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

  • Eavesdrop -   Eavesdrop is a sonic nature trail taking place in Otley over the summer of 2021 It’s up and running now! Check it out at The White House! Over 200 hours of wildlife field recordings from Otley and its surrounding nature...more
  • Bio Blitz - Irish Fields, Otley, Saturday 26th June 20 -3 A day of wildlife recording in the Irish Fields. Join naturalists for guided nature walks, crafts, games and more!
  • Bio Blitz Irish Fields, Otley Saturday 26th June 10-3 -
  • Chevin Discovery Day - Keep the date! Sunday 22nd August 2021   10-4 on the field next to The White House Fun family and adult activities including Maths Trial, historical exhibition, Treasure Hunt, Mini Beast Hunt and much much more! Bring your own picnic or try...more