IMPORTANT NOTICE: Skipton Castle Woods is open to local visitors for health and wellbeing - please adhere to the one way system on Springs Canal tow path to ensure social distancing.
Facilities at Skipton Castle Woods
Parking at Skipton Castle
There is no dedicated Woodland Trust car park for Skipton Castle Woods however you are welcome to pay and display at Skipton Castle's cark park.
Skipton Castle Car Park – The Bailey, Skipton, BD23 1UA operated by Skipton Castle.
This car park is a short walking distance from the town centre and the canal tow path which leads to the main entrance of the woods at The Old Sawmill (approximately 1/4 a mile away). We recommend this route for first time visitors however it's also useful to know that parking at the castle provides direct access to the upper path in the woodland through The Bailey Entrance. You will find this entrance gate by leaving the car park on foot and turning left.
There are 193 car spaces, 3 coach spaces and staff on site.
|Car park opening hours||Opening time||Price|
|Monday - Friday||8am - 6pm||£4.50 (£2.50 after 2pm)|
|Saturday||9am - 6pm||£2.50|
|Sunday||10am - 5pm||£4.50|
Public Car Parks - Pay and Display
As an alternative to Skipton Castle Car Park there are two shopper car parks close by which means you can also enjoy spending time in the town centre.
High Street Car Park – accessed from High Street or Rectory Lane, Skipton, BD23 1ED operated by Craven Council
This car park is a short walking distance to the canal tow path which leads to the main entrance of the woods at The Old Sawmill (approximately 1/4 a mile away).
Coach and mini bus spaces are available in the High Street Car Park on a first come first served basis.
Coach Street Car Park - accessed from Broughton Road, Gargrave Road or Water Street Skipton, BD23 1LE operated by Craven Council
This car park is located next to the canal tow path which leads to the main entrance of the woods at The Old Sawmill (approximately 1/4 mile away). To join the tow path leave the car park via Coach Street, stepping off the bridge onto the canal network.
Food and drink
The area around Mill Bridge which gives access to The Old Saw Mill entrance via the canal tow path, has plenty of choices for refreshments or on warm sunny days, why not take a picnic into the woods?
A wide variety of other attractions and establishments are also available in Skipton. Please visit the Welcome to Skipton website for more information.
The nearest public toilets to Skipton Castle Woods are available at the High Street Car Park behind the Town Hall, including a RADAR key accessible toilet. A small charge applies.
Visitors to Skipton Castle have access to public toilets on site including disabled facilities (admission charge applies).
Mobile phone coverage
Mobile phone coverage within the woodland is good across all networks. (Coverage sourced from Ofcom)
Please stay safe when using your phone on site and share your photos and comments with us on social media using #SkiptonCastleWoods.