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I’ll never get tired of the constant noise of the Yorkshire Dales

I’ll never get tired of the constant noise of the Yorkshire Dales
Cauldron Falls at West Burton, Wharfedale Sheep Shearing at Pry House Farm, Hardraw, Wensleydale Cattle at Lower Winskill Farm near Settle Tranquil, peaceful, calm are all words we often use to describe Swaledale and the Yorkshire Dales, but we never mention how noisy it is! I recently read a review from a guest who stayed at Marrick Moor House Cottage. They pointed out that “you can only hear sheep and birds”. This wasn’t a complaint, this was a noise that they loved, and no doubt a very different noise to what they were used to back home. Reading this review made me realise how much I take for granted the small things such as, the early morning bird song, the mooing of cows or the screech of a tawny owl in the evenings. These beautiful sounds have become my norm and I really do not appreciate how lucky we are to live and work in such a wonderful place. Here’s some of the beautiful noises of the Yorkshire Dales: The soothing sound of streams, becks, rivers, and waterfalls The sound of moving water can awaken so many senses. Throughout the Yorkshire Dales you will hear the soothing sound of a babbling River as it gently flows over rocks and branches, to the relaxing trickle of a stream finding its way to the surface. Many people are also drawn to the varying sounds of the many waterfalls within the Yorkshire Dales. Some offer a gentle, calming flow, others are not so relaxing, but the thunderous gush of larger waterfalls such as Aysgarth Falls are captivating, particularly after heavy rain. The joyful sound of the bird song. The diverse habitats of the Yorkshire Dales provide the perfect home for several birds including the red and black grouse, curlews, lapwings and woodpeckers. The unmistakeableRead more

My first ride on an e-bike did not disappoint!!

My first ride on an e-bike did not disappoint!!
    Having spent most of lockdown number 3 sampling bars of white chocolate and red wine the thought of mountain biking in Swaledale on the bank holiday weekend, although with friends, filled me with dread. I felt overweight and utterly unfit, there was no way I could keep up! So, I borrowed an e-bike. I was instantly hooked on this magical bike. What is an e-bike? An e-bike is an electric-assist bike. This means it is pretty much a normal bike, but with a rechargeable battery mounted on the downtube. There is a small LCD computer screen in the centre of the handlebars, this is how you turn-on the magic. There is a choice of 4 levels of power – eco, tour, sport and turbo. To get the power to kick in, all you need to do is to start pedalling, and away you go! I realise this may sound a little like a moped, but it is nothing like a moped, like it or not, for safety reasons, the power will switch off when the e-bike hits 15mph. Is riding an e-bike cheating? No way is it cheating! An e-bike is still very much a bike, and you still need to pedal. It will require a certain level of fitness to pedal the bike. But the good news is, it is so much easier to pedal, and requires a lot less energy! This is a good thing, as with an e-bike it will mean you can go further and faster than you could potentially go on a conventional mountain bike…at least uphill anyway.  Are there any health benefits of riding an e-bike? Yes of course! You will see the same physical and mental health benefits of riding a conventional bike when riding an e-bike. You probably won’t beRead more

The Yorkshire Dales and Adventures go hand-in-hand

The Yorkshire Dales and Adventures go hand-in-hand
We are so lucky to live and work where we do, and we know how much some of you have missed visiting and adventuring here! We can’t wait to share it with you all again now the lockdown restrictions are gradually lifting. Our first guests arrived in the cottages Monday 12th April. Swaledale is buzzing again with old and new guests to the area. We were asked today, by a couple who have not been to the area before if we knew any local walks…simple answer YES!! There aren’t many footpaths in Swaledale we haven’t walked! From this conversation It occurred to us that many people booking into the cottages this year are going to be new guests to the area and probably won’t know where to walk (well, without researching anyway!). So, to help those in a similar boat we have uploaded a number of walks in and around Swaledale on to our website. We also realise that perhaps some people may not know how to plan a safe walk and perhaps lack confidence in venturing into the fells. We know this feeling! So, we have put together a short blog on how to plan a walk and what Ordinance Survey Maps you might need to help you plan your own, safe, walk or adventure in the Yorkshire Dales. Also, please take a look at Alfresco Adventures. Alfresco Adventures operate throughout the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, but they are actually based just down the road from us in Reeth and hold navigation courses locally with qualified instructors. If you are lacking confidence in map reading and navigation skills, we really recommend learning this skill. Check out Alfresco Adventures navigation course.Read more

