Each Clue Trail is an 8 page A5 booklet containing clues that take you on a self-guided circular walk around the area. Each clue will help you to eliminate an answer on the back page until you are left with only one. Testing your observational skills, puzzle-solving ability and lateral thinking during a two-hour walk around local landmarks. Ideal for small groups of up to six people.

A great challenge for all ages/groups (families, teenagers, couples, friends), with hints available online should they be required. No children needed!

Please note: The trail routes may include some potentially muddy footpaths and steps.

Each trail sold will continue to support Jaime’s Journey.
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Price: £5 (+£1 p+p if purchased online)
 
Local stockists – cash only: 
 
Addingham Clue Trail 
– Addingham Newsagents + Post Office, Main Street, Addingham 
 
Ilkley Clue Trail  
– La Stazione, Station Road, Ilkley
– Addingham Newsagents + Post Office, Main Street, Addingham
 
Otley Clue Trail
– stockist TBC 

About Clue Trails: Clue Trails was created after a fun afternoon hunting around Addingham with our 7 & 8-year-old boys in Feb half term looking for “good clues” as a bit of entertainment. We ended up creating an Addingham Clue Trail that we tried on our friends, then realised we could help to raise some money for a local family by going to print and stocking it in the village newsagents. We are supporting Jaime’s Journey, which was set up to help make home adaptations following Jaime Lunn incurring life-changing injuries following a mountain biking accident on Ilkley Moor during lockdown 1.

 
We had so much fun developing the Addingham Clue Trail, and also liked the idea of teaching the boys a bit around creating a ‘business, that we decided to create some more – which resulted in  Ilkley, and now Otley, Clue Trails. So far we have raised just over £500.

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Family Walks

We’ve compiled a list of great walks in Wharfedale & Craven and further afield – all child-friendly and great for seeing our countryside at it’s best.  We hope you enjoy.

 

 


4. Fewston & Swinsty Reservoirs

  • Distance: Up to 8 miles.
  • Type of terrain: Easy walking around 2 reservoirs, 1 route is wheelchair friendly
  • Good For: Plenty of birdlife, fish and woodland.

This route around Swinsty Reservoir nestles in the stunning Washburn Valley and provides breathtaking views of the water and the surrounding landscape. The walk is 3 miles long and a podcast is available to accompany the route.

Where Swinsty (Distance: 5.45km) is relatively flat throughout, the path around Fewston (Distance: 6.9km) winds and bends over hills, lifting and dipping, both with well-maintained paths.

For further information and the route plans click here

 


6. Gallows Hill Nature Reserve

  • Distance: Various, can continue walking through Wharfemeadow’s Park along the riverside.
  • Type of terrain: Easy walking, pram & wheelchair friendly.
  • Good For: Bird-life, Insects and amphibians.

Otley’s popular Gallows Hill Nature Area is a peaceful and increasingly diverse place, situated along a stretch of the River Wharfe in Otley. It is a habitat for a great many species of wildlife, most notably the Common Toads which can be found in the pond in large numbers. With on site car park and a 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.


7. Middleton Woods, Ilkley

  • Distance: Varies. A short route can be taken.
  • Type of terrain: Footpaths will be muddy and narrow. Stiles on all paths.
  • Good for: Trees: The wood contains alder, beech, birch, oak, rowan, sycamore, thorn, and larch of all ages including veteran oaks. Flowers, especially Bluebells in April & May.

This walk climbs through the woods and then up onto the hill beyond with excellent views back across the town to the moor before returning via an unexpected ghyll and brushing a seldom-visited village before returning along the valley. More details can be found here.

Route map here.


8. Skipton Castle Woods

  • Distance: Varies. A short route can be taken.
  • Type of terrain: There are over 2000 metres of surfaced trails within the wood, although the path along the top of the wood is very steep and unsuitable for the less able. There is also an accessible route. See map.
  • Good for: Wildlife, flowering plants, trees, grasses, sedges and ferns.

