Days Out Ryedale

Free activities

Forest Holidays Cropton & Keldy

Great place to bike. The two sites are connected. At either site there is free parking and a play ground as well as a lovely café. Well behaved dogs are welcome too!

Forest Holidays, Keldy Cabins, Cawthorne YO18 8HW

Forest Holidays Cropton,  Cropton, Nr Pickering. YO18 8ES

Helmsley Library

Town Hall. YO62 5BL
Phone: 0845 034 9527


Take your bikes to Hovingham and ride through the small ford. The kids love it!
Remember the waterproofs! Mumbler JR ’17

Hutton Le Hole

Hutton-le-Hole is a small village and civil parish in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England, about seven miles north-west of Pickering. Hutton-le-Hole is a popular scenic village within the North York Moors National Park.
‘We used to go to Hutton-le-hole as kids. Fab little streams to play in. Best in the summer months to take a picnic’
LH March 2017

“Visit Hutton le Hole on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors for a lovely family day out.
Bring a picnic and have a paddle in the pretty beck that runs through the village. There’s parking, a pub and shops selling ice cream. One of our favourite places!”

Mumbler Recommended SC ’17

Kirkbymoorside Library

Church House, 7 High Marketplace. YO62 6AT
Phone: 0845 034 9528

Malton Library

St Michael Street. YO17 7LJ
Phone: 0845 034 9529

National Railway Museum

Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ. 0844 815 3139
Open daily 10am-6pm. Located next to York Railway station so a good place to get the train from Malton to or there is a car park across the road from the museum (£9 for parking but you can park all day and get the land train from here into York city centre)
Great day out for children. Large display of trains and old steam engines some of which children can get on, historic station, activities, outdoor play area and miniature train, good cafe.

Norton Library

Monday – Closed
Tuesday: 9am – 12pm and 3pm – 7pm
Wednesday – Closed
Thursday: 9am – 12pm and 3pm – 6pm including Children’s Storytime 10am – 10.45am
Friday: 9am – 12pm and 3pm – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 1pm
Sunday – Closed
Commercial Street. YO17 9ES
Phone: 0845 034 9530

Pickering Library

The Ropery. YO18 8DY
Phone: 0845 300 5157

Places to Paddle

Recommendations as to where to paddle “inland” from Mumblers’ May ’17

Thornton le Dale beck

The beck just by the Beck Isle Museum. There’s a grassy area right next to it for a picnic…

The stream in Dalby Forest near the visitor centre

Sinnington near Pickering – just near the bridge

The tearooms near Falling Foss waterfall

The beck in Hovingham is nice and it’s a good opportunity to eat cake at the cafe

Paddle, ice cream and picnic in the stream at Hutton Le Hole

Science & Media Museum

Approx 1 hour 30 min drive from Malton.

FREE entry but it is recommended to book via the website in advance.

Wonderlab & Museum open daily: 10am – 6pm

Wonderlab live shows run daily: 10am – 4pm

National Science and Media Museum, Bradford. BD1 1NQ

The Moors National Park Centre

The Moors National Park Centre is our historic visitor centre, set in an idyllic spot on the banks of the River Esk, near Danby. From the doorstep, you can see pretty much everything that makes the North York Moors National Park so special: moorland, woodland, farmland, miles of hedges and drystone walls, historic buildings – all basking in glorious peace and quiet. Home of the National Park’s Education Service.
Enjoy a big breath of moorland fresh air and soak up the sweeping views. It’s an official Dark Sky Discovery Site too, one of three in the North York Moors.

There is loads to do here and it is absolutely FREE.

  • Explore the open spaces … discover the secret places.
  • Visit the Inspired by… gallery with its changing exhibitions of work inspired by the North York Moors plus gallery shop with artworks, artisan crafts and handmade jewellery
  • Climb the walls! Try our fabulous climbing wall. Kids only – it’s far too much fun for adults!
  • Have a cuppa in The Woolly Sheep Cafe and treat yourself to some delicious home-cooking
  • Make like a monkey in the outdoor adventure play area
  • Visit our woodland kitchen for messy mud-pie making, in the Mud Kitchen, complete with ovens, cupboards, pots and pans. It’s open from spring until the end of November. Perfect for under 5’s
  • Get lost in the Salmon Labyrinth, following the incredible journey of a salmon upstream to its spawning grounds
  • Try your hand at quoits, a traditional North York Moors pastime
  • Brush up your wayfinding skills in the Compass Field
  • Explore Crow Wood via a short, circular, easy access route that starts in the main car park
  • Have a picnic in the grounds

The Moors National Park Centre
North York Moors National Park, Lodge Ln, Danby, Whitby YO21 2NB

York City Walls Walk

On a nice day, there isn’t a much better way to see the beautiful city  of York than walking around the walls.
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!