There is lots to see that is only a short drive from the cottage

Settle

Is a wonderful, bustling, historic Yorkshire Dales maarket town at the gateway to Upper Ribblesday and in sight of the wild and lovely Forest of Bowland.

The town is full of quality independent shops, cafes, inns and restaurants and is home to the world famous Settle – Carlisle Railway.

The surrounding limestone landscapes abounds with dry stone walls, meadows, scars, peaks (three of them), field barns, waterfalls, becks, caves, potholes….and sheep!

Settle is one of the best places in the world (well probably) for the quality of fell walking, cycling, mountain biking, sight-seeing and the friendly welcome of which you are assured.

Lancaster

Visit Lancaster’s castle and museums to uncover the city’s ancient stories hidden in its walls and buildings, and find out more about the people who shaped its history. Stroll the meandering towpaths of the canal or along St George’s Quay, marvelling at the Georgian architecture which lines the banks of the River Lune. Explore the secret paths of Williamson Park and discover its hidden follies and stunning Edwardian designed butterfly house. Discover the open spaces and strong design of the two university campuses and find out how these seats of learning have influenced the city over the years.

Shop local in Lancaster’s quirky boutiques and independent galleries, or choose from renowned high street brands in Penny Street, St Nic’s and Marketgate stores. Browse food, gifts, crafts and books at the twice-weekly Charter Market, and then relax in one of Lancaster’s wealth of cafés, coffee shops and restaurants. The smell of coffee permeates the air as you wander the streets, and you can sample everything from locally-brewed real ales to delicious home-made soups and cakes.

Harrogate

With a Cathedral City, a Spa town, historic marketing towns, a World Heritage Site and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty all within a few short miles of each other, the Harrogate district provides the perfect base for a varied holiday.

Whether you love the great outdoors or prefer shopping and good food, whether your passion is for gardens, history, art, culture or theatre, whether you want white knuckle rides or a leisurely round of golf, we have it all and more besides.  With so much to enjoy, it is easy to see why the area was voted the happiest place in Britain for two years running!

Discover walking tracks, cycle routes and bridlepaths in Nidderdale, Pateley Bridge, Ripon, Masham, Boroughbridge and the Yorkshire Dales.  Slip back to ancient times visiting monuments such as Ripon CathedralFountains Abbey, our Turkish Baths or admire the 18th Century elegance of historic houses such as Newby Hall. 

Stroll through the award winning Valley Gardens or RHS Harlow Carr or mooch around the stylish shops in Harrogate or the independents and galleries in the market towns. 

There are things to do, attractions and events for children of all ages whether riding on Britain’s longest roller coaster, hiring a boat on the river at Knaresborough, trekking with llamas or zip-wiring down gorges.

Enjoy a pub lunch with stunning views, take tea at our famous Bettys Tea Rooms or enjoy top notch food at one of our many fine restaurants.  Festivals, Flower Shows, Fairs and The Great Yorkshire Show pepper the calendar throughout the year so no two weeks are ever the same.

Bronte Country

Welcome to Bronte Country, an area which straddles the West Yorkshire and East Lancashire Pennines in the North of England. A windswept land of heather and wild moors, it is hardly surprising that this region became the inspiration for the classic works of the Bronte sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne.

Unlike the pastural limestone valleys of the Yorkshire Dales which begin further to the north, the geology in Bronte Country is predominantly of Millstone Grit, a dark sandstone which lends the crags and scenery here an air of bleakness and desolation. Small wonder then, that this landscape fuelled the imagination of the Bronte sisters in writing their classic novels – including “Wuthering Heights” (which was reputedly inspired by the isolated moorland farmstead of Top Withens) and “Jane Eyre“, etc…

Top Withens and many of the other Bronte associated locations lie within easy reach of the village of Haworth, where the Bronte family lived at the Haworth parsonage (now the world famous Bronte Parsonage Museum), and where they wrote most of their famous works (including “Wuthering Heights” and “Jane Eyre“, etc).

Back in the Bronte Country area itself, attractions which are not directly associated with the Brontes (but which are well worth a visit in their own right) include the industrial village of Saltaire in Bradford (built by Sir Titus Salt in the mid nineteenth century, and now a UNESCO designated World Heritage Centre), the National Media Museum in Bradford, the Keighley Bus Museum in Keighley, and the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (which runs from the village of Oxenhope through Haworth and Oakworth to the town of Keighley in the Aire Valley).

The South Lakes area of Cumbria

Ambleside has a population of about 2600, and is beautifully situated in Rothay valley 1 mile north of the head of Lake Windermere.  One of the major centres for climbing and walking, it is a good central point for a visitor and has routes to most parts of the Lake District

Bowness-on-Windermere is a sprawling tourist town on the shore of Windermere, about halfway along the 12 mile length of the lake between Waterhead at the North ends, and Lakeside at the South end.  There are numerous attractions including boat rides to other towns.  A must do if you stay at the cottage.