It's a bit of a trek, but Ashgill Force near Alston is a good way to amuse small adventurous children. If you approach from the top, the path scrambles through a little cave (which doesn't feature in Northern Caves) which offers a bit of fun and you can scramble behind the waterfall itself. The valley downstream is quite pretty too.
Phew 3 kids and 3 dogs to keep happy now thats a challenge in itself .
Just google "hidden gem, ideal for kids, that's only an hour from Leeds" you will get lots of ideas from all the surrounding newspaper websites, thats what's ruined all the hidden gem's in the Peak District.I have seen families crossing the road to Waterfall Swallet, with lilo's and dingies, on the advice of the Sheffield Star, even though there is hardly any water and chest high nettles to get there.
I used to like Hebden Gill and Grassington Moor as a good place to get far from the sodding crowds when I lived up that way, but given that there are likely to be sheep around and some of the mineshafts aren't well capped to say the least, maybe not the best place to have young kids and dogs!
Seems he is now nearer Settle:https://www.mikeharding.co.uk/mike-hardings-yorkshire-dales/
Thanks for all the suggestions. We are back from a 3 days in the Dales where we managed at least a small cave everyday. A bit different to all the Dales weekends we went on pre-kids with proper caving every day, but on the right side eventually they will grow up and leave home right???
Based on current experience the first 30 years are the worst......
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