Skipton has been voted Happiest Place to Live, Best Market Town, Most Courteous and Best High Street, so you should definitely spend a few hours mooching round the “Gateway to the Dales”.
No visit to Skipton is complete without a tour around Skipton Castle, one of the most complete medieval castles in the country.
Then head to the shops. There’s plenty of independent shops, tea rooms, bars and pubs. Craven Court is a lovely little hideaway on the high street.
Take a stroll through Skipton Woods and see the willow statues, you might even see a deer.
There are plenty of activities in Skipton too. Beer Monkey Brewery put on tours, watch live theatre at The Skipton Little Theatre or watch a movie at the retro Plaza cinema.
Clutheroe is an ancient market town in the Ribble Valley dating back to the Saxon times. Clitheroe Castle is said to be the smallest Normal castle in the country and was built in the 12th century. You can explore the castle museum and landscaped gardens. If you’re into golf, Clitheroe Golf Course is considered on of the best inland gold courses in the country.
Check out The Grand, a state of the art entertainment venue which holds live performances, cinema nights and more. Take a tour of Bowland Brewery to sample some local beers, or relax and eat to your heart’s content at Holmes Mill.
Settle is a wonderful market town in the Yorkshire Dales at on the edge of the Ribble Valley. There’s plenty of independent shops, heritage and places to eat and drink.
Enjoy history? Head to The Folly. Have an interest in engineering and the environment? Why not take a walk past Settle Hydro.
You can also jump on the Settle Carlisle Railway and head up to Cumbria.
Hedgerow Luxury Glamping is an hour away from The Lake District by car, and the drive along the A65 is very picturesque in places.
You can kike the mountains, ramble aong the lakeside paths, or explore the wonderful villages and towns dotted around the edge of the lakes.
Take a boat out onto Lake Windermere, explore the history of Beatrix Potter, look around the impressive Sizergh Castle or climb Helvellyn.
Mountains: Helvellyn, Scafell Pike, Skiddaw, Cat Bells, Old Man of Coniston, Bow Fell, Great Gable, Grasmoor and more…
Lakes: There are 16 ‘lakes’ in the Lake District, although Officially only Bassenthwaite is a lake, the rest are meres or waters. Windermere, Ullswater, Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite Lake, Haweswater, Coniston Water, Thirlmere, Ennerdale Water, Crummock Water. Buttermere, Wastwater, Esthwaite Water, Grasmere, Loweswater, Elterwater and Rydal Water.
Towns: There are several picturesque towns and villages in Cumbria and The Lake District. Boweness-On-Windermere, Ambleside, Dent, Keswick, Kendal and Cartmel to name a few.
A day in the Lakes will leave you happily exhausted, so you can come back to your luxury glamping pod to relax.
The Yorkshire Dales is known for its natural beauty. From Malham Cove to the valleys of Wharfedale, Aysgarth Falls to Devil’s Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale.
Malham is a lovely village with a couple of decent pubs, and the walks around Malham Cove, Janet’s Foss and Gordale Scar can be breathtaking.
Bolton Abbey is another wonderful walking village, with walks at the Strid, the Cavendish, around Bolton Abbey Priory and up towards Barden Tower. There are some lovely cafes including The Tea House, Abbey tea Rooms and Buffers. The Devonshire Arms pub has a great bistro and an award winning restaurant in the Burlington. There’s also a leisure club and spa for some pampering.
Grassington is another lovely Dales village with an annual 1940s weekend, Dickensian Festival and the Grassington Festival which celebrates live performance and culture.
Spend a day in Leeds which is about an hour away from Hedgerow by car or train.
Shopping has to be on your to-do list, and you can spend your money in The Trinity Centre or the more luxurious Victoria Quarter and Victoria Gate, home to Harvey Nichols and other designer shops.
Enjoy live entertainment at Leeds Playhouse or The Grand, both theatres welcome touring shows and smaller productions. The First Direct Arena welcomes big bands and solo artists.
You won’t go hungry in Leeds, with so many wonderful restaurants and bars. Greek Street has some great places to people watch, Merrion Street is good for smaller bars, Park Row is a great choice and Call Lane is fun for a weekend.
If enjoying the peace of the countryside while sipping a glass of something cold from your own private hot tub wasn’t relaxing enough, there’s plenty of spas in the area for a bit of self-care.
Consiton Hotel Spa has an indoor pool, several different saunas and therapy rooms, treatments available and incredible views from the outdoor pool.
The leisure club at The Devonshire Arms in Bolton Abbey is another peaceful sanctuary where you can book treatments, hit the gym or relax in the pool.
You wont be short of adventure when you visit the Ribble Valley.
There’s a shooting ground at Coniston which features clay pigeon shooting, air rifles and archery.
You can go 4×4 off-roading in Skipton at The Land Rover Experience.
Night owl? Why not try star gazing at one of four designated Dark Sky Discovery Sites within the Forest of Bowland – Beacon Fell Country Park, Gisburn Forest Hub, Slaidburn Village Car Park, Crook o’ Lune Picnic Site.
Get your helmet on and go mountain biking through Gisburn Forest. You can take your own bike or hire one from Gisburn Forest Hub.
You’ll find more country pubs close to the site. The Buck at Paythorne is one option, or The Maypole in Long Preston.