in Yorkshire! Abseil down cliffs, tra verse the coastline and leap int o rock pools, for an incredibly fun day out with Rock Steady Adventure. Check out Flow House indoor surfing centre, located at Xscap e Yorkshire in Castleford. The FlowR ider sheet wave simulator is a great wa y to learn or experience Hawaiian-st yle waves whilst perfecting your skills. Give it a try…bet you love it! Waterways and canals The Aire & Calder Navigation and Leeds & Liverpool Canal are gre at places to explore, including the spectacular Bingley Five-Rise Lo cks. Cruise along at the helm of your ow n narrowboat or sit back and relax on the luxurious Lady Teal boutique ho tel boat. With ensuite facilities and sumptuous dinners, there’s no ne ed to compromise aboard this boat.



It’s plain sailing here The wind in your sails or a fish on your line? Everyone can get their kicks from Yorkshire’s rivers, reservoirs and coastline. So if you fancy ditching the paddles altogether, there’s still plenty of other great watersports to get excited about. SAILING AND WINDSURFING If sailing and windsurfing is your thing, Yorkshire is your kind of place. Our rich variety of sailing venues combine the best facilities with the most stunning views as your backdrop.



Watersports FISHING Grab your tackle and take your pick from our freshwater rivers, deep still lakes and reservoirs, varied coast and network of waterways - all teeming with fish. Still water fishing

Sailing (left) and windsurfing (above) in Yorkshire.

If you’ve got your own sailing boat or windsurfer and are looking for a great day out on the water, try Lake Semerwater, the largest glacial lake in North Yorkshire. Set amongst the high and imposing hills of the Yorkshire Dales, and with easy access to the lake from the large car park, it’s the perfect spot for watersports enthusiasts. For exciting off shore sailing, look no further than Runswick Bay and Filey. While windsurfers looking to take full advantage of the exhilarating Yorkshire coastline are spoilt for choice too. With lots of wide open coastal waters, regular wind and great access to some amazing beaches, particularly around the Fraisthorpe area, experienced windsurfers can be racing around the water in no time. European Open Beach Championship, March The biggest three-day fishing festival in Europe, this Bridlington based bash attracts stars of shore angling from all over the UK and Europe to Yorkshire’s coast. UK Pro Surf Tour, Scarborough, October A great surfing weekend festival, with skateboarding, live music, drive-in movies and much much more. An extreme sports extravaganza not to be missed.


There’s an abundance of great still water fishing available throughout Yorkshire. In fact, Yorkshire Water manages some of the best fisheries in the north of England. Damflask Reservoir in the stunning Peak District National Park boasts a coarse and pike fishery. Another excellent place to fish is the Washburn Valley. Here the Fewston, Swinsty and Thruscross reservoirs offer superb trout fishing in idyllic rural settings. A great option in the Yorkshire Dales is Kilnsey Park, where children can have a first attempt at fishing in the fun pond, while two spring fed lakes offer year round fly fishing for trout. Shore and sea fishing With the sound of the sea birds and lapping waves, shore fishing is a great way to not only get a bite, but also get back to nature. Whitby East and West Piers and Scarborough’s quiet Pier and Marine Drive are great locations to cast off and wait for that big one. Sandsend has both sand and rocks to fish from and the scenic Staithes exposes large areas of flat rock during low tide, proving perfect platforms from which to fish. If you fancy some night time fishing, the first hour of flood tide at Scalby Ness is a real treat. Inspired by what the fishing boats bring in? Then take your rod and try your hand at North Sea fishing. Boats can be hired from Scarborough, Whitby and Bridlington harbours and with plenty of professional fishermen around, you’ll never be short of advice.



Get on your bike Yorkshire is made for exploring by bike. Quiet country roads, byways, a network of cycle paths and some fantastic mountain bike trails. There’s a lot to see and do, so get on your bike and discover Yorkshire from your saddle.

Tough trails at Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire.



On Wheels

Cycling in Reeth Low Moor, Swaledale, North Yorkshire © Dales Bike Centre.

WELCOME TO MOUNTAIN BIKE HEAVEN From twisting technical singletrack to ‘hold on for dear life’ downhills and thigh burning climbs, Yorkshire is just one big playground for the serious mountain biker. Both the Moors and the Dales are prime mountain biking country. There are over 1,600 km of bridleways, byways and green lanes to explore, all in remote, unspoilt countryside. The Dales are famous for their fast stone based bridleways and limestone plateaus while the Moors have some of best singletrack in England. Gems include Mastilles Lane (between Kilnsey and Malham), Fremington Edge in Swaledale, and around Rosedale on the North York Moors.