Walking in the Yorkshire Dales – how to plan your walk

Walking in the Yorkshire Dales – how to plan your walk
There is a fabulous variety of walks on offer in the Yorkshire Dales from low level Riverside strolls, high level hikes with wonderful views to rugged walks across sparse open moorland. There really is something for everyone! Whichever type of walk you choose to do; it is important to make sure that you choose a walk that is within yours and your groups capabilities. Even the most experienced walker can get caught out so make sure you follow these top tips to stay safe while you are out and about in the Dales countryside. Always check the weather Before you set off on any walk, always check the weather forecast first, especially if you are going on a high level or a long-distance walk as the weather can change incredibly fast! Checking the weather to ensure you are wearing, or at least carrying with you in your rucksack, the correct clothing to keep you warm and dry is essential for your health and wellbeing. There are various places you can find the weather forecast. We find the best way to get an accurate weather report for a particular location is via websites or apps such as BBC Weather MetOffice Accuweather Our favourite is the MetOffice App. It is easy to use and gives detailed hourly reports and long-range weather reports too - this allows you to start planning your walking itinerary in advance of your holiday in the Yorkshire Dales. Plan your route carefully It is really important that you plan your walk carefully. Don’t just follow others as if you lose them, then you could easily get lost. There are various places you can find a walking route. There are lots of guidebooks available, you may have had a friend visit the area or you can plan your ownRead more

**STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING – EXCITING NEWS**

**STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING - EXCITING NEWS**

Due to current situation with Covid-19 we know many of you are missing the excitement of catching that flight to your much needed holiday. Well now you can… We are super excited to announce that we have EXCLUSIVELY teamed up with Airborne Adventures to provide direct*, door to door flights from your home to our holiday cottages via hot air balloon. We believe we are the first, and only, UK Holiday Cottage Agent to offer this type of package deal. Of course, your safety is our priority, and we are strictly following government guidance. We can guarantee the basket is well ventilated, but you will still be required to wear your masks at all times during your flight. We can only transport members of the same household or those in your support bubble. The hot air balloon basket will be well disinfected between each flight. HOW TO BOOK  You can book your flights at the time of booking your holiday cottage or you can contact Airborne Adventures directly to book your flight. Click here to book a package deal via Holiday Home Yorkshire (holiday cottage with flight) Or Click here to book your flight directly with Airborne Adventures (flight only) APPROXIMATE FLIGHT TIMES Please note that travel time will depend on the wind speed on the day of travel, please see approximate flight times below based on a wind speed of 5 MPH. The average UK wind speeds are 2-8 MPH, thus the actual travel time may differ, i.e. could be more, could be less, but, we figured, as you are going on holiday what’s the rush anyway! London to Yorkshire (approx. 250 miles) – 50 hours Newcastle to Yorkshire (approx. 60 miles) – 12 hours Liverpool to Yorkshire (approx. 122 miles) – 25 hours Cardiff to Yorkshire (approx. 288 miles)

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April Fool

April Fool

We’re sorry! You’ve been April Fooled Although we can’t offer any package deals including hot air balloon flights, we can book you into some beautiful holiday cottages in the Yorkshire Dales! Please take a look at the cottages we offer here. BIG THANKS to Airborne Adventures for playing along! We’d encourage you to pop over to Airborne Adventures website. You can book an AWESOME hot air balloon flight with them which you can enjoy during your stay in the dales. They offer flight every day, both in the morning and the evening, weather permitting. There really is no better way to take in the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales then from high in the sky.

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BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE – COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions We have created a page on our website which outlines a number of scenarios you may be facing if you have a booking with us or are thinking of making a booking. Please follow this link to find out more https://www.holidayhomeyorkshire.co.uk/home/covid-19-faqs/ If you can’t find the answer to your questions or you can’t see the scenario you face on this page, please get in touch and we shall be able to answer your queries.

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We have a new bridge!

We have a new bridge!

