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Family-Friendly Walks in Calderdale

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East Riddlesden Hall

The garden, tearoom (takeaway), car park, lower field and toilets are open on selected days. Please book ahead and check the National Trust website for dates. Lovely former manor house with plenty of outdoor fun for the family, about 35 minutes from Halifax. Little ones will love the wild play garden with den building, a…

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Greenhead Park, Huddersfield

Beautiful park with a paddling pool, just half a mile away from Huddersfield town centre. There are two lovely children’s play areas with picnic tables, a skate park, tennis court, two cafés, a lake and a fabulous paddling pool to cool off in during the summer months. A miniature steam train chugs along a track…

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Calderdale Ramblers

Friendly group of walkers based in the stunning countryside of Calderdale. Walks are held most weekends throughout the year, guided by leaders who know and love the area. New walkers always welcome. Activities include family-friendly and short and easy walks. For a current programme of walks, see online. Calderdale Ramblers. Contact 07790 480058.  

Gaddings Beach – Todmorden

A fabulously well-kept secret, Gaddings is a lovely little beach next to Gaddings Dam in Lumbutts village, above Todmorden. 80 feet above sea level and 60 miles inland, it’s the highest beach in England and rewards those who face the steep hike to get there (there is no road access or official parking nearby) with…

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Calder Homes Park – Hebden Bridge

Beautiful green space close to Hebden Bridge town centre and the canal. There’s an outdoor gym, children’s playground, a skate park, bowling greens, football pitch, tennis court, basketball court and a café. It’s lovely to walk on the adjacent canal towpath to watch the narrowboats sail by. Calder Homes Park, New Road, Hebden Bridge

Oakwell Hall & Country Park – Birstall

The park is open but the visitor centre is closed. Toilets open at weekends between 10am and 3pm .Upper car parks and cafe only open on weekends.  Oakwell Hall dates back to 1583 and is now run as a living museum, furnished as the Batt family home in the 1690’s. There are restored gardens, a…

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Another World Adventure Centre

Planned reopening on March 30, 2021. Outdoor activity centre in Ogden with a wide range of activities. Choose from  mountain boarding, grass sledging, archery, low rope courses, slingshots with paintballs, archery, air pistols and more. Just turn up and have a go – no need to book! Birthday parties for ages 5+ include packages such…

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St Ives Estate- Bingley

The St Ives Estate is a fabulous free day out, a short drive from Calderdale and a huge favourite with my mini Mumblers. Made up of a gorgeous country park with woodlands, open moor, a wildflower meadow and paths throughout, it’s easy to spend the day here, parking is free and there are plenty of…

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Cow & Calf Rocks – Ilkley

High on Ilkley Moor, the Cow and Calf Rocks are a large rock formation, also known as Hangingstone Rocks. A great place to climb – although probably for older children – with lovely views of Ilkley and beyond. Cow & Calf Rocks, Ilkley Moor. Phone 01943 602319.

Golden Acre Park – Bramhope

Enjoy a lovely walk around the lake while feeding the ducks, then wind down in the newly refurbished café. If you would prefer to picnic, there is plenty of space , and an ice cream van to top it off! For a different view, follow the path to the right before the tunnel entrance for…

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Harold Park

This Green Flag park is a hub of the local community, with plenty to do and a variety of events through the year. There’s a fenced in children’s play area, two beautiful lakes to walk around, a bowling green, sports pitch and free exercise circuit (trim trail) for children and adults Harold Park, Park Road,…

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Jerusalem Farm & Wade Wood

With 13 hectares of nature reserve, the beautiful Jerusalem Farm and Wade Wood are perfect spots for picnics and paddling!  The kids will have great fun splashing about in the stream and there is plenty of space to play ball or Frisbee. There are picnic tables, spots in the shade and you can have a…

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Manor Heath Park & Jungle Experience

Playground open but Jungle Experience currently closed Come rain or shine, you’ll find something to do at Manor Heath. This Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award-winning park is open all year round and has a fabulous play area, outdoor gym, sunken garden, walled gardens and a café. There is also a fun water play area (April…

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Room on the Broom Adventure Trail – Wakefield

If your kids like Julia Donaldson’s Room on the Broom, they will love the adventure trail at Anglers Country Park. It’s free to explore – although the Visitor Centre sells fun activity packs for £2 – and you follow animal footprints to find your favourite sculptures from the book, trace rubbings and do activities. The…

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Ogden Water Local Nature Reserve

Ogden Water Local Nature Reserve offers tranquil walks, nature activities, ducks to feed and plenty of places to picnic. The 34 acre reservoir is owned by Yorkshire Water, and boasts many woodland trails and waterside paths to explore, including 1 1/4 miles of wheelchair accessible pathway around the reservoir and through sections of the woodlands….

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Judy Woods

Lovely woodland in Bradford, perfect for family walks. Little ones will enjoy collecting leaves and sticks, or jumping in the mud, while the older ones can explore all the interesting paths and jump over streams. Gorgeous bluebells in the spring! Judy Woods, Wyke. For details of parking and busses, view

The Aire Valley Sculpture Trail, Saltaire

A lovely trail where you can look at artwork and enjoy walking along the riverside path. Ideal for families, it takes about 40 minutes there and back, stopping to look at the 15 pieces of artwork. It is easy walking on the recently cleaned up riverside path, and the pieces are well worth studying – the…

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Stump Cross Caverns, Harrogate

Currently closed The caves at Stumps Cross were then discovered in 1860 by miners who were looking for lead seams in the Yorkshire Dales. Although they didn’t find any lead, they did find the natural caverns which you can see today. The cave system at Stump Cross extends well beyond the show caves which are…

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Bracken Hall Countryside Estate & Museum

Bracken Hall Countryside Centre and museum is situated on the edge of Shipley Glen, a popular beauty spot. The Centre has displays relating to the natural history, geology, archaeology and local history of the area. The colourful interactive wildlife exhibits delve into the lives of badgers, frogs and bats. There are interactive displays about other…

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Brimham Rocks – Harrogate

Dramatic moorland rock formations. Explore Brimham Rocks and have a great day out at nature’s playground. This amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations makes a great day out for families, climbers and those wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent views over Nidderdale. There’s no admission charge at Brimham Rocks….

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Hardcastle Crags

Hardcastle Crags is a beautiful wooded valley to explore, with 19th-century Gibson Mill at its heart. It’s run by the National Trust and there are often fun events for the kids during school holidays. There are several marked trails (you can pick up a map in the car parks or have a look online here,…

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