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10 Yorkshire Family Walks with Fantastic Cafes

I love a nice family walk almost as much as I love a good piece of cake.  For me, a great family day out combines the two!  If this also sounds like your idea of the perfect way to spend the day, below you will find 10 Yorkshire family walks with an accompanying child friendly café.

1.  Saltaire Canal Walk & Salts Diner

Saltaire
  • Start from outside the Tourist Information Centre, 2 Victoria Road, Saltaire, West Yorkshire
  • 45 minutes for the short walk, 1 hour and 15 minute for the longer walk you can download a map of the Saltaire walks
  • Parking: Pay and display in the village of Saltaire – there are many parking options to choose from
  • Salts Diner is located in the stunning Salt’s Mill where you can grab a coffee or have a 3-course meal surrounded by works by David Hockney. The hamburgers are fantastic and I have always found it to be very family friendly.

The walk at Saltaire is a buggy-friendly, mostly flat canal footpath for the short walk, and a woodland path for the extended walk.  If you’re looking for an even bigger walk, you can continue to 5 Rise Locks in Bingley, with another great café and views of the locks.  Don’t forget to bring food for the ducks and geese (no bread please but they love peas!).

You can end the walk with a play in Robert’s Park.  The park is very clean, well-maintained and has been restored to a Victorian design with planting, promenades, and large grass areas.  Roberts Park also has an adventure playground and skate park if the kids still have the energy to run off.

canal at saltaire

2.  Yorkshire Sculpture Park walk & YSP Cafe

  • West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF4 4LG
  • Open Daily 10-6
  • With 500 acres to explore, you can really tailor the walk to suit your needs (or energy levels).
  • Parking: Entry is £6 per person for over 18’s, Under 18’s free
  • YSP Café Although more expensive than some places on the list, the YSP café serves very nice cakes and coffee as well as a range of food.  It is very child friendly and if you’re looking for a more formal option with a great view you could try the YSP Restaurant as well.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an open air gallery with over 60 works of art. Children can touch the exhibits, find hidden dens and step on musical sculptures.  The walks in the surrounding woodland and lake-side have exciting things for children to discover including a Greek-style summer house, an Obelisk, Stepping Stones and a magical Shell Grotto.  With older children you can try the Young Explorers Trail.

There are baby changing facilities, picnic areas and gift shops on the grounds as well.

Yorkshire sculpture park rooster

3.  Bolton Abbey Walk & Billy Bob’s Ice Cream Parlour

Family friendly walk at Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire
  • Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 6EX
  • Over 80 miles of footpaths, some pram friendly.  To plan your walk download maps.
  • Parking: £7 per car or £8 per car during holidays and summer season
  • Billy Bob’s Ice Cream Parlour – Ice cream, fabulous milk shakes and yummy American diner-style food, Billy Bob’s is worth the drive just a few minutes away from Bolton Abbey.  It is very popular though, so make sure you pre-book your table.

Highlights of a trip to Bolton Abby include walking in the ruins of a 12th century monastery, activity trails, the River Wharf and lots of great picnic space.  From April to October the Welly Walk is great fun too!

boy with milkshake at Billy Bob's Ice Cream Parlour, North Yorkshire
boys on slide at Billy Bob's Ice Cream Parlour, Noth Yorkshire

4.  Hardcastle Crags Walk & Weaving Shed Cafe

boy walking across stepping stones at Hardcastle Crags family walk in West Yorkshire
  • Hollin Hall, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire HX7 7AP
  • There are three walks to choose from at Hardcastle Crags or you can walk the car park to Gibson Mill and back on a hilly but pram friendly path.
  • Parking: Pay and display parking lots £5 all day parking
  • Weaving Shed Café – The cafe can be found in an old cotton mill and serves fantastic soup and even nicer cakes, I have to admit we went back for more when we ‘forgot’ to leave any for the kids!  There is both indoor and outdoor seating.

Hardcastle Crags is a beautiful walk with a lovely stop or midway point at the picturesque Gibson Mill with a café, gift shop and visitors centre.  As it is part of the National Trust, there are free nature sheets and activities for kids as well.

