Visit the best woodland walks near York? 7 trails listed below!

Visit the best woodland walks near York? 7 trails listed below!

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    The table above lists all the best woodland walks near York. Click on each name to be taken straight to the part of the blog post for that walk.

    The forests near York in England are amazing. They offer some of the best walks that you can find anywhere in the country. You can explore the haven for wildlife at Hagg Wood, soak in the tranquility at Allerthorpe Wood or see the famous Kilburn White Horse at Kilburn Forest. And they're not just for locals either, because tourists love them too!

    Once you've read up on the forest walks to try on your visit to the historic city of York, why not have a look at our other posts for this area. You can find them on the following button below:

    The Best Forest Walks Near York

    In this blog post, we will be listing the woodland walks close to York.

    Forests are amazing places to explore and this area of the country around York has some great options available. Have a look below at the forest walks available on the interactive map and click on the buttons below the map for each walk, to be taken to the Forestry England pages for further information on the forest trails.

    Wheldrake Wood

    Get lost in the forest with this hidden gem! A variety of trees and paths offer an escape from everyday life for any visitor. Whether you're looking to take a break or get some fresh air, Wheldrake Wood has everything anyone could need while exploring nature's beauty at their own pace!

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    Hagg Wood

    Hagg Wood is a haven for wildlife which provides the perfect habitat for many animals throughout the year. Also in addition to the forest’s rich plant life - which includes bluebells in springtime along with primroses or yellow pimpernels, the wood has many types of trees including oak and conifers. Found only 5 miles from the city, Hagg Wood is well worth a visit.

    Allerthorpe Wood

    If you're looking for a tranquil walk through peaceful woods, look no further than this small pine wood located in the Vale of York. It's also very popular with wildlife experts who spend their days searching among its trees and shrubs for insects! Adders can be found here too so keep your eyes peeled on your walk!

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    Dalby Forest

    Dalby Forest is a haven for nature lovers, with its many trails and breath-taking scenery. The diverse landscape offers something to suit every interest - whether you're looking for more active pursuits like running or cycling or want some peace and quiet time on one of their gentle walks through the woods, there’s plenty here that will keep everyone happy!

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    Stainburn Forest

    Stainburn Forest is a perfect place to explore the outdoors with its coniferous canopy and mountain biking trails. If you don’t want an intense mountain bike experience, there are other hiking trails available.

    Kilburn Forest

    You can see the iconic Kilburn White Horse for yourself at this North Yorkshire forest. The large, white horse is visible from miles away and covers around half an acre! It has been overlooking the village since the 19th Century and is an amazing sight to see. Great views found here and worth checking out!

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    Silton Forest

    Head for Silton Forest, a serene and picturesque wooded sanctuary on the west side of the North York Moors National Park. The forest is an ideal spot for picnics or for the more adventurous; energetic walks and tough climbs uphill! Great views to be found here also!


    In this blog post, we have shared some of the woodland walks near York. To find out more about free things to do in the area, click on the button below:

    I hope this article has been useful in highlighting the best forest walks near York giving an insight into some of the amazing trails in this area. If so please share with your friends by clicking the social media icons below.

    Please note...

    All outdoor activities including forest walks involve a degree of risk. The walks are recommended due to the well known features of each forest but this may change over time and further research is required before undertaking any activity. The weather can also impact the surface and general conditions of each path so please keep yourself updated with the weather forecast before setting off to enjoy your walk!

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