Cycling on a Train Track

Spend a day enjoying the local country side on your bike

Cycling is really popular around the Dales, I think probably more so after the Tour de Yorkshire finished ones of the stages in Settle a couple of years ago.  The surrounding area looked stunning as the helicopter flew over the cyclists in the event.  Every day I see individuals and groups of cyclists riding through Rathmell on their journeys to wherever they are going to or coming from.

If you’re interested in cycling with your family (whilst staying at Layhead of course), there is a fabulous family friendly route on the way to Lancaster, perfect for young cyclists and anyone who likes riding at a leisurely pace in a safe environment.

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Take a Trip on the Settle-Carlisle Railway

Ribblehead Viaduct

There’s always something to do in the Yorkshire Dales, even if the weather is a little bit inclement. Taking a trip on a train can be thrilling for children of all ages. Most little ones will love the journey itself, especially if they don’t travel by train very often.Paddington Bear was found at a train station, so you never know what you might find in a rural train station in the Yorkshire Dales! For adults, a trip through breath taking countryside might just be the ticket.

Just 3 miles from Layhead is the start of the Settle-Carlisle railway line. Part of the journey crosses the famous and historic Ribblehead viaduct. The area around the viaduct was home to a thousand navvies and their families who built it between 1870 and 1874, establishing shanty towns named after Crimean War victories, well-to-do districts of London and biblical names.

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Underground Adventure

Descending Gaping Gill

If you are looking for adventure near Layhead, we have just the thing. Twice a year it is possible to descend Gaping Gill, a large pothole on the southern slopes of Ingleborough.  Gaping Gill is a 98-metre (322 ft) deep and it was in 1895 when Gaping Gill was fully descended for the first time by the French speleologist Edouard Alfred Martel.  Today you are winched down in a specially adapted chair at the cost of £15 per person. Helmets and waterproofs can be borrowed at no extra cost.  It is said locally that there is no cost to be winched down, but if you wish to return to the surface again you pay £15!

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A Walk on the Wild Side

Many of you come and stay at the cottages so that you can take part in a walking challenge many of which are undertaken to raise money for charities.  The most well known of these is the Three Peaks Challenge which takes in Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside – the Yorkshire Three Peaks.  It is a 26 mile walk which has to be completed in less than 12 hours.

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Taking the Biscuit

Homemade Oat Biscuits at Layhead

We love welcoming our guests with a few special treats to start their stay with us here at Layhead. We do try to buy our produce as local as possible but there are some things that are best homemade.

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Going Loop the Loop Around Settle

View looking back to Stockdale on the Settle Loop route

The recent dry weather has meant that a lot of keen walkers staying at Layhead  have made the most of it. Only a couple of weeks ago we had a group walking The Three Peaks – Ingleborough, Pen-Y-Ghent and Whernside.  Three Peaks in 12 hours (or under) is not for the faint-hearted!

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Clever Friends

Linda Mellin (photo courtesy of Yorkshire Life)

It’s great to have talented friends!  My friend Linda Mellin from Hellifield has recently won Yorkshire Life Landscape Painter of the Year – 2016

Read Linda’s story it in the May 2017 edition of Yorkshire Life.

Linda’s prints and originals are showing at AC Gallery at Skipton.  The exhibition opens on Saturday 20th May.

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