For nearly a thousand years Skipton Castle Woods provided fuel, building materials and food to the castle it surrounds. And the waterways that run through it gave power to local wool, corn and sawmills across two centuries.

The forest was carefully managed for firewood, timber and for hunting, while the beck provided fresh water and plenty of fish. But through all this management and heavy usage the spirit of the woods has never changed. It’s still one of the most beautiful, serene sites  Spend a couple of hours following the valley of the Eller Beck, sit and admire some stunning views,  soak up the peace and the history. You’ll go home recharged!

Printable Map can be found here


Further afield…

1. Meanwood Valley Trail 

Friends of Ashlands, the PTA of Ashlands Primary School in Ilkley, has initiated a project to develop trails in and around the town. The first trail based around “The Three Bridges” will be released this month with five further trails to be developed throughout 2021. Each trail will differ in its location and theme which will be seasonally linked but with nature always at the heart.

Nicola Holmes, Chair of Friends of Ashlands said “We love exploring our local area so wanted to develop these trails to give families a purpose for theirs walks and to provide information and inspiration along the way. Ashlands is proud to play an active role in the community with a focus on the environment. Last year’s Wildflower Meadow project on Leeds Road was well received and so we hope this year local families enjoy following these trails. Thanks to Ilkley Town Council for their support in funding this project”.

Working in partnership to develop the trails is Nell Bank, the well-known Ilkley based outdoor centre which provides day and residential experiences for schools and community groups. Dan Goodey, Head of Centre at Nell Bank said “We were delighted to be asked to support this project and to be able to help encourage people to explore and enjoy their natural environment. The Three Bridges route is one we use regularly with children visiting the centre. It’s a fantastic route, packed with interest which has now been brought to life for everyone to enjoy. The Three Bridges trail, the first in this series is very accessible so perfect for all abilities.”

The project complements the recent #walkshire campaign launched by Welcome to Yorkshire which aims to demonstrate the physical and mental health benefits of walking as both a recreational activity and whilst at work.

Mayor of Ilkley Mark Stidworthy says about the project “It’s more important than ever for our health and wellbeing that we get outdoors safely as families or individuals. We have a fantastic town with many interesting and beautiful corners, and Ilkley Town Council is delighted to support this new series of trails providing opportunities for all of us to Discover Ilkley in the months ahead.”

Back in Ilkley and looking ahead the next trail will be released later this spring and with an Easter theme. Keep an eye out for more information and enjoy exploring.

The trails are contact-free and will be distributed through the schools’ community as well as available to download on www.discoverilkley.co.uk and the Loyal Free app.

Make sure you share your trail walk photos using #discoverilkley and #ilkleytrails and tag us @friendsofashlands @nellbank @discoverilkley

To connect with Friends of Ashlands and Nell Bank visit our website or Facebook;

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Nell Bank

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Open weekends in March, then every day from April – December for pre-booked tickets.

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.

The park is a unique, unspoilt remnant of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough. During a visit it is an old tradition to make a wish. The Wishing Well is fed by the same magical waters as the Petrifying Well and has been wished upon for over 300 years. Many visitors have been in touch to tell us their wishes have come true!

The park has several scenic picnic areas, an adventure playground and a museum and a gift shop. Dogs are welcome in all areas, apart from the playground.

Themed events run during the school holidays.  For more information about family events visit our website.

Visitors can now book online! For general admission and events, discounted tickets are available at: https://mothershipton.digitickets.co.uk/tickets

Please check the website for up-to-date opening times and any unforeseen park closures.

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A circular walk is the perfect walk when coping with little legs, there is no going back on yourself or having to traipse back to the car!  These are Mumblers favourite circular walks in and around Wharfedale & Craven.

Gallows Hill Nature Reserve, Otley

Car Park: On-site
Circular Walk Distance: 1km. approx 40 minutes
Amenities: No toilets

Gallows Hill is a peaceful and increasingly diverse place, situated along a stretch of the River Wharfe in Otley. It is a habitat for a great many species of wildlife, most notably the Common Toads which can be found in the pond in large numbers. Look out for the pond where you may see a flash of blue as a kingfisher flies over the water.

