Whether you’re an adrenalin junkie or you just want to kick back and relax, these days out are best enjoyed when the sun is shining.
So summer is here and the sun is shining, but how can you make the most of it? Here are 10 days out that let you experience Yorkshire at its adventurous best. You can pelt down a zip wire through the treetops, cruise along the canal on a barge or take a scenic walk past Yorkshire’s best natural wonders. It’s time to leave the house and enjoy the great outdoors.
Take a refreshing dip at Ilkley Lido
If it’s a scorcher, cool down with a trip to Ilkley Lido. Their huge outdoor pool is surrounded by a grassy picnic area, so you can set up camp just metres from the water. It’s not just swimming either. They have a putting green and tennis courts, all against a pretty backdrop of Ilkley Moor. The outdoor pool is open from May until September, so squeeze in your visits while you can.
Ilkley Lido, Denton Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 0BZ.
Scramble your way around Brimham Rocks
You can explore Yorkshire’s weirdest rock formations and roam the surrounding countryside while soaking up the rays at Brimham Rocks. They formed over 320 million years ago and have since formed unusual shapes due to glacial processes and natural weathering, hence the names like Dancing Bear, the Camel and the Turtle. You can even see the Idol, a huge boulder that rests on a tiny plinth.
Brimham Rocks, North Moor Road, Summerbridge, North Yorkshire, HG3 4DW.
Swing through the tree-tops at Go Ape
15-foot above the ground, Go Ape is a thrill-seeker’s dream and is best enjoyed when the sun’s out. You’ll work your way through all kinds of tree-top obstacles. Think rope ladders, precarious crossings and free-fall Tarzan swings. But if it’s speed you’re after, the best part is pelting down the high wires. Heck, you can even extend your day by exploring the grounds of Temple Newsam.
Go Ape, Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0DX.
Stroll through the countryside finish with a pint
A sunny walk through Yorkshire’s countryside, paired with a pint – it’s a no-brainer, right? Well, you’re spoilt for choice. You can venture around Malham, taking in its natural wonders before finishing up at The Lister Arms. Or make a beeline for the Grassington Circular, which passes the quaint village of Hebden, with both The Old Hall in or The Foresters Arms waiting at the finish line.
Try your hand at water skiing
If you want to have a go at water sports, Welton Wake and Ski Club is the place to go. They’re the longest established wakeboarding and waterskiing club in Yorkshire, so you’re in safe hands. After a safety briefing, you’ll be taken out behind the boat to tackle the lake while attempting to keep your balance. Why not head down next time the sun’s out?
Welton Wake & Ski Club, Common Lane, Welton, East Riding, HU15 1PT.
Take in the countryside on a scenic boat trip
You can enjoy the scenic Yorkshire Dales with a boat trip along the canal. Skipton Boat Trips rent out barges that fit up to 10 passengers and it’s yours for the whole day. You’ll get to grips with how it works before you set off on a 17-mile voyage along Yorkshire’s waterways. And it’s got all the home comforts like a fridge and cooker so you can bring your own treats with you.
The Wharf Office, 3 Coach Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1LH.
Explore Dalby Forest by bike
Hop onto your wheels, select one of five different cycling routes and work your way round the scenic Dalby Forest. You’ll pass Ellerburn Pond as well as The Bird Hide and artificial bat cave, so you can spot all kinds of wildlife as you ride. You can even grab a Highway Rat Activity Trail pack for the kids, which points out characters from the book on your route.
Dalby Forest, Dalby Forest Drive, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT.
Go waterfall hunting around Ingleton
Pack up a picnic and set off on the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail to seek five of Yorkshire’s finest waterfalls. Pecca Falls, Hollybush Spout and Beezley Falls are just some of sights you’ll pass, but the real star is Thornton Force, which cascades over a 46-foot drop into the River Twist. The trail is 4.3 miles long and promises plenty of cracking viewpoints along the way.
Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, Broadwood Entrance, Ingleton, Carnforth, LA6 3ET.
Have a go at white water rafting
Cave & Canyon UK run action-packed white water rafting days that will satisfy any adrenaline junkie’s needs. We’re talking fast-moving rapids paired with tricky twists and turns until you’re completely drenched – it’s not for the faint-hearted. You’ll tackle the the waves as a team in your six-man raft under the guidance of your instructor.
River Washburn, Thruscross Reservoir, North Yorkshire, HG3 4BB.
Work your way round Malham’s best natural wonders
Malham is a cracking day out, with oodles of spectacular natural landmarks to spot along the way. Kick off with a climb up Malham Cove and its bizarre limestone pavement before you reach Gordale Scar and its spectacular waterfalls. Then weave your way through the woods, passing Janet’s Foss as you go, and finish off with a well-deserved rest at one of the village’s pubs.
Malham, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 4DJ.Cover image credit: David Benbennick licensed under Creative Commons for commercial use.