Days Out Ryedale

Walks & The Great Outdoors

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.

Featured Listing

Dalby Forest

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

Dalby Forest
YO18 7LT
01751 472771


Featured Listing

Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission, offers over 8,000 acres of woodland to explore, enjoy and discover.
Great play area for children, walking and cycling trails for all. Cafes and bike hire centre plus Dalby Activity Centre, Go Ape and Forest Segway .

@ShauntheSheep, Lu-La and characters from the brilliant new film A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon film have arrived in Dalby forest for a brand new interactive glow trail! Perfect for children aged 6 years plus.

The clue hunt app is free from and will need to be downloaded before your visit.

For further details please visit

The Zog Trail is great for younger kids.

£9 per car

Low Dalby , Thornton-Le-Dale, Pickering
Sat Nav Postcode: YO18 7LT


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
01751 472771

One of the largest natural sports lakes in North Yorkshire, we offer a range of fun, relaxing and exciting activities for everyone to enjoy. You can challenge yourself, learn a new skill or make a splash! Nestled in picturesque countryside, we are just off the A170, near Wykeham.

Have a go at kayaking, test your balance on a stand-up paddle board or learn to sail, take a dip and go for an open water swim or take a peaceful trip on one of our electric mini ships or pedalos.

Get away from it all on our 2.5km all-terrain walking and cycle track around the lake (FREE to use) whilst taking in the beautiful surroundings. Take a bike ride along one of our cycle tracks or wind down with a relaxing walk whilst taking in the picturesque views. We are dog friendly too so bring yours along! Please note all dogs must be kept on a lead to avoid disturbing nesting birds and wildlife.

Finish off your day with a blast on our ever popular Aquapark, with some of the largest inflatable slides, climbing walls and trampolines in the region.

Family friendly cafe on site offering a selection of hot and cold food and drink. Enjoy the view and a cup of tea even if not partaking in any activities. All welcome.


Wykeham Lakes, Long Causeway Road, Scarborough YO13 9QU

01723 865052


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.

Manor Farm
YO17 6QJ

Featured Listing

Zog at Dalby Forest

Zog is a loveable, if somewhat clumsy dragon at Dragon School who is always striving to win a golden star. Zog is learning lots of essential dragon skills at school including flying, roaring, breathing fire and capturing princesses! Forestry Commission England are now inviting children to step into the forest classroom to learn lessons just like Zog, including how animals fly, what sounds they make and how they catch their prey!

As well as winning gold stars along the self-led trail, there will be reveal panels which have a hidden image that children can find using a coloured lens in their activity pack. Available to buy for just £3 the activity pack will also include a Zog mask, activity sheets a pencil and stickers.

Further details of trails and free downloadable activity sheets are available from

Dalby Forest, Pickering YO18 7LT
01751 472771

Bempton Cliffs

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.

Cawthorn Roman Camps, Cropton

Walk taken from the North York Moors National Park website

Cod Beck Reservoir

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.

Dalby Forest – The Highway Rat

Head to the forest for a fun-filled family day out on our Highway Rat activity trail.

What can you expect on the trail?
Go in search of 10 Highway Rat-themed panels, each with fun facts and activities to try. As you go, look out for characters from the story, complete four rubbings and take your picture with the life-sized Highway Rat ‘Wanted’ poster!

Dalby Forest
YO18 7LT
01751 472771

Danes Dyke, Bridlington

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


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.

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

Freers Bank, Terrington Walk

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.

Link to a downloadable version

Helmsley Walled Garden

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

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

May Beck and Falling Foss

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.

Visit the North York Moors National Park Website here

Millington Woods

Located just north of the village of Millington, 4 miles north east from Pocklington.
Local nature reserve and mature woods with a reasonably good path all the way through, good for seeing bluebells. Several good pubs in Millington for food afterwards.

Newbridge Park

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.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

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.
01751 472508

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

Staindale Lake in Dalby Forest

Walk taken from North York Moors National Park website

Sutton Bank and The White Horse

Walk taken from the North York Moors National Park website

Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Vet and author James Herriot declared the tremendous view from the dramatic Sutton Bank escarpment over the Vale of Mowbray and the Vale of York, the “finest in England”. So why not stop at the top of the bank, visit the Centre and blow away the cobwebs with a walk or cycle ride? It’s an official Dark Sky Discovery Site too, one of three in the North York Moors. 
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

Treasure Trails

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 £6.99

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.

Treasure Trails
6 High Cross Truro
United Kingdom
Telephone: 01872 263692

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!

Yorkshire Arboretum

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