The Pennine Bridleway is one of the newest and most picturesque National Trails. The first purpose built trail of its kind, it’s well signposted and maintained, which means you don’t have to be a serious mountain biker to enjoy some of our finest mountain bike country. Open sections include the 47 mile Mary Towneley Loop, which runs close to Todmorden and the Settle Loop in the Yorkshire Dales. This 10 mile loop takes in the area’s stunning limestone scenery. New sections in the Dales will be opening soon. Keep an eye on our website for news. The rest of the Pennines are obviously a natural magnet for bikers in search of big adventure. Try Calderdale’s Moors above Hebden Bridge and Todmorden. It’s only for the committed but the stunning scenery is worth the effort. There’s even something for the CycloCross fan too. The 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross in the Yorkshire Dales National Park is the toughest and biggest Cyclo-Cross event in the UK. Held at the end of September and starting from Helwith Bridge near Settle, it covers 38 miles of Yorkshire’s most challenging and rewarding terrain.

You’ll also find purpose-built mountain bike trails in Stainburn, Guisborough and of course, the superb Dalby Forest, with miles of expertly sculpted technical singletrack that tempts you to ride all day. Home of the 2011 Mountain Bike Cross Country World Cup course, this will provide a challenge for even the most experienced riders, if you’ve got the skills and the legs. Family cycling in the Yorkshire Wolds, East Yorkshire.



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Perfect biking bases Exploring Yorkshire by bike? There are a number of fantastic places to base yourself. All right in the heart of great MTB country. Gone Mountain Biking (01751 475111) and Big Bear Bikes (01751 474220), both in Pickering, are run by bike nuts and specialise in guided rides and skills instruction. With Dalby Forest right on their doorstep, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore this amazing area. Cycle Yorkshire (01904 624009) organises all inclusive, relaxing cycle tours around the historic city of York and surrounding countryside. Nestled in the Yorkshire Dales, Dales Bike Centre (01748 884908) is an ideal base. The accommodation, café (with legendary cakes), bike shop and workshop were built by cyclists for cyclists. Enjoying the singletrack at Gunnerside Gill in Swaledale, North Yorkshire © Dales Bike Centre.

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Hit the Hills (07540 647227) run weekends in the Dales with a difference. With a trained chef onboard, it’s more than just a place to bike and sleep. MTB Cycle Yorkshire (07958 130712) offer skills courses, guided rides, weekends away and bike hire around West Yorkshire. Going to the dogs Become a ‘musher’ and enjoy the exhilaration of being pulled along by Pesky Husky’s powerful huskies - and you don’t even need snow. Treks run between October and March, while Pesky Husky Hikes are available year round ; a visitor centre is opening summer 2012 too.



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Yorkshire’s not all flat out Sticking to the tracks, country lanes and cycle paths doesn’t mean missing out on great biking opportunities. Road cyclists, tourers and those who just want to take it easy and take in the view are well catered for too. The Cinder Track is one of the most spectacular traffic-free trails in the north, following the disused railway line from Whitby to Scarborough alongside Yorkshire’s Heritage Coast. It’s also part of the Moor to Sea Cycle Network with over 100 miles of quiet lanes and rights of way right across the North York Moors National Park. Try the newest leg - using forest tracks and part of the old Rosedale railway line, it links Easby on the western fringes with Dalby Forest. Along its 34 miles, there’s one tough climb up to the moor top, rewarded with a stunning view. The rest is fairly easy and can be split into smaller sections for those looking for a more leisurely pedal. The Yorkshire Wolds also offers some inspired and rewarding routes. Don’t miss Big Skies Bike Rides or the new 146 mile

Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route that take in the rolling chalk hills, long views and of course, big skies. The 170 well-signed miles of the Way of the Roses Cycle Route between Morecambe and Bridlington Bays, rolls through the Forest of Bowland, Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale, the Vale of York and Yorkshire Wolds, all along cycle paths, country lanes and quieter roads. Just follow the distinctive blue signs bearing red and white roses. Or how about the Calder Valley Cycleway? This picturesque 14 mile route between Sowerby Bridge and Warland is fun for everyone. The well constructed paths, quiet roads, sections of canal towpath and collections of public art en route all make for a great ride. The Trans Pennine Trail is well worth getting on your bike for. Mainly off road, but not off the beaten track, the route weaves in and out of our county’s major urban centres, and makes great use of our post-industrial waterways, giving you a unique perspective of Yorkshire. Etape du Dales, Grassington, May Are you ready for one of the toughest cycling challenges around? This gruelling cyclospotive event, is about pitting yourself against this 175km long route with around 3,500m of climbing. With some gradients hitting 1:4 (25%), it’s not for everyone, but just think of the satisfaction of completing one of the hardest events of its kind in the country. York Cycle Show, June Held at York Racecourse, there’s something for all cyclists at this great weekend festival. With shows and exhibitions, entertainment, organised rides and a grand parade through the city, it’s one not to be missed.

Etape du Dales cycle ride, North Yorkshire.



Settle for a biking epic 10 miles (16km) – intermediate circular ride Content and information provided by Natural England

Free the spirit on this lovely upland loop with its far-reaching views across a rolling Yorkshire Dales landscape, studded with fascinating limestone features. Specially created paths provide a fresh challenge for walkers, horse riders and mountain bikers.

Settle Loop Start The market place in Settle grid ref. SD 819636 Distance 10 miles (16 km) Height Gain 1608 ft (490 m) Some steep slopes. Terrain A mixture of grass paths, limestone outcrops, grass/gravel paths and tarmac lanes. Time 4.75 hours on foot 1.5 – 2.5 hours by bike Refreshments & public toilets Shops, cafés, tearooms, pubs and public toilets in Settle How to get there Settle is just off the A65 between Skipton and Kendal. Park in town. Trains from Leeds, Bradford and Carlisle: Buses from Skipton, Ingleton, Clitheroe: or phone 0871 200 22 33




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Settle for a biking epic 10 miles (16km) – intermediate circular ride Content and information provided by Natural England

Cass Gilbert explains why the Settle Loop on the Pennine Bridleway is the perfect destination for mountain-bikers who like their scenery on an epic scale. Situated to the south west, the market town of Settle is, as the name suggests, home to the Settle Loop, the first segment of the gargantuan Pennine Bridleway to be completed in the Yorkshire Dales. This off-road route will eventually travel 560km along England’s spine, from the High Peak Trail in Derbyshire to Byrness in Northumberland. Aimed at bikers, horse riders and walkers, the Settle Loop is 16km and makes a great introduction to the Dales: empty backroads, cobbled dirt lanes, a lungbusting climb, oodles of fast grassy trails and an idyllic tarn, too. What’s more, it’s an all-weather ride - helped, for instance, by some 3,500 tonnes of stone which was airlifted to Malham Moor to patch up a section once almost impossible to cross after heavy rain. Dales terrain is challenging, and includes plenty of tough cobbly limestone tracks that once served the area’s mines. In fact, everywhere you go begins with a climb, but at least you finish with a descent. Local riders recommend running tyres on the firm side to avoid

pinch flats, and keeping an eye out for the limestone after rainfall, as it can get treacherously slippery. But limestone is porous, so the area drains well – though watch out for peat bogs after heavy rain, and be prepared for bleak conditions in mid winter. This said, while much of the riding is exposed, it’s not too high, and if conditions are dire, there’s always a quick escape route to valley villages such as Austwick, Long Preston and Stainforth. The Settle Loop is signposted and starts at GR819 636. It’s 16km long and kicks in with a meaty tarmac climb, and then a traditional drovers’ trail with some technical runs. There’s a good chance to see limestone pavements too, with far reaching views to Malham Tarn. The final descent into Settle is a cracker, a sinew of fast singletrack across the hillside, and a sharp descent back into town. Riding time is 1.5-2.5 hours, and you can extend the loop to take in idyllic Malham Tarn too, adding another 5km.

Settle Loop route profile

Starting at Settle 1 Turn right at the back of the market place on to High Street. 2 At the end of High Street take the left fork and follow Victoria Street signposted Airton and Malham. 3 At the junction fork right following signposts for the Pennine Bridleway to Long Preston. The route climbs steeply up a narrow tarmac lane. 4 As the tarmac ends fork left along a track signposted The Pennine Bridleway Settle Loop. 5 As you rejoin the road turn right along the tarmac road signposted Pennine Bridleway Stockdale Lane.


