York and its surrounding areas are well-known for their stunning natural beauty. In fact, there’s so much on offer here that it can be hard to know where to start. There are well-maintained parks in and around the city itself. Alternatively, you can go on a short jaunt outside the city and find yourself instantly immersed in wilderness and nature.
But which one is for you? In this article, we will take a quick look at the best nature and parks York has to offer.
Though a big city, York still strives to have green spaces for rest and relaxation. One such place is Dean’s Park which is located in the very centre of the city. In fact, it’s right next to York Minster, so you’ll have stunning views as well. The park isn’t one of the biggest around, but it offers a peaceful place to escape the more frantic feel of the city. Better still, it’s right near some quality food places, so you can grab something for a picnic.
This is another centrally located park in York. However, unlike Dean’s Park, this one is significantly bigger. Better yet, it’s family-friendly. Within the park is a large pond with ducks and geese, a skate park and a range of tennis courts and a basketball court. On top of all this, there’s a library and a myriad of different cafés nearby to grab some food.
Wolds Way Lavender and Nature Farm
For something more adventurous or immersive, then Wolds Way is a good stopping point. Perfect for both kids and adults, this nature farm offers a fully immersive experience. It’s roughly half an hour outside of York and throws you right into the tranquil natural world. There’s a willow maze, sandpit and even footgolf. The miniature railway is the perfect place for some downtime and a trip through the wildflowers found here.
Last, but by no means least, is Knavesmire Wood. This wood is surprisingly close to the city centre too, but you wouldn’t know it. Once inside the wood, it’s got towering trees and tons to explore. It’s also geared towards adventure featuring rope swings, dens and of course trees to climb. Be warned though, this is nature at its best so while you might spot a woodpecker, there are no facilities here.
Of course, there’s a whole lot more than this too. For some true adventure, head even further out of the city and hike in the stunning national parks right on the city’s doorstep.