We have a new bridge! Today was an exciting day…we got to drive over the new bridge that has been constructed on Grinton Moor. This bridge was built to replace the old bridge that was destroyed in the devasting flash flood in July 2019. It is really great news for both residents and visitors to the area. The bridge serves as a vital link between Swaledale and Wensleydale and until last week it has been impassable for around 18 months. This new bridge may not be as pretty as the old bridge, but we are so grateful to the team that have worked so hard to clear the debris and construct this much needed bridge. I’m also a little bit giddy about this road/bridge being open again as the view from the top of this moor is one of my favourite views of Swaledale. It is also one of my favourite downhill sections on my road bike. I just can’t wait to go for a ride!! If you are interested in riding in the area, feel free to contact me for suggestions of rides, I may even give you a GPX file 😉 If you haven’t got a bike but fancy a trip out on two wheels check out the Dales Bike Centre, they have a huge range of hire bikes available…even electric ones if you need some help up the hills! Thanks for reading and take care. Hannah 

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OUR FIRST BIG GIVEAWAY

OUR FIRST BIG GIVEAWAY

❤️ GIVEAWAY TIME – TREAT YOUR MOTHERS OR YOURSELF WITH A 2 NIGHT STAY FOR 2 PEOPLE IN A NEWLY REFURBISHED HOLIDAY COTTAGE IN REETH ❤️ To Enter 👍 LIKE OUR POST ON FACEBOOK Make sure you tag in your Mum as well to show her some love. MORE INFORMATION We are giving away a 2 NIGHT STAY FOR 2 PEOPLE AT GALBOLLY COTTAGE IN REETH. GALBOLLY COTTAGE HAS RECENTLY BEEN RENOVATED AND IS NOW A COSY ROMANTIC RETREAT AT THE HEART OF SWALEDALE. WE ARE CURRENTLY ONBOARDING THIS COTTAGE AND FURTHER INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE SHORTLY. 💥YOU COULD BE ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE TO STAY IN THIS COTTAGE💥 Feel free to S H A R E and T A G Everyone you know about this giveaway. Who knows, they might take you with them if they win! All about Holiday Home Yorkshire 💁🏻‍♀️Family Run Business based in Reeth UK Based Business All about GALBOLLY COTTAGE ❤️ Romantic get-away Fantastic Staycation Location Extra COVID measures are taken  King bed with high-quality linen provided 🖥 Free WiFi and use of a Smart TV Pet friendly Self Check-in available —————————— The Winner will be announced via our Facebook Page and chosen at random on Friday 12th March —————————— Good Luck everyone, HANNAH @HOLIDAYHOMEYORKSHIRE This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook We will in NO WAY contact you via Direct Message to let you know that you’re the winner. Full T&C’S can be found on our website and in the first comment of the post on our Facebook page.

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The Gamekeepers Job

The Gamekeepers Job

At this time of year, you will often see smoke billowing high up on the moors around the Yorkshire Dales. For some this might cause alarm but rest assured these fires are created by the local gamekeepers who play an essential role in the conservation of the dale’s countryside. The Gamekeepers job is to manage the land to ensure that the wildlife thrives in their habitat. This includes managing both upland and low land (moorland and farmland) and areas of woodland and waterways (streams, rivers and ponds). Another aspect is conserving the wildlife for country sports to ensure there are enough healthy game for shooting and enough fish for angling. The Yorkshire Dales is renowned for its breath-taking scenery and stunning moorland. It is also recognised as one of the UK’s most exciting areas for grouse, pheasant and partridge shooting. However, this hasn’t occurred without a lot of hard work from the Gamekeepers who work relentlessly, no matter the weather, to maintain the heather moorland in which the game inhabits. By maintaining the moorland through regulated burning of the heather to produce new heather shoots not only gives the shooting game the habitat they require to flourish but, also results in a positive outcome for “at risk” species such as the dormouse, spotted flycatcher and a variety of butterfly species. The old heather which is left gives cover for ground nesting birds such as the grouse and the redshank. It is the Gamekeepers job to help protect these birds and other animals from pests such as rats and predators such as foxes, weasels and stoats through pest control. The Moorland association have made the following videos to help educate people on the job of the Game keepers. The Keeper – Grouse Shooting Part 1  The Keeper – Grouse shooting part 2 

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