Going for a river walk is one of the best ways to get a dose of fresh air and get some exercise. There are many benefits to going for a walk along the riverbank. For one, walking along a river is a great way to relax and clear your head. The sound of the water flowing and the birds chirping is a peaceful and calming experience. River walks can also be a great way to connect with nature. From spotting different wildlife to enjoying the beauty of the surrounding scenery, a river walk can be a great way to take in the beauty of the outdoors. With this in mind, I have selected my 5 favourite river rambles
1. Aysgarth Falls
If you’re looking for a unique location to spend your day, then Aysgarth Falls is definitely worth a visit. Aysgarth Falls has been a popular tourist destination for over 200 years and it’s easy to see why. The falls offer a stunning display of natural beauty, with its snowbells in January, primroses in April and its bluebells in May. The triple flight of waterfalls offers a unique experience, and the roaring sound and spray of the falls will be sure to capture your attention. There are multiple trails available for family, friends and avid dog walkers to enjoy the fabulous scenery. Plus, the falls are a popular spot for photographers and painters to capture the beauty of the area. Overall, Aysgarth Falls is a must-visit location for anyone looking to explore the stunning Yorkshire Dales. Whether you’re a nature lover, photographer, painter, or simply looking for a unique location to spend your day, Aysgarth Falls will certainly not disappoint.
2. Cotter Force
Cotter Force is one of the most accessible waterfalls in the National Park, located near to the market town of Hawes. The waterfall is notable for its powerful cascade of water, which plunges into the Cotter beck below. The path to Cotter falls has been specially graded to make it suitable for pushchairs and wheelchair users, making it one of the few waterfalls in Britain that is accessible to people of all abilities. This path winds along the edge of the river and is lined with trees on either side, providing a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere.
3. The river Lyvennet in Maulds Meaburn
If you’re looking for a leisurely walk in a beautiful setting, the Lyvennet Beck is the perfect destination. Located in the Eden Valley, this easy ¾ hour walk will take you through picturesque countryside and uncover the fascinating history of Maulds Meaburn The village of Maulds Meaburn is also home to one of only three greens in England that still has sheep grazing on it. Meaburn Green is a picturesque area which is grazed by local sheep, providing a beautiful backdrop for the village.
4. River Rawthey in Sedbergh
Set against the backdrop of the Howgill fells, the grand old town of Sedbergh is the perfect location for a short, pleasant walk. The town is steeped in history and culture, and the walk takes in many of its highlights. Part of the walk follows the River Rawthey, while the other part explores the winding streets of the town itself. the walk follows the river upstream, taking in the lush green scenery and impressive views of the Howgill Fells in the distance. Along the way, there are plenty of spots to stop and take in the tranquillity of the river, or to watch the local wildlife.
5. Crook O Lune
Exploring the Lune River in Lancashire is a must-do for any nature enthusiast. On this there and back walk, you can take in the picturesque views of the river, the old bridges, and the surrounding countryside. Starting from the car park at the site, this route is suitable for most abilities as it is mostly flat and easy to follow. You can take a short detour to the viewing platform which gives you a breathtaking view of the river and the surrounding countryside. Once you've had your fill of the views, follow the path along the river until you reach the weir. Here you can sit and watch the water cascading over the weir. It's a great spot for wildlife watching and you may even spot a kingfisher or two.