What are Skipton Castle Woods?

Step back in time in the magical, medieval Skipton Castle Woods! Sitting behind Skipton Castle, the woodland is filled with history and wonder! The Woods’ history dates back to over 1000 years and were used as a hunting ground during medieval times, as well as a working wood in the industrial age. The Woods’ sit in the heart of Skipton town centre, adding a green flourish to the high street. The Woodland Trust helps to make sure the Woods’ are preserved and looked after.

Awesome family events such as bat trails also take place in Skipton Castle Woods. Click here to find out more!


Skipton Castle Woods are a rare and seasoned landscape; however, it has 2 miles of surfaced paths that follow the Eller Beck. Due to the nature of the woodland, there are steps here and there, which may prove difficult for people with mobility issues.

The nearest public toilets to the Woods are in the High Street Car Park. Skipton Castle also has toilets, excluding disability facilities, however, entrance to the Castle is not free.

The Woods’ have three entrances:

  • The Old Saw Mill Entrance (the main entrance)
  • The Bailey Entrance
  • Lee Short Lane Entrance

To find out more about the Woods’ accessibility, click here!

Want to take a look before you visit? Check out the 360° virtual tour of the Woods’!


The Woods are not only historically beautiful but they’re also filled with wildlife! The Woods act as a perfect oasis for animals and plants amongst the hustle and bustle of Skipton. In spring, stunning flowers, such as wild garlic, spring up and dot the Woods’ floor. Birdsong drifts through the trees all year round but if you’re lucky you might be able to hear (and maybe spot) a woodpecker! Gorgeous creatures such as deer also stalk the trees but you have to keep your eyes peeled to spot one!

So, why not pop along to Skipton Castle Woods and visit Skipton Castle while you’re there?

Are you and your pooch feeling peckish? Why not visit the Kibble Bakery?

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