Days Out

Walks & The Great Outdoors

There are some fantastic places to take children on our doorstep and a short journey away.

These are some suggestions for paying and free days out nearby. If you have any other suggestions for a day out that you have enjoyed, or want to feature your attraction, please contact us here 

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Dalby Forest

dalby forestLow Dalby, Thornton-Le-Dale, YO18 7LT (just off the A169 Pickering to Whitby road)

Approx 1 hours drive from Hull is this great forest to explore. Dalby Forest, managed by the Forestry Commission, offers over 8,000 acres of woodland to explore, enjoy and discover. Lots of tracks for walking and cycling of different abilities.

  • Great play area for children, accessible walking and cycling trails for all.
  • Cafes and bike hire centre.
  • Go Ape and Forest Segway is also here.
  • Adderstone Field has the Enchanted Wood and the Gruffalo Trail which are also fantastic for kids.
  • Staindale Lake is great for picnics.
  • Hold regular additional events for children.

See their website for more info.

Bempton Cliffs

Located on the cliff road from Bempton village (on the B1229 road from Flamborough to Filey), YO15 1JF, follow the brown tourist signs.

Great place for a walk and to watch birds. 200,000 plus birds can be seen on the cliffs from April to August. New visitor centre with indoor discovery zone.


Beverley Westwood

York Road, Beverley, HU17 8RG

Very large open space just outside Beverley ideal for picnics, ball games and walks in the summer and sledging in the snow. Cattle roam freely and Beverley racecourse is located on it too, you can walk right around the back of the racecourse for a good walk.

Burton Bushes is a good woodland area for children to explore (lots of bluebells in Spring) located on the opposite side of the road to the racecourse at the end closest to the A1079 roundabout.

‘Curious About’ – Walking Guides of Hull

‘Curious About’ are a series of booklets for different cities which contain guided walks and things to spot/find out on the way. Curious About Hull has 2 walks from Queens Gardens to Trinity Square and Trinity Square to Minerva Pier, each around 1 mile, with 36 questions to find on the way around.

They are aimed at adults and children 6 years and over and cost £5.99 for an instant download (to print at home or use immediately on your mobile device) or £7.99 for a printed booklet. You can find it online here.

Enter Code Hull2018 at checkout for a 20% discount on any two or more purchases.

Danes Dyke

Danes Dyke, Flamborough Head, YO15 1AG

Jutting out miles into the North Sea, the headland has in the past been effectively cut off by the construction, in the Iron Age, of the erroneously named Danes’ Dyke, which encloses five square miles of the peninsula. The end of the Dyke is a deep ravine on the south side of the Headland, where it exits into Bridlington Bay. There are a number of nature trails in the Dyke which can be accessed easily from the car park off the main Bridlington to Flamborough Road as well as the rocky beach to explore.

Drax Nature Reserve

Located off the M62 junction 36 in Barlow village. Nearest postcode is YO8 8ES to the school, nature reserve at the end of the road.

The Skylark Centre and Nature Reserve at Drax is a lovely are for children to explore, plus nature trail and picnic area.

Ennerdale Cycle Track

Ennerdale Leisure Centre, Hull. 01482 331136.

All weather 1km cycle circuit next to the leisure centre offering a number of loops and straights to help gain confidence and develop cycling skills. Open Monday – Friday 8.30am – 9.30pm, Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays 8.30am – 4.30pm. Sometimes it’s booked out to a club or school so please call ahead to check it is available for public use.

Adult £4.20 per hour, child £2.10 per hour, under 5s Free. All age children welcome, must have a helmet on and under 8s need an adult with them aged 16 or over.

Hidden Horizons

Become a Yorkshire Coast Explorer with Hidden Horizons.

Based in Scarborough, they offer regular sessions for families along the coast as well as private bookings (including school trips), ideal for birthday parties and other special occasions. Their experienced leaders will show you the amazing secrets hidden on our coast, from 180 million year old fossils and Jurassic dinosaur footprints to the creatures that call it home today. Including:

  • Fossil Hunting Trips
  • Dinosaur Footprint Walks
  • Seashore Exploring Trips
  • Mini-beast Safari’s
  • Celestial Exploring
  • Bushcraft for Families

For more information call 01723 817017, 07964 759433 or email

Hornsea Mere

Taking in part of the Sutton to Hornsea trail, you can walk around the mere through woodlands, meadows and farmland.

