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Coast and countryside in Yorkshire

Whether you fancy a gentle stroll through a deer park, a hike in the Dales, or a bracing walk along the coast, there are lots of opportunities to stretch your legs and explore Yorkshire. Wander through the glorious landscapes of the Dales and North York Moors and enjoy far-reaching coastal views along scenic paths. Here are some favourite coast and countryside locations in the region.

Countryside in Yorkshire

Discover the many opportunities to explore the stunning natural landscapes across Yorkshire.

A deep blue lake on a bright sunny day with a pine tree on the left of the picture and exposed, sheer grey cliffs on the hills behind the lake.

Yorkshire Dales 

Discover the Yorkshire Dales with their rolling countryside, steep-sided valleys, heather-covered moorland and a patchwork of dry stone walls and barns.

Man carrying a child on his shoulders at Brimham Rocks, Yorkshire

Brimham Rocks 

From rocks to moorland, Brimham Rocks offers a host of different of features for visitors. Take a look at the highlights of what you might see on your next visit.

A woman and two boys crossing stepping stones over a river at Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire

Hardcastle Crags 

From bats to beetles and skylarks there's ​plenty to be discovered at Hardcastle Crags, where 15 miles of paths are ready to be explored. The northern hairy wood ant can be found in the woodland here, living in giant dome shaped nests, some of which are up to six feet tall.

A silver National Trust Roseberry Topping omega shaped sign with a green oakleaf logo stands in front of a drystone wall with the grassy hill of Roseberry Topping behind it. A path zig zags up the slope. The sky is blue with big fluffy white clouds. Fields and hedges stretch into the distance beyond the hill.

Roseberry Topping 

Discover what you can do around Roseberry Topping, from climbing the hill itself to seeing geological formations at Cliff Rigg Quarry and spotting wildlife such as roe deer.

Hiking group on a guided hike led by rangers at Marsden Moor, West Yorkshire

Marsden Moor 

Explore the many walking trails on Marsden Moor, try Nordic walking for fitness, or join a guided walk to learn about the landscape with a National Trust volunteer.

Rock formation on Bridestones moor with moorland landscape in the background

Bridestones, Crosscliff and Blakey Topping 

Discover fascinating rock formations hewn by the elements from Jurassic-era sedimentary rock over millennia, then spot wildlife in the surrounding Bridestones nature reserve.

The Yorkshire coast

Where to explore for a bit of vitamin sea.

Two adults and a child walking across a rocky foreshore at low tide with a bright blue sky on a summer day

Things to see and do on the Yorkshire Coast 

Find out what the Yorkshire Coast has to offer, from fossil hunting and walking routes, to the villages that reveal the human history of this wild landscape.

The Old Coastguard Station at Robin Hood's bay, a white fronted building with red tiled roof, with foreshore and coast visible in the background.

Cafes and visitor centres 

Plan your trip with opening times of the perfect pit stops in Ravenscar and at Robin Hood's Bay.

near Ravenscar, North Yorkshire

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Couple walking through the grounds of Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire

Discover more in Yorkshire

Home to abbey ruins, houses, gardens and stretches of coast and countryside including the Dales and the North York Moors.