Where can I walk with my dog in the North York Moors

The countryside is a great place to take your dog for a walk and the North York Moors is a fantastic place to explore and experience.

Please take care if you go walking in the nesting season April – end of July.

Dogs are naturally inquisitive and may mean no harm, but ground-nesting birds are easily scared and will fly away until the perceived threat has passed. This risks their eggs getting cold and not hatching or leaves the eggs or young at risk from predators. Also, a loose dog can frighten pregnant ewes and cause them to abort their lambs

Here are a few walks available in the area

Dog walking can be great exercise and a fantastic way to get some fresh air
Dog walking can be great exercise and a fantastic way to get some fresh air

Countryside Dog Walks

Coastal Dog Walks

These walks are based on the spectacular Heritage Coast of the North York Moors National Park.

The walks include sections on cliff tops – some of the cliff may be unfenced, and you are advised to keep your dog on a short lead for safety on these sections – for further details see the ‘walk facts for dog owners’ information for each walk.

Walks With Dogs in Forestry Commission Woods

Forestry Commission woods are a great place for you and your dog to explore. You can let your dog off the lead – but always make sure he is under control.

Forestry Commission woods are great to visit any time of year, but you can help protect rare moorland birds by choosing a walk in the forests especially from March to July when ground nesting birds are breeding on the moors.

There are over 55 square miles (144km2) of Forestry Commission woodland in the National Park where dogs are welcome. This includes the forests at Dalby, Langdale, Cropton, Boltby and Silton. As well as public rights of way, these forests have many other good tracks and paths which you are welcome to explore with your dog.


In most moorland areas of the national park, landowners have used legal powers to exclude dogs from ‘open access land’.

Dogs are still allowed on moorland rights of way, but they have to stay on the path.  However, there are some ‘Dog Welcome’ areas on the moorland where landowners allow dogs to be exercised off rights of way and off lead (but under control).

You need to make sure that you stay inside the Welcome area and do not stray onto nearby land where dogs are not allowed.

Information on moorland dog welcome areas can be downloaded below:

The North York Moors NPA have produced a leaflet offering advice and assistance if you are exercising your dog in the area

Click here to download a copy of the Walking with Dogs Leaflet