This autumn, the National Trust is asking people in Yorkshire to share their favourite walk, whether that’s a bracing cliff top hike along the Yorkshire Coast or a Sunday afternoon stroll around your nearest park or garden.
Autumn is the perfect time to explore the outdoors on your doorstep, as the trees begin to change colour and all around you wildlife prepares for winter. The Great British Walk is a festival taking place at National Trust places from now until 4 November and means that hundreds of downloadable, guided and self led walks and events are being held.
The National Trust wants to add to the list of walks at its places to provide a comprehensive guide of the best places to explore locally, sharing why they’re special.
A number of walkers have already begun to upload their favourite walk to the National Trust’s website, with suggestions for alternative routes in the Dales and along the coast as well as urban walks in York and Hull.
Jan Bibby, regional director for the National Trust in Yorkshire and the North East, has shared one of her favourite walks in the Yorkshire Dales. In a new short film, Jan and property manager, Martin Davies, take the route from Goredale Scar to Malham, stopping at much-loved spots along the way. Watch online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/walkingyorkshire.
Jan explained why she wanted to share her favourite walk: “Walking is one of my biggest passions. It’s something I love to do in my spare time, just going out into the countryside and never quite knowing what you might see along to the way.
The walk from Goredale Scar to Malham takes you past Janet’s Foss – a natural beauty, incredibly picturesque. It’s a walk that takes you along a good, family friendly route that doesn’t take too long, but gets you out into the fresh air for a few hours.
I really hope it’s a walk that people will be inspired to take – as you can see from the short film, there are many hidden surprises in the Dales – you’ve just got to get out there to spot them!”
The ten best walks submitted will win a stay in a National Trust holiday cottage, as chosen by a panel of judges.
For more information about the Great British Walk in Yorkshire or to upload your favourite walk, visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/walkingyorkshire