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Further Afield

Yorkshire Dales

For those wanting to explore further afield, Renshaw Farm is ideally situated just a short drive away from several typical Yorkshire Dales villages and towns. In one direction you will find the delightful village of Kettlewell which is renowned for its annual Scarecrow Festival in August. The small village is home to two cafés and three pubs, it is certainly worth a visit.

Skipton

The historic town of Skipton is also only a twenty-minute drive away from Renshaw Farm. Traditionally a market town, Skipton is bursting with things to do, ranging from boat rides along the picturesque canal to an afternoon at its historic castle.

Leyburn

A market charter was granted to Leyburn in 1686 by Charles II and a weekly market is still held here every Friday.

The fifty-minute journey through Buckden and Cray is well worth it and will soon pass by as you admire the spectacular scenery along the way.

Pateley Bridge

A thirty-minute drive will take you to another popular market town, Pateley Bridge, with its famous high street which is adorned with tearooms and traditional local shops, one of which is the Oldest Sweet Shop In The World. There also a well-equipped children’s park which is very popular with the little ones.

How Stean Gorge

Just a little bit beyond Pateley Bridge in Lofthouse is How Stean Gorge. This is a great place for the more adventurous visitors and for pre-booked visits you can take part in an array of activities including: mountain biking, canoeing, orienteering, bouldering, abseiling and raft building to name a few.

Bolton Abbey

Several of Yorkshire’s finest attractions can also be found within easy reach of Renshaw Farm, including the magnificent Bolton Abbey. Spanning over an impressive 30,000 acres, Bolton Abbey appeals to all ages with its multitude of activities. At the heart of the picturesque estate are the ruins of the Priory, which date back to the 12th century, together with the well-known steppingstones crossing the River Wharfe. A word of caution here, the steppingstones are trickier than they look – it is a regular occurrence for people to end up in the river after a wrong step!

Harrogate

For those who prefer the hustle and bustle of a larger town or city, do not fear, both are within striking distance of Renshaw Farm. The superb spa town of Harrogate is less than an hour away by car and is home to the famous Turkish baths which date back to 1897, the spa is set in a magnificent building and boasts of its ability to offer a truly relaxing visit. Why not finish your day in Harrogate at the Yorkshire flag ship “Bettys” tearoom which is less than a five-minute walk from the Turkish baths. Bettys is certainly worth a visit and offers beautiful light meals including afternoon tea served the old-fashioned way (booking is advised for this very popular tearoom, 01423 814043).

York

The Roman city of York is just under 50 miles away. York was founded around AD 71 when 5,000 men of the ninth legion marched from Lincoln and set up camp to conquer the Brigantes tribe.

The attractions in York include the famous Shambles, the National Railway Museum, the Minster, Jorvik Viking Centre plus many more. York is a very beautiful city and well worth a visit for those who like architecture, shopping and history. For the historians, it is said that York exemplifies the Roman’s skill at identifying the perfect site for a fortress. No evidence has been found for a permanent native settlement in the heart of York prior to the Romans and on their arrival there was unlikely to be much here other than meadowland. Within a few generations the Romans transformed the countryside into what is today known as the capital of the north.

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