Days Out Halifax & Calderdale

Best Places For Paddling

Bradford City Park

Brilliant mirror pool with lots of fountains for little ones to enjoy. Check the Facebook page for operating details.

Address: Bradford City Hall, BD1 1HY

Gaddings Dam & Todmorden Beach

Gaddings Dam and the secret Todmorden Beach offer a quiet escape for a day out. There is no road access, with entry only via hiking in, but you’re rewarded with the beach, reservoir and moorland views. Exercise caution in the water, this beach is not lifeguarded.

Address: The nearest road access point is OL14 6JJ

Golden Acre Park

This park provides a lovely space for walking, feeding the ducks, picnicking and even a paddle in the stream! There are two car parks, both are free and have plenty of space. Onsite cafe and ice cream also available.

Tel: 01132 610374

Address: Otley Rd, Bramhope, LS16 8BQ

Hardcastle Crags

This National Trust property is lovely for a walk, including several waymarked trails, a visit to Gibson Mill itself or a paddle in the stream! They also often host special events and activities during the school holidays.

Tel: 01422 844518

Address: Gibson Mill, Midgehole Rd, HX7 7AW

Jerusalem Farm & Wade Wood

This stunning nature reserve offers loads of opportunities for exploring in the woods, as well as paddling in the stream! A haven for wildlife, you might even be lucky enough to spot deer. During the summer this site also allows family-friendly camping – see the Facebook page for more details.

Tel: 07841 784185

Address: Jerusalem Ln, Booth, HX2 6XB

Manor Heath Park & Jungle Experience

This park is open all year round and has a play area, outdoor gym, sunken garden, walled gardens and café. There is also a water play area open April to October. Visit the Jungle Experience, for just £1pp, to see botanical gardens, plants, butterflies and animals.

Tel: 01422 365631

Address: Manor Heath Rd, Halifax, HX3 0EB

Newby Hall & Gardens

This country house has an amazing play area designed for children of all ages, including swings, climbing frames, bridges, aerial slide, pedalos and a dancing water play area! There is lots to do for the whole day; train ride; dolls house exhibit; and lots more.

Tel: 01423 322583

Address: Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5AE

The Piece Hall

The Piece Hall is a great place to visit for the whole family. It’s rich with history, as well as shops, cafes and bars, with events throughout the year. There’s even splash fountains for children to enjoy!

Tel: 01422 525200

Address: Blackledge, Halifax, HX1 1RE