The White Rose Way

Spring has Sprung – Time to Lace Up Those Boots.                                                                                                                   

Paul Brown is a Scholes resident and the creator and author of a step by step walking guide to the White Rose Way. Fortunately it’s nothing to do with that shopping centre at the other side of town, no it’s a new 100 mile walking trail from Leeds to Scarborough. The book contains photographs and also natural and local history notes of the places through which the walk passes. As the Nancy Sinatra song says,  ‘Are you ready boots – start walking!’

With daffodils swaying, lambs beginning to appear in the fields and that long absent sun beginning to peek from behind the rainclouds, what better time to think about lashing those old hiking boots with dubbin and heading out into the great British  countryside?
But where to wander lonely as a cloud, o’er hills and vales to come across those crowds, those hosts of golden daffodils? (Sorry Wordsworth).
Well you don’t have to look far, for one of the most beautiful and varied walks in the country starts right here on our doorstep in Leeds.
Created in 2011 and published in 2012, The White Rose Way is a 104 mile walk from Leeds City Square to the South Bay in Scarborough.
This walk has proved to be very popular and is fast   becoming an established favourite on the walking scene. The White Rose Way is a step by step descriptive book, so that beginners and experienced walkers alike can enjoy it with a minimum of effort. No maps are needed, just a sense of adventure and walking gear. There are no mountains to conquer, nor even any significant hills and the going is easy all the way.
Most people would take around a week to complete it, but it can easily be broken into day or weekend walks. The choice is yours. There are good public transport links from key points along the route.
Linking sections of established walks with little used public footpaths, the trail commences in Leeds City Square and soon leaves the modern city behind via Victorian housing developments and parkland to enter the countryside surrounding the city.

Passing the outdoor film set of tv’s Emmerdale, it traverses the grounds and deer park of Harewood House and follows the lush Wharfe valley through the upmarket village of Linton to the ancient town of Wetherby.
Pretty Yorkshire stone villages come and go before the route follows the River Wharfe through Boston Spa to Tadcaster and then via a countryside Roman Road to the outskirts of York. Agricultural plains feature as the walk  meanders through Kexby to the battle town of Stamford Bridge.
The River Derwent is then tracked, soon entering the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty past Kirkham Abbey to Malton.
The chocolate-box village of Thornton Le Dale  is encountered before the North York Moors National Park and the impossible beauty of the Wykeham and Dalby forests.   The remote hamlet of Harwood Dale is passed before reaching the coast at Cloughton and a clifftop, beach and headland walk brings you to the finish line at the TIC in the South Bay at Scarborough.


Throughout the book there are items of local and natural history of the places through which the walk passes, to keep the walker entertained.

The book is available via the accompanying website at at a cost of £7.99 plus p&p.


Cover for the White Rose Way Book

The website also features a photo gallery, accommodation guide and baggage handling contact details as well as a thoroughly deserved walk completion certificate which can be downloaded free of charge.



Like we said, time to lace up those boots.

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