The Best Spring Walks with Children in and around Leeds
Spring is a fantastic time to get out walking (and fortunately is still one of the few things we can get out and enjoy under the government guidelines); the weather gets that little better, blankets of spring flowers cover woodland floors, and baby animals are out saying their hellos!
Here are some of Rachel’s from Muddy Boots Mummy favourite spring walks within an hour of Leeds.
HACKFALL WOODnear Ripon is not only one of the best places to spot Bluebells, but also one of the best woods for children to explore to their heart’s content. It is not buggy friendly, with lots of steep paths and uneven surfaces. But it has lots of walking paths, so you can do as much or as little as you want! Choose a sunny day to take full advantage of its charms; you can picnic by the beach, explore the follies and play games in the trees.
MIDDLETON WOODS in Ilkley is another place to spot spectacular Bluebells, but alas is also not buggy friendly. If your children enjoy walking, there’s a lovely 4km route that takes you along the river, up through the woods and gives you great views over Wharfedale (where some lambs may well be leaping about)
HAW PARK WOOD is not very well known, despite it sitting adjacent to the popular Angler’s Country Park (home of the Broom Trail). There are decent tracks to follow if you have a robust buggy, and it’s full of interesting things to see (including a couple of well-hidden fairy doors). Take a picnic and find a picturesque bench.
NEWMILLERDAM’S GNOME ROAM. If you haven’t yet been here with young children, make it a priority. It’s only a 1.8 mile walk, but follows the story of a bear frightening the woodland gnomes into the rather beautiful woods. Your task is to find them and the bear, which are well placed wooden sculptures with activities at each one. Our family absolutely love it here, I cannot recommend it enough. Buggy friendly (just be aware of a steep start!).
And finally, for something a bit different, THORP PERROW might not technically be classed as a ‘walk’ but it’s the perfect place to visit if you’re looking to wander around enjoying the delights of spring. With a wildlife park and adventure playground in its grounds, children will love it here (and you can use your Gardner’s World 2-4-1 here too).
For more ideas on Yorkshire walks and days outdoors in the North of England, visit my blog over at Muddy Boots Mummy.