Weaving shed cafe at Hardcastle Crags at Bolton Abbey

Walking next to the water was great fun, fine with the kids in back packs but not pram friendly (there is a pram friendly alternative see above).  There are also activities on during school holidays, we got to try out hand at wild art

5.  Rivelin Valley Nature Trail & Rivelin Valley Cafe

  • Rails Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  • 6 miles of mostly flat walking, some tarmac, circling back.  You can make the route shorter or longer ifyou like Find a map here.
  • Parking: Limited parking on the roadside, small car park
  • Rivelin Valley Café – This lovely café offers inside and outside seating, and in the summer there are even paddling pools to cool off in!

The Rivelin Valley Nature Trail has views of the river, mills, wildlife and there is a playground for kids as well. It’s a great walk in the warmer months as there are plenty of great paddling spots and stepping stones too!

6. Druid’s Temple Walk & Cafe Bistro at Swinton Bivouac

druids temple  family friendly walk girl standing in temple, North Yorkshire
  • High Knowle Farm, Knowle Ln, Ripon HG4 4JZ
  • The walk from the car park at Switon Estate to the Druid’s Temple Folly is a beautiful one mile circular walk which can be extended.
  • Parking: Parking near Cafe Bistro at Swinton Bivouac
  • Cafe Bistro – This café at Swinton Bivouac has snacks, coffee, cake, and meals made from local produce. The split-level cafe has a family den with toys for kids. 

The Druid’s Temple walk starts at Swinton Bivouac near Masham in North Yorkshire. It is a short, easy walk with stunning views, a 200 year old stone temple to explore and a lovely cafe for a treat at the end.

Cafe Bistro at Druid's Temple Walk Masham, North Yorkshire

There is even a few birds of prey to visit, a swing and some play equipment if the kids still have some energy to burn off!

Swinton Bivouac kestrals

7. St Ives Easte & The Ivy Kitchen

Yorkshire family day out and walk at St Ives Bingley, West Yorkshire
  • St Ives Park is located at St Ives Estate just a mile away from Bingley town centre.  (If you’re using a SatNav set the postcode for BD16 1AT
  • There are three main walks that can be done on the Estate and lots of geocaches to be fond along the way
  • Parking: Free parking near the play area
  • The Ivy Kitchen – This café serves up food, home baked cakes and even treats for dogs!

We have had a few visits to St Ives Park in Bingley and what a fantastic day out it is!   The adventure playground is great for a range of ages, there are some interesting walks, lots of geocaching to be done, ducks to feed and a nice little cafe for coffee and a treat.  It’s easily one of our favourite family parks in Yorkshire.

The Ivy Kitchens at St Ives in Bingley, West Yorkshire

8. Wilton Park & Jem’s Pit Stop

Children playing at Wilton Park in Batley
  • Bradford Road, Batley, WF17 0AS
  • There are paved trails in the woodland leading up to the delightfully quirky Bagshaw Museum.
  • Parking: Free
  • Jem’s Pit Stop is perfect for an ice cream treat and an American diner style feast!

Wilton Park has a nice play area with free parking on both ends of the lake.   It’s a steep but lovely walk from the park up to Bagshaw Museum and where you can see a collection of quirky exhibits including a real mummy!

Jem’s Pit Shop is only a 5-minute walk away from the park and a super treat for kids.  They do milkshakes and American-style diner food. You might even get lucky and get to sit in a VW bus!

Jem's diner in batley

Oakwell Hall & The Dancing House Cafe

Oakwell Hall
  • Nutter Lane, Birstall, WF17 9LG
  • Oakwell Hall is over 100 acres in size with kid friendly trails and a LoveExplore app
  • Parking: Free
  • The Dancing House has breakfast, lunch and nice treats and afternoon tea!


Oakwell Hall is the perfect place for a family walk, pond dipping, or a play in the playground.  You can also find a cafe, visitors centre, and ice cream vans on site.  There is an entry fee if you wish to tour Oakwell Hall, a furnished as a family home built in the 1690s.  However, there are 100 acres of country park to explore as well as the walled gardens of the home which have no entry fee and plenty of free parking.

