With three National Parks and three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Yorkshire is a county full of outdoor splendour. With miles of rolling countryside, thick woodlands and hills covered in heather and green pasture, the landscape is magical and an ideal place to relax with your thoughts.
North Yorkshire has plenty of outdoor adventures that are just waiting to be discovered in Yorkshire's Great Outdoors. With ideas for a variety of activities, including easy access sites, we have ideas to add a taste of adventure to your trip.
Pennine Yorkshire is a largely rural area, home to traditionally industrial towns and many of Yorkshire's stunning waterways. Calder Holmes Park in Hebden Bridge is a great rural escape and home to special events including the Classic Car Weekend in August, an annual Bonfire and is an ideal place for a quiet round of golf or tennis. Why not take the children - the skate park and play area will keep them occupied for hours! Wellholme Park in Brighouse offers free car parking, beautiful floral bedding displays and is an ideal spot for summer picnics, where wildlife is in abundance. Follow the path of Clifton Beck which runs through the heart of Wellholme before enjoying refreshments in the newly opened cafe.
Bradford is a diverse city, with so much to see and do outdoors. Part of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Bingley Five Rise Locks and Cafe is a unique five rise staircase reaching 60 foot high. Opened in 1774 these locks really demonstrate how exciting Yorkshire's waterways are. Horton Bank Country Park is a beautiful location for relaxing by the lake and simply enjoying people watching in Bradford.
Leeds is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, rich in countryside and places to explore. Canal Gardens is a beautifully typical walled garden and is one of Leeds' more popular outdoor attractions. Relax in the small nearby cafe or saunter around the large pond which is home to lots of wildlife. Roundhay Park also has a large lake, plus a dam, tennis courts, a golf course, castle ruins, 700 acres of parkland, and gorgeous scented gardens. The large arena is ideal for live shows and Tropical World is a great day out with the animals.
Wakefield was built on industry, but now houses beautiful outdoor areas. Hemsworth Water Park has two lakes - the largest of which is ideal for pedalo rides and has sandy beaches, whilst the smallest lake is abundant with wildlife. There are many secluded grassy areas which are ideal picnic spots, or places to hideaway with a good book.
York is brimming with history and exploration, and is a great city to visit for a real taste of rural Yorkshire. Murton Park is home to the Yorkshire Museum of Farming with agricultural equipment on display at the Farming Museum, and historical delights in the form of a Celtic Settlement, Roman Fort and a Dark Age Village. The Tudor Experience and Home Front Experience offer very educational days out, and are especially great for children.
Hull is an area of rejuvenation and home to several rural retreats. Pearson Park is one of Hull's most historical outdoor attractions. Situated one mile outside the city, this was the first public park to open in Hull. Boasting 23 acres of land, plus gateways and any now listed structures you will be in awe at the sites. Enjoy the fountain or simply relax by the lake and absorb the beauty. The park is home to an impressive Victorian conservatory with two aviaries containing foreign finches and small parrots, plus 16 tanks for other animals. Pickering Park has a large lake and is great for fishing or simply enjoying the great Yorkshire outdoors.
South Yorkshire is a place of culture and countryside. The Botanical Gardens, Sheffield have extensive gardens with over 5,500 species of plant. The gardens are Grade II listed by English Heritage as gardens of special architectural interest. The Kew-style gardens are landscaped by Robert Marnock, a famous 19th-century landscape designer.
Wentworth Castle Gardens are some of the most important historic gardens in the North of England. Rare formal gardens have been rediscovered and national collections of rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias enhanced, and over 100,000 bulbs planted throughout a 50 acre garden to create a carpet of colour. Enjoy atmospheric views, woodland routes and majestic follies at this gorgeous location.