Nature lovers have come to the right place at Landal Woodland Lakes. There are not one, but two national parks within a stone’s throw of the park: the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, both of which offer the most beautiful and spectacular landscapes in all of the United Kingdom. You can also take your adventures to new heights at Aerial Extreme, visit the lovely market towns of Thirsk and Ripon (only a few kilometres away) or spend a day at the coast. There are also countless museums, woods and attractions nearby to enjoy. In other words, there’s plenty to keep you occupied.
York is a genuine feast for the eyes, whether you’re interested in nature, curious about the 30 famous sights along the cobbled streets or prefer to spend the day shopping in the unique and independent shops of the city. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, there are plenty of options available, from countless restaurants to street food and haute cuisine. Don’t forget to bring home a souvenir from one of the city’s famous chocolatiers!
Bolton Castle, one of the best preserved medieval castles in the country, offers a fascinating trip back in time, complete with falcon shows, archery and traditional craft demonstrations and games for all ages. There is also a wonderful garden where, like a nobleman or woman, you can take a stroll among unique flowers and plants.
Filey is a quiet coastal town with beaches boasting glorious soft, golden sand, making it one of the most popular beaches in the country. Whether you love long walks on the beach, prefer to build a sandcastle or want to fly a kite, this beach is big enough for all tastes. The town itself is also a nice place tospend the day, thanks to its Edwardian architecture, unique shops and intriguing museum.
Forty-five minutes by bike from the park, you’ll find the Ripon Loop Nature Reserve. This meander of the Ure River is famous for its unique flora and wide variety of bird species that ‘make a stop’ here each season. With a bit of luck, you might even spot a kingfisher.
It’s only a 15-minute bike ride to the nearest town in the area, Thirsk. This lovely little market town was even mentioned in the Domesday Book from 1066, which contains an extensive survey of land records in 11th century English. Visit one of the speciality shops, exclusive inns and restaurants and make sure to try the traditional old English dishes. The World of James Herriot is also well worth a visit, as is the Thirsk Museum.
Spot more than 70 bird species at the Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre in Thirsk. In this beautifully designed garden, bird experts explain how birds like eagles, falcons, hawks, vultures and owls hunt and fly. During the regular live shows, experience first hand why these birds are the rulers of the air and get a chance to hold one of these unique birds of prey.
Those looking for a wilder adventure will find just the thing less than 20 km from the park at a family-friendly treetop adventure park. Treetop Nets is located in an indigenous forest with a wide range of treetops, offering fun and challenges for the entire family. Safely surrounded by four metre-high nets, you explore the treetops to your heart’s content without having to wear any special gear.