Skipton Woods surround Skipton Castle – a delightfully foreboding defence castle with a history dating back 900 dramatic years. You can find out all about the castle itself on our Skipton Attractions page, but the woodland that envelops it makes a popular place for a traipse during any season.
The woods were important to life in the castle during its medieval heyday, as the trees provided firewood, the waterways powered local mills and the woodland provided all kinds of food, so there’s a history to the woods that bring a stroll through them to life. Why not pick up the Wild about Woods trail and follow the stunning valley of Eller Beck for an hour or two? You’ll wander past breathtaking woodland views and there’s a peaceful quality to the area that makes it a lovely place to enjoy some time out.
The woods are home to more than 160 different flowers, plants, trees and ferns, so no matter how many times you choose this spot for a walk during a Skipton holiday you’ll see something different every time. If you fancy walking to Skipton Woods from the town centre you can follow the towpath alongside Springs Canal. You’ll find most pathways even and surfaced through the woods, so walks through this woodland are usually fine for those less able.