Humber Bridge Country Park

Ferriby Road, Hessle, HU13 0HB

Park in the main car park and follow signs into the country park. Various trails to explore around the reserve and children’s play areas

Logo Land Nature Reserve

Located behind Sutton Park Golf Club, Hull. Follow the signs to the Driving Range (up East Carr Road) then the brown signs to the Logo Land car park.

Lovely nature reserve and lakes, good gravelled paths ideal for prams

Market Weighton to Goodmanham

A good, flat 2 mile walk along the Hudson Way, a disused railway line starting from Market Weighton and running to Goodmanham

Millington Woods

Located just north of the village of Millington, 4 miles north east from Pocklington.

Local nature reserve and mature woods with a reasonably good path all the way through, good for seeing bluebells. Several good pubs in Millington for food afterwards.

Noddle Hill Nature Reserve

Nature reserve and lake in North Bransholme, Hull. Located behind Noddle Hill Way where Bransholme Road branches off. Good paths for prams

North Cave to Hotham

Ideal for children on bikes is this mile long footpath (no cars) starting at North Cave playground. Take the road opposite (Church Lane) over the bridge and to where the road turns left into Nordham, go through the turnstlye and onto the path to Hotham.

North Cave Wetlands

Dryham Lane, North Cave. Follow the brown signs from North Cave

Marshlands and lakes, great for a walk and to spot birds.

Nutwood, Raywell Woods

Situated on Riplingham Road (between the A164 and South Cave), park opposite Raywell Hall and head up the hill.

A wooded area situated just off the main road to walk and explore, great for collecting leaves in Autumn and hunting for Gruffalo’s all year round!

Millers Tea Shop on the opposite side of the road is lovely for a snack afterwards.

Old York Railway Line Walk, Beverley

Starts from behind the Hayride pub (Grange Way), Beverley, follow the path towards Molescroft.

Old railway line now a good path for prams and children’s bikes to walk/ride on.

Risby Lakes

Located off the A164 from Beverley to Cottingham . Take the Walkington exit (Walkington Road) for 100yds then take the 1st left for Little Weighton. Risby Park is on the right 1/2 mile down Dunflat Road.

A little gem of fishing lakes and an old folly. Fishing competitions take place here (they ask children to be quiet when on) but when the lakes are quiet its great for children to explore. A 3 mile walk ‘the risby round’ sets off from the car park and goes through the woods and lakes. Excellent cafe the Folly Lake Cafe in the car park.

River walks along the Humber

Lots of sections of the foreshore are great to walk on –

Voctoria Dock to The Deep – good paths run all along the waterfront

Hessle Foreshore to North Ferriby – a wide path ideal for prams or children’s bikes runs along here with the river is on one side and the train track on the other for children to watch. Plenty of parking available, drive through the Country Inn car park and there is a dedicated car park at the start of the trail

North Ferriby – Take the public footpath from the corner of Church Road and Ings Lane and you come to open fields and the river, horse stable and donkeys to see too.

Riverbank, North Hull

Walk along the River Hull. All stretches from Sutton Road Bridge to Wawne have good paths and are suitable for prams. A nice section to join is from behind David Lloyds down to Ennerdale passing the back of Haworth Hall.

The path on the lower section gets tricky below Sutton Road Bridge but carries on past Oak Road Playing fields. From B&Q the path isn’t suitable

Skidby Windmill fields

Skidby Windmill has an excellent playground and field behind it, park in the main car park and access up the path. Carry on from the Mill field on the public footpath and it leads back into Skidby or down to Eppleworth. This path is not paved/gravelled so can get very muddy.

The Windmill Cafe (Sails Cafe) does excellent lunches and cakes for afterwards

Sutton to Hornsea Trail

The old railway line runs from Sutton village to Hornsea, good paths on all sections ideal for doing part or all of the trail with bikes and/or prams

Waters Edge Nature Reserve

Waterfront, Maltkiln Road, Barton-upon-Humber, DN18 5JR.

01652 631500

A Mumbler favourite, just over the Humber bridge is this nature reserve (the blue roofed buildings you can see as from the bridge). Excellent paths and boardwalks around several lakes with ducks to feed and birds to spot. Paths then go through woods and up onto the river front for great views back to Hull and the bridge. Two good parks are located in the main car park.

Free to walk around. Also a good visitor centre and cafe to stop at.

Welton Dale

Start with a look at the duck pond in the village centre then take either Dale Road north from the village into Welton Dale or Kidd Lane north into Welton Dale for great views of the Humber. Very steep hill though, a real buggy burn!