When the weather is warm it’s the perfect excuse to go paddling, splashing or swimming outside to cool off.
From streams to stepping stones and splash areas to outside swimming pools, we’ve rounded up all the places near York that you can cool down this summer.
So why not pack a picnic, grab some towels and head off for a day of fun!
Remember to check the latest government guidelines on what is safe in terms of social distancing HERE.
1. Mini Beach and Riverside near Beningbrough Hall
There is a very small little bit of sand by the side of the river in Newton-on-Ouse, near Beningbrough Hall that is lovely for a nice walk and a stop for a paddle. Please be aware that this is a river with strong current so don’t let your children in out of their depth.
One of our Mumbler’s helpfully gave these directions: If you park on the street (In Newton) and head through the beningbrough gates there is another gate to the right. Go through it and turn left, follow the trees along side the river for about 15/20 mins and you will stumble upon it. You can’t miss it once you’re there.
What do Mumblers think? “We’ve been and it was lovely about 2 other familys” “when things get back to normal you can get the ferry across from Nun Monkton”
2. Dalby Forest, near Pickering – 30 miles from York
Located in the North York Moors National Park there is so much to do. Take a picnic and enjoy a walk or a bike ride and a paddle in the streams. Find out more on Mumbler.
What do Mumblers think? “At Dalby Forest there so much to do. Lovely streams to go in, two lovely parks, some nice walk and good picnic areas.”
3. Hutton le Hole – 30 miles from York
This picturesque village in the North York Moors is lovely for a wander, picnic and paddle. Set off on a nice sunny day and don’t forget your towels. Find out more on Mumbler.
What do Mumblers think? “Hutton le hole is gorgeous, fantastic for a paddle and a picnic. Fab ice-cream there too.”
4. Bolton Abbey, Skipton – 39 miles from York
There is a lot of fun to have at Bolton Abbey including 60 stepping stones and a large beach area where you can enjoy a paddle and a picnic – but maybe not at the same time! Find out more on Mumbler.
💷Cost: £10 per car
What do Mumblers think? “Bolton Abbey is fab for a paddle – there are stepping stones across the river and a shallow part for paddling by the abbey ruins. You can have a picnic at the riverbank too.”
5. Yorkshire Coast Beaches – 40 miles from York
One of the first places that springs to mind when it’s sunny is the beach. Below are some of the most recommended beaches by Mumblers – these ones aren’t too busy, have vast beaches and are perfect for a paddle.
Fraisthorpe is great! “There’s a cafe/restaurant type place there too now called the Cow Shed. It’s lovely.”
“£3 to park all day, just a good cafe and toilets there and miles of beach. Even on busy days can still find a lovely spot to sit.”
“Love Hunmanby Gap, it’s a beautiful stretch of beach and goes on for miles!!”
“Filey is our favourite place EVER!! There’s a paddling pool area it’s great.”
What do Mumblers think? “It’s a gorgeous place. There’s a fountain they can work themselves but it’s hard work! All covered by trees with rocky streams to play in until they join the main river and then they can paddle in there.”
7. Falling Foss – 46 miles from York
Enjoy a walk through the woodlands to see the 30 foot Falling Foss waterfall and then return alongside the babbling May Beck. A great shady walk on a warm summers day with lots of shallow water to paddle in. Find out more on North York Moors website.
What do Mumblers think? “Falling Foss waterfalls is fantastic for paddling and lovely tea room.”
There are other places to paddle in or near York but they’re not yet open – here are the details and we’ll add them above as soon as we know they’re back open again.
8. Creepy Crawlies, Wigginton Road, York – 2 miles from York
There is a brilliant water play area at Creepy Crawlies with pumps, dams, streams and a paddling area. Plus plenty more activities to do inside and out. Find out more on Mumbler.
What do Mumblers think? “When the weather is lovely, there’s a nice water play bit outside to dip the little ones feet in so take a towel!”
