For all the animal lovers out there, these activities are a great way of meeting some of the furry residents of Yorkshire. From native species such as the red squirrel to newer guests such as the alpaca, getting to know these creatures can be an exciting way to get in touch with nature and there is nothing like riding a horse through the wilds to get a new perspective on the world around you. Although some of the parks and animal sanctuaries are aimed more at families and younger visitors, there's so much to do that they can be enjoyed by people of any age.
Here you will find a variety of birds, mammals and reptiles spread across 21 acres of natural habitat. Many of the animals here are endangered and, as a registered zoo, the park also works to protect animals from extinction across the globe. If you want to pay extra you can also have a meeting and feeding experience to really get to know some of the most amazing creatures from around the world.
Bridlington Birds of Prey and Animal PArk
Bridlington (Section A)
There is so much to see at Filey Bird Gardena nd Animal Park it is hard to know where to begin. Animals include, rare breeds of sheep, a tortoise and alpacas. Then there are the birds, including owls and parrots. There are also formal gardens, a secret garden and a sensory garden. Finally, to attract wildlife and help nature there are a number of hedgehog, bird and bat boxes, plants for bees and butterflies, a woodland trail and a wildlife pond.
Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park
Filey (section A/B)
Enjoy riding in the coastal scenery of Robin Hoods Bay. For beginners rides through the quiet farm lanes and peaceful streams, whilst for more experienced riders can enjoy the glorious moorlands, magical forests and even ride on the beach! Visit their website to book.
Farsyde Farm Cottages
Robin Hoods Bay (Section B)
The sea life centre at Scarborough is a great place to learn about many forms of marine life, from rockpool life, fish of the great barrier reef, sharks and turtles to mammals such as seals, otters and penguins. The centre offers people the chance to learn about and connect with marine life, an important aspect of the protection and conservation of our oceans, which is the aim of their partner charity The Sea Life Trust.
Scarborough Sea Life Centre
Scarborough (Section B/C)
In the ancient oak woodland and rolling parkland of Duncombe Park there are over 40 aviaries containing species from tiny Burrowing Owls to huge Steller’s Sea Eagles. A team of trained birds flies every day for our visitors. There is full disabled access and a cafe on site
national centre for birds of prey
Helmsley (section e/F)
Situated on the edge of the North York Moors, this is a great spot for riders of any ability. Short rides are available year round and Full Day Rides, Pub Rides and Picnic Rides are possible over the summer. They do not accept cards so remember to bring cash.
Boltby Pony Trekking & Trail Riding Centre
Thirsk (Section F)
Meet the friendly alpacas of Swaledale and take them for a stroll through the peaceful pastures of Low Row. You'll also get a chance to feed the alpacas and take a selfie! It's a little way off the Adventure All Ways route but you can get there by following the coast to Coast path out of Reeth to Low Row
Low Row (Section I)
Set in Wharfdale by the stunning Kilnsey Rock, Kilnsey Park Estate is a great place to head if you love animals! Look out for red squirrels, pygmy goats, lambs, alpacas, guinea fowl, trout, honey bees and many more! The hamlet of Kilnsey is located around 3 miles south of Kettlewell, on the way to Grassington.
Kilnsey Park Estate
Kilnsey (section L)
Pony treks and horse riding for all abilities and ages is offered from Kilnsey trekking and riding centre. With such beautiful moorland, country lanes and low-lying farmland just on the doorstep this is the ideal place to experience nature on horseback. There are a range of treks for beginner to intermediate / experienced riders.