We were thrilled to hear that St. Ives Estate near Bingley, has recently been awarded 'Country Park' status by Natural England. This accreditation reflects the enormous investment made in this 550 acre estate that takes in natural woodlands, vast Coppice ponds, chainsaw sculpture trail, golf course, equestrian centre, licenced cafe, landscaped picnic areas and the most amazing adventure playground for miles around. St. Ives is a wonderful place to visit whilst staying in Hewenden being only a short 10 minute drive away. Although St. Ives has much to offer those simply seeking a delightful stroll in beautiful woodland (and a rewarding cream tea at the end!) it is particularly engaging for those families needing to entertain the younger end.
The adventure playground has undergone a huge transformation over the last couple of years and now boasts an enormous sand area, a vast array of climbing equipment, slides and zip wires, suitable for ages two right through to teenage, and some magical musical play equipment under the shelter of trees. The chainsaw sculpture trail is also wonderful for children as it features mystical woodland creatures such as fairies, goblins, dragons, witches and wizards. We go to St. Ives regularly for a walk, play and, more often than not, an ice cream but our children have also enjoyed pony trekking recently. Whatever your passion, be it golf, horse riding or walking, St. Ives is well worth checking out.