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Otley Chevin Walk
Otley Chevin Panorama

Map of the walk
Surprise View (near Leeds Bradford airport)
Start (OS ref):
Map (1:25,000):
Beacon Hill public car park & picnic area
2.1 miles (3.3 km)
1 hour
200 metres
Some roadside walking

Otley (1 mile), Royalty PH (near the parking area)
Route Map:

elevation profile


The many walks on offer on the Chevin are so convenient for those living in the North Leeds and North Bradford areas. The Chevin is just one mile away from Leeds Bradford airport and the best of it is the peaceful walks and views it has to offer to take you away from the nearby urbanisation. Take the picture above. This view of Otley and its surrounding countryside is taken from the aptly named Surprise View for as you approach it from the nearby car park it just opens out in front of your very eyes. From here and on a clear day you can see Simons Seat, Norwood Top, Almscliffe Crag and the White Horse near Sutton Bank. That's more than enough to take away the stresses of city life! And what's even better is the range of walks in the Chevin area. There are lots of paths that offer walks for every ability, from short flat woodland strolls to strenuous hikes that include steep climbs. There are usually mobile caterers on site and the local Royalty pub (if not the many Inns in Otley) for those in need of refreshments. All in all the Chevin area is a compact local heaven for every lover of the outdoors.

The Story of the Walk:

Otley Chevin woodland
Otley Chevin
In Otley Chevin Woodland
Otley Chevin is a beautiful place

My Chevin walk begins at Surprise View from where I took the panorama photograph at the top of the page. It was conceived as a lunchtime break and is therefore unusually short. It does the job in getting the lungs working though. Start out by turning to your left from the information board at Surprise View and head into the woods that lead to Chevin side. On a sunny day its great in the woods as the light penetrates through the treetop cover. Enjoy the pleasant level gradient walking as there is a descent coming up. After walking for about a half mile take a distinct path down the hill that takes you to the fringes of Otley. The walk down is lovely if a little steep in places. Descend to a gate that leads to the road. From here there follows a short spell of footpath walking alongside the road on Birdcage walk before you head through a gap in the wall at Johnny Lane that leads to a path. This path takes you back up to the top of the Chevin via the White House visitor centre and tearooms. The initial climb to the tearooms is not too demanding and if you are as lucky as I you just might catch sight of some of the local wildlife. After the tearooms the going gets tough. It's now a steep climb back up to the top. The workout is surely worth it though and if this is all you plan to do then you could walk straight into the Royalty for a drink to quench your thirst. A short and sharp but refreshing dinner break!

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