Walks in the Esk Valley area
Visitors to the North Yorkshire Moors and especially the Esk Valley often prefer to explore the hidden secrets of the area by walking.
Walking has to be one of the best ways of getting to grips with what makes the North York Moors such a fabulous place and the Esk Valley has many interesting walks suitable for most levels, however before you set out make sure that you are well-equipped. The weather can change on the moors from what it was when you started your walk, so make sure to take waterproof clothing, some food and an extra layer of warm clothing, also make sure that you set out wearing suitable footwear.
Enjoy your walking but please make sure that you stay on the recognised pathways as this will help you not to get lost and will protect the countryside flaura and fauna. Please note that dogs should be kept on a lead particularly when walking through farmer's fields, but always remember that some cattle can see the dog as a threat. If you and your dog find your self in the situation where cattle are threatening you both, it is in yours and the dogs best interests to let go of the dog lead. The dog can then escape drawing away the cattle from yourself, and you can make a safe exit from the field. You should then be able to retrieve your dog from a safe point later.
If you find walking difficult, this will not stop you enjoying the countryside. Pathways are being constructed at places like the Moors Centre in Danby and in addition the Moors Centre also has a motorised scooter, a manual and a motorised wheelchair available on loan to explore the paths which meander through the trees.
From short walks to country strolls or a days hiking over the open moorland, always be wary of traffic as many accidents occur on rural roads. The Moors bus is another ideal way to explore the North York Moors National Park.