After 100m turn left along the narrow tarmac lane signposted Pennine Bridleway Stockdale Lane. 6 At the end of the tarmac singletrack road fork left through the wooden gate signposted Pennine Bridleway Malham 3.5 miles. The route follows the obvious stone trackway with some grassy stretches as you continue to climb. 7 As you approach the gate turn left keeping the wall on your right signposted Pennine Bridleway Langscar Gate. The route follows a grassy trackway that passes through several walls via gates.

8 At the junction follow the route signposted Pennine Bridleway Langcliffe 4.25 miles. The route follows a newly built stone bridleway and some grassier sections. 9 As you rejoin the road go downhill for a short distance and turn left signposted Pennine Bridleway Settle 2 miles. Look out for the waymark post that shows the best line down to the walled- in lane which returns you to Settle. Cycle shops & hire Off the Rails 01729 824419; 3 Peaks Cycles 01729 824232


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Country pursuits COUNTRY PURSUITS

Great views look even better on horseback

Travelling between small hidden villages or along riverside trails, exploring miles of Heritage Coastline or trekking rugged landscapes tracks, it’s no surprise Yorkshire is always a favourite with horse riders.

Cantering around the countryside near Hawlsey in North Yorkshire Š Bilsdale Riding Centre.



Country pursuits Whether you’re a skilled rider with your own horse, or someone looking for their first experience, Yorkshire has some of the UK’s most spectacular and most memorable places to explore. With such a strong equestrian pedigree, Yorkshire’s horse trails are legendary. The first long-distance trail designed for riders, the Pennine Bridleway National Trail combines historic packhorse routes with specially created paths and some of our best circular routes are based around it. The Settle Loop in the Yorkshire Dales National Park veers off the Bridleway to create a novice-friendly 10 mile loop taking in stunning limestone scenery. Still on the Pennine Bridleway is the 47 mile circular Mary Towneley Loop that dips into and out of steep sided South Pennine valleys. The North York Moors is also perfect horse riding country. The diverse landscapes and abundance of wildlife make every ride an experience to remember. Riding centres in the area cater for beginners through to experienced riders, including Boltby Pony Trekking & Trail Riding Centre and Bilsdale Riding Centre. In search of bigger adventures? Then the 55 mile circular North York Moors and Dales Ride is the one for you. With more than its fair share of spectacular scenery and dramatic views through the central and western areas of the National Park, this four day ride is ideal for anyone with their own horse. With a wide range of trekking centres, it’s easy to find your feet, and a good horse. Many run excursions which make the best use of our national parks, and unspoilt villages. Try Draughton Riding Centre, near Skipton while Ride Yorkshire organises holidays for you, with or without your own horse. From the gentle terrain of the Yorkshire Wolds, to the more challenging valleys and high moorland of the North York Moors, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. YORKSHIRE.COM/OUTDOORS

Horse riding in East Yorkshire © Ride Yorkshire / Paul Moon.

Amazing beach riding The exhilarating feeling of riding along the shore is hard to beat. Whether galloping through the surf or gently trotting along the beach, we have some great options for you. The stunning coastal scenery, fields and moorland around Farsyde Riding Centre near Robin Hood’s Bay always make for an interesting and memorable ride. Experienced riders can splash in the waves and pools and even ride through the narrow streets of this picturesque fishing village, while novices can enjoy the scenic Cinder Track, the old Whitby to Scarborough rail track. Another great spot is Fraisthorpe Beach, just south of Bridlington. The sands here are flat and expansive, especially at low tides, and are perfect for exploring on horseback.


Naturally Yorkshire

Puffins on the Yorkshire coast.



Yorkshire’s wilder side With rolling countryside, unspoilt habitat and the stunning Dinosaur Coast, Yorkshire is a perfect sanctuary for many of England’s greatest species. Not to mention the keenest wildlife enthusiasts.

Yorkshire Nature Triangle The Yorkshire Nature Triangle is a great place to start your wild adventure, with an abundance of reserves to explore. Bounded by the Humber estuary to the south, the east coast’s spectacular cliffs and headlands, and the rolling Yorkshire Wolds to the west, take your pick from these highlights. Spurn Point, a gigantic sand spit 3.5 miles long, is one of the finest sites in Europe to see migrating birds, while you’ll be able to spot kingfishers at close quarters at Tophill Low. Flamborough Cliffs is the best place to see puffins on the UK mainland at spring time and nearby Bempton Cliffs is home to over 200,000 nesting sea birds from April to August. North Cave Wetlands has a growing population of breeding avocets while at Blacktoft Sands watch the breathtaking courtship display of marsh harriers.



