We thought we'd celebrate the Spring Equinox with a look at some of our favourite dog walks in Yorkshire. The sun is shining outside our office today and we will soon gain an extra hour of daylight in the evenings, so it's the perfect time to explore some new walks with your dogs.

The Vetfleece team are very proud of their Yorkshire roots, from the Beautiful scenery of the Dales in the North to the seaside walks along the East, we think it's hard to find a better place than Yorkshire for a dog walk.

Going for a walk in the colder months of the year, can mean that some paths could be particularly muddy, so it's a great idea to take your Vetfleece with you in the car to avoid getting dirty paws on your seats and also as a nice soft, warm base for your tired dog.

The size and age of your dog will depend on how far you normally walk, but the below suggestions include shorter and longer options to suit both you and your dog.


1. Hardcastle Crags and Hebden Water - West Yorkshire

Route - 3 Miles

This beautiful valley and river walk is owned by the National Trust so you can be sure that it will be an interesting and well sign posted route. The walk incorporates several flights of steps, uneven climbs and the ground is a combination of dirt and rocky paths. If you would prefer to avoid the riverside path with its steep drops on the return leg, you can choose to use the quieter vehicle track.

Hardcastle Crag can be found about 2 miles North of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire and the car park costs £3.50 for the full day (free to National Trust Members).


2.  Flamborough Head - East Yorkshire

Route - 2 Miles

A firm favourite of our office dogs Ruby and Boyo, the walk will take you along the stunning coastline, past Old Fall Plantation which is a haven for migrating and local birds and through Flamborough village. Due to the eroding coastline, some of the walkways may be a little uneven and steep drops down the cliff edge means that caution is needed for both you and your dog. While you're there why not take a tour of the historic lighthouse (obviously this isn't suitable for your dogs).

You can park your vehicle in the car park that is situated at the Flamborough lighthouse. The lighthouse is located on Flamborough Head which is 1.2 miles from Flamborough on the B1259.


3. Broxa Forest - North Yorkshire Moors

Route - 5 3/4 Miles

If you and your dog are feeling fit, this 5+ mile walk in the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors will certainly make you feel on top of the world. Starting in the shade of the Broxa Forest, this walk is on good stone and gravel forest tracks, with some scrub and woodland sections which can be muddy after heavy rain. The walk will take you through forests of pine, conifers, natural woodland and refreshments can be found along the route in Harwood Dale, Scalby and Cloughton.

You can park in the Forestry commission car park at Reasty Hill (4 1/2 miles northwest of Scalby near Scarborough).


4. Yearsley Moor - North Yorkshire

Route - An easy  1.3 mile walk

For smaller or older dogs that only require a short stroll, the Yearsley Moor trail could be right up your street. With a mixture of beautiful views and mixed woodland, this walk doesn't contain any stiles, gates or steps but there are several moderate gradients along the way.

Yearsley Moor is situated about 1 mile from Yearsley village and the walk starts and finishes at the main entrance on the road called Yearsley Moor Bank.


5. Sheffield Lodge Moor and Oaking Clough - South Yorkshire

Route - 8 miles

For athletic dogs and owners, this walk will take you through some rarely-used spots in West Sheffield. The walk begins in the woods above Fox Hagg then takes you through to Wyming Brook and Ash Cabin Flat and the return leg goes past the Redmires Reservoirs. You need to be aware that this walk includes a few stiles and squeeze gaps and also a set of stepping stones (these can be avoided if you prefer).

This walk starts and ends on Redmires Road Sheffield and some roadside parking is available.

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