💷Cost: Off-peak child entrance depends on age from £1 – £6.50, Adults £1.75, Peak child entrance from £1 – £7.50, Adults £2.25
9. Allerthorpe Lake, Pocklington, York – 15 miles from York
This is a lovely place to visit for a relaxed summers day out. For the more adventurous there is open-air swimming and an inflatable obstacle course. Equally as enjoyable is a paddle in the lake and play in the sandpit. Find out more on Mumbler.
What do Mumblers think? “Allerthorpe Lake is a great day. They have a bit of the lake for paddling.”
💷Cost: £2 per person/£5 per family (additional charge for Aqua Park, pedalos etc)
10. Bebra Gardens, off Brewerton Street, Knaresborough – 20 miles from York
This small park in Knaresborough is open all year and has a paddling pool open form May to early September. It is attached to the Castle Gardens and the pool looks over the valley towards the River Nidd. Find out more on Mumbler.
What do Mumblers think? “Go on a train trip to Knaresborough, then there is the Bebra Gardens with a lovely paddling pool, you can then walk by the river or get a rowing boat.”
11. Rudding Holiday Park Outdoor Pool, Follifoot, Harrogate – 22 miles from York
💷Cost: 90 minute sessions can be booked in advance, £4.75 per person
What do Mumblers think? “The pool at Rudding is fab…but you have to book a slot.”
12. Valley Gardens, Harrogate – 23 miles from York
This beautiful park in Harrogate is perfect for a day out with a picnic. There is so much to do including pitch and putt golf course, crazy golf, boating pool, children’s play area and if the weather is good a large paddling pool. Find out more on Visit Harrogate.
What do Mumblers think? “I highly recommend Valley Gardens in Harrogate, brilliant gardens huge play park and skate park plus the amazingly beautiful outdoor paddling pool truly beautiful clean water, we have spent the day there and couldn’t speak highly enough of it.”
13. Helmsley Open Air Pool – 24 miles from York
Another heated pool. This one is a 25-metre open-air pool and aims to provide affordable outdoor swimming and a holiday atmosphere. There are 90-minute fun sessions when children can attend. Check the website for opening times & sessions.
Cost: £3.50 per adult, £5 per adult, £2.50 per spectator
What do Mumblers think? “We went this afternoon and it was lovely. There’s a little park next door too.”
14. Newby Hall, Ripon – 24 miles from York
Head to Newby Hall if you want a fab family day out with plenty to do, including getting wet in Tarantells dancing water play area by Willian Pye. You can explore the beautiful gardens and take a ride on the miniature railway. Find out more on Mumbler.
💷Cost: (Gardens only) Child £10, Adult £13, under 4s free. Train tickets £2.50 per person (under 2s free)
What do Mumblers think? “Newby Hall is perfect for splashing! There’s a play area, peddle boats, a ride on train and water fountain things with sprouting fountains. Great for kids.”
15. IIkley Lido, Ilkley – 38 miles from York
The indoor pool is open all year and the outdoor Lido is open between May and September. The outdoor pool isn’t heated so best to be prepared for that before you rush in! Find out more on Mumbler.
What do Mumblers think? “There is loads of space all around the pool to sit and walk around, lovely views, and a cafe on site which is handy for ice creams.”
16. Alpamare, Scarbourgh – 41 miles from York
Have four hours of water fun at Alpamare in Scarborough. With water slides, wave pool and 35 degrees outdoor garden pool with whirlpools and bubble recliners you are spoilt for choice. Find out more on Mumbler.
💷Cost: Under 6 free, Child £16, Adult £20, Family ticket £64
17. Clifton Park Rotherham – 50 miles from York
There is a huge Water Splash at Clifton Park with fountains, paddling pool, whirlpool and over 70 water jets that fire at random. There is also a huge play area, lovely gardens and a café. Find out more on the Clifton Park website.
What do Mumblers think? “Clifton Park in Rotherham is perfect on a hot day. There’s a huge green area and big climbing park and then there’s a paddling area and little fountains that are all free, you just pay for parking.”
☀️☀️☀️ There are more swimming and paddling ideas on the Mumbler website too.
Please let us know if you know of any brilliant places to go paddling or swimming outside that we can add to our list. ☀️☀️☀️