About This Field
Wharfdale Doggy Play Park is in a lovely hillside location with incredible views overlooking the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It’s just a few miles from Ilkley and Skipton and a convenient stop-off on the A65.
Booking and Accessing Wharfdale Doggy Play Park
Booking is straightforward – sessions of 30 minutes or an hour can be booked through a secure online booking website and confirmation is via email.
Access is very straight forward – follow the What3Words link which will take you directly to the turning. You can also look out for signs for Wharfdale Kennels and Cattery from Turner Lane.
A few hundred metres down the track you will see a sign on the right, directing you to the yard. The deer gate is directly in front of you and opens towards you so make sure you leave plenty of room if you intend to drive in. You can also park outside and go through an air-lock pedestrian gate.
What is Wharfdale Doggy Play Park Like?
The most striking thing about this field is the view from the top! Our visit was on a blustery wet day so the photos don’t do it justice but trust us on this! We have included some photographs from the summer to give you a more balanced impression!
The field is a hill – not unsurprising in this area and there is a flatter area at the bottom if you don’t fancy the schlep to the top.
There are some agility-type activities in the field, a ball pit and a bench. When we visited it had been particularly wet so we would recommend wellies from late September on.
There is flood-lighting which would be very useful on dark winter days and for dawn and dusk walkers. This is on a switch in the yard before you enter the field.
There’s a shed that has a well stocked snack vending machine and a hot drinks dispenser within the field.
Is Wharfdale Doggy Play Park Secure?
You can see from the photographs that the deer-style fencing is 1.8m all round and has extra rabbit netting at the base so is secure for all but the more athletic dogs.
The gate is flush with the ground so there are no obvious escape routes.
There is no gate code or method of securing yourself inside the field once you are in so if this is something that worries you, we recommend bringing locks with you. You will need on for both the vehicle and pedestrian gates.
Notes for Reactive Dog Owners:
- Wharfdale Doggy Play is on a working farm and the field has a shared fence with a field that had both chickens and sheep grazing during our visit
- There are two kennel block visible from the field – one with a shared fenceline with the field. There is some privacy screening attached to the netting but if you have a dog reactive dog, this may not be suitable for you
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* We only list fields as reactive friendly following a visit because reactivity means different things to different dogs! Details can be found on each review in the yellow section. Listed fields field may be suitable for reactive dogs, but we have just not had the chance to verify this.