Naturally Yorkshire Yorkshire’s rich abundance of natural wildlife habitats and reserves are home to everything from puffins and red kites, to deer and red squirrels.

their numbers are gradually increasing each year. So spotting a few should be pretty easy. You’ll also be able to glimpse deer trotting amongst the woods.

Binoculars ready, because Yorkshire’s other RSPB sites are a real treat for twitchers and wildlife fans. Fairburn Ings in Castleford has a rich array of wildlife and birds, and with pond dipping, regular fun events and walks, it’s the perfect place for the family. Old Moor, near Barnsley, is set in 250 acres of wetland and the kingfisher is just one of the stars of the show here.

The National Trust’s Marsden Moor Estate, also in West Yorkshire, boasts a who’s who of British wildlife, including a host of birds - curlew, dunlin, merlin and twite, as well as rarely seen mammals and native flora and fauna.

There’s even more for bird watchers to get excited about. At Malham in the Yorkshire Dales, and in Scarborough town, you’ll find peregrine falcons nestled within the limestone cliffs. With high-powered telescopes provided by the RSPB at both sites, getting close to one of the UK’s rarest birds of prey is refreshingly easy. Potteric Carr near Doncaster is Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s flagship reserve. It’s the largest inland wetland in the UK outside of London and is a haven for wildlife waiting for you to discover all year round. Fellow Trust reserve, Staveley, near Boroughbridge, is a former working quarry and is now home to more than 200 bird species; try viewing them from the new straw bale built bird hide.

The abundance of wildlife of the North York Moors makes it a natural magnet for nature spotters. There are many fantastic locations to get up close to rare and wonderful species, including curlew, lapwing, red grouse and Britain’s smallest bird of prey, the merlin. The golden plover arrives in summer and Commondale Moor is a great place to spot them during the breeding season. You can also go badger watching in Cropton Forest. An accessible hide gives viewers a unique glimpse of these nocturnal mammals.

How about a bit of red squirrel spotting instead? The Widdale Red Squirrel Reserve near Hawes, is the place to see this shy native species in its natural woodland environment. On a red theme, red kites in full flight at Harewood House are a sight that leaves many in awe. Released on the estate in 1999 as part of a conservation initiative,

Red squirrel.




Yorkshire’s great outdoors – from above Yorkshire’s great outdoors looks even greater from above. Not to mention exhilarating too. So if you’ve got a head for heights this is the perfect place to soar, loop, glide or simply float.

Paragliding over Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire.




Go fly a kite (power kite that is) Take to the skies © Skydive Hibaldstow.

With stunning scenery and the spirit of adventure around every turn, it’s no surprise that some of the UK’s best hang gliding, skydiving and paragliding launching areas are here. And with so many organised events and plenty of taster days throughout the year, getting quality airtime is easy. Gliders and microlights are a familiar sight in our skies. At Yorkshire Gliding Club you can enjoy the amazing experience of flying over the stunning North York Moors National Park. Try out sessions and full week courses are available. The valleys, peaks and crags of Marsden Moor in wild and windswept West Yorkshire is a natural airsports magnet. Enjoy kite flying and model flying at its most extreme from Buckstones car park. This dramatic location, with its magnificent views and drop-off, also makes it an ideal paragliding and hang gliding jump off point where you’ll soon be cruising the heights above beautiful moorland.

Power kite fans will love Yorkshire. There are plenty of wide, windy beaches to practise your skills. Great in winter as the beaches are quieter so you have more room, all you need is a power kite - but start with a small one! If you fancy a change from scudding down the beach, why not try a mountain board or a purpose built buggy? Until you’ve tried hurtling on three wheels over Yorkshire sands with your bottom three inches off the ground, you don’t know what speed is! Blue Frog Adventure, based in Whitby, can teach you all the skills for this exhilarating experience.

