Family Friendly walks in and around York and North Yorkshire
Check out our Blog with 50 family friendly walks in and near York – they are listed by distance from York.
We give details of how long they should take, whether they are pram friendly, dog friendly, any cost involved, car parking and loads more useful information.
Distance from York: 14 miles
Allerthorpe Lakeland Park is set in 53 acres of grounds and lakes. There are a variety of activities including water sports available for all ages and abilities. Pedalos are often popular with families due to them being stable and very easy to use! Please note activities now require pre-booking as admission numbers are limited. There is also a cafe, play are and camp site.
Open Tues – Sun 9am – 5pm – Open Bank Holiday Mondays & during school holidays.
£3 per person or £8 per family for the woodland walks and play area. Water sports extra.
Here’s what Mumblers say:
“They have a lovely little cafe that sell food and cakes at a good price and the main park is pretty good for most ages! I’m sure you will love it x”
LS, Aug 20
“We spent 4 hours swimming, playing at the play area and having our picnic. It’s gorgeous there xx”
AL, Aug 20
Melbourne Road, Allerthorpe, Pocklington, York YO42 4RL
Covid-19 update: Currently open – garden, restaurant for takeaway, play area, toilets and parkland. The hall, galleries and shop remain closed. Pre-book via the website to guarantee admission, check website for details and to book.
Located in the Yorkshire countryside between York and Harrogate with glorious gardens, sprawling parkland and changing art galleries.
First stop for many is the wilderness play area, all ages can swing from heights with traditional and bucket swings on offer. Test your nerve on the clamber stack and pick which slide suits your size. For the smallest visitors, set sail on the ship or make a home in the wendy house.
If you prefer creating your own adventures the den zone is prepped to get building and the only limitation is your imagination. Build a den is just one of the ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ – tick off many more from the popular play list when you visit.
Winter opening times: 10am – 3.30pm Saturday and Sunday.
We are operating a pre-booking system via the website. Click here to check the website and for details to book. Please note the booking system closes 3pm the day before. Numbers are limited.
Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD
Last Updated: 06/07/20
Distance from York: 15 miles
A day out with the kids at Castle Howard just became even more adventurous and intriguing. Now they can join into the treetops of Yorkshire’s newest adventure playground, Skelf Island.
For centuries the Skelves have inhabited a secret world, over the water from Castle Howard, causing mischief and mayhem high up in the trees, interacting with birds and protecting wildlife. Now they have become curious about the humans that visit and want to explore and play with them.
Ingenious treetop nest structures connected by rope bridges, slides, nets and climbing equipment will allow the Skelves to take young visitors on an adventure like no other.
Skelf Island is included in a gardens ticket.
Pre Booking require via the WEBSITE
Read the Mumbler Review HERE
Distance from York: 15 miles
Dalby Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission, offers over 8,000 acres of woodland to explore, enjoy and discover, including our Grand Father Oak play area for children, family BBQ and picnic areas, adrenalin activities for the thrill seekers and walking and cycling trails for all.
The Visitor Centre houses a café serving a wide range of locally produced snacks and meals for all the family, information point and toilets. Dalby Courtyard is home to craft & business workshops, café and bike hire centre.
Burn off some energy on the cycle trails and explore the forest. Our quality trails range from family routes to highly technical routes. Dalby Bike Barn offers high quality bikes to buy and hire suiting all ages. Visit www.dalbybikebarn.co.uk for more details.
Go Ape’s have adventure courses, with high ropes and zip wires amongst the trees for adults and children, or Forest Segways for fun on the ground. Visit www.goape.co.uk.
For a relaxing stroll within the forest choose a way-marked trail, including some trails classified as suitable for all abilities, wheelchair users and pushchairs.
In the heart of the forest Dalby Activity Centre provides activities including paintballing, archery and many more. Visit www.dalbyactivitycentre.co.uk.
For more information about opening hours and charges visit www.forestry.gov.uk/dalbyforest or call 01751 460295.
Dalby Forest, YO18 7LT
This small woodland is part of the ancient Forest of Galtres and is ablaze with colour in spring. Fairly flat so will be suitable for most buggies – it’s a circular walk with lots of interest points. Parking allowed on the verge near the entrance gate. Dogs aren’t allowed as it’s a nature reserve.
Here is what the Mumbler’s say:
“We’ve just been this afternoon. It’s really nice. It’s only a mile round but lots of places to stop and climb and play. You could sit on a bench to eat xx”
LY, May 2020
“Moorlands nature reserve is nice. It’s buggy friendly too.”
SB, July 2020
Moor Lane, York, North Yorkshire, YO32 2RE
OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE, lovely open air destination.
Join us at Northwood and enjoy the beautiful fairy trail in spring sunshine, the perfect combination of imagination and fresh air. Our fairy museum will also be showing an exhibition of spring fairies and have an additional scavenger trail of spring hares.