The Friends of Gallows Hill help maintain the area, keeping the pushchair friendly riverside path from overgrowth and planting numerous trees over the years, including cherry, ash, hawthorn and hazel. The flat path guides you around the central lake, passing the community orchard, the pond and the river before heading back to the car park or into Wharfe Meadows Park.  We spent approx 45 minutes with numerous stops for wildlife spotting.


Skipton Castle Woods

Car Park: We parked in Coach Street Car Park and crossed the bridge to the towpath
Circular Walk Distance: Approx 3km. There are 3 routes around Skipton Castle Woods. 1 or 2 hours each.
Amenities: No toilets

The best way to experience Skipton Castle Woods is to visit by walking along the spectacular towpath 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. We chose the red and yellow path which looped us around the woods, past the willow sculpture, stream and back past the castle. It was then a quick walk out of the woods through the church and back onto the towpath to the car park. Not all paths are suitable for a pram so a carrier is advised.


Yeadon Tarn

Car Park: On-site
Circular Walk Distance: Just over 1km. approx 40 minutes
Amenities: No toilets

With flat paths all the way around the Tarn, ideal for scooters, prams and wheelchairs -though there are no bikes allowed. Ducks and Swans galore plus plenty of spots to try to see a fish or 2 and if you are lucky there may be a friendly fisherman who will show you his catch.


Otley Chevin

Car Park: We parked at Otley Chevin Car Park (LS21 3DD)
Circular Walk Distance: 2km.  Approx 1 hour
Amenities: No toilets

The beautiful views and peaceful forest make the perfect circular walk. We opted to follow the Heritage Time Trail (carvings) for our walk which does include some steeper terrain. Leave the car park and follow the path straight ahead. This has been a favourite of ours for years and we first attempted it with little legs back in 2018 when she was almost 4 and it took us 70 minutes from start to finish. Not all paths are suitable for a pram so a carrier is advised. There are plenty of paths off the main route so you are unlikely to bump into many people during your walk.

The path leads you up and round the Chevin and back to the car park starting point. If you need refreshments you can cross over to the Chilli Barn pop-up TAKEAWAY tearooms are (open 10-4pm) to grab a slice of homemade cake then take it home to relax with a cup of tea!


Pauls Pond, Bramhope/Cookridge

Car Park: Off-site or Golden Acre Park main car park
Circular Walk Distance: 1km or Varied. approx 1/2 hour or more if you tag on Golden Acre Park and / or Adel Dam Nature Reserve (see below)
Amenities: Toilets and cafe situated in Golden Acre Park

A lovely walk which you can begin in either Bramhope, Cookridge or from Golden Acre. If starting at Golden Acre you take the wooden bridge before the underpass tunnel and follow the path through the woods to Pauls Pond. The main paths will be fine for a solid pram but there are plenty of side paths which you can explore and streams aplenty to paddle in so take wellies!

If starting this walk from Bramhope take the style on the Sycamores and follow the path until you reach the woods. Hang right for Paul’s Pond. There is NO PARKING on the Sycamores.

If starting from Cookridge walk down Pinfold Lane and head right towards the woods. There is NO PARKING on Pinfold Lane.


Adel Dam Nature Reserve

Car Parking: Use either of the Golden Acre Park car parks, one of which is on the A660 and the other on the Adel to Arthington road. (Free)

Amenities: Not at Dam itself but Golden Acre not far away with toilets and cafe.

Circular Walk Distance: Approx 1.5km.  Part of the route is suitable for pushchairs but carriers would be recommended.  You can download the self-guided walking trail PDF here but we managed without!

Opposite Golden Acre Park, Adel Dam has been open to the public since it became a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve.  The circular fern-lined path, winds in an impressive loop through the wet and dry woodlands, where you’ll have the chance to see badgers, roe deer, foxes and kingfishers to name a few.

The route is great for little legs, the paths are level and easy going up until the first hide (Marsh Hide), this section is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The remainder of the circuit is a more natural uneven surface, including steps, bridges and narrow points. Some areas do get boggy so suitable footwear required and you are required to stick to the paths.

