Six of the Best: Outdoor activities across Yorkshire

Middleton Park, Leeds.
Middleton Park, Leeds.
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Banish those back to school (and work) blues by getting yourself into the great outdoors for some fresh air and exercise.

Here are half a dozen suggestions to get your blood pumping...

MIDDLETON PARK, LEEDS

Middleton Park is situated four miles from the city centre in urban south Leeds. Of its 630 acres, 200 are ancient woodland and a designated nature reserve.

Middleton Woods Nature Reserve is the largest ancient woodland in Leeds and has been continuously wooded since at least 1600. Oak dominates the mixed woodland which together with streams and ponds, provide a refuge for numerous mammals, birds and amphibians. There are also remains of old coal mining here.

Excellent for walks and golf.

Address: Middleton, LS10 3TH

Email: tourinfo@leeds.gov.uk

THREE PEAKS

CYCLE

Situated in the heart of magnificent cycling country for both on and off road enthusiasts, with The Way of the Roses running right past their front door, 3 Peaks Cycles offers a range of services to enable you to see the majesty of the Yorkshire countryside in all its glory. The route stretches from coast to coast and takes in places including Settle, Pateley Bridge and Ripon. The route of Yorkshire’s Grand Depart is also accessible from here. Our namesake, the gruelling 3 Peaks Cyclocross Race, held every September, starts just up the road at Helwith Bridge. Email: sales@3peakscycles.com

CAVE & CANYON

INGLETON

Cave and Canyon UK are one of the leading providers in caving and canyoning adventure days and courses.

They also offer climbing, abseiling, paddle sports and more. Book your adventure with Cave and Canyon UK and you can expect to wear the best outdoor kit to keep you comfortable throughout the day. Ideal for military groups, stag or hen groups, or a family.

Address: i centre, Back Gate, Ingleton, LA6 3BT

Phone: 07909 223819

Email: info@caveandcanyon.uk

FOREST FLOWERS WALK

SKIPTON

Join nature expert Russ Hedley from Nature Walks and Talks on a guided walk to discover and identify spring flowers in this ancient woodland.

This walk covers around 1.5 miles and includes some steps. For more information, access details, parking info and to book online please visit the Woodland Trust website.

Address: Skipton Castle Woods, off Mill Bridge, Skipton , North Yorkshire, BD23 1NJ. Email: Centralevents@woodlandtrust.org.uk

Dates: April 21, 2018

JORVIK VIKING FESTIVAL

YORK

If you’re quick, you can still enjoy the 34th Jorvik Viking Festival in York, which ends tomorrow.

Recognised as the largest event of its kind in Europe, the annual festival is a city-wide celebration of York’s rich Norse heritage. This year will see events commemorating a seminal moment in British history, the arrival and conquest of England by the Great Viking Army in AD 866.

There will be living history encampments, walks, talks, tours and ramatic combat performances.

Email: groups@yorkat.co.uk

SNOWDROP TRAIL

THORP PERROW

See the best of Thorp Perrow’s collection of Snowdrops. Collect a map as you arrive, and follow Curator Faith’s snowdrop trail through the Arboretum to see some interesting varieties and learn more about these stunning flowers. They have 24 varieties of snowdrop at Thorp Perrow – how many can you spot?

Trail map free of charge (standard entry charges apply)

Address: Thorp Perrow Hall, Thorp Perrow, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2PS

Phone: 01677 425 323

Email: enquiries@thorpperrow.com

Dates: Until February 28, 2018