If there’s one thing that we’re all longing to do after two months cooped up at home, it’s stretching our legs somewhere outside our own postcode. Judging by visits to our website to find out where’s open for fresh air in Yorkshire and inspiration for family walks in and around York, we’re not the only ones in the mood for a stomp around the countryside (in a sensible, socially-distanced way, obviously).
We all know that the Yorkshire Dales is an amazing place for walking, but most parents will be familiar with the look of horror on their child’s face at the mere suggestion of going for ‘a nice walk’. In our experience, no amount of ‘you’ll enjoy it when you get there’ will have them bounding towards the car with enthusiasm. In our experience, the most important thing is to get the route right. If it drags on five minutes too long, there’ll be nothing but complaining, and any lovely memories you have from the start of the walk will be quickly erased.
That’s why we’re really excited by the new collection of short walks in the Yorkshire Dales, put together by the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There’s a great selection of walks that should be suitable for kids of all ages, whether they’re in a buggy or able to attempt something more challenging. There are also routes that are specifically buggy/wheelchair friendly and have no stiles to contend with. There are walks under two miles, three to five miles and up to ten miles. Whatever you choose to do, take more snacks and water than you think you’ll need…
Highlights from the Yorkshire Dales collection of short walks include:
– Devil’s Bridge Wander – A short circular walk of up to two miles
– Aysgarth Woods and Waterfalls – A short walk through the woods, returning by the spectacular Aysgarth Falls (up to 2 miles)
– Malham Cove stile-free walk – Up to two miles without any stiles to contend with
– Grimwith – An easy access walk around Grimwith Reservoir (3 to 5 miles)