You know when you finally go somewhere and wish you’d made it there a long time ago? Allerthorpe Lakeland in Pocklington East Yorkshire is one of those places. It’s a lovely series of lakes and the activities that you can take part in are great for families.
Currently, you have to prebook a time slot for arrival at the park. They recommend that you do this before you book any activities that you want to do. It’s worth checking their website for availability before you book your entrance tickets as things have been booking up quicker this year. It used to be free to visit but they are currently charging which I will mention more about below. They are restricting numbers but we found it very busy when we visited.
Allerthorpe Lakeland | Things to do
My main reason for visiting was that I was keen for my son to have a go at a watersport that involved some sort of a paddle. He showed a real interest in canoeing once so we were recommended a double kayak as they are less likely to tip. It was fine for us but my foot cramped up so next time we are going to try a Canadian catamaran for two.
You can also hire pedalos, single kayaks, paddleboards and boats. You hire these for an hour but the boats can be hired out for two hours. There are three lakes and only one is used for watersports. They also have a large inflatable aqua park in the middle of the lake which you can book sessions for. With this in the lake and two sections of the lake also roped off for leisure swimming it’s not the biggest lake for watersports.
I booked us a 9 am arrival slot and a 10 am double kayak session. This gave us plenty of time to have a go on the playground by the cafe (before it got busy), use the toilet and get changed into our wet suits.
If you’ve not been before it’s worth picking up a map from reception.
You currently can’t hire wetsuits and the changing cubicles are closed so make sure you take a large towel. You will get wet so wearing the right clothes is essential. Everyone is given a life jacket. The queue wasn’t too big but for the sessions later in the day it was very busy so get there early especially for checking in.
Someone held our kayak for us so it wasn’t too difficult to get in. You can go barefoot or wear beach/pool shoes. My son loved being out on the water and it was easy enough for us both to paddle about together even with a relatively strong wind.
After our session, we kept out wetsuits on and went in the leisure section of the lake for a paddle and a swim. You can book Open water swimming when the lake isn’t open for watersports.
When the water sports sessions are on you can only paddle/swim in the two designated areas. These both have a small beach and a large grassed area perfect for spending some time at. They also both have a playground next to them. Dogs are allowed at the park and are allowed in the water. There are also picnic benches available. The cafe is open for take-away and there are two lots of toilets.
After a swim/paddle, a picnic and a play we changed into our day clothes and bought some fish food from reception at 50p a tub. We then fed the hungry fish just over the decking.
Afterwards, we went for a walk around the three lakes. Although there were other people walking we didn’t come across anyone which was nice. The lakes are really pretty and we spotted lots of wildlife. You can fish at one of the lakes which seemed relatively quiet although there were more trees/bushes than there were places to fish.
Allerthorpe Lakeland is certainly a full day out and the kids will love paddling in the lake even if they aren’t old enough for the watersports. The place seemed quite relaxed regarding social distancing. They do state you can’t bring your own inflatables for the lake but lots were. There were a lot of people allowed in but it is all outdoors and I can imagine it has been a lot busier in the past. They also usually have some animals but aside from a couple of donkeys and a pony in a field, these weren’t to be seen.
Important Information about Allerthorpe Lakeland
Address: Melbourne Road, Pocklington, York YO42 4RL
Car parking at Allerthorpe Lakeland – The car park is free but you currently have to prebook and pay a small fee for admission.
Allerthorpe Lakeland Prices – Currently you must pre-book online in advance. A single entry ticket is £3.00 or you can pay £8.00 for a maximum of 5 people.
All activities are priced individually. Please see their website for further details. Example prices are: Aqua park £20 pp. Pedalo £12.00 a boat, single kayak £10.00.
Facilities at Allerthorpe Lakeland: Three lakes with walks, playgrounds, watersports, aquapark, cafe, paddling, fishing and more.
Opening Times: For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Accessibility – Most but not all of the paths are accessible. There is no information on their website.
Is Allerthorpe Lakeland Dog Friendly: Dogs are allowed.
Are there places to picnic at Allerthorpe Lakeland: Yes there are benches and plenty of grass.
Category: Sports – Outdoors, suitable for all ages, however, not all the watersports are suitable for young children.
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