It can be accessed through Golden Ace Park. Instead of walking across the new wooden bridge at the back of the lake verve down to the left and enter the nature reserve through the gate.


Kirkstall Nature Reserve

This review is courtesy of fellow Mumbler Charlotte

Car Parking: There is a small car park just before the entrance (free)  as well as roadside parking on Redcote Lane

Amenities: N/A

Circular Walk Distance: Approx 1-2km.

Kirkstall Valley Nature Reserve is on Redcote Lane, just off Kirkstall Road (near Asda). You’ll find the entrance on the right just before the railway bridges. Much of the site rests on a plateau of fly ash from the former Kirkstall power station which was demolished in the late 1970’s and then used as landfill. The site was capped and seeded with native wildflower species in the 1990s and now forms a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Walking through the reserve, you wouldn’t think you were sandwiched between Kirkstall Road and the railway line. It’s a lovely circular walk that takes you around the reserve, with a few extras along the way, including the highlight of our walk – the pebble beach!!!

Most of the paths are pram friendly, although access to the pebble beach is via some steep hill climbs. We managed it with our Mountain Buggy Duet, but would advise you perhaps leave you pram up-top or take a carrier if you want to skim stones. We spent a long time on the beach, skimming stones and watching a family of ducks slide down the weir and swim against the current. We really could have been anywhere!

And as we explored the rest of the reserve, we found a make-shift den in the woods, as well as a sensory garden. There isn’t any mention of them, but there are also some numbered makers along the way with little animals attached. We spotted a fish, a caterpillar and a snail!

The reserve is always open, dogs on a lead are welcome, and it’s free!

Redcote Lane, Leeds, LS4 2AL


Hunger Hills Woods, Horsforth

Car Park: Off-site
Circular Walk Time: 45 minutes

A lovely walk which you can begin in from either Lee Lane West or West End Lane. There are various paths within the woods which you can take, we took the circular route from Lee Lane West and teamed the walk with a session strawberry picking! The route was muddy even though we went on a dry day so take your wellies! The path is not suitable for prams and is steep in places.


Roundhay Park Adventure Trails

Car Parking: Trails can be accessed from

Amenities: Toilets, cafe and playground at Lakeside Car Park

Circular Walk Distance: Various distances (see below) Suitable for pushchairs

Friends of Roundhay Park (FORP) FREE adventure trails in Roundhay Park have been designed by local children!   The trials are free to use by all park visitors, with clue sheets being accessible in the Lakeside Cafe, Tropical World and the Mansion art gallery. You can also download the trail sheets here forp.org/little-friends-trails/

There are two trails, the first is an imagination trail called The Magical Fountains of Roundhay and is aimed at under 6s. Designed for pre-schoolers this trail route is fully accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs.  The route is split into 3 sections (ranging from 1km -1.5km in length) which can all be done together or split over several visits – children will need your help to read and understand what to do.  Imaginations at the ready.

The second is an adventure trial where older children (6+) have to solve The Secret of Roundhay Castle by undertaking various tasks. Designed for children of ages 6 and older, this trail is longer and more challenging.  The route is split into 3 sections (ranging from 1.5km – 2.5km in length) which can be done together or split over several visits.

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Reservoir Walks

We love a walk around a reservoir, there is so much wildlife to spot! We are very lucky to have some beautiful spots locally which you can enjoy. Here are further details!

EMBSAY

Embsay: Photo Credit Yorkshire Water

Distance: 1 mile

Parking: Embsay Reservoir car park just off Pasture Rd, Skipton BD23 6PR

Terrain & Gradient: Half of the walk is on wide footpaths and tarmac road and half is on grass paths which can be boggy. The footbridge is also rather narrow.

The shortest of the local reservoir walks, this short circular walk around the Embsay Moor Reservoir gives wide views over the surrounding fields and moorland edge including Embsay Crag. This is a new route to us, suggested by a friend and we will definitely be trying it out this Summer!

