Inspire your kids in the Dales
There are so many ways to challenge and inspire even the youngest kids whilst on holiday in the Yorkshire Dales. My family has some favourites we'd love to share with you...
SAFETY FIRST WITH YOUR CHILDREN:
Good places to bike with the kids
Visitors assume the small roads around here are safe for children to cycle on. In reality, they can be quite the opposite. Dry stone walls and sharp bends mean you may not spot traffic easily, and farm vehicles can fill an entire lane with no space to pass by! One road we like to let the kids loose on is the minor road between Ingleton and Chapel-le-Dale. (see photo in slide show above). It's open farmland so you can see cars approaching from a good distance, if any come at all! Park at the Chapel-le Dale end, preferably not on a Sunday morning which could affect local church goers, and do a there and back tour with a picnic stop at the turning point. You will have great views of Ingleborough and the limestone Scar stretching all the way down on your side of the valley. If you get as far as Twistleton Dale House, you will spot climbers enjoying the sun on the south-facing cliffs above you. I have in the past taken our eldest all the way to Ingleton on the tag-along, whilst my husband and daughter cycle back to fetch the car and drive down to meet up again at the park. But beware, it's a steep descent down to Ingleton and single lane with few passing places!
Gisburn Forest is a great place to cycle with the family and the new skills loops next to the Hub café offer a challenge with options to suit every level.