Get active outdoors in Yorkshire

With a World Heritage Site, miles of coastland and woodland trails to explore, Yorkshire has everything you need to get outdoors and active. So whether you’re a hardened runner or an easy walker, there are special places across Yorkshire to get fit in the great outdoors.

Visitors walking through a garden in spring

Visiting this spring 

Our gardens, parks and countryside sites are open. In England our shops are open, along with outdoor seating at cafés. In Wales some shops are open, and cafés are offering a takeaway service. Houses and other indoor areas are currently closed. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors from the nearby community remains our priority. We strongly advise booking your visits in advance, especially over the Easter holidays when places may be very busy. Please check the property webpage before you visit and follow government guidance on travel.

Family cycles through parkland at Nostell

Cycle Nostell’s woodland trails 

If you’re feeling inspired by the Tour de Yorkshire, these family-friendly cycle trails are perfect for an all-day adventure. Test your cycling skills on the snaking woodland paths at Nostell, taking time to enjoy the wildflower meadows on the way. Need a pit stop? There’s a picnic area along the way, as well as delicious cakes in the Courtyard Café.

A climber at Brimham Rocks on a clear day

Climb Brimham Rocks 

Got a head for heights? The striking rocks at Brimham offer some of the best climbing spots in Yorkshire. Climbing can be risky, so make sure you have the right kit before you try out these challenging routes. We work closely with Harrogate Climbing Centre to provide regular supervised sessions for all ages and abilities.

Young girl enjoying archery

A summer of sport at Ormesby Hall 

From archery to badminton, football to tennis, get outdoors and active as a family this summer at Ormesby Hall.

Runners with Roseberry Topping behind them

Run free at Roseberry Topping 

This 8km route is a runner’s paradise. With a challenging climb, glorious views from the top, and woodland trails to explore along the way, this is a great outdoor challenge for trail runners. Follow in the steps of Captain Cook as you climb Yorkshire’s most famous hill.

Walkers explore Obelisk Lodge at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire

Enjoy an easier walk 

Getting active doesn’t always mean taking the most challenging route – sometimes we just want to get outdoors and start feeling good. That’s exactly what Nostell’s health walk is for, with group walks every Thursday and Friday for anyone who wants to enjoy a gentle stroll in picturesque parkland.

Women running through woodland for Trust 10

Beat your personal best 

Running with a group is a brilliant way to explore our places (and make new friends along the way). Try out one of the regular parkruns at Nostell or Fountains Abbey, or tackle the 10k Trust10 route at Ormesby Hall. Race the clock or run at your own pace, it’s all about getting active in the outdoors.

Mindful yoga at Brimham Rocks.

Take a mindful moment 

Yoga is the perfect way to improve your strength and flexibility, while reconnecting with the world around you. Make time for yourself with an outdoor yoga class at Brimham Rocks, finding a moment of calm in this magical place. Suitable for beginners and experienced yogis alike.

Walker on the Malham Tarn Estate

Walking in the Yorkshire Dales

Although our countryside is open, we encourage people to stay home and go for walks locally, avoid travel and observe social distancing.

Sea kayakers on the Yorkshire Coast

Take to the sea 

Join our trained guides and enjoy a range of activities in the water, from sea kayaking for beginners in Runswick Bay to canoe adventures in Whitby. If you want to see the coast from a different perspective, try out stand up paddleboarding. Who needs Hawaii when you’ve got the Yorkshire coast?


Get active in the North East

Stretch your legs, get your heart pumping and enjoy a healthy dose of fresh air with these outdoor activities in the North East.