Although not exactly in the middle of the countryside, St Ives lets you get away from the relatively busy hustle and bustle of nearby Bingley and offers beautiful woodland walks, tasty food and a bit of something for everyone.
St Ives boasts it's own golf course so if you are that way inclined you can while away a few hours hitting balls into holes (can you tell I'm not a fan!)
It also has a beautiful lake with a lovely walk around it which is ideal if you have youngsters who will enjoy feeding the various ducks and other wildlife.
They recently introduced a wildlife viewing area where you can sit and watch squirrels and various birds eating from conveniently placed feeding tables.
There are lots of paths and walks you can enjoy around the estate, including one which takes you through a large woodland area with many large carved statues for you to discover - the dragon is our favourite!
Extra points if you can find the massive carved wooden chain (hint: it's in a tree somewhere near the lake!)
There are several large car parks and a children's playground and also tearooms to enjoy, so there really is something for everyone.
Definitely a place where you can go have fun with your family, or even relax and get away from it all.
A great adventure playground that will keep all but the most fussy of kids entertained, be warned though it can get a bit muddy.
The grounds of the estate have miles of paths to explore/walk the dog and alarge lake give ample oppurtunity to feed the ducks/fish.
Good parking area, great childrens play area and a range of woodland walks. Pathways are good and generally well marked out. Great to go on a route that takes you near the golf clubhouse as a bit further along that road, there's a great little tea room
If you like to get out into the countryside, St.Ives Estate is for you.
Here you will find loads of great walks - try the one up to the spectacular Druid's Altar, kids playground, ample free parking, and the lovely Readers tea room.
Various special events happen throughout the year including late night bat walks, and a fantastic bonfire and firework display.
Only downside, around the big lake is quite a lot of dog dirt.
St Ives is great for an afternoon out with the family, there are walks around the woods to see the carved sculptures near the bottom car park or if you drive up to the top there is a huge, newly renovated childrens play area. Which is great but usually packed out at weekends and school hols, parking up there is a bit tight too. They also have a very expensive icecream van right next to the exit of the playground which I find a pain in the bum when the kids start nagging! There is a small cafe, tea room just along the road from the golf club but I find that over priced too (captive audience)! But they have picnic tables across the way if you want to bring your own. Just a bit further is a huge lake where you can feed the ducks (take your bread!) And parking is free which is a bonus. I've been going for years and still never covered the whole estate as it's huge!
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