Best walks in Yorkshire and Derbyshire without a carPosted by: Tamzin Kraftman
You don’t have a car, but you still want to enjoy a scenic stroll through nature? This article is just for you.
With beautiful walks, just a short bus or train trip away, becoming one with nature is easier than ever.
Sheffield: The Round Walk
Also referred to as ‘The Great Circles Walk’, this trail takes you through Meersbrook, Whirlow Brook, Ecclesall Wood and Graves Park Circular. This 15-mile loop will take you through forests and caves, while only a short bus ride from the city center. While it is fairly long, there are plenty of opportunities to tailor the walk to your own ability with each section only lasting three to four miles. It starts and ends at Endcliffe Park, which is a popular spot filled with independent cafes, pubs and shops.
Leeds: Ilkley Moor Circular
Just a 25-minute train ride away, Ilkley offers rolling green hills and spectacular scenery. The 6.3-mile trail is seen as one of the most famous walks in West Yorkshire, with impressive landmarks such as Ilkley Crags, Twelve Apostles and Lower Lanshaw. However, if you want a real challenge, then climb the Cow and Calf rocks, giving you incredible views of the old spa town. Through walking this trail, you also get the opportunity to walk the same roads as the Tour de Yorkshire.
York: Askham Bog
Located next to the Designer Outlet in York, this walk holds a special place in the history of nature conservation in Yorkshire, with the very beginnings of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Occupying a large ancient lake, left behind by a retreating glacier 15,000 years ago, the walk offers countless opportunities to go birdwatching and butterfly spotting. Despite being a bog, this walk is boarded meaning it is accessible for the majority of buggies and wheelchairs.
Chesterfield: Linacre Reservoirs
Only a short bus ride away from Chesterfield is Linacre Reservoir. Carpeted with bluebells, the Reservoirs offer several trails that run throughout the wooded valley, and offer a much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle of life. The reservoir also offer a series of water events, and encourage those to bring picnics especially in the summer months.
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