3 Family Friendly Walks In Yorkshire‏

This is a guest post by Erin who is an American now living in Yorkshire with her husband and two Yorkshire Tots aged 4 and 3. She runs Yorkshire Tots, an events and activities website for busy Yorkshire families.

One of the things I love about living in West Yorkshire is the fact that there is so much to do here. We have cities, countryside and more than our fair share of great events. One of our favourite things to do in West Yorkshire as a family is to take a walk. We stared when the kids were in front packs and backpacks but now they're scampering along beside us.
When we're looking for a great outdoor day for the family, we like to find places that have plenty for the kids to see and paths that aren't too challenging for little legs. I wanted to share our top 3 family walks with you. 

Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire is a wonderful place to walk with kids. Not only do you get a chance to walk amid the ruins of a 12th century monastery, there are also some great activity trails for kids which change from season to season. The banks of the River Wharf also offer lots of space to lay out a picnic lunch. There are over 80 miles of footpaths around the estate so you will be able to find something new to see every visit.

While you're there you can also pay a visit to the fabulous Billy Bob's Ice Cream Parlour which is just a few minutes away. Billy Bob's serves up ice cream, milk shakes and American diner-style food. There is also a play area and a play barn for the kids. Just be sure to pre-book your table as it's very popular!

Hardcastle Crags near Hebden Bridge is another one of our favourite places to walk. When the kids were younger we took the pram friendly route to the picturesque Gibson Mill which houses a café, gift shop and visitors centre. Now that the kids are a bit bigger, we walk along the stream to the mill. The kids love the scenery and it feels like we're miles from everywhere. It's a beautiful walk and the Weaving Shed Cafe located in Gibson Mill serves up a lovely cake (and coffee!).

Hardcastle Crags is part of the National Trust so there are free nature sheets for kids year round and special activities on during school holidays.

Any Julia Donaldson fans will love a walk around Anglers Country Park's Room on the Broom Trail near Wakefield. The two mile walk is flat and there are lots of things to keep the kids happy. The walk tells the story of The Room on the Broom with carvings of the characters, footprints, photo opportunities and items from the story to spot. You can purchase and activity pack from the visitor's centre for £2 or print your own. Just be sure to pack your wellies as it can be a muddy walk. There is a cafe and great adventure playground at the start/end of the walk as well.


  1. Anonymous23:51

    Thanks for the information.

    Rachel Craig

  2. These look beautiful places!

  3. Anonymous11:09

    I've not been to Bolton Abbey in years.

  4. Can't wait for some better weather so we can get out and about in Yorkshire :)