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Wharfemeadows Park

Wharfemeadows Park

A visually stunning park on the banks of the River Wharfe in the market town of Otley.

Wharfemeadows Park

Wharfemeadows is one of the prettiest parks in the metropolitan district of Leeds. Beautiful landscape that is both manicured and natural combines to make this an oasis of escape for locals.

Location Details

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Things to Note

Wharfemeadows Park has the following on-site or nearby:

  • Accessible Toilets
  • Disabled Access
  • Dog Waste Bins
  • Nearby Food & Drink
  • Nearby Parking
  • Pushchair Access
  • Rubbish Bins
  • Wheelchair Access

Location

Otley is a market town on the apex point of the River Wharfe around 10-miles north-west of Leeds city centre.

Things to Do

Here is our top picks of things to do at Wharfemeadows Park:

River Wharfe Walk

The River Wharfe walk takes you through some of the best parks and nature reserves located on the river in Otley. Wharfemeadows Park is the mid-point stop off between Manor Garth Park and Gallows Hill Nature Reserve. The walk is around 2-miles in total and will give you good wildlife spotting opportunities. For the full route head over to GPS Routes.

Dog Walking

With so much beauty on offer and the bonus of having the river run beside you this spot is perfect to let the dog off the lead on a walk. Bring a ball for those big green expanses too!

Boating

One of the best things of Wharfemeadows is the ability to get onto the river on a boat or pedalo. In good warm weather you can rent one of these to venture up and down the stretch of river next to the park.  Why not combine this with a duck and swan feeding session before heading to the playground or skatepark.

Playground

The Wharfemeadows playground is soft floored and comes with a variety of slides and swings for children of all ages to play on. Separated with a lower and higher level for the young’uns and big’uns play.

There’s even a hydroelectric screw that connects to the weir opposite. Bring some wet clothes as the play can get wet when turning this to generate green electricity. It’s the first hydroelectric scheme on the river.

Skatepark

Alongside the river in Wharfemeadows Park is the skate park which was opened back in 2012. It’s got all the ramps you’ll need to catch some air on a bike or skateboard.

Tennis

There are two hardcourt tennis that are well maintained in the park. You’ll need to catch some good daylight to play on these as they aren’t under lights.

Outdoor Gym

The outdoor gym comes ready armed with a press, stretch, pedal and step equipment.

Gardens

In and amongst the parkland of Wharfemeadows are a series of beautiful gardens. Take a leisurely walk through these and appreciate the temporary beauty of the seasonal flower beds and the perfectly shaped conifers.

Wildlife

Much of the wildlife on show is of the aquatic kind – get spotting for the swans, ducks, kingfishers, and occasionally heron.

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History

The development of Otley as a town starts with the Saxons and King Athelstan. It was said that the archbishops of York had a residence and were lords of the manor at first.

Alongside the beginning of agriculture and the use of woodland, there was a push to the production of stone and potash which helped the finishing of woollen cloth. These materials were supplied by abundance of the Chevin forest.

From the 18th century the advancement and mechanisation of industry gave birth to cotton mills in the area. Water and steam played a pivotal part in this!

Amenities

The nearest toilets are a 15-minute walk over at the Orchard Gate shopping centre. Don’t forget to bring 30p for the entry charge.

Rubbish bins and dog waste bins are available in the park.

Food and Drink

Picnic

There are some fantastic scenic spots along the river for a picnic. Bear in mind that there isn’t any picnic benches available, so bring a blanket.

Café

The Wharfemeadows Park café makes a mean coffee and ice-cream. Keep an eye on the short opening times and if you fancy something bigger then get yourself to one of the pubs.

Pubs

Like the super dog friendly Black Horse on Westgate that serve up some top quality pub grub and local craft ales. Or pop into The Wharfe chippy on Bridge Street for some traditional fish and chips.

Parking

Park for free on the residential street of Farnley Lane, postcode: LS21 2BD (Google Map Directions). This is the closest parking spot to the Wharfemeadows Park.

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Access

Wharfemeadows Park is disability and wheelchair accessible.

How to Get To Wharfemeadows Park

Google Map Directions

Train & Bus

The best way to get to Wharfemeadows Park by public transport is to get the Northern train service to Menston and then hop onto the ‘Otley Dash’ bus to Otley. Once you arrive in the centre you’re a 5-minute walk from the park.

Other Locations Near Wharfemeadows Park

Looking for other places near Wharfemeadows Park? Here are three other locations just around the corner.