Category Archives: Cottage holidays

Fountains Abbey – My happy place

Fountains Abbey – if you haven’t been before, go! Located near Ripon and cared for by the National Trust, it is an awe-inspiring place and somewhere that I simply love to go. I never tire of visits there, and so much so, I returned from a visit this weekend thinking that it is certainly up […]

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What’s on in November and December

November and December, the time of year when the preparations for the festive season are well upon us and the calendar is packed full of local events every weekend in the run up to Christmas – from festive stalls through to running adventures, take your pick! Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 November – Crafts in […]

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A 5 mile route from Bank Newton to Gargrave

The second of ‘walks from the doorstep’ in our collection, here is a 5 mile circular walking/running route from the doorstep of Newton Grange Cottages to the village of Gargrave in North Yorkshire. The route was followed in October, on a day of rapidly changing weather and a good dose of mud (check out the […]

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Discover five canal bridges on a 4 mile circular walk to East Marton

Discovering what’s on our doorstep is a joy. I took the chance this morning to go for a run and compile the descriptions below, so that you can follow it too. Here is a 4+ mile route that you can enjoy on foot from our holiday cottages in Bank Newton – taking in a short […]

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Walking along the Leeds Liverpool Canal

Taking a walk along the Leeds Liverpool Canal towpath in Bank Newton last week, I enjoyed pausing to take some photographs of the canal locks and their wonderful setting. It is always a joy to potter along the canal towpath, to watch canal boats travelling through the locks in Bank Newton and to marvel at […]

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What’s it like in Bank Newton?

Here in Bank Newton we are lucky enough to have an abundance of space, plenty of green fields to play out in and patios to sit on. From the doorstep of the holiday cottages you can enjoy peaceful, canalside walks to see historic canal bridges and swans gliding along the water. In springtime we love […]

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World class cycling recognised in Yorkshire

We are delighted to hear the news that Yorkshire has been recognised as a World Class Cycling Destination by the World Governing Body for cycling, the Union Cyclist Internationale (UCI), in its recent accolade of a ‘UCI Bike Region’. Well done to everybody involved in promoting cycling in our region, much enjoyed by many. The […]

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1st August – it’s Yorkshire Day!

Tomorrow marks the First Day of August – Yorkshire Day. It’s a time to celebrate the wonderful county that we live in. As celebrations commence throughout the county, here is a flavour of the events taking place to mark the occasion.

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Food, Farming, Famous People, Freedom Milk, Family and the Fun Bus!

This weekend saw the arrival of the Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival to our family’s very own Funkirk Farm, just outside Skipton, for the very first time. It was a fantastic weekend with a vibrant atmosphere. Here is a flavour of what we discovered over the weekend.

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Teddy Bears Picnic Day

Fancy that! Today is a day of the year especially dedicated to Teddy Bear Picnics. My daughter would love that. Do you remember the lyrics of the song that begins: If you go down in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise If you go down in the woods today, you’d better go […]

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