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West Yorkshire Walks
Walking Routes & Hiking Trails

Find West Yorkshire walks from the list below which features the best walking routes in the area. Most of routes are circular walks although there are a few linear hikes. The walks are listed from the shortest and easiest to the longest more challenging routes. The walks are divided into sub areas so you can find specific walks.


Lower Wharfedale, Cracoe, Burnsall & Bolton Abbey Walks

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Walking Highlights. Personal favourites include the Valley of Desolation and Simon's Seat, Barden Fell, the Rylestone Edges above Cracoe and Trollers Gill. An easy walk full of interest is Barden Bridge and the Strid from Bolton Abbey.

Where to stay - Skipton, Burnsall, Ilkley and Addingham are convenient for walking in this area.

1905Beamsley Beacon and Bolton Abbeymoderate10.00

Dark Peak South - Longendale & Bleaklow Walks

Peak District National Park

Walking highlights - Bleaklow is wild and can be challenging but it does have its rewards. Grains-in-the-Water provides solitude and stunning moorland landscapes. Circular walks using sections of the Pennine Way are also a feature of this area.

Where to stay - Glossop and Crowden are convenient for this area.

1697Marsden to Edale challengevery hard22.00

Dark Peak North - Black Hill & Dovestone Reservoir Walks

Peak District National Park

Walking highlights - circular walks based on the Pennine Way, the wild moorland around Black Hill, Laddow Rocks, the gritstone edges of Saddleworth Moor above Dovestone Reservoir and the wide open spaces of Wessenden Moor.

Where to stay - Holmfirth, Hadfield, Mossley and Marsden are convenient for this area.

1583Digley Reservoireasy/mod5.00
2098Marsden Moor from Marsdeneasy/mod6.40
2630Upper Holme Valley & Ramsden Cloughmoderate9.00
1829Holme & Marsden Clough from Ramsden Reservoirmoderate9.00
2561Digley & Ramsden Reservoirs from Wessenden Headmoderate9.50
2518Black Hill & Four Reservoirs from near Wessenden Headmoderate10.00
2644Marsden and the Standedge Trailmoderate11.00
2613Boundary Walk from Marsdenmoderate13.00
2359Cuckoo Walk & Bacon Butties from Marsdenhard19.50

South Pennines Walks

The South Pennines stretch from the northern boundary of the Peak District to the southern boundary of the Yorkshire Dales. Consisting of high rolling moorland, intersected by deep valleys, there is nowhere in this region that exceeds 2000 feet. The moors and valleys are where the old rivals, Lancashire and Yorkshire meet and where too the rival industries of cotton and wool.

1243Haworth Moor and Bronte Bridge from Oxenhopeeasy3.50
3159March Haigh Reservoir & Eastergate Bridge from Marsdeneasy/mod5.00
1336Sowerby Bridge and Norland Mooreasy/mod7.00
2121Crimsworth Dean, Lumb Bridge & Hardcastle Cragsmoderate7.50
1135Top Withins and the Bronte Bridgemoderate8.00
1307Circuit of Ovenden Moor from Oxenhopemoderate8.00
2946Buckstones and Linsgreave Head from Marsdenmoderate8.75
1900Standedge Trail from Marsdenmoderate9.00
3015Stoodley Pike & Withens Clough Reservoir from Lobb Millmoderate9.00
1291Stoodley Pikemoderate11.00
2705Oxenhope to Hebden Bridge without a carmoderate11.00
2606Hoof Stones Height, Noah Dale and Colden Watermoderate11.50
2926Cupwith & Shooter's Nab from Marsdenmoderate13.00

Bradford Walks

The Bradford walks listed below allow you to explore this area. Highlights include the area around Silsden and wild moorland between Bingley and Ilkley. Other highlights include Haworth Moor and the Five Rise Locks on the canal at Bingley. All the walks are free to download and print, and all routes have GPS files.

1408Saltaire - the model villageeasy1.50
3114Haystacks, Twelve Apostles & Idol Stone of Ilkley Mooreasy/mod4.50
1585Haworth Moor circulareasy5.00
1952Five Rise Locks and the River Aire, Bingleyeasy5.25
3079Silsden Reservoir circulareasy6.00
2942Below Silsden Mooreasy/mod6.80
2319Ilkley to Bingleyeasy/mod7.00
3215Steeton to Ilkley without a carmoderate7.50
2802Shipley to Ilkley via Ilkley Moormoderate10.80

Calderdale Walks

1584Ogden Reservoireasy4.00
1041Halifax - the Magna Via and Southowrameasy/mod5.50
3719Ramsden Wood & Hades Hill from Walsdeneasy/mod6.10
1449Cullingworth Circulareasy/mod6.25
1411Walsden & Warland Reservoireasy/mod6.50
1057Luddenden Dean and the Calderdale Wayeasy/mod6.50
1091Ripponden and the Calderdale Wayeasy/mod6.50
1626Luddenden Foot Circular easy/mod7.50

Kirklees Walks

1586Blackmoorfoot Reservoireasy1.50
1587Scammonden Reservoireasy4.00
2719Huddersfield's green fringeeasy/mod10.00

Leeds & Wakefield Walks

1588Eccup Reservoir circulareasy4.50
2943Newmillerdam Country Park from Nottoneasy5.70
3077Eccup Reservoir circulareasy/mod7.50
1380Bramham Park & Newton Kyme from Kiddal Bridgeeasy/mod10.00
2160Wetherby to Follifoot without a careasy/mod10.25

Walks that start in adjacent counties / areas.

Walks that start in adjacent counties or areas but cross the boundary and include sections of the route within West Yorkshire.

WalkDescriptionStarts In
2661Keighley Moor Reservoir & Hitching Stone from CowlingNorth Yorkshire
1849Blackstone Edge and the Pennine Way without a carGreater Manchester
2826Winscar Reservoir circuit from Dunford Bridge South Yorkshire
2328Penistone to Shepley linearSouth Yorkshire

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