Northwood Trail is nestled in a 100 acre wood at Buttercrambe close to York and this delightful woodland fairy sanctuary is the first of its kind in the world. The eco-aware sanctuary is off grid and, quite uniquely, designed to appeal to adults as much as children. As well as a beautiful woodland trail, it also includes an intriguing Fairy Museum, to display what is believed to be the world’s largest collection of fairy artefacts, collected over many years by owners Carolyn and Christian.
Northwood is about fostering a connection to nature, at its most beautiful and magical. The woodland trail winds through 1.5km of old fairy paths, peppered with fairy tree houses, stump houses, a willow walled maze and Elven thrones. There is also a natural play area for smaller children and den building for older kids.
In keeping with the sustainable ethos, a stylish woodland kitchen will be serving organic teas and coffees as well as healthy and delicious local food.
Please note, as car parking is limited tickets are only available online, with pre allocated slots making for a calmer experience.
Buttercrambe Wood YO41 1AP
Why not walk from Rowntree park to Homestead park?
Download the map here: Childrens Walking Map which has things for children to spot on the way.
The walk takes approximately 1 ½ hours. The last section is not suitable for wheelchairs or large buggies, but an alternative route is suggested.
Wheldrake Wood is located to the south east of York just close to the Village of Wheldrake. It takes around 20-25 minutes to drive there from the city centre and the closest bus is the Number 18 to Wentlock Arms Stop.
There are a huge range of trees and it’s great for a walk with children – also dog friendly. Buggies are fine on the main track which is wide and gravelly.
Here is what the Mumbler’s Say:
“There is parking at wheldrake woods but recently I’ve noticed it starts to really fill up from about 11am. There are a couple of extra spaces a bit further down road (direction of wheldrake) where there is a clearing near a gate (which leads into another walk). The route can be circular if you go off on the side paths (I did this the other day with five year old and dog, took about an hour) but might be worth sticking to main track if you don’t know it so well and just turn back when you feel like it. I would def take a buggy which will be fine down the main track which is wide and gravelly. They are lovely woods for a good walk. We go there a lot xx”
MH June 2020
Broad Highway, Wheldrake, YO19 6BG
If you’re looking for more walks and ideas of places to go then check out the York Mumbler Blog on 50 family friendly walks around York and beyond.
Distance from York: 25 miles
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Willow Warren – play, run, hide!
Den Zone- build your own den, use your imagination and skills to create your own play den.
Timber trail, tiny tots trail, Maze, Giant games, Giant sand pit & Mud kitchen, Mini foot golf, Nature trail, Childrens quiz, Minature railway, Wildflowers, Nature ponds, Lavender, Distillery, Picnic areas, Tearoom, Plant sales and Shop.
Free Parking. Gift Shop. Tea-room. Plant Sales. Toilets, Disabled Toilets and Baby Changing Facilities. Dogs welcome on a lead.
Wintringham, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8HW
If you don’t mind travelling that little bit further then don’t forget the Out of York page for Day’s out ideas that little bit further afield.
A small woodland which makes a welcome break in an otherwise urban landscape. Acomb Wood Drive dissects this site from the larger part of the wood to the east. The greater spotted woodpecker, tawny owls and tree creepers have been spotted here. Parking available at the quaker wood pub car park.
Acomb Wood Drive, York, YO24 3XN
Askham Bog is great for birdwatching, butterflies and wildflowers. Permissive footpaths all the way round so accessible to wheelchairs and prams. Dogs must be kept on a lead.
Public Transport – Buses stop adjacent to the nature reserve on the A64 and in the nearby village of Copmanthorpe. A cycle track links to both York and Tadcaster. Directions – Approaching York on the eastbound A64 take the A1036 turn off and then turn sharp left in the car park just after the first set of traffic lights.
Just off the A1036, York, North Yorkshire, YO23 2UB
Distance from York: 17 miles
Brayton Barff woodland is a very popular recreation destination for visitors who head there to walk their dogs, enjoy the beautiful scenery and take a gentle stroll. The 1¼ mile circular route flows through densely wooded areas, some of which is ancient woodland. A car park is situated off Barff Lane, west of Brayton near Thorpe Willoughby.
Brayton Barff, Barff Lane, Brayton
Last Updated: 15/06/20
Distance from York: 16 miles
Open 10am-5pm – prebooking only. 9 acres of land, comprising 2 lakes and a National Collection of over 100 varieties of Hardy Water Lily.
Clifton Backies Nature Reserve is located in historic York. In May 2002 Clifton Backies was designated as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) because of its diverse wildlife, its recreational open space and its potential for education. Friends of Clifton Backies hold regular events such as pond dipping, wildflower/butterfly walks.
