Four walks near Leeds to blow away the Bank Holiday cobwebs

Whack on your walking boots and get stomping.
Ruhe – Kieselsteine von Wasser bedeckt am Rheinufer mit Bokeh. Konzept “Ruhe & Zen”. Deutschland / NRW / Köln / Rhein

There’s nothing like a bit of exercise and fresh air to cure your hangover after a heavy weekend.

Although you may be wanting to stay in bed and eat McDonalds for the foreseeable future, we promise you that by getting up and getting outside, you’ll be feeling better in no time.

After getting a bit of a sweat on and burning off last night’s espresso martinis, you can enjoy your Sunday night takeaway guilt free with a smug smile on your face.

We’ve curated a list of fantastic walks for you to embark on, so whack on your walking boots, grab a bottle of water and get stomping.

Swinsty Reservoir

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In the picturesque Washburn Valley just north of Otley and west of Harrogate, lies the beautiful Swinsty Reservoir.

This walk is relatively easy, it’s about 3 miles in length and has plenty of flat gravel paths and pitstops for you to rest along the way.

The walk encircles the entire reservoir and provides breath-taking views across the water and the surrounding landscape.

Fewston Reservoir

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If Swinsty isn’t long enough for you and you’d like a bit more of a challenge then try it’s neighbouring reservoir, Fewston.

Wrapping all the way around the beautiful Fewston reservoir, crossing over Fewston embankment you are spoilt for choice with spectacular views of both reservoirs.

You can also extend your walk by exploring nearby routes including Fewston and Timble Ings. The route is mostly flat with some short sections of path with fairly steep gradient and rockier terrain.

Ilkley Moor

The Cow and Calf rock walk.
Image: Flickr, Dave Morton

Bob over to Ilkley and head towards the iconic Cow and Calf rocks on Ilkley Moor.

Although the walk may seem daunting, there’s an easy path to follow at a moderate gradient to guide you all the way. Hike up to the top, breathe in that good Yorkshire air and marvel at the impressive panoramic views of the town and beyond.

The good news is, there’s a pub just a stone’s throw away if you fancy a cold pint or a well-deserved roast after your walk.

The Otley Chevin

The Otley Chevin.
Image: Flickr, Tim Green

The Otley Chevin is a gorgeous forest park overlooking the quaint market town below. It’s the ideal place to take your furry friend for a walk, enjoy the spectacular views and breathe in the good Yorkshire air.

Located the luscious Wharfe Valley the park is full of criss-cross paths, impressive woodlands and breathtaking views at every turn. With walking trails, picnic spots, organised events and woodland to explore, there is something for everyone.

Read more: Four great walks near Leeds with a pub on the trail

Feature Image- Yorkshire Water (Fewston Reservoir)

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