Middleton Woods is the largest remaining ancient woodland site in West Yorkshire and is of special importance for nature conservation in Leeds. There are also many historical and archaeological features, including bell pits, from early coal mining and the former routes taken by trams. Although oak dominates the woodland, a variety of other species including birch, hazel, elder, sycamore, beech and sweet chestnut can be found here too. The woodland is particularly special in May when the bluebells are in season.
A mainly coniferous woodland on the western edge of the North York Moors. Cyclists love this area with access from Sneck Yate carpark. Boltby South Woods runs along the Sutton Brow Escarpment, which makes an excellent walk with spectacular views. A good starting point is the National Parks Visitors Centre at Sutton Bank.
Strid Wood, has one of the largest remnants of sessile oak trees in the Yorkshire Dales. It runs along the banks of the river Wharfe. inviting visitors to walk its shaded paths. Renowned for the flora and fauna, bluebells flower in late April and early May, followed by wild garlic in the summer. This majestic wood is home to a myriad of wildlife including roe deer, otters, kingfisher and greater spotted woodpecker.
Millington Wood is described as the richest botanical woodland in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Many species are locally and nationally rare and a spring walk through the bluebell-carpeted woodland with the pungent smell of wild garlic is an enriching experience. A walk along this main ride is beautiful in summer, with the stunning bellflowers towering above the flower filled verges.