For further information visit here

 


FEWSTON 

Fewston: Photo Credit Yorkshire Water

Distance: 4 miles

Parking: Swinsty Moor car park (LS21 2NP) £1 per hour or £5 for the day (2024)

Terrain & Gradient: Mostly wide and well surfaced, however, there are some short sections of the path with fairly steep gradients and larger stones (over 30mm). there are no steps, stiles or gates on this route.

A relatively gentle walk, perfect for prams, this route encircles the beautiful Fewston Reservoir in the charming Washburn Valley. Crossing over Fewston embankment, you’re spoilt for choice as you’re presented with spectacular views over Fewston Reservoir and down the valley across Swinsty Reservoir. There is also a wheelchair-accessible route available here.

For further information visit here

 


THRUSCROSS

Thruscross: Photo Credit Visit Harrogate

Distance: 4.5-miles

Parking: Reservoir Road (HG3 4BB) next to the dam wall. Please note, there is a 1.8 metre height barrier. FREE

Terrain & Gradient: The route features stiles, steps and steep muddy banks riddled with tree roots. We recommend you bring sturdy boots, warm clothing, waterproofs and extra food/drink for this adventurous walk.

The views across the Washburn Valley are beautiful here, but what intrigued the Mini-Mumblers (and me!) the most was the history. Look out for the remains of the flooded village of West End which was submerged underwater so the reservoir could be built. The remains of a flax mill can be seen at the edge of the reservoir, and more of the village has been revealed at times of drought! The walk features woodlands, moorland, pastures and ruined farmsteads galore!

For further information visit here

 


SWINSTY

Swinsty: Photo Credit wheretowalk.co.uk

Distance: 3 miles

Parking: Swinsty Moor and Fewston Reservoir car park (LS21 2NP) £1 per hour or £5 for the day (2024)

Terrain & Gradient: Footpaths are consistently wide and well-surfaced. Mostly flat or gently undulating. There are no steps, stiles or gates on this route.

This route around Swinsty Reservoir has stunning views across the water and the surrounding landscape, especially from the embankment near the River Washburn or various rest points dotted along the walk. The Mini-Mumblers really enjoyed skimming stones and spotting ducks on our last visit!

For further information visit here

 


ECCUP RESERVOIR

Eccup: Photo Credit Yorkshire Water

Distance: 4.5 miles

Parking: There are no car parks at Eccup. Parking is possible on Alwoodley lane (LS17 7PF), please park carefully and have consideration for other road users and residents.

Terrain & Gradient: A mixture of footpaths and grass paths which can be boggy. There are stiles on this route.

On the outskirts of Leeds, this circular walk is ideal for families with plenty to see along the way. The route passes through woodlands and the quaint village of Eccup, over a dam and alongside a local golf course. The reservoir is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is nationally important for birds, which is why it is especially important to stick to the paths and view nature from afar. You may also see the unmistakable red kite, there were lots circling as we walked due to the Farm fields being baled.

For further information visit here

 

Stump Cross Caverns is an ancient natural cave formation deep underneath the Yorkshire Dales. As well as the caves, they’ve also got a cinema, cafe, time out private dining pod, shop and visitor centre on-site.  They are located on the B6265 between Pateley Bridge and Grassington and open seven days a week (9 am-6 pm).  They run special offers throughout the year – so check out their website for the latest offers!

***Open Daily – come join us for some Summer Holiday Fun!***

The caves and shop are open daily from 9 am-6 pm and The Time Cafe serves delicious hot and cold food and drinks from 10 am – 5.30 pm.

You can rent our cinema for your own private viewing – only £6 per person.  We have hundreds of movies for you to choose from or feel free to bring your own!  Order from the Time Cafe and we’ll serve it straight to your chair!  The ultimate movie experience!

There is a brilliant fairy trail to keep little ones entertained whilst down the caves – as well as a huge outdoor sandpit to search for old dinosaur bones!

For something a little special, why not rent out our Time Out Pod for private dining with some spectacular views.

