Best Walking Holidays in Northern England
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If you love to walk, why not take a walking holiday to one of these top regions in Northern England. Walking here means getting an enjoyable experience as you find yourself surrounded by beautiful nature and amazing history. You walk through castles and mountains and moorlands as you follow those dramatic coastlines. Enjoy the sweeping panorama of rolling green mountains as you walk every winding path. Well, this is the real essence of walking in England that boasts of dramatic scenery from coast to coast and with unmatched diverse landscapes.
The Northern part of England is famous for its nature and the iconic trails that take you through the green valleys of Yorkshire Dales, the moorland of the North York Moors and golden beaches of Northumberland’s coastline. Pick from any of the wide selection of walks and discover breath-taking views along the way.
Here are some of the best trails that take you to the most diverse and charming landscapes of Northern England.
Cleveland Way- An incredible and stunningly beautiful walking trail
Cleveland Way takes you towards the coast at Saltburn-by-the-Sea after traversing through the North York Moors and follows the Cleveland Heritage Coast. Check out this coast to coast walk that will take you through the Moors, woodland and moorland that is packed with history. Enjoy going to those picturesque fishing villages and wooded ‘wykes.’
- from Helmsley to File
- from Helmsley to Saltburn-by-the-Sea
- from Saltburn-by-the Sea to Filey.
Dales Way – A satisfying trail of colorful moorland and quiet valleys
The Dales Way takes you through the valleys and meanders through the Yorkshire Dales and along the shores of Lake Windermere. Get a glimpse of the region’s past in those ruins of Bolton Priory and Barden Tower. You go through picturesque towns and charming villages and rolling farmland.
- from Ilkley to Windermere through the Yorkshire Dales
- from Ilkley to Kettlewell along the Lake District
- from Burnsall to Sedbergh through the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Herriot Way – a circular route through picturesque villages and valleys
Herriot Way makes for a delightful trail around the Yorkshire Dales, and the walk is described in James Herriot’s book ‘James Herriot’s Yorkshire.’ The trail takes you through the Wensleydale and Swaledale valleys that boast of fantastic flora and fauna. You come across Aysgarth and Hardraw Force waterfalls and can feast your eyes on spectacular and far-reaching views. You come across several quaint villages and hamlets on the way.
- From Aysgarth through Swaledale and ends in Aysgarth
Coast to Coast – a classic and gentler walk
The Coast to Coast trail boasts of several architectural and historical wonders on the way and makes for a gentler walk across the north of England. The route takes you along the shores of Morecambe Bay from Arnside and passes through remarkable scenery. Discover the valleys and villages of the Yorkshire Dales that are located amidst the heathery hills. You will pass through the famous Ribblehead Viaduct, Bolton Castle and England’s oldest theatre.
- From Arnside to Saltburn-by-the-sea
- From Arnside to Richmond through the Yorkshire Dales
- From Richmond to Saltburn-by-the-sea
Lady Anne’s Way – A historic walk along with the important buildings
Lady Anne’s Way meanders through Wharfedale and Wensleydale and will take you to all the essential buildings associated with Lady Anne Clifford. You will see the Skipton Castle where she was born and Brougham Castle where she died and the Lady Anne’s Highway, an ancient green lane. Other sites of historic interest include Brougham Hall, Hell Gill, and Nappa Hall. What adds to the delightful trail are attractive villages and market towns along the route.
- from Skipton in North Yorkshire to Penrith in Cumbria
St Oswald’s Way – An interesting walk through history and nature
St Oswald’s Way begins from the historic island of Lindisfarne and later follows the remarkable coastline to Warkworth from Northumberland and ends at Hadrian’s Wall. You will come across some impressive sites on the trail like fishing villages, ancient castles and old market towns. Enjoy looking at a varied landscape of rich farmland, heather-clad moors, and sandy beaches. Discover the ancient towns such as St Oswald’s Church, Bamburgh, and the iconic Hadrian’s Wall.
- from Lindisfarne to Chollerford
- from Lindisfarne to Warkworth
- from Warkworth to Chollerford
Hadrian’s Wall Walk – An ideal trail for a first walking holiday
Hadrian’s Wall Trail crosses the north of England near Newcastle and will take you over the landscape that is shaped by Roman rule over Britain. The route follows the Roman wall and along Emperor Hadrian’s ancient wall. If you love nature and wildlife, this is the perfect route for you. What adds to experience are the rolling Northumbrian hills, friendly villages, and remains of Roman mile-castles.
- from coast to coast alongside Hadrian’s Wall
- from Heddon-on-the-Wall and Carlisle
- from Corbridge to Brampton
- from Chollerford and Lanercost along Hadrian’s Wall
Yorkshire Wolds Way – A peaceful trail on the Yorkshire countryside
If you want to explore the hidden nooks of Yorkshire, then go the Yorkshire Wolds Way. This is your chance to enjoy the rolling Yorkshire countryside. You can either climb one of the three peaks or go for the easier route through the lower-level route. There are fascinating sites on the way such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Force Ghyll Aqueduct that were designed and made by Victorian engineers. In between, the trail takes you across the landscape of flower-filled meadows and windswept grass moors with an abundance of wildflowers and birds in the area.
- from Humber Estuary to Filey on the North Coast
Northumberland Coast Path- A friendly coastline walk with glorious views
The Northumberland Coast Path will take you through wild, unspoiled countryside made of sweeping beaches, rocky cliffs, and rolling dunes. Enjoy magnificent views of the coast and long beaches of golden sand. You will love pretty coastline walk with plenty of beaches and seaside towns. You will come across imposing castles and isolated islands across this striking landscape with a great variety of wildlife and habitats. The walk is easy to do as there are very few climbs on the route.
- from Sunderland to Cresswell
- along the wild coastal path of Northumberland
- along the southern section of Northumberland
Just take any of the above routes and explore different landscapes and breathtaking coastline of Northern England that overlooks the North Sea. These different trails make for a great walking holiday that is full of historical charm. You can look forward to a wonderful experience of coastal walking, quiet moorland and rolling countryside. Northern England boasts of stunning scenery that is dotted with hills, moorlands, and the diverse landscapes and enjoy the peace of the countryside.