Yorkshire boasts a number of natural delights, guaranteed to thrill outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. With three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, three National Parks, the Pennines, and a coastline to die for, you’re guaranteed to have an exciting break.
The only issue is deciding how to spend your time if you only have a weekend to spare. Fortunately, we’ve a guide to help you out. Here are five amazing activities to keep you enthralled on a weekend break to Yorkshire.
Mooted as the UK’s No. 1 forest adventure, Go Ape! at Dalby Forest is the original, and still the best. After a quick safety briefing, you’ll be zipping through the air on one of six Tree Top Adventures, tackling zip wires, crossings, tunnels and ropes – all with magnificent views over the Vale of Pickering. If you’ve come with the family, there’s a special junior course for your mini Tarzans. And if you fancy a break from all that high-level adventure, you can explore the forest at ground level with a Segway experience.
Carved out over thousands of years by water flow, How Stean Gorge is a spectacular limestone gorge nestled in the Yorkshire Dales. Stretching almost a kilometre in length with depths of up to 20 metres, this is an adventure playground like no other. Visitors can go gorge walking, rock climbing, abseiling, caving, or tackle the Via Ferrata – a high-wire experience not for the faint-hearted! Suitable for all ages, it’s one of the few places in the UK where you can try rock sports and paddlesports – canoeing and kayaking – in the same place.
If you fancy a fun-filled, adrenaline-packed experience but are craving something a little more watery, this could hit the spot nicely. Located in the picturesque Rother Valley Country Park, you can try your hand at cable kneeboarding, waterskiing, and wakeboarding with fully qualified staff on hand to guide you. Suitable for all ages and catering for all levels of experience, this is a fantastic group activity for your weekend in Yorkshire.
If you’re looking for excitement on the great Yorkshire coast, look no further than the Scarborough Surf School. Based in a beautiful spot at Cayton Bay, surfers of all ages and levels of experience can hone their skills with professional, highly qualified instructors. And if it’s a bad day for surf there’s still plenty to keep you occupied, with paddle boarding or coasteering – a combination of adventure swimming, exploring rock formations on foot, and cliff jumping – on offer.
Located in the grounds of Ripley Castle, Log Heights offers ropes course activities to challenge everybody, whether on a team building exercise, school trip, or a weekend jolly with your mates. High rope activities are the main pull here, but if you prefer staying a little closer to the ground, you can try your hand at archery, indulge your inner Bear Grylls with bush craft activities, build your own raft, go orienteering, or try body zorbing.