Dalby Forest, in the heart of the North York Moors National Park offers the perfect place to escape, relax and adventure
Home to 8,000 acres of breath-taking views, endless walking, running and cycle trails and Gruffalo adventures, a great day out awaits at Dalby Forest.
The new Zog trail is great fun. To complement the trail and to take your dragon training to the next level, there is also a brand new augmented reality app, ‘Zog: A Forest Adventure’, that is free to download. You can also grab a Zog trail activity pack for only £4 before starting the trail for lots of fun things to do on your forest adventure.
A visit to Dalby will uncover many magical things such as The Gruffalo orienteering course, Zog trail, some of the very best mountain biking trails and endless stunning views. Keep your eyes peeled along the way for our unique sculptures which are dotted throughout the forest, get the adrenaline pumping at Dalby Activity Centre or test your nerve and swing amongst the trees on their Go Ape courses.
Dalby Forest is home to an abundance of internationally important wildlife species and is also a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site, where you can experience the magic of seeing the Milky Way with the naked eye.
If one day leaves you wanting more, extend your forest adventure with a stay at the Forest Holidays cabins .
Please note that barbeques and fires are not currently allowed anywhere in the forest.
Dalby Forest, YO18 7LT
Give the gift of green space, adventure this Christmas with a membership they will love!
Membership to Dalby Forest is just £60 for the year.
Once purchased, your loved one can choose when their membership starts and enjoy a year’s free parking in Dalby Forest, 10% discount for bike hire, 10% discount in Dalby Forest cafe and 15% off at Go Ape, plus much more!
Ever been away with the fairies?
We are lucky to have Englands Fairy and Hobgoblin Sanctuary close at hand near Stamford Bridge in delightful woodland.
The Dreamery Gardens (formerly Northwood) is open throughout the year, with seasonal events and festivals, (featuring wonderful grottos) including Gentle Halloween, The Winter Gardens into dusk and night amongst the sparkling lights, and Lady winter and Father Christmas/St Nicholas.
Indulge in organic teas and coffees, cakes, lunch and afternoon tea. In the Dreamery kitchen. We also offer Private dining, Corporates/team meetings, and Kids parties with guided storytelling.
Discover unique artefacts in the Fairy Museum as we restore the work of Victorian Professor Howland, and enjoy the paths through the woodland with dragons nests, giants swords, mushroom ring, thrones and many houses and doors of the creatures residing amongst the trees. Escape, relax and enjoy the magic.
To find out more click on the links below to begin your escape to this world.
Buttercrambe Wood YO41 1AP
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
This year Forestry England are taking some time to celebrate their fantastic cycling offer at Dalby Forest. Cycling is one of the key activities at Dalby and they already have really brilliant, well established cycling trails and facilities, and something for everyone when it comes to navigating the forest on two wheels.
As well as keeping children physically fit, research has shown that cycling can bring about a feeling of greater self-esteem, self-control and the ability to rise to a challenge.
The NEW Forest Rider pack has been designed to challenge children to complete a series of off-road rides, to help build their confidence and to enjoy the fantastic network of trails the nation’s forest have to offer. Aimed at children aged 7-11, the Forest Rider pack will encourage children to get out and about on their bikes in the forest and be safe and responsible forest riders!
In your pack, you will find:
o A logbook to record your rides
o A cool Forest Rider neck buff
o Pro cycle skill cards to help you be the best forest rider you can be. These include QR codes which, when scanned, will take you to videos teaching you how to do the tricks
o Stickers and activities
o The chance to solve a puzzle to enter a prize drawer to win £350 Halfords voucher, a family experience with Go Ape, a Forestry England Membership and more!
Packs are £5 from the Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, or £6.50 if bought online. You can find more information here:
Explore Helmsley for FREE with your family.
Helmsley Creativity Trail is resource that sets out to encourage people to explore our beautiful market town and all that it has to offer. It provides mindful and creative ideas for children and young people to enjoy in collaboration with adults.
This is an easy terrain and follows a circular 1 mile route around Helmsley, providing full directions to each location included within the Creativity Trail.
Enjoy the Freedom without the Worry
Pickering Dog Field consists of 2 x 1 acre sized fields called Florence Field and George Field. Each one offers dog owners the space to let their dogs exercise off the lead, with sole use of the field for their booked slot. Each field is “drive in” has the benefit of a shelter with a bench and optional obstacles such as jumps, tyres, tunnel and a balance beam. Appointments are booked online, last 50 minutes and cost £7.
Children are welcome with adults and dogs. They can bring a football too or enjoy a picnic whilst the dogs play.
Opposite Tofts Lane, Malton Road, Pickering, YO18 8EA
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.
Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced rider, our cycle trails give you access to 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:
We also have two purpose-built all-weather cycling tracks: a pump track offering the thrills of riding a loop of banked turns and rollers; and a family-friendly cycle trail that doubles as a cyclocross track for some competitive events during autumn and winter. The family cycle trail, a 2.5km figure-of-eight, provides a longer and wider start to the existing Cliff Trail enabling families to ride side-by-side through woodland, as well as providing better access for those using adapted cycles such as handcycles.
Sutton Bank National Park Centre
North York Moors National Park, Sutton Bank, Thirsk YO7 2EH
Photograph Credit: Dependable Productions.
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 with indoor discovery zone.
Dogs are welcome on the reserve, however they must be kept on leads at all times.
Free to enter, Byland Abbey is the perfect place to stop on a family day out, 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.