We have late-night openings for UV Thursdays – where you can enjoy self-guided UV tours of the cave from 4 pm – 6 pm.

We also have the Stumpy Van serving delicious ice creams – weather dependent!

Something for all the family – even the dog is welcome!

Open daily!

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.

Stump Cross Caverns, Greenhow Hill, Pateley Bridge
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
HG3 5JL

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A walk around Olicana Roman Fort, Ilkley

Can you believe that the remains of a Roman fort are still visible behind Ilkley Manor House? Why not download their heritage walk around Olicana, discovering how many soldiers used to call this area their home, whilst tracing the 4.5 acre footprint of this AD 79 castrum.

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

COVID-19: REOPENED 28TH MAY 2020

We are delighted to announce that we will be re-opening the Estate tomorrow. We look forward to welcoming you back. To keep our community, staff and visitors safe during the Covid-19 pandemic we have put new measures in place. These include a pre-booked ticketing system for the car parks so please do not just turn up. Visitors without a ticket will be turned away. Please adhere to double yellow lines and do not park on roadside verges and pavements as this compromises the safety of others and blocks the roads to the emergency services. To book your ticket visit www.boltonabbey.com

From Thursday 28th May the Estate will be open to all, with a pre-booked ticketing system for the car parks in place to stagger arrivals. Here are some answers to your questions:

⭐️Will toilets be open?
Yes and additional toilets have been put in place to ensure people are able to social distance.
⭐️How else are you ensuring social distancing?
The nature trails between the Village Car Park and Barden Bridge have one way systems in place to allow for social distancing. The stepping stones are now one way from the Priory to the East Bank. Please follow the signage.
⭐️Can I show my car park ticket on my smart phone or tablet instead of printing it?
Yes.
⭐️Do Season Ticket Holders have to pre-book?
Yes, if you have not received correspondence from the office please contact us directly for further information on [email protected]
⭐️What about other pass holders eg Yorkshire’s Great Houses, Castles and Gardens passes?
You should have received correspondence directly from the office that manages these passes. If not, please contact us directly on [email protected]
⭐️ How long can I stay once I have arrived?
Our car parks will be locked at 5pm.
⭐️Can I bring a barbecue?
No, barbecues are not permitted to reduce our impact on the emergency services.
⭐️Can I bring my dog?
Yes dogs are most welcome to visit, however they must be kept on a lead at all times to ensure we assist with social distancing.
⭐️Can I swim in the river?
No, river bathing is not permitted to reduce our impact on the emergency services.
⭐️Can we play ball games?
To ensure social distancing can be adhered to, ball games are no longer permitted.
⭐️Car Parks:
You cannot transfer between car parks.
You cannot leave the car park and come back in again.
⭐️Will there be refreshments available?
Yes various outlets on the Estate are now offering a take-away service.
⭐️We can’t wait to welcome you and thank you for respecting our new way of working.⭐️

 

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: £4 up to three hours, £5 thereafter

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

Paul Pond’s Fairy Door Trail

Fairy’s, Gnome’s & Borrower’s have moved into Paul’s Pond and the surrounding woodland! Can you find all 91 hidden doors?!   Find out more on the trail in the Facebook group here Cookridge Hidden Doors

We would recommend creating a sheet to take with you with the numbers on then the children can fill in the names on the doors as they find them.

You can access Paul’s Pond from both Cookridge and Golden Acre, more details here 

Bramhope, Leeds, LS16 7AN

Curious About Leeds

Curious About Leeds:

Have fun (re-)discovering Leeds, spotting things you’ve never noticed before, with two quirky treasure hunt style heritage walks – a safe, fun and affordable way to get some fresh air.

Visit our website to buy in printed booklet or instant download format, using code Mumbler20 for 20% off all purchases.

Darwin Gardens Millennium Green, Ilkley

Darwin Gardens Millennium Green occupies a site adjacent to Wells Road in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, UK. It is situated only a few minutes walk from the town centre by a 1/4 mile attractive pedestrian route, and has fine views of the famous Ilkley Moor, which directly overlooks the site. Picnic tables and seats are provided and much of the site is accessible to the disabled/less-able visitor.

