A Story in Stone

Part of the wonderful landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, and indeed around Layhead Farm Cottages, are the very impressive drystone walls.  Built predominantly as boundary walls and a way to keep the farm animals in, they stretch for miles around the Dales area. A 1988 survey calculated there is approximately 5000 miles (8000 km) of dry stone walls in the Yorkshire Dales area itself.

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Shortlisted Best Holiday Destination 2018 Just a Short Drive Away!

The Forest of Bowland, just a short drive away from Layhead Farm Cottages, has been shortlisted as the best holiday destination 2018 by the BBC Countryfile Magazine judges.

Readers were asked to send in their suggestions, and after hours of deliberation, the Forest of Bowland is one of the outstanding contenders chosen by the magazines expert panel of judges.

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A Walk on the Wild Side

The start of a New Year is a great time to set yourself new challenges, and one of the most famous challenges on the doorstep of Layhead Farm Cottages is the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks walk, 24 miles in 12 hours or under. And it’s not for the faint hearted!


We often get groups staying with us specifically to do this challenge because they know they can come back to their Layhead Farm Cottage and soak in a hot bath and snuggle up on a comfy sofa.

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A Look Back at 2017 in Pictures

We thought you might enjoy a look back in 2017 of images around Rathmell. Rathmell is a wonderful place in all seasons.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year  from all at Layhead.

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Easy to make Christmas Cake

It’s only two weeks until Christmas and if you’re a bit like me, short on time but still want to make some traditional Christmas fayre, here’s a really easy Christmas cake recipe that is made in one pot and poured into a cake tin ready to be popped in the oven.  If you want, you could add a few nuts, cherries and anything else you like into the recipe to make it your own.  Personally, I  stick to the recipe and just add a touch a whisky to give it some Christmas spirit.

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Access for all to Ingleborough Cave

Here in the Yorkshire Dales we have some of the most spectacular showcaves in the UK. If you have difficulties with mobility, visits to places such as these can be a non-starter, so it was fantastic to hear about the all-terrain powered wheelchair which has opened at the foothills of Ingleborough in October this year, and, Ingleborough Cave is now the UK’s only fully wheelchair accessible showcave.

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5 Simple Tips for a Happy Holiday Cottage Christmas

Being away from home at Christmas can be great fun if planned correctly.  Here are 5 simple tips for a happy holiday cottage Christmas.

Tip 1 – Most holiday cottages will already have Christmas decorations.  To make it a bit more personal, especially if children are in the holiday group, take along some Christmas decorations to make so they can be hung on the tree or around the cottage. Here a some ideas.

Tip 2 – Find out where there are some Christmas markets to visit. Leeds have a fabulous Christkindel Market.

Tip 3 – Remember to order and take the turkey with you.  It might be a good idea to buy a foil baking tin to cook the turkey in.  No need for arguments as to who has to wash the encrusted dish after the meal!

Tip 4 – Plan some fun activities to do that everyone can join in.  Take along some board games and some favourite movies.  Make your own popcorn – the kids will love this!

Tip 5 – Ensure you pack clothes for the weather.  Hats, gloves, wellies, and layers.  Look at the area and plan a walk on Christmas Day.  Take along marshmallows and sprinkles and make a special hot chocolate for everyone after the walk. Try this recipe for something different.

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