Otley Chevin Forest Park

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.

Dogs are welcome, but must be kept under control at all times. Dogs are allowed off the lead but only if they know to return immediately when called.


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.


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​

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.​





Parks Byelawshttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Parks ByeLaws.pdf445343pdf
Map of Chevinhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/chevin map.pdf3615453pdf
Parks and Countryside events leaflethttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/parks and Countryside events leaflet.pdf3554514pdf

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