The Dancing House is just a few minutes away from Oakwell Hall and is a family-run, family-friendly cafe and dance studio. In warm weather, there is a great outdoor seating area and slides and toys on the lawn for kids to play with.

Dancing House family friendly cafe in Batley, West Yorkshire

10. Falling Foss Waterfall & Tea Garden

Falling Foss Waterfall near Whitby, North Yorkshire
  • Midge Hall, Whitby YO22 5JD
  • Parking: Free for customers
  • Falling Foss Waterfall & Tea Gardens have gorgeous treats and light food

Just a 10-minute drive from Whitby, Falling Foss Waterfall and Tea Garden is a beautiful place to spend the afternoon. There is a free parking lot at the top of a hill about a 10-minute walk away from the tea garden and waterfall. The forest woodland surrounding the tea garden is full of little surprises like trees with faces, a troll under the bridge, and a stream that would be perfect for paddling in warmer weather. The walk to the tea garden is a bit steep but would be suitable for a sturdy pram and little legs.

This walk suggested by Muddy Boots Mummy is not pram friendly but looks fantastic!

 Falling Foss Tea Gardens near Whitby, North Yorkshire
cakes at Falling Foss Tea Gardens near Whitby, North Yorkshire

More Walking Suggestions from the Yorkshire Tots Community

When I was looking for places to walk for this post, I got some great ideas for Yorkshire family walks from the Yorkshire Tots Facebook Page.  If you’re looking for more walking inspiration, here’s some more recommended Yorkshire family walks.  Many of these I haven’t done myself but I am looking forward to trying them soon!

  • “Yeadon Tarn is always nice, lake, ducks, swans, park, ice cream and right next to the runway – airplanes too”. – Sharon G.
  • “There HAS to be a good cafe!! Temple Newsam, Lotherton Hall, Golden Acre Park, Roundhay Park, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (a particular favourite of mine), Harewood House.” Frances D.
  • “Otley Chevin is lovely, several objects carved out of wood including a chariot and a chair, placed along the path, with a boardwalk heading out to some fab views!  Burnsall to Grassington and vice versa is a beautiful walk, with plenty of cafés to choose from. Also around Malham too, including Gordale Scar and Janet’s Foss. A little closer there is Swinsty Reservoir and Eccup Reservoir! Fairburn Ings  and Cow & Calf at Ilkley too!” Elizabeth G.
  • “Pugneys is great and flat for kids to take bikes. Yeadon tarn is nice too just a nice distance for little legs. The strid at Bolton Abbey……..I could go on!” Claire A.
  • “Buckwood @ Thackley, Appley Bridge Canal, Saltaire – Hirstwood canal, Roberts park @ Saltaire, Northcliffe park & wood” Jerri H.
  • “Nostell Priory is our favourite at the moment. Hoping to try out Brimham Rocks in the next few weeks.” Michelle B.
  • “It has to be Brimham Rocks for me!!” David H.
  •  “Shipley glen” Michelle H.

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38 Comments

  1. Roger Black says:

    Newmillerdam is also a pleasant strolling pram friendly area, the cafe idea does turn out to be the pub but what’s in a name.

    1. Thanks Roger.. Newmiller Dam is a new one to me and ending in a pub is good too!

  2. Billy Bob’s Ice Cream Parlour have a strict no tap water policy, even for tots. They refused to serve tap water to a child with Autism who couldn’t tolerate other drinks. What’s more their customer service leaves a lot to be desired. I will never go again.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that you had a bad experience. I know they don’t allow food/drinks from outside but the people that served us there were really lovely.

  3. This is great! I definitely want to explore Yorkshire and maybe try out one of the walks and cafes 🙂 xx

  4. These all look like great places to go or to combine for a massive day out, even. I need a car!

  5. Flamborough South Landing sculpture trail in East Yorkshire – next to beach, has Living Seas Centre which serves drinks (hot and cold) and some crisps/confectionary (but is currently extending to serve more). But there are also crafts and information. Less than a mile, and there is a car parking charge, but entrance to The Living Seas centre is free.

