In line with Government guidance on COVID-19 and the recommendation to avoid gatherings and crowded places, many of our local family days out are looking at closing to the public. For any of the listings on here please check with the venue if it is open or closed before attending.
I am endeavouring to keep the listings as up to date as possible but please check with venues first, thanks for your understanding at this crazy time, Team Mumbler.
Dalby Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission, offers over 8,000 acres of woodland to explore, enjoy and discover.
Great play area for children, accessible walking and cycling trails for all.
Cafes and bike hire centre.
Go Ape and Forest Segway is also here.
Zog is the fantastic new trail for kids.
Adderstone Field has the Enchanted Wood and the Gruffalo Trail which are also fantastic for kids.
Staindale Lake is great for picnics.
£9 per car
Test your cycling skills at the cycle skills area before heading on the Ellerburn Family Cycle Trail (4 km). Offering an easy ride through mixed terrain, it’s a great choice for parents with young children.
Dalby Forest, Pickering YO18 7LT
Enjoy the Freedom without the Worry
Ryedale Dog Field is an enclosed two acre field offering dog owners the space to let their dogs exercise off the lead, allowing users the sole use of the field for their booked slot. Booking the field gives the user exclusive access to the area for their allotted time of either 30 or 60 minutes.
Children are welcome with adults and dogs. They can bring a football too or enjoy a picnic whilst the dogs play.
Located on the cliff road from Bempton village (on the B1229 road from Flamborough to Filey), YO15 1JF, follow the brown tourist signs.
Great place for a walk and to watch birds, particularly puffins. 200,000 plus birds can be seen on the cliffs from April to August. New visitor centre (costs £6 when open or free to members) with indoor discovery zone.
You can walk along way along the cliff tops. To the left, there are accessible paths and the right, slightly rougher tracks. Out to the cliffs, there are accessible wooden platforms to give you the best possible view of nesting birds. Good signage helping you spot the birds.
Walk through stunning pine woodland around the reservoir, which would only be 1.5 miles max, a path the whole way round so pushchair friendly. Excellent for kids dogs and anyone wanting a lovely walk! Theres a stream for paddling and grassy spots for pic nics.
There are 2 small free car parks which is a bonus and even a designated parking bay for the ice cream van.
It is only 17 miles from Helmsley and a lovely drive.
Just North of Thirsk. You can either go the A19 or from Helmsley go past Rievaulx Abbey.
Danes Dyke; Jutting out miles into the North Sea, the headland has in the past been effectively cut off by the construction, in the Iron Age, of the erroneously named Danes’ Dyke, which encloses five square miles of the peninsula. The end of the Dyke is a deep ravine on the south side of the Headland, where it exits into Bridlington Bay There are a number of nature trails in the Dyke which can be accessed easily from the car park off the main Bridlington to Flamborough Road.
Danes Dyke, Flamborough Head, Flamborough, East Yorkshire YO15 1AG
Can you find 21 fairy doors around Easingwold? A lovely FREE activity to entertain the kids.
Maps are pinned to notice boards around the town and there are maps in the window of Bootshop Easingwold (or on their Facebook)
Running for the summer holidays.
The walk goes from Low Mill Village where there is a car park and toilets and every Sunday during daffy season-homemade cakes and tea and coffee served in the band room there in aid of local charities. The path follows along the river and you eventually come to Church Houses. This village is the home of the Feversham Arms pub so it’s a good spot for refreshments too.
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
Howardian Hills AONB Team have developed some easy access walks or ‘Easy Countryside Trails’ in collaboration with ifootpaths which are suitable for people of all abilities and that would include walks which are pushchair and toddler friendly.
FREE to park
Hagg Wood, Intake Lane, Dunnington
Lovely nature walk and great place for bluebells, as well as primroses, yellow pimpernel, wood anemone and dog violets.
1 mile circular walk.
Enjoy five tranquil acres of flowers, fruit and vegetables at Helmsley Walled Garden.
Produce from them and the Kitchen Garden go into the delicious dishes made in the Vine House Café.
Adult entry is £7.50 per person
Children under 16 have free entry
Visit this beautiful fully accessible garden in the North York Moors.
Dogs are welcome.
Helmsley Walled Garden, Cleveland Way, Helmsley YO62 5AH
T: 01439 771427
Park at Howsham Bridge and walk to under the bridge on the track to Howsham Mill. Lovely place to picnic and for larger kids to paddle in the River Derwent.
Alternatively, cross over the bridge and walk along the track towards Kirkham – approx 3 miles. Includes bridges, boardwalks, beautiful flowers etc next to the River and the train line. Not pushchair friendly.
You can also walk the circuit from Howsham Mill, Past the corner of Howsham Hall to Howsham Woods and down to Kirkham Priory and round – approx 11 miles.
Great place to see bluebells and wild garlic as well as a lovely walk in the woods. Track to make walking easy or with a decent pushchair. Small parking area on the corner between Westow and Kirkham
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
Lovely area on the banks of the River Derwent. Access to the river for larger children. Beautiful place to picnic.