As well as its attractive situation and variety of wildlife habitats, the Green also includes many features that have been inspired by the evolution of Ilkley over the millennia – including the fantastic kids maze and Charles Darwin’s period of residence here during the first publication of ‘The Origin of Species’ and his connection with several historic buildings which surround the Millennium Green.

Wells Road,
Ilkley,
LS29 9JG

East Chevin Historical trail

A 2.7 mile circular walk through the Danefield part of Chevin Forest Park from either the Lower or Upper Shawfield  car parks. The route visits key historical features whilst walking through the old Deer Park, including along an old coaching road, the Iron Age site, Keeper’s Cottage, Flint Wood where hundreds of old flints were found and the legendary ‘Giants Boot’.

Friends of Roundhay Park Children’s Adventure Trails

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

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 Manor House Puzzle Trail

For a spot of family fun, wrap up warm and check out our Puzzle Trail, taking you around Ilkley Manor House and the land surrounding All Saints Church. Find the objects in the clues and don’t peek at the answers until you’ve finished!

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

Ilkley Tree Trails

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
Clapham
LA2 8EE
Tel: 01524 251242

Kilnsey Park Estate

Our Nature Trail – with alpacas, angora and pygmy goats, red squirrels, lambs, piglets and bee hives along with our new improved family fishing pond all open.

We are open 9.30am-5pm – booking not necessary. Takeaway snacks and drinks available from April 1st and outdoor dining from April 12th at our Cafe by the Lake.
Dogs on a lead also welcome.

Micklefield Park, Rawdon Fairy Door Trail

The fairies have moved in at Micklefield Park in Rawdon! 19 doors to find, happy hunting…

Salisbury St, Rawdon, Leeds LS19 6BE

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.

New Briggate, Leeds heritage-themed walking trail

Turn back the clock on New Briggate with a heritage-themed walking trail

A new walking trail is giving people in Leeds the chance to take a step back in time and learn more about the history of one of the city’s most famous streets.

New Briggate – Explore and Discover is a self-guided tour around a part of the city centre that has a story stretching back hundreds of years and today is home to much-loved landmarks such as the Grand Arcade, Leeds Grand Theatre and St John’s Church – built in 1632 and the oldest surviving place of worship in Leeds.

Put together by Leeds City Council and the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) and forming part of the New Briggate High Street Heritage Action Zone project, the trail can be followed by downloading and printing a specially-produced map of New Briggate and the surrounding area.

The fact-filled map will lead you on a walk – scheduled to last around an hour – giving an insight into the past and present of various buildings and spaces that have played a role in the street’s long and fascinating tale.

For added fun, people heading out on the trail can enter a competition – complete with prizes donated by Leeds Grand Theatre, Opera North and North Bar – by answering a series of questions on the map about the sights they encounter along the way.

The New Briggate High Street Heritage Action Zone is a partnership between Leeds City Council and Historic England that will deliver heritage-led regeneration of the street through improvements to buildings and public spaces. A tie-in programme of community engagement and cultural events is also being planned to celebrate the history of New Briggate.

In addition, the launch of the trail complements a wide range of other work being carried out to try to ensure as many people as possible are making the most of their city centre following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council’s executive member for economy, culture and education, said:

“We are immensely proud of the rich history of streets like New Briggate and the part they continue to play in making our city centre a vibrant place to live, work and spend time.

“This new walking trail is a great way of helping people learn more about New Briggate’s past while also seeing just how much it has to offer today.

“The launch of the trail is also a reminder that this area of Leeds has a particularly bright future thanks to the regeneration work and cultural activity taking place as part of the New Briggate High Street Heritage Action Zone scheme.”

The New Briggate – Explore and Discover map has been released to coincide with this year’s CBA Festival of Archaeology and can be downloaded from the festival website or Leeds City Council’s Facebook page.

People who are currently unable to make it into the city centre can still enter the competition by researching the quiz answers online.

