Skipton Castle Woods

If you are visiting Skipton, you simply have to walk through Skipton Woods. It’s the perfect place for little ones to explore, with routes of varying distances available. There’s a particularly great short walk starting from the top of the High Street.

The best way in is by starting on the canal and walking up behind the castle (Mill Bridge entrance), as this way you get to view the castle sat way up high on the rock.

You’ll find the entrance to the Woods, a Woodland Trust site, just between the houses. The wicker lady with her bow and arrow points you in the right direction. If you’re after a pram friendly route, enter the woods by walking up Chapel Hill instead and follow the road round to the right. This will bring you to the same entrance. You can follow the path all the way up but you’ll need to retrace your steps back out.

One of the routes we like doing regularly is the ‘red dotted route’. This takes in the whole woods and exits onto Short Lee Lane. To make things even better, there is usually an ice cream van parked in the lay-by, giving our 5-year-old all the motivation he needs! From here, you can go over the stile into the field on the left and climb up to the top to take in the amazing views over the town. The footpath continues down the hill, emerging onto Chapel Hill. This route is 3km.

Our little man loves exploring the woods and there is always so much excitement. Obviously, throwing stones into the water (Round Dam) features high on the list, but he also loves playing hide and seek, running round the bench amphitheatre, watching the waterfall and jumping in all the puddles. Apparently all the ‘big sticks’ can be found here too!

To read more about this walk from Little Miss Yorkshire, read the blog on her website here, or follow her on Instagram.

Paddleboarding On The Canal – Skipton

Escapism and mental health are important for our wellbeing. Walking is one hobby to get into, wind down, relax and see some amazing places and areas you normally wouldn’t.

Yorkshire is blessed with some wonderful waterways, rivers and canals that bring other new hobbies that can help your mind and body.

In Skipton I met up with Jo Moseley to take part in some paddle boarding on the Leeds-Liverpool canal. Calm water, the sun shining and surrounded by the peaks of the Yorkshire Dales. What a refreshing thing to do.

It was such a marvelous experience that even Malc my dog also got involved in.

Useful links

Read the full story and see the pics

www.cravendc.gov.uk

www.visitbradford.com

www.skiptonbid.com

www.blueotterboats.com