Strid Wood and the Strid feature of the River Wharfe are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with fantastic beauty. A walk through Strid Wood is said to be the best place to see ancient acidic oak woodland in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The Strid wood itself is set either side of the River Wharfe as it runs through a steep sided valley, with easiest access beginning from the Strid Wood Tea Rooms and our car park.
Within our small woodland the mixture of both mature and young trees provides an ideal habit for a rich variety of birds, plants, insects and animals which for avid wildlife enthusiasts makes it a treasure trove of nature at its best and perfect for Strid Wood walks.
The Strid and all its natural beauty is only 15 minutes walk from the Tea Rooms and is where the River Wharfe quickly narrows, making the water rush with great power as it traverses over huge rocks. The width of the river at this point is only 7ft whilst the depth of the Strid is still unknown, with the underwater caves and eroded tunnels lying far beneath each side of the rocky channel. We can only suggest that you take great care during your walk in Strid Wood, due to the power of the water at this part of the River Wharfe.
In the Dales
There is plenty to see and do on a day trip to the area, it’s not just about the tea rooms!