A day spent dipping for tiddlers or building dams, enjoying a picnic and a kick-about in wide open spaces or just exploring the countryside can be what a family trip to the Yorkshire Dales is all about.
But Lower Wensleydale also boasts some of the best the region has to offer when it comes to days out with all the entertainment laid on.
Whether you’re eight or 80, there is little to beat a journey into the unknown at The Forbidden Corner near Middleham – a quirky and totally enthralling maze of gardens and tunnels - with a few surprises along the way!
Leyburn’s Shawl offers perhaps one of the most scenic play areas in the UK; all the equipment you would expect to keep children happy for hours but with plenty of seating and picnic tables offering stunning views across the valley to Pen Hill – and all free of charge.
Bolton Castle has a varied programme from spring until autumn, offering falconry and archery displays, a chance to feed the resident wild boar, activity days for children – and even an invitation to dress up in medieval costume.
A visit to the Brymoor Ice Cream parlour after a trip to the ruins of Jervaulx Abbey is always a treat or, if you’re in the mood for a little tranquillity, you could explore the gardens at Constable Burton Hall or watch the sailing boats skim across the water at Thornton Steward.
But a trip on the Wensleydale Railway or the Wensleydale Vintage Bus Service is perhaps the best way to see as much of the area as possible without doing the driving yourself – with opportunities to stop off and explore some of the towns and villages along the way.