Get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors with our round up of the best family adventures in Yorkshire…
Put down the controller, drop the tablet – it’s time to get the kids away from their electronic devices and head out into the great outdoors. This is Yorkshire, after all, and there’s so much to do, right on your doorstep. We’re talking treasure hunts, beachcombing and even husky trekking. What will you try out first?
Horse and pony riding at Masham Trekking Centre
Want to explore the Yorkshire Dales on the back of a horse? Head to Masham Trekking Centre. There are 18 animals to choose from, from Shires to Welsh mountain ponies, which you can mount and take out on a supervised trek. You’ll do one of the 9 main trekking routes across the Swinton Estate, which covers a staggering 22,000 acres.
Masham Trekking Centre, Swinton, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4JH.
Bushcraft at Live for Today Ripley Castle
Get back to basics by learning bushcraft at Ripley Castle. Live for Today invites families to try their hand at lighting fires and building shelters using just only what’s around you. They’ll teach you everything you need to know, then you’ll grab flint and steel to catch a flame before attempting to erect your own refuge. It’s a great way to connect with the natural environment and it’ll teach the kids how to work as part of a team.
Live for Today, Ripley Castle, Ripley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 3AY.
Husky Hiking at Meeting House Farm
If you fancy a walk with a difference, pay a visit to Pesky Husky. They offer Husky Hiking all year round and it’s perfect for families. You’ll go on an adventure by foot through the North York Moors, using specialist belts and equipment designed for sled dogs. It’s a 3-mile jaunt, but you won’t just be walking – you’ll also get a full kennel visit to meet and learn about the 30 sled dogs.
Pesky Husky, Meeting House Farm, Stationdale, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 0EL.
Treasure Hunting on the Studfold Adventure Trail
Ready to become nature detectives? Visit the Studfold Adventure Trail and try to find the hidden secrets of the countryside. You’ll be given a trail sheet with clues, instructions and a map at the start. There are giant animal sculptures, footprints, sensory points and a meadow maze to spot along the way – you can even ride tractors and weave on the Studford Loom. There’s a Treasure Swap Box at the end – see what’s inside and replace it with something of your own.
Studfold Adventure Trail, Studfold Farm, North Yorkshire, HG3 5SG.
Caving in White Scar Cave
Want to delve a mile underground? Head out to White Scar Cave on the Cumbria and North Yorkshire border. It’s the longest show cave in England, a natural wonder that’s home to underground waterfalls, as well as stalactites and stalagmites with names like The Witch’s Fingers and The Devil’s Tongue. You’ll work your way through the tunnels led by their guide, learning about all the weird and wonderful things you see along the way.
White Scar Cave, Ingleton, Carnforth, North Yorkshire, LA6 3AW.
Beachcombing on Runswick Bay
Beachcombing is one of the most fascinating things to do with the kids, so head to one of the North Yorkshire coast’s best kept secrets, Runswick Bay. You can find dinosaur footprints and ammonites in the Jurassic rocks which line the seafront, and if you look close enough in the sand, you might even be able to find things like shark eggs, semi-precious stones and bullet casings dating back to World War Two.
Runswick Bay, Saltburn-By-The-Sea, North Yorkshire, TS13 5JG.
Creepy Crawlies & High Ropes at the Web Adventure Park
If you’re looking for an active day out for the kids, make a beeline for the Web Adventure Park. There’s something for children of all ages here. The Creepy Crawlies section features an outdoor adventure park, a water play area and The Animal Zone. For older kids (and adults too), there’s the Wired High Ropes, which will see you climbing 8 metres above the ground where you’ll tackle 22 adrenaline-inducing activities.
Web Adventure Park, Clifton Gate Business Park, Wigginton Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO32 2RH.