Otley Chevin Forest Park is on the ridge on the south side of Wharfedale, West Yorkshire, overlooking the market town of Otley and is a designated nature reserve comprising 700 acres of woodland, crags and open heathland. It is locally referred to as ‘Otley Chevin’ or ‘The Chevin’.

The park’s north-facing escarpment rises steeply to a height of 282m (925ft) above sea level at Surprise View and offers extensive views of the Wharfe valley.

A variety of historical features remain enabling a picture of the evolution of this landscape that is the result of many thousands of years of interaction between people and nature.

The Chevin has a number of footpaths and bridlepaths, rock outcrops and ponds all of which provide opportunities for activities for all ages.

Friends of Chevin Forest Park

The Friends of Chevin Forest are a group of volunteers who care about Chevin Forest Park (known locally as The Chevin) and we work in partnership with Leeds City Council’s Parks & Countryside service, who own and manage the land. Our aims are to increase your enjoyment of Chevin Forest Park and to help you understand more about the landscape, it’s history and natural features.

This website has been kindly supported by  Otley Town Council and Bondgate Bakery.

News & Events

  • The chiffchaffs are back - Heard my first chiffchaff of the year on 17th March. Yay, summer is coming! (Photo courtesy of The Wildlife Trusts)
  • Chevin Litter Pick and Tree Guard Collection - Volunteers with the Friends of Chevin Forest will be collecting litter and removing tree guards that are no longer protecting saplings. We will meet at 10 am outside the White House on Sunday 16th May. Come along and help keep...more
  • Make rewilding part of our Environmental Land Management - DEFRA are currently consulting on the UK government’s environmental land management scheme. If you support the inclusion of rewilding as a key option in this scheme, then you have until 31st July 2020 to respond. Just follow this link: https://www.rewildingbritain.org.uk/blog/public-consultation-on-uk-governments-environmental-land-management-scheme...more
  • Otley Nature Network Chevin Discovery Day - A date for your diary! Sunday 22nd August 10am – 4 pm Join us on The Chevin for activities, a picnic, and lots of fun. Further details nearer the time, so for now, just keep the date for a wonderful...more