For occasional or seasoned walkers and ramblers, there are many options on your doorstep.

There are many excellent walks in and around Richmond and you can find the perfect walk for you on the website: You can download and print out trails there too.

Local trails

  • Richmond Town Trail: featuring an accessible walk around the highlights of the town and extensions to nearby beauty spots and viewpoints.
  • Guided Walks of Richmond: explore and discover the history of the Town.
  • Richmond and District Civic Society Plaque Tour: Finding plaques erected to identify places with links to famous people in the town.
  • The Drummer Boy Walk: a favourite with visitors and residents, inspired by the legend of the Richmond Drummer Boy.
  • Themed Historical Walks: around Richmond for pre-booked groups are led by local historian Jane Hatcher.  For more information, email:
  • The Richmond Walking and Book Festival, held during the last week of September each year, is unique in its marriage of a week-long walking festival in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales with a series of literary events.  These include a Book Fair and talks by well-known authors and social events. Visit the website for more information on this event:

Further afield

  • Swaledale Outdoor Club – Walk locations include the Northern Yorkshire Dales, Teesdale, North York Moors and the Lake District.  The club also holds camping and barn weekends and runs the famous Swaledale Marathon each June.
  • Richmondshire Ramblers – Richmondshire Ramblers arrange weekly walks usually of some 8 to 12 miles and normally on Sundays. In Summer some evening walks are held. Walks are usually in the Yorkshire Dales but occasionally in the Durham Dales, the North York Moors and the Lake District.
  • Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve – Open to the public all year round the reserve features different events each month for the benefit of the local community.  It has a thriving volunteer group and a bird ringing team which has processed over 100,000 birds on the site.  More than 2440 species have been recorded throughout the reserve which has a purpose-built Field Centre and three substantial hides.
  • The Coast to Coast – This renowned walk crosses three National Parks, undoubtedly some of England’s finest scenery. Starting beside the Irish Sea, you have wonderful walking through the mountains of the Lake District, across the Pennines and down Swaledale. The North York Moors await you and beyond them the east coast. For more visit:
  • Swale Way – This walk follows the full length of the River Swale from its confluence with the Ure at Boroughbridge to its origin high in the hills above Reeth. See The route continues to Kirkby Stephen giving the option of returning by the Yoredale Way along the course of the Ure.