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Otley Chevin Forest Park

The steps on the Chevin Forest Park pathway

The Chevin Forest Park is a designated nature reserve, the ridge dominates the southern side of Otley. The ridge is covered by old woodland and heathland and several rocky outcrops.

The Chevin is divided into two distinct areas, the west and east Chevin Parks. The West Chevin is the original area and is accessed via a footpath leading straight up (literally) from the town. TheWhite House is located approximately half way up and houses a visitor centre, toilets an a cafe. The route is steep and is a mixture of steep paths and steps. Alternatively there is a car park directly at the top.

The west Chevin Park, formerly and locally known as Danefield, is accessed via car parks on the West Chevin road, from Leeds road or footpath from Bramhop and Old Pool Bank. Parts of the West Chevin are managed forest woordland.

The west Chevin has 2 permanent orienteering courses and mountain biking is permissible here. On both sides of the Chevin a number of geocache sites are located. Horse riding is also popular on the Chevin.