We were completely spoilt for choice when trying to choose the best Christmas walks in the north, so we’ve compiled a range of walks uploaded by ViewRanger users and our partner magazines with a variety of lengths and difficulty ratings, all rated highly by the people that have followed them for themselves.
1. Upper Swaledale, North Yorkshire
By Countryfile Magazine
This lovely route starts and ends 1,732 feet above sea level at the highest pub in Britain. Sitting up on the moorland above Swaledale on the northern edge of the Yorkshire Dales, the famous Tan Hill Inn is a favourite of walkers of the Pennine Way, cyclists, bikers, families and their dogs. Get there early to set off on your walk, and make sure you return to the pub to warm up by the fire with a hearty meal once you’ve completed it.Upper Swaledale – photo by © David Winnpeny Upper Swaledale – photo by © Robert WhiteDownload this walk
2. Robin Lane from Troutbeck, Cumbria
By ViewRanger user Nick Hardwick
Perfect for families, this very pleasant walk in the Lake District starts in Troutbeck village and has mostly flat terrain with limited climbing throughout, particularly at the end. This route passes a small waterfall and grassy area, and while the latter is perfect for picnics in the summer it also lends itself as a beautiful space on which to enjoy the views year-round.
Troutbeck - photo by © Nick Hardwick Troutbeck – photo by © Joan Bryden
3. A taste of Last of the Summer Wine, West Yorkshire
By AA Publishing (£)
The much-loved television show Last of the Summer Wine helped popularise Holmfirth and the Holme Valley over the quarter of a century it graced our screens, and this walk celebrates the paths often trod by Compo, Foggy and Clegg on their South Pennine adventures. This dog-friendly walk (requiring leads only when passing livestock) is on mostly upland pasture with good paths and tracks, perfect for family walks or for seeing the Summer Wine county at your own pace.
The Holme Valley – photo by © Carhire Holmfirth – photo by © Walking taxi driver
4. Undiscovery Formby, Merseyside
By the National Trust
This short and beautiful walk starts in the Formby woodland and heads out into open dunes, leading you along the Sefton coastal path and down on to the beach. The sand dunes boast an impressive variety of wildlife, including rare animal and plant species such as the vernal mining-bee, the northern dune tiger beetle and the dune helleborine. You’ll need to plan your walk around tide times as some sections of the beach walk may be impassable during high tide. Formby – photo by © National Trust Formby beachy – photo by © Southport Visiter
5. Alwinton, Northumberland
By Countryfile Magazine
This lovely route circles West Wood in Northumberland National Park and it’s packed with historical interest throughout. It passes the ruins of Harbottle Castle, built in 1160 but which fell into ruin following the uniting of England and Scotland, and which nowadays quietly commands the small hilltop above Harbottle village. The route also takes you past Drake Stone (standing 30ft tall and weighing an estimated 2,030 tons) and along the northern shore of Harbottle Lake.
Alwinton – photo by © Geoff Holland The Alwin Valley –photo by © v-g Backpacking in Britain
6. Osmotherley Circular Walk, North Yorkshire
By Walkingworld (£)
This beautiful walk starts and finishes in the yorkstone village of Osmotherley and leads you along the edge of the North York Moors. Althought only 2.5 miles long, the route captures all the charm of the North York Moors – including a little byway through which you leave Osmotherly and find yourself entering a breathtaking valley. With great views throughout, this walk is especially wonderful in winter, where the Osmotherley residents seem outdo eachother with the snowmen they build.Snowman – photo by © Walkingworld Osmotherley
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