Kids' Adventure

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...

 

  • Explore a cave - Jubilee Cave above Langcliffe is accessible even to toddlers if you park higher up above the village. Your kids will love to have a 'cave-picnic' in here or escape from the bad weather for a treat of hot chocolate. For a proper caving experience, with a qualified guide, try claphamadventure.co.uk

 

  • My son and I like to be dropped off in the stunning hamlet of Feizor- for young mountain bikers the bridleway is a perfect, ever so slightly downhill all the way route to Austwick where we meet up with the other half of our family for a picnic at a playground with the best views ever! For little bikers, this ride is best done before the summer nettles grow too high. For a circular walk, start in Feizor and follow the marked trails through Oxenber Wood. Kids love finding the next waymarker! Bluebells make it a magical place in the spring and walkers flock here to see orichids later in the year.

 

  • Climb Castleberg, the limestone outcrop above Settle. Please supervise your children closely at the top, as there is a sheer drop! There's an easy path up on the left or a rougher way up on the right.

 

  • There are some good places to go hunting for fossils, with all the carboniferous limestone around here. You won't be disappointed at Ribblehead Quarry, and there is a marked walk up there taking you to the remains of a Viking settlement!

 

  • Climb Pen-Y-Ghent from Dale Head Farm, (minor road 'Goat Lane' out of Stainforth leads you up), saving little legs the climb out of Horton. You can even use an off-road pushchair up the first half, if you don't mind stashing the pushchair behind a wall at the first stile. The southern end of Pen-y-Ghent offers an exciting scramble that kids will love, but it can be slippy and tricky on the way down.

 

  • Whernside is a long walk for little ones, but our kids have done it from Kingsdale, cutting out a lot of distance and climb.

 

SAFETY FIRST WITH YOUR CHILDREN:

 

  • KIDS OF ALL AGES NEED PLENTY OF SNACKS AND FLUIDS TO KEEP THEM GOING!

 

  • ALWAYS CARRY THEIR WATERPROOFS, HATS AND GLOVES ON OUR LOCAL PEAKS. JEANS ARE A BIG NO IN THE MOUNTAINS!

 

  • CARRY A SMALL FIRST AID KIT FOR THOSE BRAVE LITTLE ADVENTURERS' INEVITABLE SCRAPES!

 

  • THE WEATHER CAN BE UNPREDICTABLE AND QUITE DIFFERENT ON A SUMMIT! CHILDREN GET COLD QUICKLY, ESPECIALLY IF THEY'RE HUNGRY!

 

  • ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME TO LET THEM STOP AND EXPLORE... LET THEM HELP PLAN, CARRY THE KIT AND LEAD THE WAY AND YOUR DAY WILL BE A SUCCESS!

 

 

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.