    Flamborough’s Dane Dyke Woods, with beach – walk around the woods, there is also a small kiosk serving food and drinks (including ice-cream). Again just parking to pay.

    Dalby Forrest is lovely for a walk with a cafe, beautiful play park. Which is £4-7 all day per car. There is an Enchanted Forrest to walk-around, also a Gruffalo Trail at some point this year,.

    And Danby, and village near Whitby in the North Yorkshire moors has a lovely walks, and activity centre with a cafe.

    1. Ohh.. some great tips – thanks Fiona! I’v never been to Flamborough South Landing but it sounds fantastic!

    2. Obviously the above should say “And Danby, a* village near Whitby. Sorry. Which is £4 to park at for the whole day. They have planned walks on their website.

      The Living Seas centre is quite nice (although currently quite small) – they have free outdoor events on too, usually one a week during term-time holidays, like beach-combing. I can’t remember how much it is to park.

  6. Brenda Elm says:

    Done all of the wlks apart from the Sheffield one and they are all fantastic and the cafes are good too.
    You cant beat a walk in Yorkshire

    1. Glad you enjoyed them too. There are some pretty fabulous places to walk in Yorkshire! We’re lucky!

  7. Ruth Roberts says:

    Now I’d like some fantastic suggestions for 14-17 year olds please. Brimham Rocks of course, but another couple?

    1. ohhh Ruth, I am afraid I am 10 years off having suggestions for teenagers! I do think Hardcastle Crags and Bolton Abbey would be great for any age though. Maybe someone else could help?

  8. Notmyyearoff says:

    We love Bolton Abbey, is so beautiful and always pop into Hesketh farm if we’re going that way 🙂

  9. Nortonmum says:

    They all sound lovely, funny you should start with Canal, I want to take our boat through Yorkshire the countryside is so beautiful. One day I will be brave enough : )

    1. The canal has a special spot in my heart as it was our first ever family walk! How fun to have a boat.. I always admire them from the ‘shore’.

  10. These all look like fun, the sculpture park was already on my wish list for this year, may have to add some others too x

  11. Oh I haven’t been to Hardcastle Crags for ages. Must take the kids there again soon. thanks for the reminder. #sharefriday

    1. We haven’t been for awhile now either! We will have to go soon.. I want a piece of that carrot cake a nice walk.

  12. Great post! I think a cafe is integral to ALL outings, but especially a walk – you’ve got to treat yourself after all that effort.

    Some wonderful places to visit, I love the Sculpture park but haven’t been to the others. Thanks for linking up to #TheList! xx

    1. When you’re in the area you’ll have to give some of the others a try.. there are some fabulous places to visit.

  13. I love all of these – definitely going to visit the Yorkshire Sculpture park when we visit Yorkshire in the Summer. Thanks for linking to #traveltales – I’ve added this post to our pinterest board x

  14. Cake definitely tastes better after a walk 😀

    The Yorkshire Sculpture park sounds cool and Hardcastle Crags looks a great – the Railway Walk looks lovely. Hebden Bridge rings a bell with me so pretty sure we’ve toured around the area during a past visit (or two), shame I seemed to have missed this though. It’s on my ever growing ‘to visit’ list now though 🙂

    #traveltales

  15. Jo Moulson says:

    Worsbrough Country Park has a lovely walk around the reservoir – not too long for the little ones! Afterwards you can treat yourself to homemade cakes and fresh coffee in Millers Tea Room! Everyone’s welcome – even the dogs! And there is a fabulous playground for the kids! Well worth a visit!

  16. Try Worsbrough Mill! Fabulous nature walks around the reservoir and then back to Millers Tea Room for fabulous paninis and home made cakes! Dogs are allowed in the cafe as well as children! And there’s a brill playground for the little ones!

  17. Laura Walker says:

    I plan on our next walk being Ogden reservoir. Thanks for the new ideas once again ?

  18. Louise Winder says:

    Such. A lovely guide thanks you for your efforts we will be doing these.

    One request though. Please don’t advise people to feed ducks bread they are vegetarian and eat plants so peas or shredded iceberg…but no bread 😙

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