I am very biased. I live in Otley, in the shadow of the Chevin. It is a great place for us urban walkers of all abilities. A previous review has complained it is really steep. Er, yes. It is a hill! It is a steep climb if you start from the town and go straight up, it is more manageable if you park in one of the three car parks located near the Ramblers tea rooms on East Chevin Road. You could just park near the Royalty Pub and take in the spectacular views from Surprise View. On one side you have the urban sprawl of Leeds and Bradford, and the chance for some plane spotting, on the other is the beauty of the start of the Yorkshire Dales.
There are some excellent info sheets available from the TIC located in Otley Library. I will agree with a previous review complaining about the noise of the road and air traffic, there is no denying that. But I guess that living under the flight path of LBA for 19 years has made me immune! I still love to walk in the woods tho.
The website is really useful. chevinforest.co.uk.
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