You can walk to Howsham Woods and to Howsham Bridge from here or alternatively, cross over the bridge and walk along the track towards Howsham on the river banks – approx 3 miles. Includes bridges, boardwalks, beautiful flowers etc next to the River and the train line. Not pushchair friendly.
The circuit from Kirkham Priory, Howsham Bridge, Howsham Mill and Howsham Woods and round is approx 11 miles.
If ever there was a magical woodland walk, this is it. Take the trail through the trees on a 2-mile circular route that passes an idyllic woodland tea garden and the 30-foot Falling Foss waterfall, before returning alongside babbling May Beck. It’s a lovely shady walk for summer – with shallow waters to paddle in, and a bridge to play pooh-sticks from – and spectacular in autumn when the woodland colours are at their best. If you don’t intend to venture far from the tea garden and waterfall, you can use an alternative car park near Falling Foss instead.
It is possible with a pram, but carrier best if you have one as sometimes a bit boggy under foot.
Visit the North York Moors National Park Website here
Lovely walk along Centenary Way and the River Derwent with places to picnic. Good paddling place in a stream just off the wobbly bridge.
Great for spotting wildlife, wild flowers and just a lovely time in the countryside
Located just north of the village of Millington, 4 miles north east from Pocklington. YO42 1TZ
Local nature reserve and mature woods with a reasonably good path all the way through, good for seeing bluebells. Wheelchairs and pushchairs may find it hard to reach the high viewpoint as there are steep slopes.
Several good pubs in Millington for food afterwards. There are picnic benches available but no toilets.
The Newbridge Park Group aims to develop the existing facilities in the disused quarry and adjoining neglected woodland on Newbridge Road in Pickering. Locals will continue enjoying cycling and walking, and we also aim to reintroduce native species as part of a long term woodland management plan.
A cycling skills area and cross country trail loop designed to allow progression for beginners and advanced cyclists alike. In addition, improved footpaths and accessibility, seating and ensuring that the woods will be a place for all locals to enjoy.
As we like to say, ‘Live Local, Ride Local’.
If you can find Pickering Castle you can find the bike park!
Once you have located the castle use the footpath that circles it, the best way is via the bottom part of the path which is accessed from the very steep Castle road, go through the gate and carry on along this path, when the path splits, take the left fork down into the woods, this goes over a little wall, its level with the path at the crossing point. Once in the wood take the left fork that goes down a short hill and follow this path to the entrance of the bike park within 50 metres.
The Cross Country and the Jump Park start at this entrance point.
Runs from Pickering to Whitby over 24 miles of beautiful Yorkshire Scenery.
Old fashioned steam engines running through beautiful countryside, can jump on and off at various villages.
Regular special events for children.
It is open with Covid-19 restrictions in place
FREE PARKING, FREE ENTRY, #YOUONLYPAYTOPLAY
Wykeham Lakes, Long Causeway Road, Scarborough YO13 9QU
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
Free packing at the canal head car park.
Pocklington is a broad canal which runs 9.5 miles from Canal Head near Pocklington to the River Derwent.
3 working locks with beautiful wildlife along the way.
Lovely walk around the village and up onto the North York Moors.
Alternatively, park at the top of Chimney Bank and explore up there. Lovely views, fun for kids and a flat cinder track.
Lovely by the river. There is a loop round through the woods and back for a paddle. The loop is quite long for little legs.
This a short circular walk through the deer parkland and woods on the Sledmere Estate with views over Sledmere house. Approx 2 miles.
It includes 3 HIGH stiles and isn’t suitable for a pram; young children will need help over the stiles.
To access the walk you park just off the main road adjacent to the deer parkland opposite the estate houses surrounding the green on the Garton side of the Bridlington Road (B1253). There’s plenty of off road parking. Follow the fence line to your right and the public footpath signs around some outhouses towards the first stile.
Once over the first stile into the deer parkland you cross the fields walking straight ahead with views of Sledmere house to your right.
Crossing the third and final stile you walk through a small wooded area at the end of which you meet a track where you’ll need to turn left and follow the road into the wood. Always keep left on this track as other tracks lead away in other directions.
As you get towards the end of the wood and back to the road where you’ll have parked, there’s a path through the trees and along the fence line of the deer park back to the car. You will see deer in close proximity throughout this roll.
You could do this walk the opposite way round, walking through the wood first as it’s a long walk after the excitement of the deer.
The old train line is great for walking with the family.
Can also walk through the woods and down onto the river banks.
Great places to picnic
Bike, run, walk, climb, glide – find out about the amazing world of adventure awaiting for you at Sutton Bank.
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. Using the same style of trail marking, the mountain biking trails available are:
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 breathtaking 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 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
Tophill Low, Driffield – YO25 9RH
£3.50 Adults, £1.80 Children
Tophill Low Nature reserve is an active Yorkshire Water treatment works built in 1959. It formally opened as a nature reserve in 1993 and features 12 hides spread across a 300 acre site that flanks the river Hull.
Spend the day wandering through the woods, wetlands and grasslands marvelling at all kinds of wildlife, from otters to dragonflies.
