Dark Skies Yorkshire

Moody Yorkshire and the changing light over Penn Hill, Wensleydale

How do we spend time when we’re not helping preparing your guest accommodation and greeting you all on arrivals day? We shouldn’t be spilling the secrets, we should keep a mysterious air about our lives, but in truth, we often end up doing what we recommend to our cottage guests and endeavour to explore slow beautiful Yorkshire. It would be a crime to live in Wensleydale and ignore the bracing walks, the bicycle rides, the pubs, take the views for granted. We still explore our surrounding market towns and castles. Never stop we say.


We can do more away from the estate in winter. Summer brings plenty of mowing and gardening during the longer days, (we have 10 acres of grass to mow around the house)  and we love growing vegetables the old raspberry canes in the walled garden are prolific when the season starts, and and then there’s tennis at Dalesend.  Charles is a bit of a king on the tennis court (although he has never beaten Emma at singles), guests can play on our court too. We swim, we have some horses. But in winter we  love going for Sunday pub lunches because someone else is cooking! When Sunday food is as good as you find in King Richard III Middleham, Friar’s Head Akebar and the Blue Lion East Witton, it’s hard to resist. Oh, there’s our first secret spilled…

We also love walking our dogs, and it’s fun to escape somewhere away from home (we are lucky to be able to take reasonable walks without the dogs wearing collar and leads) for variety, for the dogs and us! We squash 2 Great Danes and 2 Dachshunds into our old jeep, a vehicle fast resembling a dog kennel inside, and drive minutes to reach Thornton Steward Reservoir. Here you can walk round a vast lake with spectacular views and peace. It’s quite spiritual. Other walks that we love are to chug up Penn Hill, or explore Jervaulx Abbey. In Richmond there is a super walk from the Station Cinema building along the River Swale banks. If you love walking, look no further than Yorkshire!


Perhaps Yorkshire should come with the warning that, when you discover what Yorkshire has to offer on your first visit, you might need to book repeat visits or a long stay of a fortnight! Our returning guests are testament to this, along with our quality of accommodation and concierge personal service to help your stay go well. We’re Yorkshire born and bred – Charles was even born in the house. He’s stayed at home because his body bones and blood are filled with Yorkshire goodness and Wensleydale warmth and love.

Below are some further secrets from our notebooks, for your own Yorkshire experience based on the five senses. Enjoy brilliant Yorkshire and see you soon!

Weekend Dates for your diary – why not book a stay and visit these events on your cottage doorstep? Our mailing list subscribers know a bit more about these weekend date. Please sign up here for our special offers and future plans for some themed weekend cottage stays. We are planning yoga, creative writing, painting and guided walks. If you have any suggestions for other creative activities, please do email us!

Wensleydale Show –  Bank Holiday Saturday 26th August 2017

Hunton Steam Gathering – 9-10th September 2017

Masham Sheep Fair – 30th September – 1st October 2017


Our Favourite Walks

Thornton Steward Reservoir

Romantic special Yorkshire walks

Walk here? Minutes drive from your Dalesend Cottage

Uplifting – Walk up Penn Hill then eat afterwards at the Wensleydale Heifer.

The pretty views spur you onwards and upwards

Easy – stroll along Leyburn Shawl and afterwards browse through Leyburn’s quirky shops, dine or eat in the many eateries.

Leyburn Shawl looks out over the dale and the Wensleydale Railway route

On your doorstep – walk around the 25 acre park beside the stream at Patrick Brompton Hall and lie on the grass in summer and soothe your soul. Afterwards walk to the pub in our village for a refreshing drink.


Yorkshire Dales luxury romantic holiday cottage

A stroll around the 25 acre park without stepping into your car


The Five Senses – a selection of what Yorkshire around us, has to offer.


Visit the Theakston or Black Sheep Breweries in Masham to smell hops and beer brewing. There are great places to eat in Masham – good eating  pubs and Vennells, one of our favourite fine dining places of the Dales.

Visit Thorp Perrow Arboretum all year round to smell trees and plants and be amused by the falcons and mammals collection. The tea room has home baking and is very friendly. We have discounted entry tickets for our cottage guests.


Head to the Auction rooms in Leyburn – Tennants Auctioneers, wher