Days Out Wharfedale & Craven

Walks & The Great Outdoors

Featured Listing

Mother Shipton’s Cave

Within historic woodland along the River Nidd is Mother Shipton’s Cave, the birthplace of Yorkshire’s famous prophetess. It is situated next to the Petrifying Well, England’s oldest visitor attraction. The attraction tells the story of Mother Shipton and the water which turns objects to stone.

Aysgarth Falls – Leyburn

Perfectly situated to visit the superb waterfalls on the River Ure, the National Park Centre can also point you in the direction of other lovely walks in the area taking in the surrounding woods or heading up to the lovely villages of Carperby or Aysgarth. Next to the Centre is the Coppice Café which serves a great selection of drinks and meals largely made with locally-sourced ingredients.

Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre, Aysgarth Falls, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 3TH
01969 662910

Bolton Abbey

Whether you wander beside or a paddle in the river, cross the exposed purple heights of the heather moorland or explore the woodland nature trails, there is something for everyone. With the Welly Walk Woodland Adventure Trail (not suitable for prams!), the stepping stones over the river and the numerous seasonal extras on offer, Bolton Abbey makes a great day out! The cafe is well stocked if you are hungry or thirsty with ice creams being available at both the shop & the kiosk!

Brimham Rocks – Harrogate

Dramatic moorland rock formations. Explore Brimham Rocks and have a great day out at nature’s playground. This amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations makes a great day out for families, climbers and those wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent views over Nidderdale.

There’s no admission charge at Brimham Rocks. Parking is free for National Trust members.
Non-National Trust members, car parking charges are as follows: ÂŁ4 up to three hours, ÂŁ5 thereafter

Brimham Rocks Summerbridge, Harrogate, HG3 4DW, Tel: 01423 780688

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 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!

Hardcastle Crags

Hardcastle Crags is a wooded Pennine valley in West Yorkshire, England, owned by the National Trust.

Choose one of our waymarked trails and head off into the woods. The light on crisp winter mornings is glorious and may bring out your inner artist.

Hollin Hall, Midgehole Rd, Hebden Bridge HX7 7AP

Phone: 01422 844518

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,
LS29 9RF

Ingleborough Cave

Ingleborough Cave is on the south side of Ingleborough, above the village of Clapham. The Cave is to the General Public, School Groups and Cavers of all experience.

An awe-inspiring range of stunning cave formations, the imposing cave entrance and the large passages are full of artefacts dating back millions of years along with the evidence of the significant impact of the Ice Ages.

The passages are floodlit with well-laid concrete paths, the usual walking or outdoor clothing will suffice and there are no steps so the Cave is accessible for pushchairs. Dogs are allowed on leads and it is very rarely affected by flooding, in fact the wetter the weather the more spectacular the Cave!

The walk from Clapham Village to the Cave is also a unique and very enjoyable experience. There is a leaflet available at the start of the Trail which interprets the features of the walkthrough this woodland landscape with Himalayan plantings, unusual tree species and along a wide, well-maintained gravel track.

The Trail also provides access further up Clapdale beyond Ingleborough Cave to Trow Gill Gorge, a large limestone gorge carved out by glacial meltwater.

Ingleborough Cave
Tel: 01524 251242

Middleton Woods, Ilkley

Beautiful woods especially in bluebell season!

Start at Junction of Denton Road and Middleton Avenue at bottom of New Brook Street. A 2.5-mile easy going walk taking roughly 90 minutes.

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, a paddle 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

Roberts Park – Shipley

Roberts Park is a 14 acres public urban park in Baildon, West Yorkshire, England. Higher Coach Road, Baildon, is to the north and the park is bounded to the south by the River Aire. Boasting a fantastic play area complete with sandpit!

Address: Higher Coach Rd, Baildon, Bradford BD17 5RN

Roundhay Park

Roundhay Park is one of the most popular parks in Leeds due to its size, grandeur and array of things to see and do. Roundhay Park covers over 700 acres of rolling parkland, lakes (great for duck feeding), woodlands, formal gardens and contains several cafes, two playgrounds, the popular visitor attraction Tropical World and much more.

Parking available at both the upper and lower parts of the park.
The park is great for scooters and bike riding but there is also a train (weekends and BH’s) which takes you from the upper and lower parts of the park for £2 a person.

Mansion Lane, off Princes Avenue, LS8 2HH

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.

Skipton Castle Woods

The best way to experience Skipton Castle Woods is to visit by walking along the spectacular tow path from Mill Bridge in the heart of Skipton. On arrival in the wood you will find a site map full of interesting features, suggested walking routes and more activities to try. Happy exploring!

Most of Skipton’s ancient woodland is a mix of broadleaf trees such as oak, ash, lime, alder, hornbeam, holly, hazel and beech. But you’ll also find yew, Scot’s pine and Norway spruce.

Woodland plants and flowers such as wild garlic, bluebells, wood anemone and dogs mercury are in seasonal abundance.


Skipton Castle Woods supports a rich diversity of wildlife, including many bats, birds and deer.

Nearest postcode BD23 1AW

Skipton Treasure Trail

The perfect way to see the sights and attractions of Skipton on a sunny afternoon.

Follow the trail, solve the clues, see the sights!


Fun for the whole family and available now from Skipton Information & Visitor Centre.

Coach Street, Skipton, BD23 1LQ

Stump Cross Cavern – Harrogate

The caves at Stumps Cross were then discovered in 1860 by miners who looking for lead seams in the Yorkshire Dales. Although they didn’t find any lead, they did find the natural caverns which you can see today.

The cave system at Stump Cross extends well beyond the show caves which are open to the public, to an overall length of approximately 6km. Many of the deeper caverns are only accessible to experienced cavers, but there is a possibility of further sections of the caverns being opened to the public in the future. Indeed, the impressive reindeer cavern was opened to the public in 2000 after debris was removed and the cave was made safe.

Remains of Wolverines, a giant member of the weasel family have been discovered at Stump Cross. It is thought that these animals entered the caves looking for food such as Reindeer and Bison, the remains of which have also been found. The Wolverine remains are on display in the visitor’s centre.

Pushchairs and baby back carriers are not permitted due to restricted access, however front carriers are permitted.
01756 752780

Stump Cross Caverns, Greenhow Hill, Pateley Bridge
Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Sutton in Craven Park

Play area, playing fields, multi-use game area, paddling/boating pool and a tea room! Perfect for a day out in Summer!


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!


Wharfemeadows 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.