Enjoy a family woodland walk near York – there are plenty of beautiful woodlands to discover.
If you looking for a great free activity and to get the family out for some exercise and fresh air, what better than a woodland walk? Whatever the season (as long as you have the right clothing and footwear!) you can escape the hustle and bustle and soak up the sights and sounds of the woods.
There are so many fun and free activities you can enjoy on a woodland walk with kids. We hope you enjoy one of our woodland walks near York!
🌳 Have a picnic – if you need some inspiration as to what food to pack, see our picnic blog
🌳 Collect twigs, leaves and other ‘woodland treasures’ to make some woodland inspired themed art when you get home. If it’s autumn, we’ve got some great autumnal craft ideas over on our Pinterest Board.
🌳 Go hunting for wildlife – from insects to animals and birds, there will be plenty of wildlife to discover! Why not take some photos of what you find? Or take some binoculars along so you can spot even more things!
Acomb Wood, Woodthorpe, York
This small wood is perfect if you want to go on a short woodland walk with small children. Escape from the hustle and bustle of the roads in this small tranquil spot. There is plenty of wildlife to spot, and once you’re there you will feel like you are miles from anywhere.
Askham Bog is another great one for a short walk and also pushchair/buggy friendly as the main route is made up of boardwalk paths. The bog occupies the site of an ancient lake and is now home of a great range of plants, insects and birds. Roe deer and foxes can also be spotted and if you are lucky you might see some water voles in the pond.
National Trust’s Beningbrough Hall has over 8 acres of fantastic grounds to walk around, including a woodland path. You can also enjoy the Beningbrough Larch Walk by exiting the car park on foot, heading towards the farm shop. This walk is perfect for little legs, as is only 1 mile. More details can be found on the National Trust website here.
Cost: Entrance charges/membership fees apply to enter the Hall’s gardens and house Dog-Friendly: Dogs (on leads) welcome in the parkland and (on short non-extendable leads) in the garden, except the walled garden and wilderness play area. 🚶♀️Circular: Yes Car parking: Free parking close to visitor entrance, overflow on the grassed avenue. For more information see National Trust website
Hagg Wood, Dunnington, York
With is plenty of woodland wildlife to discover in Hagg Wood, which is just to the east of Dunnington and about 20 minutes from York. The wood is home to a range of trees including oak and other broad-leaved trees and some large conifers. It’s not huge, so perfect for a family woodland walk that isn’t too long – with a bit of wildlife spotting and stick or leaf collecting thrown in along the way!
A lovely small wood at the edge of the racecourse. It’s a great place to take smaller children on a mini woodland walk and you don’t need to travel very far to get there! There is plenty of wildlife to look for or listen out for. There is one main footpath down the central lime avenue and an informal path around the perimeter of the wood.
Moorlands is a Mumbler favourite as it has decent paths and is perfect for toddlers! There are plenty of paths to explore, a pond, a treehouse/bird hide and also some fantastic wood sculptures and a family explorer trail.
This small wood, located in Haxby, about 6 miles from York is perfect for a short family woodland walk with young children. The wood was created to commemorate the Millennium and has a number of old and mature hedgerow trees and a small pond.
There’s a great mix of trees and a network of informal paths at Wheldrake Wood, so it is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of busy family life and enjoy the woodland together. You’ll also discover plenty of wildlife including deer if you’re lucky. There is also a pond and in spring you can see the rhododendrons in bloom.