Days Out Doncaster

Walks & The Great Outdoors

Featured Listing

Sandall Park and Cafe

One of the largest parks in Doncaster, Sandall Park is home to beautiful scenery and a variety of facilities.

There is lots of open space and lots to keep children entertained, including toddler and junior play areas, with zipwire and climbing frame, plus a brilliant new woodland adventure play area.  They also have a sensory trail, which is an inclusive outdoor experience suitable for families whose children have special educational needs and disabilities. For more information, take a look at the Sandall Park website.

A range of sports facilities are available including outdoor gym equipment, basketball post and 3 football pitches.

We have enjoyed a picnic many times at Sandall Park, but there is also a cafe.

If you’re looking to get fit, there are Fit and Fun Walks, plus the Doncaster Parkrun here. See our adult fitness pages for more information.

Sandall Park, Thorne Road (opposite KFC). DN2 5DW


Ashby Ville Nature Reserve

Mortal Ash Hill, Scunthorpe, DN16 3WR
Lake and walks, fishing.

Barlow Common Nature Reserve

Home Farm, Barlow Road, Thorpe Bassett, Selby YO88FX
01757 705101
Parking available, lovely spot to walk and see birds and butterflies.

Brimham Rocks

Dramatic moorland rock formations. Explore Brimham Rocks, and have a great day out at nature’s playground.

This amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations makes a great day out for families, climbers and those wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent views over Nidderdale.

There’s no admission charge at Brimham Rocks. Parking is free for National Trust members.
Non National Trust members, our car parking charges are as follows: £4 up to three hours, £5 thereafter

Brimham Rocks Summerbridge, Harrogate, HG3 4DW, Telephone: 01423 780688



Drakeholes House, Eel Pool Road, Doncaster, DN10 5DF
Nice place for a stroll along the canal, there’s a pub, the tunnel which has nesting swallows at the right time of year and a place to picnic.

English Heritage: Peveril Castle

Explore the imposing ruins of Peveril Castle. From its hilltop position you can enjoy spectacular views of the pretty, medieval village of Castleton, as well as a magnificent panorama of Mam-Tor – the shivering mountain and site of a Bronze age hillfort.

Mentioned in the Domesday survey, this castle is one of England’s earlier Norman fortresses and the keep was built by Henry II in 1176.

Adult £6.50, Family £16.90

Market Place, Castleton, Derbyshire, S33 8WQ

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“There are great paths around the Harewood estate (outside of the “need-to-pay” boundaries). You can park in the village hall car park where there’s an honesty box, or just down that little road (the road on the right before you get to the lights that used to have a little sofa / upholstery shop on the corner) then walk down the main path into the estate. Amazing views and very buggy-friendly – can do quite a good big circuit”

Highfields Country Park

Highfields Country Park is perfect for enjoying family time outdoors.

There is beautiful scenery, including woodlands, wildflower areas and the lake, perfect for a nature trail.

A perfect place for a picnic, there are also playing fields.

Highfields Country Park, Coppice Road, DN6 7JA

Howell Wood Country Park

Howell Wood Country Park is the perfect place to take a stroll and enjoy being in the outdoors.

The northern part of the wood is home to a country park, which is open to the public all year round.

Howell Wood Country Park, bottom of Burntwood Lane, S72 9EZ (parking available).

Melton Wood Country Park, Sprotbrough

This wood and country park is a great space to get outdoors and enjoy a walk in some beautiful scenery.

It is ideal for walking and cycling.

Melton Wood Country Park is between Sheep Lane and Hangman Stone Road, with a small car park off Sheep Lane. Use the postcode DN5 7EB.

North Yorkshire Moors National Park

The North York Moors National Park is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, spectacular coast, ancient woodland and historic sites.

Find out what there is to see and do and discover how the National Park Authority works with the people who live here to care for this beautiful place.


NT Clumber Park

Clulmber park is a special and important place, one of just a handful of Grade 1 registered parks in the country. One of the top 5 most visited National Trust places in the country, there is something for everyone.  Great for walking, cycling, exploring there is a great play area too.

Clumber Park, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3AZ

Peasholm Park Scarborough

Peasholm Park Scarborough, North Yorkshire is open for everyone to enjoy all year round, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Entrance to the Park, which is never closed, is FREE.


Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

Mallard Way, Doncaster, DN48DB

Fully accessible nature paths let you explore a stunning, safe wetland habitat. Fabulous for bird watching, you may have seen the recent starling murmurations (we did and it was so mezmerizing!) We have visited in all seasons – wellies on if the weather isn’t great, although visiting in the sunshine is really lovely. We often go in the summer holidays. Trails are popular with my children, so they like the fact that they can spot birds or ducks and tick them off on a trail sheet. They also love looking out for some of the wooden carved creatures along the way, plus there was a little den right at the end that they played in for ages!  Potteric Carr hosts a wonderul variety of events from Forest Tots (forest play for pre schoolers) to arts and craft sessions during the school holidays. The cafe is great too.


  • Members of The Wildlife Trusts : Free (Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Membership is £45 per year for a family)
  • Adults: £4.50
  • Children: £3.00
  • Concessions: £3.50
  • Family: £11.00 (two adults & up to four under 16s)

Listing updated April 2019

01302 570077

Quarry Park (Nature Reserve), Dunsville

A former quarrying site is now an award-winning park and local nature reserve, with a wide range of things to see and do.

There is a toddler play area, with slide, swings, a rope net pyramid and sand pit, plus a junior play area with climbing frame, tightrope walk, a hammock and zipwire. There is also a playing field and sports facilities including a multi-use games area and outdoor gym equipment.

Enjoy one of the walking routes and nature walks, along with an orienteering course if you want to do some exploring.

As a nature reserve, you will be able to see a variety or wildlife, so it’s a great place for a nature trail.

Quarry Park is just over 5 miles outside Doncaster town centre on the A18 to Dunsville. Parking facilities are available near to the Post Office on the High Street, Dunsville.

RSPB Dearne Valley – Old Moor

Old Moor, Bolton-Upon-Dearne, Barnsley, S730YF
01226 751593
Visitor centre and café open daily except Christmas day and Boxing day.
Play area and climbing frames
Wildlife explore packs to hire(binoculars, bug jars etc)
£11 family entrance.
Cycle routes

Sprotbrough Flash Nature Reserve

Doncaster DN57NB
Lovely spot for a walk in the countryside. Completely free

Thorpe Marsh Nature Reserve

Field Station Road, Doncaster, DN6 0EA
01904 659570
Pastures lined with hedgerows, ponds, lakes and small woodlands. Particularly beautiful in summer when you can see a variety of butterflies, dragonflies and birds.
Dogs allowed on a lead.

Thrybergh Country Park

Doncaster Rd, Thrybergh, Rotherham S65 4NU

Thrybergh Country Park has something for everyone. Whether it’s a walk around the lake or you just want to relax and enjoy the local wildlife and countryside.


Town Field, Wheatley

One of Doncaster’s largest outdoor spaces, Town Field is great for walking, playing football or just enjoying the outdoors.

Just outside the town centre, there are large playing fields, with multi-use games area, sports pitches and walks.

Fit and Fun walks take place at this park. See our adult fitness area for more information.

Town Field, DN2 6BZ

Warmsworth Park

Warmsworth Park is a great place to keep kids of all ages busy, with toddler and junior play areas, multi-use games area, playing fields, picnic area, wildflower area and lots of walking routes.

Warmsworth Park, Edlington Lane, DN4 9LS