Whitby is lucky enough to be surrounded by the most beautiful scenery, it’s what most people come for, yet more often than not people aren’t aware that there are some great places for dog walks around the area. If you have brought your four legged friend on holiday with you, or are from Whitby and looking for new places to walk, then we have compiled a list of places that are brilliant to walk your dog around Whitby.
Down in a valley covered by trees, you will find Beck Hole, a small beck that eventually connects to the River Esk. If you drive (or walk) down a downward hill you will come across a small bridge where a wooden fence with a walker’s entrance will greet you. Cross over that fence and you will be met by a small river/beck where there are large boulders and a mud path. It’s a brilliant place for your dog to run around, and the further you go the more beautiful the area gets – but be careful as it does take a bit of climbing and the rocks can be slippery when wet.
Grosmont can be busy at times but most of the time this area is quiet as not many people tend to venture down it. At the far end of the main carpark there is a trail heading off towards the disused railway lines, if you follow that trail you will come across an opening where there is a small river. It’s beautiful here in the summer because not only is it often vacant, it’s also the perfect place to have a picnic. It’s the perfect place for the family, it’s not hard to walk to, and the kids will love skimming stones in the river. I often take my dog down here and it’s where she learnt to swim, and now she absolutely adores the place and knows the trail better than I do!
May Beck is just right to the turn off for Falling Foss, you can park your car there and spend the whole day bumbling through the woods whilst your dog tires themselves out. May Beck is wonderful because of how big it is, it’s hard to get bored walking around because there is so much of it to explore. If your dog is great off the lead and wary of strangers you can find trails where you’ll happily not pass another person, you can either go high up into the woods and walk along the hills or you can walk on lower ground and pass the stream that is surrounded with beautiful nature during the summer months.
Sandsend to Whitby
If you’re looking to tire yourself and the dog out then take your car to the Sandsend carpark and walk the beach to Whitby and back (or the other way). The beach is absolutely beautiful any time of year, if your dog likes making friends then there are often locals who walk their lovely pets on the beach too. Be sure you check the tide times before you go though as the tide does come in quite fast, especially towards the cliff on the Sandsend side.
Top top: If you’re thirsty after the walk, you can take your pooch to “The Hart Inn” at Sandsend. They allow dogs in the pub and serve great food.
North York Moors National Park
If you want to get yourself in the midst of some of the most spectacular views in Yorkshire, then head yourself over to the North York Moors National Park. On their website, they document a number of routes which are dog-friendly. Most walks are lead walks only as there is livestock often present on The Moors, but if you want your dog to walk freely and off the lead then there are plenty of walks to do in the Forestry Commission owned parts of The Moors (55 miles to be exact). The woodland includes Dalby, Langdale, Cropton, Boltby, and Silton. The parks are fantastic to walk around and incredibly beautiful during every season, these are my favourite walks with our dog (above) and she loves charging around the woods. We have a Border Collie so lead walks are almost impossible, and we especially like to avoid anywhere where there is a chance of livestock, but she adores the woods as she charges through the trees.
If you would like to share more areas to walk your dog around Whitby then please comment below. We will add your suggestions to our article.