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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Fun and Fireworks

Settle Town is always buzzing at Christmas time and for a small town, there is usually a fantastic Christmas light switch on. This year the switch on takes place on Saturday 2nd December. The local school children sing carols, the shops are adorned with Christmas decorations and there is nothing nicer than standing around chatting to locals and visitors alike with hot drink in your hand.

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Stir-up Sunday

There’s nothing nicer than a homemade Christmas pudding.  And there is nothing more fun than children getting involved in making it. Dating back to Victorian times in Britain, stir-up Sunday falls on the last Sunday before advent (the last Sunday of November). If you have never made a Christmas pudding, why not have a go this year?  You’ve got plenty of time between now and Sunday 26th November to gather all your ingredients and gather the children, if you have any, and make a wonderful Christmas pud!

Here’s a classic Christmas recipe to get you started.

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