If you are feeling energetic you can try one of the three waymarked trails which have been established on the Common in a joint project between The Friends of Skipwith Common, Natural England and the landowner Escrick Park Estate.
From King Rudding Lane car park a flat, wide route takes you around part of this National Nature Reserve following the old WWII runways and tracks. The surface of the trail is uneven and ridged tarmac or concrete. There are accessible boardwalks and the option of visiting a raised observation tower. The distance of the route is 2.0 miles (3.3 km) or there is the option of the shorter 0.75 mile (1.2km) Bomb-bays loop section of this route. There are no stiles on this route.
A circular walk on the Common starting from Sands Lane car park, which encompasses some of the older archaeological features. The route is flat with some of the trail on tarmacked surfaces and some on sections of unmade paths with uneven surfaces - narrow in places. The distance of the route is 2.6 miles (4.2 km). There are no stiles on this route.
A half-day circular walk, that can be started from either King Rudding Lane car park or Sands Lane car park, which takes you around most of the path network on the site and through the historic village of Skipwith whilst avoiding the dangerous boggy sections of the Common. Whilst some of this flat route is on a tarmacked or concrete surface much of it is on unmade, uneven paths - narrow in places. The distance of this route is 5 miles (7.7km) or 6 miles (9.3km) if undertaking the optional Danes Hills loop. There are three stiles on this route.
We hope that you have fun following the trails and reading the leaflets which cover the key areas of this National Nature Reserve
Dog Walkers - please note that it is a legal requirement under the CRoW (Countryside and Rights of Way) Act to keep dogs on leads and under close control when on open access land such as the Common, to reduce disturbance to ground nesting birds and to prevent harm to the grazing livestock (six sheep have been injured or killed by dog attacks this year). Please be responsible and obey the new signs by keeping your dogs on leads and under close control so that the wildlife can thrive in this National Nature Reserve. Thank you.