Today's post is brought to you by a bit of an expert - Erin blogs over at Yorkshire Tots which features lots of family activities in West Yorkshire. Over to Erin -
One of the things I love about living in Yorkshire is that there are so many fantastic things for families to do outdoors. When the weather is nice, we like nothing better than to get our walking shoes on and get outside. A good walk is usually followed up by a picnic or a nice piece of cake. I have picked at few of our favourite days out along with some suggestions for places to get a great piece of cake and even an amazing milkshake!
1. Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7AP
We always enjoy a visit to Hardcastle Crags. Located just outside of Hebden Bridge, it feels miles away from everywhere. It is a lovey place to walk with a family as there are three walks to choose from depending on the age of your children. The easiest walk, from the car park to Gibson Mill and back, is up and down hills but still pram friendly.
We always stop in at the Weaving Shed Café along our walk, located in the picturesque Gibson Mill Visitors' Centre. The cafe serves lovely soup and sandwiches and even nicer cakes.
Hardcastle Crags is a part of the National Trust and there is a £5 parking fee for non-members.
2. Room on the Broom Adventure Trail, Anglers Country Park, Wakefield WF4 2EB
The Room on the Broom Adventure Trail at Anglers Country Park in Wakefield is a brilliant family walk. Dotted along the adventure trail there are statues and footprints which follow the the story of Julia Donaldson's 'Room on the Broom'. The walk itself is very flat and easy, but it is two miles long and can be a bit muddy. I suggest good walking wellies and a change of clothes. There is a also great playground at the end of the walk if the kids have any steam left! There is a cafe next to the play area too, but you may be better off packing a picnic lunch and eating at the picnic table provided.
Parking is free and the visitors' centre has activity packs for the trail which can be purchased for £2 each Tuesday-Sunday. You can do the trail without an activity pack, just bring your own crayons and paper.
3. Bolton Abbey & Billy Bob's Ice Cream Parlour, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 6EX
Bolton Abby is a stunning place to visit. There is so much space and plenty to do including walking in the ruins of a 12th century monastery, following activity trails or stopping for a picnic and rock skimming along the River Wharf. There are over 80 miles of footpaths to explore, some of them can even be done with a pram. There is no entry fee, but parking is £7 per car or £8 per car during holidays and summer season.
After a long walk, we like to head over to Billy Bob’s Ice Cream Parlour, which easily has the most delicious milk shakes I have ever tasted. Billy Bob's also has a fantastic play barn, play areas and American diner-style food. Billy Bob’s is only a few miles away from Bolton Abbey but it is extremely popular so it's a really good idea to pre-book your table here.
Thanks Erin for these wonderful ideas for family days out in Yorkshire.