Dogs welcome on a lead.
Byland, Coxwold, North Yorkshire, YO61 4BD
Walk through stunning pine woodland around the reservoir. Pushchair friendly and excellent for kids, dogs and anyone wanting a lovely short walk. There’s a stream for paddling and grassy spots for picnics.
Car parking is available to the North of Cod Beck Reservoir, DL6 3AL
10 mile circular walk around Cowhouse Bank, Clark Bank, Helmsley Bank, Rievaulx Bank and Ayton Bank. Easy walking on tracks (push chair friendly) with fantastic views.
Cowhouse Bank Carpark (YO62 5HH)
Have fun (re-)discovering the area, spotting things you’ve never noticed before, with Curious About Walks – quirky treasure hunt style heritage walks.
Curious About Walks are a safe fun and affordable way to get outside for some fresh air for a couple of hours in the holidays. They are a low cost, inclusive, participatory activity where everyone can have a role, following directions, finding the answers to our addictive clues, matching pictures and reading snippets about the history of the city and the people that have shaped it.
Visit their website to buy the printed booklet.
Dalby Forest Cycle Hub is the perfect place to start and end your day out. We have the best range of hire bikes and everything you need to make the most of your day.
You can hire a bike for half a day or a full day. For young families, we hire child seats & trailers too.
Danby Lodge visitor centre is set in an idyllic spot on the banks of the River Esk, near Danby. It’s an official Dark Sky Discovery Site too, one of three in the North York Moors. Entry to the Centre is free and there is loads to do here.
Please note that dogs are not allowed in the Centre buildings or in Crow Wood, except for assistance dogs. Please speak to the staff who will be happy to advise on alternative dog walks from the door.
North York Moors National Park, Lodge Ln, Danby, Whitby YO21 2NB
Danes Dyke is a Nature Reserve just North of Bridlington. The beach is a mixture of sand and rocks, and can be accessed on foot along the clifftop walk from Sewerby (about 2 miles), and then you can take the steps all the way down to the beach. Or you can park in the designated car park accessed from the main road from Bridlington, and then walk through the nature reserve down to the beach, there are a number of nature trails in the Dyke which can be accessed easily from the car park.
Danes Dyke, Flamborough Head, Flamborough, YO15 1DU
Walk from Farndale village. Beautiful as the daffodils come out, lovely walk on a hard path suitable for push chairs and a good stream for a paddle!
Farndale Daffodil Walk, Low Mill, North York Moors National Park, YO62 7UY
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
Lovely nature walk and great place for bluebells, as well as primroses, yellow pimpernel, wood anemone and dog violets.
Hagg Wood, Intake Lane, Dunnington
Park at Howsham Bridge and walk under the bridge on the track to Howsham Mill. Lovely place to picnic and for older 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.
Westow, York YO60 7JS
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
Dogs welcome but please be mindful of other families and local residents.
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.
Lovely walk with beautiful wildlife and nature to spot.
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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.
Offers a range of watersport activities including aqua park (including one for Toddlers (Splash Kingdom), 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.
Well behaved dogs on a lead welcome.
Wykeham Lakes, Long Causeway Road, Scarborough YO13 9QU
Lovely walk from Orchard Fields down to the bottom, turn left along the river and you will find the boardwalk and the mosaics. Keep going as far as you wish and come back down Old Maltongate or back along the river. Lots to see, logs to walk on and a nice walk. In wet times, you definitely need wellies and a baby carrier would be the way forward.
There is a lovely new labyrinth in Castle Gardens for little ones to explore too!
Just like the 5k Parkrun, junior parkrun is a free weekly community event, but Junior Parkrun is just for kids aged from 4 to 14!
Every Sunday morning at 9am kids can come along to try out the 2k junior parkrun at Pickering Community Park, YO18 7HJ.
Parents are welcome to join in the 2k or support our events as a volunteer. Come along with the whole family to have some fun, meet new friends and run, hop, skip or jump your way around our 2k route!
Parkrun events are free to join, just register first at Parkrun UK to get your barcode
Recommendations as to where to paddle “inland” from Mumblers’
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.
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
Lovely to walk round. Great for pushchairs and toddlers. Stream with ducks and a lake. Plus treat yourself to an ice cream!
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 is located in a remote and beautiful valley in the Yorkshire Wolds, the village was continuously occupied for six centuries before it was abandoned soon after 1500. Today you can trace the outlines of many lost houses on a grassy plateau above the substantial remains of the church and the millpond. For over 60 years, archaeologists have worked hard to understand what life was like in the village and why it was eventually deserted.
It is a beautiful location for a picnic on a nice day but be aware that it is a long walk (about ¾ mile) from the car park to the site, parts of which are steep and muddy. The walk is not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies so remember your carriers and this is maybe one for when the children get older and can run along. Dogs on leads are welcome.
Centenary Way, Wharram-le-Street, Malton, YO17 9TD
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.
The Yorkshire Arboretum offers 120 acres of peace and tranquillity in the heart of North Yorkshire. Experience exceptional natural beauty, a botanically diverse tree collection, sweeping vistas and wildflower meadows. The Arboretum Café serves delicious home-cooked food using locally-sourced ingredients – open all day. Dogs welcome, with an 11-acre off-lead area. Kids can take one of our tree trails, with additional activities on offer during school holidays.
Just 30 minutes from York, it’s yours to explore! Well behaved dogs on a lead welcome.
The Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard, YO60 7BY