Car park off Water lane / Woodland Chase, York , YO30 6RE
Distance from York: 32 miles
Enjoy a classic spring walk in the so-called ‘Daffodil Dale’ to see Farndale’s glorious wild daffodils. It’s a straightforward 3½-mile linear route alongside the enchanting River Dove, from Low Mill to Church Houses and back. Depending on the weather, the daffodils are usually out between mid-March and mid-April, but this is a charming walk at any time of year.
Low Mill Car Park for Farndale Daffodil Walk, North York Moors National Park, Low Mill, York, YO62 7UY
Distance from York: 30 miles
Set within the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, this World Heritage Site offers a great day out for all the family. Hidden within the Skell valley, you’ll find the magnificent ruins of the once great Fountains Abbey and a Georgian pleasure ground to delight your senses. This breathtaking landscape is also home to a Jacobean Manor House, Medieval Deer Park, Victorian church and Cistercian mill.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Estate, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY
T: 01765 608888
Distance from York: 7 miles
Hagg Wood is an area of woodland of 107 acres (43Ha), to the east of Dunnington, York towards the River Derwent. The wood was established as a Community Woodland in 2003. The Forestry Commission manages the wood in consultation with the Friends of Hagg Wood. Mumblers report reports bluebells to see in Springtime.
Please park in the village and walk down to enjoy the lovely woods.
Hagg Wood, Dunnington
Used for grazing in the summer months but is also a valuable area for wildlife and flora, as well as a recreational area for dog-walkers, footballers, cyclists, pedestrians, birdwatchers and many others. Friends of Hob Moor website has a list of wildlife to look for.
Hob Moor Drive, York, YO24 4JU (Various points of access)
A lovely medium sized woodland, popular with dog walkers. Knavesmire woods has a path running from Bracken Road through to the cycle path that goes past the racecourse. Parking can be busy but you can usually get a space on Bracken Road – although it’s a residential area. Knavesmire Wood is an area of 13.8 acres (5.6 hectares) of mature broadleaved woodland just outside the south-west corner of the Knavesmire.
Knavesmire Wood can be accessed from Bracken Road (YO24 1JT), Dringthorpe Road (YO24 1LF), the Knavesmire, National Cycle Route 65, and Bishopthorpe Road (near Middlethorpe Hall).
Partially open. Visitors can enjoy the grounds, gardens and deer park (10am-8pm) and the cafe is operating a takeaway service (9:30am-5pm). The hall, playground and toilets remain closed.
Distance from York: 15 miles
Lotherton is a very popular place attracting over 3/4 of a million visitors each year
(Wildlife World, House and Chapel, Grounds and Gardens, Outdoor Play, Indoor Play)
Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB
T: 0113 378 2959
Nature reserve with a pushchair friendly flat path, sculptures, a sun dial, orchard, walkways through trees, dens built in the wooded parts, lots of sheep and lambs and you can see trains passing on the nearby railway line.
Church Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6LF
Distance from York: 24 miles
The sound of children’s joyful laughter rings out as they swing, play, ride, splash, and run in Newby’s legendary Adventure Gardens. A perfect place to meet up with friends; eat, discover, relax, shop and smile all in the stunning setting of Newby Hall. A day with us is a rare thing…truly a day that the whole family will enjoy.
Newby Hall, Skelton-on-Ure, Ripon HG4 5AE
T: 01423 322583
Distance from York: 22 miles
Picturesque Yorkshire manor house with organic garden and exciting exhibitions.
Nunnington, York YO62 5UY
T: 01439 748283
Some 2000 trees and 1,500 woodland shrubs were planted during the establishment of the Country Park. Developing woodland includes willow, birch and pine with oak and ash. Hawthorn, blackthorn and dog rose thickets give nesting cover and food for an increasing range of birds. The climbing boulder is open for use by the public all day, every day and is free of charge.
Facilities: Country Park office/classroom, children’s play area, toilets at Park and Ride
“Recommended a walk around the pond (lake) at Rawcliffe Country Park”
GH, Jan 19
“We have just been round Rawcliffe lake this morn with scooters, its tarmac all the way so it is nice, flat and safe for bikes and scooters”
KH, Jan 19
Rawcliffe Bar Country Park, A1237, York YO30 5RR
T: 01904 883991
You can walk from Millennium Bridge down into town and there is a path all the way so good for buggies.
You pass Rowntrees park with a great play area on the way as well as the reading cafe in the park if you want to stop for a drink or something to eat too.
Millennium Bridge, York, YO10 4FZ
Distance from York: 10 miles
Skipwith Common National Nature Reseve is one of the last remaining areas of northern lowland heath in England. An incredible variety of plants and animals depend on the Common for their survival. The 270 hectares of open heath, ponds, mire, fen, reed-bed,woodland and scrub are an ancient landscape, with its roots in pre-history.
