Easy walks in Yorkshire
Discover our range of self-led walks at our places in Yorkshire.
These easy, friendly walks are generally less than two miles in length and usually on good surfaces. They all have a key theme or story that is special to the place where they are based.
On this page you can download colourful maps to help you find your way around the walks. Some of them will also have themed way markers on the ground. From ‘Brimham Rocks!’, a family adventure amongst these curiously-shaped stones to ‘a walk through chocolate’ which takes in the key views, buildings and tastes relating to the Terry family’s story in York and ends with a hot chocolate in the National Trust York Tearoom, we hope there will be a walk for you.
Beningbrough Hall & Gardens, near York: Put yourself in the picture
Beningbrough Hall and Gardens is picture perfect, sitting amongst 370 acres of parkland. Follow the map to guide you on an easy walk which will give you stunning framed views and opportunities to create your own portraits in Beningbrough’s landscape.
Brimham Rocks, near Harrogate: Brimham rocks!
Discover more about these fantastically shaped rocks – learn about how they came to be the size and shape they are today and be inspired to create new names for some of the more unusually formed ones.
East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley: Hidden Ridd
Take a walk along the River Aire in the lower fields of East Riddlesden Hall. Spot traces of the past, where industry once thrived but keep an eye out for wildlife including kingfisher, heron and otter.
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, near Ripon: Mythical walk
Embark on a mythical walk to explore some of the lesser known legends and stories that helped to bring this wonderful landscape to life. From the Green Man in the abbey to the Roman gods, Neptune and Bacchus in the water garden.
Goddards Garden, York: A walk through chocolate
A walk through chocolate to the centre of York, taking in the views, buildings and tastes relating to the story of the Terry family and their chocolate production in the city of York. Why not end with a hot chocolate at our National Trust tearoom in the heart of the city on Goodramgate.
Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge: Wood folk
Follow the way-markers on this circular walk through the woods and find out more about the wonderful trees at Hardcastle Crags. When you find a leaf marker, check the fact box for that tree to find out more about some of our native species.
Marsden Moor, near Huddersfield: Wildlife Wander
Wildlife is the theme of our Easy Walk at Marsden Moor. Follow the route across the open moorland and look out for glimpses of mountain hare, red grouse or the diminutive twite amongst many others.
Nostell Priory & Parkland, near Wakefield: Grand designs
Follow in the footsteps of the Winn family, who created this wonderful parkland to compliment their grand home. Put yourself in the picture and enjoy the views across the parkland as you follow the route with our picture frame way markers.
Nunnington Hall, near Helmsley: Walking with dragons…
It is said that there are dragons at Nunnington… discover how one was slain, but one may still be slumbering under the village on a walk looking for signs of their very existence.
Ormesby Hall: Pennyman panorama
Take a walk through the parkland of Ormesby Hall and uncover some of the hidden acts of kindness the Pennyman family bestowed on their local community.
Rievaulx Terrace, near Helmsley: The Tonic of the Terrace
Relax at Rievaulx – a place created for unwinding and letting the stresses of life melt away – on a walk designed to show you the delights, views and wildlife of this 18th century landscape.
Treasurer’s House, York: Centurion Ghost Walk
Early one morning in 1953, Harry Martindale was installing a heating system in the cellar at Treasurer’s House when he heard the sound of a horn coming from the walls. Then a horse and Roman soldiers in green tunics appeared to come through the wall and across the room. And they seemed to be walking on their knees.... This walk will take you on a short journey around the city of York to discover more about the Romans and their time in York.
Yorkshire Coast, Ravenscar: Raven’s view
Soak up the views as you discover Ravenscar, past and present, on this short walk. With optional loops, it’s up to you how far you explore along this beautiful stretch of the Yorkshire coastline.
Yorkshire Dales, Malham: A scenic stroll at Malham
Take a circular stroll around the National Nature Reserve at Malham Tarn. Different sights and sounds will greet you each season and be sure to wander slightly off route to take in the bird hide and Orchid House.
Yorkshire Dales, Upper Wharfedale: Discover Langstrothdale
See man’s impact on the landscape, farming in Langstrothdale whilst taking in the natural world to discover more about this beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales.