Light and Fire: Winter Walking Route

Wrap up warm and enjoy a blast of fresh air on a winter wander around the grounds of YSP. Spot sculptures that explore themes of light and fire along the way.

Start your walk at YSP Centre, following our suggested 3km/1.85 mile route, before ending at James Turrell's Deer Shelter Skyspace to take in the sunset. Pick up a map from the Information Desk to help you find your way, or ask one of our friendly staff to point you in the right direction.

The terrain includes gravel and grassy paths with inclines which can get very muddy over the winter months. We recommend dressing for the weather and wearing sturdy footwear. Off-road mobility scooters are available to hire, please call 01924 832631 or email to reserve one for your visit, or find out more on our accessibility page.

After exploring the landscape, warm chilly hands with a coffee and cake at The Kitchen Café with stunning views of the Park, or grab a hot drink to go to enjoy while you explore. As the temperature outside starts to drop, enjoy a meal at The Weston, warmed by the light of the fire.

Walking route guide:

  1. Head through the Visitor Centre and around the Bothy Garden. Imagine the warmth radiating from Big Mutter by Erwin Wurm.
  2. Continue round the Bothy Garden and through the gap in hedge. Head across the hill and down the hill. Frame the sky through Barbara Hepworth’s Square with Two Circles.
  3. Follow the path down the hill towards the Learning Centre and Café. Once at the café, take the path immediately down the side of the outdoor seating area. Look out for creative bird boxes on your route, head down a zig zag path and pause when you see a colourful octopus.
  4. Head back on the path, under the archway of the trees. Once through the trees, look to your right for the Kimsooja’s strikingly tall sculpture.
  5. Head downhill, joining the path that leads right. Turn left through the gate and left again at the next one. Once on the lakeside path, look out for a metal structure with a super shiny metal ball.
  6. Continue along this lakeside path. Take a pause when you spot a giant head looking out at you from the other side of the lake.
  7. Continue further along this lakeside path. Black Mound is located just before the bridge. Tramper Accessible route: turn left after the boat house, cross the bridge and turn right. Follow this path and through the gate into the Country Park. Continue just past the gate to Dam Head Bridge and follow the upward grassy path to the chapel. (This route can get very muddy and features uphill sections).
  8. Head onto the bridge and across into the Country Park. Follow the path and head up the hill towards Deer Shelter Skyspace (open 10.00–16.00). As you approach a mound with trees, head to the left to locate the entrance.
  9. You’ve completed the Winter Walking Route. Head back to the Visitor Centre and warm up in the café (open 10.00–16.00), browse YSP Shop (open 10.00–17.00) and say ‘hello’ at our Information Desk for more suggestions of where to go and what to see.

More to explore at YSP this winter: