As lovely as it is to stay on site there are lots of exciting things to explore nearby. You can visit the nearby village of Kettlewell, or go further afield into the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. The Dales Discoveries website is an excellent source for tips on how to enjoy the Dales.
Within 5 miles
There are several excellent ice cream outlets in the village (try the pavlova ice cream) as well as some places to get a drink and a snack. The village shop has an impressive selection of essentials and chocolate!
The Blue Bell Inn is Kettlewell’s oldest hostelry: enjoy a local ale by the log fire, and a good meal. The King’s Head is one of the top 10 pubs in the Sunday Times Ultimate 100 British Hotels! The Racehorses Hotel is sadly closed at this time.
Kilnsey Trekking and Riding Centre
Pony trekking holidays and lessons available in Conistone (nr Kettlewell).
A trout farm with nature trail, farm shop and play area, close to Kilnsey Crag.
Walks in the local area
Since this is such a beautiful area, you’ll be spoilt for choice of walks!
Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival – sadly cancelled this year
Now attracting thousands of visitors over a 9-day period in August. Wander the streets and be startled by remarkable lifelike scarecrows in the strangest places; follow the trail maps; enjoy a great cuppa and cake in the village hall. A seriously good scarecrow festival and all in aid of the local school.
Within 10 miles
Made famous by the recent TV series All Creatures Great and Small. Charming pubs, tea rooms; contemporary gift shops; a cobbled market square; and a Dickensian Festival every December (Victorian costume, musicians, street entertainers, dancers and country craft exhibitions).
Exhibits about lead mining, minerals, craft tools, lathes, Dales farming, period costumes, domestic accoutrements, World War II memorabilia, folk lore and the days of the Yorkshire Dales Railway.
Stump Cross Caverns
- Located in the Yorkshire Dales National Park on the B6265 between Pateley Bridge and Grassington, explore the well lit underground world of the moorland caves! Highly recommended.
Within 20 miles
“Wensleydale, Gromit?” Watch the famous cheese being made or just enjoy the tea rooms, restaurant and shop (plus loads of free samples!)
Where the River Ure tumbles over a series of broad limestone steps, as featured in the Kevin Costner film Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves, with a pleasant riverside walk linking the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls.
One of the most complete and best-preserved medieval castles, which withstood a three-year siege during the Civil War.
Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
Travel by steam or diesel on this famous line between Embsay and Skipton. Steam trains run every Sunday, with Summer services up to 7 days a week.
Not just a ruined priory but also 30,000 acres of countryside, over 80 miles of footpaths and ample space to run around and enjoy the fresh air (and try the stepping-stones over the river!). There are tea rooms and gift shops, but why not take a picnic?
Billy Bob’s Ice Cream Parlour
An extensive range of delicious home-made ice creams, drinks and lunches, plus a children’s play area overlooking the Dales.
Malham Cove and Malham Tarn
Enjoy the spectacular scenery of this inland “cove” – actually a high, curving cliff face – and the beauty of the Tarn. The area provided several locations for the film Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows.
How Stean Gorge
- Go and explore the gorge and caves, carved out of the rock in this unique area. You can also book to gorge scramble and rock climb in this location if you’re brave enough.
- Owned by the National Trust, you can have a great day out exploring the strangely shaped, dramatic moorland rock formations, with miles of moorland paths to discover.
Within 50 miles
A typical Yorkshire town which you can visit either with or baht your headgear. There are numerous tea rooms, small boutique shops and excellent charity shops, and the famous Betty’s Tea Rooms.
Claims to be the UK’s most popular spa town, complete with turkish baths and spa. An up-market town with great shops and good eating-out (including another Betty’s!) and an RHS garden at Harlow Carr.
A traditional market town (where Downton Abbey is supposedly set) with numerous attractions including a cathedral, racecourse, Newby Hall (house and gardens) and the National Trust’s most popular destination, Fountains Abbey (the largest monastic ruins in the country, with superb Georgian water gardens and a mediaeval deer park).
In the heart of spectacular Nidderdale, with plentiful teashops, England’s oldest sweet shop, the How Stean Gorge attraction, and a big agricultural show every September.
Big Sheep Little Cow (Bedale)
Offers hands-on interaction with animals from handling hedgehogs and mice to feeding lambs and grooming donkeys. Includes a giant sand pit, an indoor play area, tractor-trailer rides and a homemade ice cream stall.