Days Out in Wharfedale

Free activities

Fewston and Swinsty Reservoirs

Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs (Off the A59) are a lovely walk, with a trail for wheelchairs and prams its one for the whole family! There is a coffee shop just off the walk and the Sun Inn at Norwood is nearby and dog friendly.


Gallows Hill Nature Area

Otley’s popular Gallows Hill Nature Area is home to a variety of birds, insects and amphibians and has a car park and pushchair and wheelchair friendly path around it, including a riverside walk. Local group the Friends of Gallow’s Hill help maintain the site that was once sewerage works until it was taken over by the council and turned into the wildly beautiful park it is today. The team have planted many trees in the park, including a community orchard with cherry, pear and apple trees. While strolling around, be sure to be as quiet as can be, you may come across a frog or a toad, or perhaps see a kingfisher flash over the pond.

Regular family-based activities are held here, listings can be found on the Gallow’s Hill site.


Geology Trail, The Chevin, Otley

Eight stone carvings make up the 3km geology trail helping to explain how the Chevin’s steep slopes and gritstone crags and boulders were created. With the trail passing by Jenny’s Cottage http://chevinforest.co.uk/chevin-through-time/places-activities/jenny-s-cottage/ the views over Wharfedale are spectacular!


Golden Acre Park

Golden Acre park has a lovely walk around the lake with plenty of ducks to feed. With a newly refurbished cafe, a regular ice cream van and plenty of space for a picnic you can spend the day! Alternatively follow the path to the right before the tunnel entrance for a lovely walk to Paul’s Pond & see the beautiful bluebells in “Bluebell Wood”- complete with stream to paddle in!

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/leisure/Pages/Golden-Acre-Park.aspx


Ilkley Tarn

Developed by the Victorians as an ornamental feature, Ilkley Tarn lies above Ilkley on the edge of Ilkley Moor. An idyllic spot to visit.

 

Ilkley Moor,
Ilkley,
LS29 9RF


National Media Museum, Bradford

With nine floors of galleries to explore, three cinemas including Yorkshire’s biggest IMAX screen, and a packed programme of events, you’re sure to find something to inspire you.

National Media Museum, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1NQ

Open Daily 10-6pm (Museum and Shop)

Free entry to museum.


National Railway Museum

Home to over 300 years of history and over a million wonderful objects. Visit and you can marvel at iconic locomotives, watch engineering work in progress in the Workshop, browse the object-filled Warehouse, and let off steam in the outdoor play area. Younger visitors will love letting off steam in the railway-themed outdoor play area. Plus, you can take a ride on the nearby miniature railway and enjoy the scenery.

NRM York, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ

Opening Times 10am–6pm daily Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec

FREE ENTRY


None Goes By Farm & Farm Shop

A great little trip out with lots of animals available to see & feed. With bagged up animal food available from the shop the animals come to you knowing they are in for a good feed! With some lovely treats, meats and pies available from the Farm shop. There is an indoor play area for the under 7s for just £1 each and a good coffee machine for Mum & Dad.

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/None-Go-Bye-Farm-Shop/174376459276908?fref=ts

 


Riverside Gardens Park, Ilkley

A large fenced park with lots of play equipment, a sand pit and large grassy areas in a great location by the river its a lovely place for a picnic or a stroll! 

Fish and chips are available until 8.00pm at the Riverside Gardens Hotel (01943 607338 for more information)

Toilets are situated near to the Riverside Gardens Hotel (but in a separate building). Open 9.00am – 5.00pm – and are free to use.

There is free parking though it fills up quickly on a sunny day.
Riverside Gardens Park, Bridge Lane, Ilkley. LS29

Royal Armouries, Leeds

Opening times

Daily 10am – 5pm last admission 4.30. The museum is closed 24-26 December.

Admission

Free: some events may be chargeable.

Free Taxi Boat also available outside.

Address

Royal Armouries Museum Armouries Drive Leeds LS10 1LT

Phone 0113 220 1999

https://royalarmouries.org/leeds/


Scultpure Trail, The Chevin, Otley

Local Artist, Shane Green has created Nine timber sculptures which make up a 2.5km route walking you back in time through the Chevin’s history. The trail starts with a mountain bike with a compass and a climber, this is to represent the Fawkes family donation of the Danefield areas to the public. Ending the trail is a 7ft caveman holding a stone-tipped spear! With plenty of good cafes in Otley for a pit stop on the way home and the stunning views from the Chevin it really is a beautiful walk.


The Aire Valley Sculpture Trail, Saltaire

This trail, which starts from the bridge on Victoria Road, is an integral part of improving the use of the footpath
alongside the River Aire between Baildon Bridge and Saltaire.

This exciting development has been created for the benefit of residents and visitors to Saltaire and Shipley.

Pick up a free children’s activity sheet from the Saltaire Visitor Information.

It takes about 40 minutes there & back, stopping to look at the 15 pieces of art work. It is easy walking on the recently cleaned up river side path & the pieces are well worth studying as the more you look the more you discover.

The trail is ideal for families!

 


Valley Gardens, Harroagte

The premier play park in Harrogate! The equipment is fantastic here with loads to do for all ages including a zip wire, fortress, plane, paddling pool as well as the usual slides, swings etc. There is also the recently completed skate park for the older kids.

There is a new kiosk selling ice creams and light refreshments in the play area and further down the gardens there is a café which sells Ripley ice-cream as well as a boating pond and bandstand.

The park also offers pitch and put, crazy golf, Frisbee gold and tennis courts.

At the top of the Gardens lies the Pine Woods.


Wharfe Meadows Park, Otley

With amazing riverside walks this park is very pretty. The gardens look great all year round and they are well maintained. Many birds live on the river & weir area so bring your bread to feed the ducks and swans.
With a large playground and skate park for children, there is lots to do for both young and old. An on-site cafe means a hot coffee and sweet treat or an ice cream in on offer! At the far end of the park there are 4 tennis courts and an outdoor gym to burn off the sweet treat!

Farnley Ln, Otley LS21 2RW


Yeadon Tarn

With flat paths all the way round the Tarn, ideal for scooters, prams and wheelchairs, ducks galore, a new play park & a regular ice cream van, Yeadon Tarn is a great cheap day out! For older children there is also a skate park.

http://www.visitleeds.co.uk/thedms.aspx?dms=3&feature=2&venue=2195215