Landscape image of Skipwith Common
Guided Battlefield Walk of Towton

Outdoors at the Heart of Yorkshire

Whether you’re looking for an hour’s escape, a slow Sunday jaunt or an adventure off the beaten track, the Heart of Yorkshire has something special to offer for everyone.

Our part of Yorkshire is filled with ancient woodlands, waterways, acres of lowland heath, nature reserves and a wealth of flora and fauna - all complemented by quiet country lanes, historic market towns and wide-open spaces and an uncluttered horizon – perfect for sunset selfies on a walk or cycle ride!

Take your own time as you explore the Heart of Yorkshire and enjoy discovering what’s on the doorstep with a wonderful mix of gardens, woods and nature reserves.

Walking at the Heart of Yorkshire - there’s no better way to discover more about our wonderful region and learn about its history and heritage, than on foot. Happily get lost with the many tracks, loops and walks on offer, including Drax Millennium Walk, Selby Horseshoe, Womersley Walk, Cawood’s Wolsey Walk, Towton Battlefield Trail, waymarked trails at Skipwith Common and the Swanning Around Selby Walks, as well as town trails and walks along the region's canal and riversides.

Cycling at the Heart of Yorkshire - our area is predominately low-lying and flat, which appeals to the avid road cyclist, as much as it does to families. Being central to the Yorkshire section of the TransPennine Trail and part of the Sustrans National Route 62 makes it ideal for cycling. The York to Selby route is perfect for families and novice cyclists. See the ‘Solar System’ artwork commissioned by Sustrans, as you cycle along the mainly traffic-free path through the flat, arable landscape of the Vale of York towards Selby. The North York Moors National Park, the Yorkshire Wolds and the stunning Yorkshire coast are all within easy reach of the Heart of Yorkshire.

Image: Towton Battlefield Trail