For the ultimate rush, try a tandem skydive with Skydive Hibaldstow. Experience the sheer buzz from freefalling at 15,000ft (the UK’s highest skydive) for one whole adrenaline-fuelled minute, reaching terminal velocity at 120mph, before the parachute is released and you slowly glide to the ground. It’s easy, all it takes is 20 minutes instruction and you’re ready to jump. For a more relaxing option, why not see Yorkshire from the sky with a helicopter ‘themed flight’ from Pennine Helicopters? Take your pick from The Yorkshire Three Peaks trip, The Wharfedale Wander, Compo’s Country Trail or the Dambuster’s Run. With 14 sites to fly from, combined with a country pub, a super day out is guaranteed. Flights take place at weekends, weather permitting, throughout the year. YORKSHIRE.COM/OUTDOORS

Views of Kilburn White Horse from a glider, North Yorkshire © Yorkshire Gliding Club.


Easy Access


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Enjoy the paths around the Priory ruins, Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire.

If you have limited mobility or young children with you, no problem. There are some amazing easy access locations and attractions in the county. So no one need miss out on Yorkshire’s great outdoors’ experiences.


Easy Access Harrogate Climbing Centre and The Leeds Wall. The newest addition to our collection, ROKT Climbing Gym has been transformed from a disused Brighouse flour mill and is set to be the UK’s highest and biggest. There’s something to suit all abilities here, just give them a call. ROKT Climbing Gym in Brighouse © ROKT.

From abseiling cliff faces to sailing our lakes, many attractions in Yorkshire cater for all levels of mobility. Even getting out and about into our beautiful and rugged wilderness is surprisingly easy going too. The North York Moors has a number of easy access routes just waiting to be discovered. The panoramic views from Sutton Bank and of Rosedale, Staindale Lake in Dalby Forest, Forge Valley Woods, and Esk Valley to Beck Hole are just some of the highlights. The path running up from the village of Malham in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales to Malham Cove is a well-surfaced track. You’ll find peregrine falcons nestled within this dramatic limestone cliff, and with free telescopes available from April until July, getting close to one of the UK’s rarest birds of prey is refreshingly easy. Bolton Abbey on the edge of the Dales on the banks of the river Wharfe is also well worth a visit. With over 80 miles of easy access footpaths, and great accessible facilities, it’s very wheelchair and pushchair friendly. So is Ogden Water, north of Halifax. This short easy access route around the edge of the reservoir is packed with interesting features along the way, while the longer walk around Damflask Reservoir, near the charming village of Low Bradfield, lies close to Sheffield Those looking for more adventure will love what Yorkshire has to offer. Scale new heights at one of Yorkshire’s fabulous climbing walls, including YORKSHIRE.COM/OUTDOORS

How about hitting the slopes? Enjoy the speed and freedom of easily accessible skiing at the Snozone in Xscape at Castleford. There’s still so much more to do. Fly a bird of prey at Park Rose Bird of Prey Centre at Bridlington or Talon Falconry, near Ripon, an amazing day out for the whole family. Feed miniature pigs, mischievous goats and woolly alpacas, all at Filey Bird Garden & Animal Park. Copleys Corn Maze, near Pontefract, is one of the largest corn maize mazes around and is designed with wheels in mind. Ponderosa Rare Breeds Farm, near Dewsbury, is more than just a visit to see the animals, with reptile rooms, zip wire slides and lots more. Delve deep down into the earth’s core at the National Coal Mining Museum, or journey into a dark canal tunnel built by navvies’ hands at Standedge Tunnel...all fully accessible. The real beauty of Yorkshire is that whatever you want to do, there’s nothing stopping you enjoying the best our county has to offer.

Cotter Force – Wensleydale Known as ‘the valley of the waterfalls’, Wensleydale is a delight all year around. Nowhere more so than Cotter Force, a secluded waterfall in a wooded setting. The trail to it is a 490m level footpath alongside the beck and is suitable for wheelchairs. Whilst walking the route look out for dippers, grey wagtails, redstarts, long tailed tits and kingfishers. 37




































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YORKSHIRE BY SEA Ferry services to Hull and Newcastle link Yorkshire with Holland, Belgium and Germany. P&O Ferries operate overnight services to Hull from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge. YORKSHIRE BY ROAD Britain’s biggest and fastest highways cross Yorkshire from north to south and east to west, making getting here by car or by coach very simple indeed. For details of the quickest (or the most scenic) driving routes see the AA or RAC websites and YORKSHIRE BY AIR Leeds-Bradford International Airport is our busiest air gateway, with flights from Aberdeen, Belfast, Bristol, Exeter, Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Isle of Man, London Gatwick, Newquay, Plymouth and Southampton. You can also fly to Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, Humberside Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport. YORKSHIRE.COM/OUTDOORS

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