Sometimes you just need to let off some steam at the weekend, and with the weather getting nicer (we’ve had no rain here today despite the forecast!) there’s plenty of opportunity to get outdoors and get active. We’ve put together some amazing days out for families who want to get off the beaten track and do something a little more adventurous!
1) Cycling at Otley Chevin
One of the most picturesque spots in Yorkshire, Otley Chevin offers amazing views of Wharfedale, and with woodland, heath and lots of rocky outcrops there’s plenty for families to explore. One of our favourite ways to explore this part of the county is by bike as there are lots of cycle-friendly bridleways.
2) Canoeing at How Stean Gorge
Canoeing is an amazing way to see some great countryside from a different angle, and also to spy lots of wildlife that might normally be scared away. The team at How Stean Gorge offer half day canoeing trips on nearby Scar House Reservoir – all equipment is provided, and if you want to make a weekend of it you can camp at How Stean Gorge too!
3) Archery in Halifax
Kids will love giving archery a go, and it’s a great excuse for a family competition! Another World Adventure Centre near Halifax offers archery sessions along with a whole host of other activities and – if you take to it – you can even book a whole course.
4) High Ropes in Bedale
One of the most terrifying activities you can do outdoors has got to be a high ropes day. With an adventure course 13m above the ground, Aerial Extreme in Bedale contains 23 obstacles for families to tackle, including a zipwire!
5) Fossil Hunting at Boggle Hole
We had to include this on our list as – not only is it free – it’s the sort of day out where you have no idea what you might take home with you at the end of of it. Boggle Hole on the Yorkshire coast is an amazing fossil-hunting spot, and there’s a beautiful beach for sandcastle building, kite-flying and rockpooling. If you’d like to stay a few days, there’s an excellent Youth Hostel which is well set up for groups and families.