Chevin Forest Park Local Nature Reserve is located in the Wharfe Valley and overlooks the market town of Otley. It consists of north-facing escarpment, which has a mixed cover of woodland, meadow and heathland over an area of 180 hectares. Outcrops of millstone grit dominate the crest of the escarpment, which rises steeply to a height of 280m above sea level, and offers magnificent views of the Wharfe Valley.
The whole park was designated as a Local Nature Reserve in 1989 in recognition of its wealth of wildlife including the green hairstreak butterfly and woodcock.
The address of Chevin Forest Park is:
The site is 10 miles North West of Leeds City Centre off the A660 and is well sign-posted from Otley town.
A map of the Chevin detailing paths and car parks can be found in the Documents section of this page.
Attractions and facilities
- Woodland, heathland, meadowland
- Rocky outcrops
- Amazing views from Surprise View car park
- Cafe at White House
- Orienteering routes (for maps go to the Friends of Chevin Forest Park website in external links)
- 3 car parks on East Chevin Road and 2 car parks on Yorkgate (free parking).
White House Cafe
The cafe is at the top of Jonny Lane, LS21 3JL.
Opening hours are:
- 10am to 2pm, Monday - Friday (excluding Tuesdays)
- 11am to 3pm, weekends
There is disabled parking only at the White House.
Surprise View is now wheelchair accessible and there is an accessible toilet and changing place at the White House, available during cafe opening hours.
Disabled car parking is available at the White House car park.
The Yorkgate car park closes at 6pm, the rest are open access.
For information about events and activities on The Chevin and other parks and countryside sites in Leeds, take a look at the Parks and Countryside Events leaflet in the Documents section of this page.
The Friends of Chevin Forest Park are a group of volunteers who work with Leeds City Council to care for and promote the site.
They meet on the second Sunday of each month to undertake practical tasks such as footpath maintenance, scrub clearance and dry stone walling.
The group welcomes new members and you can find out more about them by visiting their website through the External links section of this page.
Email us using the 'Contact Us' form on this page
Parks and Countryside Head Office – 0113 395 7400 (8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday)
ParksWatch (24 hour helpline) – 0113 232 9973
Dog Wardens – 0113 222 4407