5km of surfaces paths make it accessible to all users.
We recommend bringing lunch with you as the nearest town is nearly 10 miles away. Please note dogs are not permitted on the reserve nor are to be left in cars.
Top tip – pond dipping equipment available and great nature walks. If you are lucky you may get to see the resident snake! Occasional open days where more going on
A Treasure Trail is an imaginative way to explore towns, cities & villages across the UK with a self-guided themed walk.
An easy to follow route will enable you to crack the clues whilst taking in some of the most fascinating sights along the way. They tend to be suitable for all ages from 6 – 106 (no children necessary!).
There are Treasure Trails all over the country, specifically 51 in North Yorkshire and 7 in Ryedale. They cost £9.99
Goathland – Legend of the Gytrash starts at the main car park (YO22 5ND) and explores this village known to many as Aidensfield, the location of TV’s Heartbeat.
North York Moors – Hole of Horcum Treasure Trail starts in the village of Sneaton (YO22 5HR), to the south-west of Whitby. The scenic route takes you across valleys and moors, stopping at Falling Foss Waterfall, Littlebeck, the wonderful natural feature of the Hole of Horcum, and Lockton.
Explore Thornton-le-Dale on this self-guided Murder Mystery themed Treasure Trail. The Trail starts in the main car park (YO18 7RW) and leads you around this quaint village with many hidden charms.
Explore the North Yorkshire Moors by train on this self-guided Treasure Hunt themed Treasure Trail.
The Helmsley Treasure Trail starts at the entrance to the main Long Stay car park near the castle (YO62 5AZ), at the start of the Cleveland Way. The route explores the market square and surrounding medieval streets as well as some less frequently visited areas of Helmsley, before finishing back at the castle.
Explore Pickering on this self-guided Spy Mission themed Treasure Trail. The Trail starts at The Ropery car park (YO18 7DP). The route then leads you through the historic town centre and around the castle, before finishing at the station of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
The Malton Treasure Trail starts in the centre of Malton, in the Market Place (YO17 7AA) and uncovers the inspiration for Ebenezer Scrooge’s counting house and the delights of The Shambles. The route then leads you out via the site of the castle, with the option to join the riverside path or travel by car to finish in the village of Old Malton.
6 High Cross Truro
Telephone: 01872 263692
Wharram Percy circular – including a visit to the deserted Medieval Village.
FREE car park.
The walk from the car park to the medieval village is steep in places, with kissing gates and across fields (with cattle) so more suited to a carrier than a pram.
There is a deserted church, millpond, bridge and the remains of some houses.
Nice place for a picnic on a fine day.
Options to make a longer walk – head back to the road, turn right and walk along the road until you get to a 90 degree bend, here there’s a sign post to follow the Centenary way. You keep on this path, passing a wood on your right and barley fields. After a long walk past the barley field, at the metal gate you turn right at the wolds way marker across the top of Deep Dale and along to descend into Wharram Percy. Through it and then on the path back up to the car park.
Lovely walks off the North York Moors Road in Wykeham
So much fun and has been recommended on the Chat Group several times.
Approach Yearsley (village) from Malton. No real signs for the woods but we stumbled upon some woods just before the village with a few vans parked on a wide grass verge on the left. There is an entrance here with a wide flat stoned road. When the track splits, take which way you wish and follow the track – it’s a 6km circular route that is all that great hard (and fairly dry) terrain, but quite hilly so fine for pushchairs and children on bikes who know where their brakes are, but perhaps not ideal for those without brakes or who haven’t mastered brakes yet! Also needed strong legs for some of the uphills as they’re quite long. Again, fine for a pram – they’re long hills rather than steep!
Alternatively, carry on and follow the postcode YO61 4SN and park at Windy Gates. Again flat stone roads good for push chairs and bikes. Again, there are more adventurous mountain bike routes off with coloured trails to follow. As you leave the parking area there is a route to the right which is again a circular route. We headed straight and found the smaller lake, turning left we then found the larger lake with a muddy walk back. The trails are visible on Google Maps. As above, if you stick to the hard flat stone roads, you are fine with a all terrain pushchair, if you plan venture off, I would suggest a carrier.
YO61 4SL – Well Lane – another place to park with easy access to the woods and the tracks to explore.
The Fairfax Arms, Gilling – to explore the other side of Yearsley Woods
Parked opposite The Fairfax Arms
Walk down the side of the Fairfax towards the village hall and playing fields. Watch out for the miniature railway.
Headed onto the golf club grounds and up into the woods for a woodland walk around the golf course. Very quiet with uninterrupted views towards Ampleforth. Not a walk suitable for pushchairs but definitely can be done with a carrier.
Please note their are no facilities. If you wish to picnic, take a blanket. Lovely woods. Take wellies if there has been a lot of rain
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!
A beautiful 120 acre garden! Wander off to explore peaceful hidden glades and wildflower meadows whilst letting the children run. Lovely cafe with home-cooked food.
The Yorkshire Arboretum
Castle Howard, York, YO60 7BY
Phone: 01653 648598