The Yorkshire Dales: A treasure trove of family-friendly walking routes

The Yorkshire Dales: A treasure trove of family-friendly walking routes

There’s nothing better than a walk with a nice view at the end, or some beautiful scenery to enjoy en-route. This is especially true when you’re a little one! So, we’ve put together a series of our favourite trails, one of which can be enjoyed on foot from our campsite. Each walk has that little something extra that will keep even tiny feet motivated until the very end.

Get ready to get out of your tent and enter into the wilderness. But don’t forget to choose your escape for the night. Camping isn’t quite what it used to be here at Masons Campsite. Wide open fields, a babbling brook – but also the luxuries of home… does it all sound too good to be true? Think again! We have a range of family-friendly accommodation that mean you don’t have to wrangle with a single tent pole.

Preparing for a walk in the Yorkshire Dales

As much as we like to think the beautiful weather is going to hold out on us. In Yorkshire, it can never be trusted. We’ve often learned that the hard way. So, don’t forget to pack for all seasons! A parka, sturdy boots, plenty of water and maybe even an emergency marmalade sandwich wouldn’t go amiss, as sometimes cafes can be a little difficult to come by out here.

Walks for the family: Our top five picks

Uniting multi-generational families can be a challenge, especially when you’re planning an outdoor activity. Make sure to check the route of each walk carefully, as we can’t always guarantee they’re ideal for walking sticks, pushchairs, or dogs (especially in adverse weather!).

Kettlewell to Starbotton | 5 miles

Take on a challenging walk for the steely hikers amongst us, which kicks off with a steep climb before a rocky descent into Starbotton. This is a rewarding day out for those wanting a challenge! The route follows the picturesque River Wharfe, where a heron can often be caught fishing. On the way back, you might even catch a deer between the woodland trees. If all else fails, you can make your very own bear hunt.

Linton Falls | 3 miles

This popular waterfall route has all the hallmarks of a child-friendly walk. Who can resist watching on as the rushing water takes a hold of the limestone rock face? There are two parts to Linton Falls – and both the upstream and downstream sections are equally captivating.

Brimham Rocks | 9 miles

This dramatic moorland filled with fascinating rock formations is a definite crowd pleaser for all the family. It’s all a part of the National Trust, so there’s plenty of organised action to see and do. In fact, you might find it difficult to fit everything in one day!

Skipton Castle Woods | 2 miles

Skipton Woods is tucked behind the famous Skipton Castle (another must-visit location!), with a series of easy, moderate, and more difficult trails that each offer stunning scenery over the river valley. The landscape is a haven for wildlife, offering a home to everything from bats to squirrels and even roe deer.

Bolton Abbey Welly Walk | 1 mile

This child-friendly and organised walk can be reached directly from the campsite alongside the River Wharfe. Expect grasslands, ancient woodlands and riverside paths snaking around various obstacles and picnic areas that promise a fun day out for all.

Set off from your tent

There’s no home quite like Masons Campsite! After a day of exploring, we can’t wait to welcome you back with open arms and find out how your day went. Whether you’re staying in one of our regular pitches alongside the river, in your own campervan, or in one of our luxury glamping accommodation options – we know you’ll enjoy a peaceful getaway with something for everyone.