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Otley Chevin Forest Park

A forest trail at Otley Chevin

Chevin Forest Park is located in the Wharfe Valley and overlooks the market town of Otley. It consists of north-facing cliff, or 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 the Woodcock.

 

Location

Chevin Forest Park is found either side of East Chevin Road, Otley, 10 miles north-west of Leeds city centre. The post code is LS21 3DD.

 

Map

Click on the map image below to see a full size map of the park

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Attractions and facilities

  • Amazing views from Surprise View car park
  • Cafe at White House
  • Woodland, heathland, and meadowland
  • Rocky outcrops
  • Orienteering routes - see Friends of Chevin Forest Park website in External links

 

Opening hours

The White House cafe is at the top of Jonny Lane, LS21 3JL.

Opening hours are:

  • 10am to 2pm, Monday - Friday (excluding Tuesdays)
  • 11am to 3pm, weekends

White House parking is for disabled visitors only.

Events

​For information about events and activities at Chevin Forest and other parks in Leeds, take a look at the Parks and Countryside Events leaflet in the Documents section of this page.​​

Disabled access

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.​

Buses and parking

The X84 bus service connects Leeds to Otley and passes along the lower slopes of the Park. For details see the Metro website in External links.

There are three car parks on East Chevin Road and two car parks on Yorkgate providing free parking.

The Yorkgate car park closes at 6pm, the rest are open access.​​

Volunteering

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.​​

Contacts

Email us using the Contact Us form on this page

Parks and Countryside Head Office – 0113 395 7400 open 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday

ParksWatch (24 hour helpline) – 0113 232 9973

Dog Wardens – 0113 222 4407​​​​

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