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Walking Breaks In The Yorkshire Dales

Walking Holidays with Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa

Discover 44 acres of woodland on an Yorkshire walking short break.

With 44 acres of magnificent woodland surrounding the hotel, guests can be sure of idyllic strolls through the hotels gardens. Walking paths are highlighted on our Aerial View, however The Chevin also offer a range of walks which boast spectacular views over the town of Otley.

Countryside Walks

The Chevin is a region of extreme natural beauty, with thousands of visitors coming to the region every year to explore the many different walking routes available.  The Chevin is a prominent natural feature rising steeply above the town of Otley. The name Chevin is most likely derived from the Celtic word “Cefn” meaning ridge. The lower wooded areas give way to a rocky outcrop and quarry face, which culminates in upland heather slopes. From here magnificent views can be enjoyed of the surrounding countryside.

Surprise View
The aptly named surprise view is a favourite amongst visitors to the region. There are a number of different routes to Surprise View, as detailed below.

Route 1                                                                                           

The easiest way is to park at the Beacon House Car Park off York Gate Road, nearly opposite the public house and take the very short walk to the edge of the escarpment. 

Route 2                                                                                           

Park opposite the Ramblers Tea Rooms on East Chevin Road and walk down the road and take the footpath next to Danefield House signposted for West Chevin Road. Care must be taken on East Chevin Road as it is very busy and has no pavement. The footpath from Danefield House follows a rough track to a padlocked field gate near the top of the hill. A narrow gap (approx. 45cm) to the side of the gate restricts access. Beyond the gate, follow the drystone wall to Surprise View.

Route 3                                                                                           

Park at the East Chevin Quarry Car Park and take the footpath past the information board. The first part is very steep, but the view is well worth the effort. Picnic tables at the top of the slope provide a well earned rest with great views. From here the path continues along a gentle slope, sheltered by massive rock outcrops to one side and pleasing countryside views on the other. Beyond the spring line the route meets another path in the wood. The junction is guarded by a sculpture figure. Continue to the summit by turning left at the figure (or straight ahead if you have visited the White House), up the hill, crossing another path before turning right to follow a track by the side of a dry stone wall to find Surprise View.

Caley Crags          

From the car park opposite The Ramblers Tea Rooms take the right fork and follow this until you cross a bridge. Turn left here and follow the path until you reach a right turn which follows down a steep slope to a kissing gate. Caley Crags are situated just through the kissing gate. The path rises to a viewpoint above the Crags giving a spectacular view of Otley. Turn right underneath the power lines and cross the moor to bring you to 

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