Days Out Harrogate

Best Places For Paddling

Bolton Abbey, Skipton

There is a lot of fun to have at Bolton Abbey including 60 stepping stones and a large beach area where you can enjoy a paddle and a picnic – but maybe not at the same time!



“Burnsall is a great spot but its popular so gets very busy You can pay about £5 to park in the field by the river where you can have a paddle and picnic. There’s a toilet block too. The pub across the road is nice too and you can walk along the river from there.” FW July ’13

Filey Beach

“Filey is great with a huge stretch of beach to stroll along. There is one arcade on the front at the north bay I think it is,with a fab cafe that do home made cakes & hot choc next door & fish & chips few shops up also!” SW March ’14


Hackfall Woods, Ripon

Situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales within a steep rocky gorge of the River Ure. You can take a walk through the woods and paddle in the river and streams. Find out more on the Woodland Trust website. It’s 18 miles from Harrogate on the outskirts of the village of Grewelthorpe.

Nearest postcode: HG4 4DY

Ilkley Lido

Ilkley Lido is a fantastic outdoor swimming and paddling pool, open May- September but please double-check with the Lido before going!

There is a cafe serving food, drinks and ice-creams. The opening times depend on the weather, its best to ring first to check the cafe is open if you are unsure. There are also vending machines.

You can take your own food & drink and there are picnic tables for you as well.

Ilkley Pool & Lido
Denton Road,
LS29 0BZ.

Tel: 01943 600453

Newby Hall, Ripon

Head to Newby Hall if you want a fab family day out with plenty to do, including getting wet in Tarantells dancing water play area by Willian Pye. You can explore the beautiful gardens and take a ride on the miniature railway. There are play areas, peddle boats & a cafe.

Cost 2019: (Gardens only) Child £10, Adult £13, under 4s free. Train tickets £2.50 per person (under 2s free)


Paddling at the Great Yorkshire Show ground

At the bottom of the show ground carpark in Harrogate there is a river which is great for paddling in. Either park at the Squash club and walk from the top end or park near Fodder. Why not make a day of it & buy your picnic from Fodder or finish off with tea in the Travellers Rest which is just a short walk away (and has a great kids menu & is dog friendly too)

Paddling Pools

There are 3 council provided paddling pools in our area.

  • Valley Gardens, Harrogate (off Valley Drive, Harrogate, HG2 0JS.)
  • Bebra Gardens, Knaresborough (off Brewerton Street, Knaresborough, HG5 8BB.)
  • Borrage Green, Ripon (off Harrogate Road, Ripon, HG4 2JH.)

The three pools are free to use and are open from May bank holiday, at the end of May, to the first week in September.

Rudding Holiday Park Outdoor Pool

The outdoor heated swimming pool at Rudding Holiday Park is open for the public for selected sessions Sunday to Thursday during July & August 2019.

The outdoor heated swimming pool and children’s paddling pool is located next door to the Deer House Pub, within Rudding Holiday Park.

The pool is extremely popular and so booking is essential. To book contact Rudding Holiday Park reception on 01423 870439


The pool will be open to the general public during the summer at selected times from 9.30am-5.30pm for 90 minute sessions.

Sessions available:
(12.30pm-1pm Closed)

N.B Swimmers will be asked to leave the pool 10 minutes prior to the end of session to allow time for changing. Children under age 10 must be supervised by a responsible adult by the pool side at any one time. Maximum of 40 swimmers permitted in the pool at any time. Management reserve the right to close the pool at any time.
£4.75 per session. Under 5 free. Booking essential. To book contact Holiday Park reception on 01423 870439, option 1.

Saltburn Beach

“Saltburn is beautiful. You can walk for miles along the beach. Theres a small pier and also if you walk the other way theres a fish/chip shop. Over the roads a park as well. On the front of the pier theres a small ‘penny arcade’. . Have fun !” JM Mar ’14

Whitby Beach

“Whitby! Good fish and chips and there are arcades too! Go to Hadleys if you go-best fish and chips!x
FP Mar ’14

“I will second Whitby. All you could want in a seaside town and still a little traditional town” EL Mar ’14

“We love Whitby…fun climbing steps to abbey and some fab sweet shops” LP MAr ’14

“We recently had a lovely family weekend in Whitby …. would highly recommend x LC Mar ’14