The first part of the walk is along a track that would be suitable for most buggies except in the worst weather. Dogs are allowed on the walk but must be kept on a lead. There is parking at the start of the walk, head out of the village on ‘Common Road’ and it’s approx 1 mile on the right.
Postcode: YO8 5SG
Last Updated: 15/07/20
This scale model of the Solar System is spread out along 6.4 miles of the old East Coast main-line railway. Along it you can find scale models of all the planets in our solar system as well as models of the Cassini and Voyager spacecraft. The track is a wonderful nature reserve with many different species of trees along the way, and an abundance of wild life to see and hear.
Route goes via Brunswick Organic Nursery & various pubs for refreshments.
https://www.york.ac.uk/solar/index.html for more information.
Last Updated: 27/07/20
The Nature Reserve is open all year round, just come and wander round. Come and explore 24 acres of unique green space on the site of a former rubbish tip. Many birds live on or visit the nature reserve and just under 20 species of butterflies have been recorded. There are all kinds of other insects and some mammals too. There is a great variety of plant species, trees and shrubs.
“St Nicks reserve is good…its a cycle track but lots of bits to look at too…you can head left and come out at Morrisons Foss Islands or right to Tanghall/osbaldwick & dewenthorpe.”
LT, Jan 19
St Nicks, St Nicks Environment Centre (formerly York Environment Centre), Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3FW
T: 01904 411821
Distance from York: 8 miles
The nature reserve supports a mosaic of wet heath, dry heath, mire, open water, woodland and acid grassland. Over 150 plant species grow here including marsh cinquefoil, the beautiful blue marsh gentian and carnivorous round-leaved sundew. Great for a family day out, butterflies & wildflowers
Common Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO60 7QY
This is a great buggy friendly walk at the racecourse as it’s got a path all the way around.
Accessed easily from Tadcaster road, by the side of the Holiday Inn, there is always plenty of parking space too.
Popular with dog walkers, it’s a great place to wander round with the children while looking at the racecourse stands or (if you time it right) see the hot air balloons taking off!
Knavesmire Road, York, YO231EX
Last Updated: 22/07/20
Explore some of the hidden treasures of York Museum Gardens. Follow The Squirrel’s Trail of 10 fascinating fact points!
Follow the interactive trail and take part in our online quiz at the end. Find the Questions at…
Museum Street, York, YO1 7FR
Free parking on weekends and evenings. Lots of wildlife to look at across both East and West campus.
University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD
T: 01904 430000
Big skies, often full of whirling flocks of birds, stretch out above you, which the wide green expanse of floodplain meadows go for as far as the eye can see. The Derwent flows quietly by, reeds rustle in the breeze and a mysterious ‘plop’ in the ditches might signal a pike, water vole or even otter. In fact, at times in the centre of Wheldrake Ings, it can be so peaceful and remote that you feel like the only person on earth.
Walking information: Permissive footpaths. Keep to footpaths as there are areas of deep water. The ground is often soft and slippery.
Ings Lane, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 6AX
Kilburn White Horse is the most northerly turf-cut figure in Britain and one of the most famous landmarks in North Yorkshire.
(Free car park: YO61 4AL, but a steep walk)
Sutton Bank Visitor Centre, Thirsk, YO7 2EY
T: 01845 597426
Distance from York: 16 miles
Yearsley woods is nice and scenic .There is also a lake.
Yearsley Woods, North Moor Lane, York, YO61 4SL
Last Updated: 20/07/20
Please note there is a one-way system in place.
Children can enjoy following the route via the golden disks on the floor and remember to take some paper and crayons so they can complete the map rubbings at each of the bars. The walls go most of the way around the city, just having to get down to street level a couple of times. Not strictly buggy friendly but I know many who have managed it fine. Always a friendly visitor or local on hand to help!
Distance from York: 15 miles
A stunning landscape of parkland, lakes and ponds is the backdrop for a collection of more than 6,000 trees from around the world. Wander off to explore peaceful hidden glades and wildflower meadows, let the children go wild in the woodland playground and enjoy the very best in seasonal, home-cooked food in the café.
The Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7BY
T: 01653 648598
Distance from York: 13 miles
Walk amongst the lavender flowers, with their stunning array of different colours, a truly wonderful experience.
Come and see our unique Lavender Maze, wander in the Parkland, sit and admire the fabulous views and watch the fallow deer nearby.
We have lavender and herbs for sale, EJ’s Tea Room, Gift Shop, award-winning lavender gardens, deer park and sculpture park. Our panoramic view over the Vale of York is said to be one of the best in Yorkshire!
Yorkshire Lavender, Terrington, York, YO60 6PB
T: 01653 648008