Days Out Ryedale

Free activities

Byland Abbey


Explore the ruins and have a lovely time. Most areas are pram/wheelchair friendly.

Afterwards maybe visit Coxwold for refreshments and to see the ducks on the pond.

Byland, Coxwold, North Yorkshire, YO61 4BD


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: 01609 534557

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.

North Yorkshire Water Park

Offers a range of watersport activities including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, open water swimming, sailing, canoeing. Plus walks, cycle track, cafe and a relaxing environment. Free parking, free entry, you only pay to play.

NEW for 2022 – Toddler Aqua Park – Open weekends and holidays

Online bookings  – £12 per child this includes a short wetsuit if available. Each session is an hour. For ages 3 – 7 years.

Our toddler aqua park that allows younger children the chance to enjoy slides and bounce like the main AquaPark’s but in the enclosed Splash Kingdom.  Parents follow their children round the inflatable that has a paddle depth of 100 millimetres of water in the base for slip and slide fun. This activity can also be used dry on colder days to allow the fun to continue. All participants must be accompanied by an Adult (an adult is someone over the age of 18.) and are under the full supervision of said adult. One adult can supervise 3 children.

Wykeham Lakes, Long Causeway Road, Scarborough YO13 9QU

01723 865052

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’

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

Kirkham Priory and Howsham Mill – more suitable for slightly older children. Lovely walk

Menethorpe / Low Hutton – beautiful stream to picnic and paddle, as well as a lovely walk along the River Derwent

Wykeham Lakes is nice to paddle in, lovely and shallow at the edges and free parking.

The ford and beck at Kirkdale is lovely for a paddle – nice and shady on a hot day and lots of woodland running alongside for a picnic. The beck runs about dry in summer and is at full flow in the colder months

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

Sutton Bank National Park Centre Cycle Trails

Bring your own bike or hire one on site and enjoy the fantastic cycling facilities at Sutton Bank. It’s a great place to get your family cycling, providing access to many miles of bridleways, roads and tracks across the North York Moors. Our cycle trails use a mixture of natural and man made trails similar to those found in a purpose built trail centre. The following trails are available:

  • Cliff – family friendly 3 mile ‘green’ circular off-road cycle trail, mostly level, part of which follows the famous cliff edge.
  • Fort – 7.5 mile ‘blue’ trail with 361m ascent/descent (70% stone, 30% natural surface) runs out past the site of the Iron Age fort at Boltby Scar. A shorter loop of 5.5 miles avoids the ascent/descent and is suitable for families. The Fort route also includes part of the Cliff Trail along the cliff edge.
  • Drovers – add a little more distance and variety without increasing the difficulty on the new ‘blue’ 10 mile figure of eight trail which passes High Paradise Farm for refreshments.
  • Paradise – a 17-mile ‘red’ trail for experienced mountain bikers, through some of the most breath-taking scenery in the National Park. Expect a few technical features and a steep climb or two.

Sutton Bank National Park Centre
North York Moors National Park, Sutton Bank, Thirsk YO7 2EH

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.

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!