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.
News & Events
- Phone ap for orienteering course on Chevin - Local orienteering club Airienteers have updated the Map for the established Permanent Orienteering Course on the Danefield area of the Chevin. The new map and further information is in our Maps and Download section. The 25 markers on the estate...more
- World Heart Day/City Step Challenge – 29th September 2020 - Leeds city Council, Active Leeds are excited to be partnering up with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) for World Heart Day on Tuesday 29th September 2020. They tell us, ‘Here’s a few more details about the day of action and...more
- International car-free day 22nd September 2020 - Have you made any changes since lockdown? Look out for activities on 22nd September – LCC Sustainable Energy and Air Quality Team are currently planning activities – watch out for news!
- The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) – Community Energy: Paving the Way 23rd September – 19:00 - The stated mission of the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is “to inspire, inform and enable people to achieve practical solutions for sustainability.” They provide invaluable training and research at their campus in Wales and have more recently been hosting free...more