North Yorkshire Water Park originally comprised of four specialist fishing lakes along with large lake which is dedicated to Water Sports. For many years, local water sports clubs and individuals have been sailing, windsurfing, model yacht racing and open water swimming.
North Yorkshire Water Park was launched with the addition of a new Aquapark in 2017. Thrill seekers now enjoy further activities such kayaking, sups, tandem kayaking, mini electric boats and pedalos. Or simply enjoy a relaxed walk, jog or cycle around the 2.5k track enjoying the views.
North Yorkshire Water Park is excited to see the expansion of the brand new café, changing rooms and showers along with additional water sports activities including the adrenaline fuelled Wake Boarding Line.
Treat your visit to the Park like you were going to the beach and don’t forget to bring a towel. Or stay dry with our brand new ZipLine and Climbing wall or enjoy a walk, cycle or jog around our stunning lakeside pathways.
There is ample parking at the Water Park and to enjoy the beautiful setting and the range of watersports on offer. Sorry we do not allow BBQs.
Coach parking is available by prior arrangement.
The Water Park staff are all qualified and have been given full safety training for all of the watersports and land activities on offer.
A safety briefing to Water Park participants is given at the start of each session. Please ensure you arrive 45min prior to your session. This will allow you to get your wetsuit, buoyancy aid fitted and checked ready for your prompt briefing.
Please be aware no participant will be allowed on the water without safety briefing.
Age and height restrictions apply.
History, NYWP and the Skies.
The North Yorkshire Waterpark is built on what was, between August 1918 and June 1919, RAF West Ayton. It was one of a series of aerodromes built along the East coast at the end of the Great War to combat the German U-boat threat. The airfield was somewhat basic, having a grass runway, one Bessonneau canvas-covered hangar, situated about five hundred yards due east of this café, and a small hut with a telephone. The aircrew and staff were sheltered in the traditional (now demolished) farm buildings situated next to the hangar. Soon after the end of hostilities the RAF abandoned the airfield, leaving a number of unexploded incendiary bombs buried in the surrounding fields to remind local farmers of its existence!
The function room is called the 251 room to commemorate 251 Squadron which was based on the site during the Great War. The unit was formed on 1 May 1918, under the command of Major J.D.Maude, to undertake anti-submarine patrols and drew its pilots from both the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. There were about ninety-four men on its roster at RAF West Ayton, all of whom were billeted locally, where they earned a reputation of being “high spirited”. During their time at the aerodrome they flew the cumbersome Airco DH.6 (known affectionately as the “clockwork mouse” and the “flying coffin”) on regular patrols out into the North Sea in a vain attempt to combat the U-boat menace which threatened to bring Britain to its knees. This proved to be next to impossible as the pilots were expected to simultaneously fly, keep a look out for and then single-handedly bomb the submarines. However thankless their task, the experience gained by these brave men led in time to the creation of Coastal Command in 1936 which went on to sink 212 U-boats during the Second World War. This success was one of the primary reasons why the Allies ultimately managed to prevail in the Battle of the Atlantic.