11 of The Best Dogs Walks in Yorkshire

At Manning Stainton, we understand that part of what makes your house a home is your family; in particular your pets.  Our four legged friends are the apple of our eye, whether you have a mellow Maltese or a lively lab, Yorkshire is home to some of the best dog walks in the business. From acres of open grassland, to the wildlife filled trials, Yorkshire really does have it all. So if you fancy a short stroll with your pup, or want to embark on a full day of trekking with ‘mans best friend’, we suggest you try one of these wonderful walks, and in true British fashion, most walks end conveniently  in the vicinity of a dog friendly pub, a win win for both you and your pup.  .

MS
Manning Stainton

1. Tockwith and The River Nidd

Horsforth

If you’re looking for picturesque and easy to follow, Tockwith and the River Nidd is 4.5 mile circular round trip, keeping your chances of getting lost to a minimum. The route is relatively flat, with a few gentle slopes, the riverside track will take around 2 hours to complete depending on the pace of your pooch and gives plenty of opportunity to go lead free, but be warned you may encounter some cattle on your way, so be sure to keep your lead on hand!  If you’ve built up an appetite and fancy some traditional pub grub at the end of your walk, call into The Masons in Hopperton. With four and a half stars on Trip advisor, The Masons are very welcoming and tables are complete with gravy bones to keep your dog entertained whilst you enjoy their delicious menu.

2. Hardcastle Crags and Hebden Water

Horsforth

If you’re looking for more of an adventure and have a spare hour and half to play with, Hardcastle Crags and Hebden Water is the perfect walk for you. The walk is around an hour from Wakefield by car but is well worth the drive. Starting from Hardcastle Crags you can expect muddy paths and rocky trails, there may even be a shallow stream or two to cross, depending on the weather. With plenty of pitstops for a picnic and wildlife to see, this walk is perfect for the whole family. If you forget your picnic, don’t panic The Robin Hoods Inn is just a short drive away, dogs are welcome in the pool room and bar area and towels for mucky pups are generously provided.

3. North York Moors

North York Moors

What better way to prove that Yorkshire is the best place in the world for dog walks that exploring the North York Moors National Park. The picture perfect landscapes span as far as the eye can see, choose from a long list of dog friendly walks, everything from under 3 miles for little legs and petite paws to 7 miles treks that will tire even the liveliest of labs. Be sure to check the National Parks website to find the best doggy friendly walks alongside their hints and tips on getting the most out of your North York Moors experience.   In terms of refreshments, there is a host of pubs within the area, try The Grapes in Slingsby; welcoming wellies, mucky paws and everything in-between.

4. Crabtree Lane

Horsforth

Around halfway between Harewood House and Collingham, Crabtree Lane leads you through the countryside down to the river Wharfe. You can park your car in the small car park on the corner of Crabtree Lane and Harewood House before crossing the public footpath to begin your walk.  Take a trip over the footbridge to cross the river which will eventually lead you to a fork in the path, take a right towards Trip Lane and Woodhall Hotel and Spa. Be prepared, this is not a circular trip so when you when you or your pup start to tire- it’s time to turn back. Depending on the when you head back this walk is a maximum of 4 miles.

5. Thorner Moor

Horsforth

Just 15 minutes from the Oakwood area of Leeds, a walk through Thorner Moor seems worlds away from the hustle of the City. Starting in the picturesque ancient village of Thorner, this walk will take you along with fields, woodlands and through a nature reserve. Thorner itself is a rural space with plenty of space for your dog to roam free, in total the walk is around 7 miles and depending on puppy pace will take you between 3 to 4 hours to complete. Dog walking can be thirsty work, so why not call into the dog friendly Mexborough Arms in Thorner for a well-deserved refreshment.  

6. Sugarwell Hill Park

Horsforth

If you want a view of the city centre skyline whilst you enjoy the open outdoors, look no further than Sugarwell Hill Park. A short 5 minutes from the vibrant student suburb of Headingley, Sugarwell Hill Park is woodland haven for wildlife, its paths will take you through a number of fields in a circular route. There is a possibility of encountering livestock so if you have an excitably pup, keep a lead on you. Being so close to the Meanwood and Headingley you won’t be short of pubs and cafes for a puppy friendly post walk pint.

7. Middleton Park

Horsforth

Described as the ‘Green Jewel’ of South Leeds, Middleton Park is huge open space of grassland, woodland and traditional parkland. The sheer size of the park makes it an ideal location for a pup who is fond of fetch. Spread over 470 acres, the park has something for everyone, from bowling greens to playgrounds, so why not take the whole family down to for a full day out.

8. Bramley Falls Wood

Horsforth

Backing onto the Leeds Liverpool Canal Bramley Falls Wood is 80 acres of beautiful woodland, with plenty of paths to choose from, your four legged friend will enjoy wandering through the woods. Whether you want to walk along the water or take a stroll through the bluebells woods, the well sign-posted paths will ensure you don’t take a wrong turn.  A little away from the river, the playing fields of Bramley Fall Woods are ideal for a fetch frenzy.

9. Gledhow Woods

Horsforth

5 minutes from the trendy suburb of Moortown, Gledhow woods is a welcome nature oasis, the perfect escape from busy suburban life. Around 57 acres, the beautiful woodlands are accompanied by a small stream that runs into the Gledhow Lake.  A road does run through the woods so keep an eye for any passing traffic, keeping your dog on a lead is recommended. Whilst your dog searches for sticks, keep an eye out for the remains of a 19th century open-air bathhouse in the south east corner of the wood! If you or your dog still have some energy remaining, why not extend your walk to the vast acres of Roundhay Park, located just a mile away from the woods.

10. Saxton

Horsforth

Out towards Garforth, the historic walk of Saxton will take you to the old War of the Rose battlefield. With information panels displayed on route, whilst your dog embraces the outdoor space you can immerse yourself in local history. If you have time for a longer walk, this 5 miles route is definitely a must try and even better the walks ends at the conveniently located Crooked Billet Pub; a dog friendly traditional pub with a menu that will make your mouth water. 

11. Harrogate

The Stray

If the weather isn’t on your side or you just fancy a short stroll, a walk on The Stray in Harrogate is the perfect place to start. Found in central Harrogate, The Stray is over 200 acres of grassland for your pooch to roam free.  Surrounded by cherry blossoms in the spring with a sea of daffodils, there is plenty for your dog to sniff and for you to admire. The central location of The Stray means you are only a stone’s throw away from the amenities of Harrogate centre, why not pop over to Filmore and Union who welcome four legged friends with open arms. 

Wherever you choose to wander with your much loved pets, you won’t be short of places to visit in Yorkshire.

Leeds Guides & Property Insights