Otley Chevin Dry Stone Wall Maze

Members of the Otley and Yorkshire Dales Branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association have built an amazing dry-stone maze in the woodland in the Chevin Country Park.

The Maze is located about 300m to the west of the White House at the top of Johnny Lane. Once you reach the White House either cross the little Bridge on the right or follow the road round. The Maze is constructed of a series of interconnecting circular walls. Using about 150 tonnes of recycled sandstone, kindly provided by the Chevin
Park rangers, providing a source of entertainment for visitors for years to come.

Also close by to the left of the White House is the Otley Chevin Fairy Tree. Head through the courtyard, follow the path past the Chevin Steps and it is the next big tree on your left. Don’t forget to take the Chevin Steps to see the Vacca Wall, a substantial and ancient wall built of large upright stone slabs. No-one seems to know it’s original function, but theories range from a boundary marker, to something with Roman origins, to a barrier for keeping cattle from straying – hence the name – “vacca” meaning cattle in Latin!

Rawdon’s Eco Fairy Village

For those who don’t believe in Fairies take a trip to The Eco Fairy Village on The Billing in Rawdon. The idea is for people to add things to the village but use as little plastic as possible and try and keep it eco friendly. What could you add?

Photos courtesy of Michelle Taylor & Philippa Barrett

Rawdon Billing sometimes referred to as Billing Hill, is a tree-topped hill situated in Rawdon.

Address: Rawdon, Leeds LS19 6RN

Riverside Gardens Park, Ilkley

Newly refurbished Ilkley Riverside Park! 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! 
 
So what is there to enjoy?
 
✅ Swings
✅ Playframes to suit all ages and abilities
✅ A double zip wire
✅ Slides
✅ Roundabout
✅ Assault courses

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 1 hour free on-street parking though it fills up quickly on a sunny day.
Up to one hour
Free – you must press the green button to get a ticket
Up to two hours
£1
Up to three hours
£2
Up to four hours
£3
Over four hours
£5
Riverside Gardens Park, Bridge Lane, Ilkley. LS29

Roberts Park – Shipley

There’s a brilliant play area with sandpit and skate park, as well as a beautiful bandstand where concerts are staged throughout the summer months. Come down for a stroll or relax on the grass and soak up the atmosphere of a cricket game.

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

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!

 

The Nunroyd Fairy & Elf Door Trail

The Nunroyd Fairy & Elf Door Hunt is officially open!

There are 40 doors to find and they are all situated below the rugby pitch, around the pond and further down past the cricket pitch.

“It was a clear summer night when the fairies and elves join the park… if you look closely, you could see their wings sparkle and twinkle in the dark. They went to find their favourite tree… look high, look low and you will see the magic of the … fairy door tree…

If you find the door of a fairy or an elf write their name on the sheet below next to the number you found. Can you find them all… nobody has before…”

Nunroyd Park is a small wooded area alongside the open spaces of the park, lovely for a walk in the shade. Mixed woodland with well-cut grassed paths. The park is host to Rugby, Cricket plus a skateboard area and has a small pond also, complete with ducks.

 

The trail is thanks to a local family, The Heaths.

 

Nunroyd Park, Yeadon, Leeds LS19 7HR

Trails at Parkinson Park, Guiseley

Here are our three trail leaflets – they are best printed in landscape.   Hard copies are available at our events, or in the case of the Story Trail at Guiseley Library,  Brambles Bakery, Guiseley Town Hall,  or ask at the counter of Swincar Nurseries. Or email us at [email protected]

The Story Trail

I-Spy Trail

Orchard Trail

West Chevin Historical Trail

A 2.5-mile long walk from Surprise View, via Dib Wood, the White House and a diversion to Dib Cottages. The route visits key historical features in and around the west part of the Chevin Forest Park. Although then walk starts from Surprise View car park, an optional route from Otley is also shown.

The walk has been produced by Friends of Chevin Forest Park in partnership with Walkers Are Welcome Otley and with financial assistance from Otley Town Council.

Download: Chevin Forest Park (East) Historical Trail F

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 some food for 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

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