Mount Bark Farm is ideally situated for enjoying all that North Yorkshire has to offer. Nidderdale is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a wealth of stunning scenery. We want you to have a super holiday and are happy to point you in the right direction to pursue your chosen activity whether you want an energetic holiday (water sports, caving, horse riding, mountain biking, rock-climbing etc) or a more relaxing break (bird-watching, hiking, fine dining, museums, historic houses and gardens etc). Scott is a keen walker and would be happy to advise you on some of the more remote walks to sites of ancient mines and waterfalls or around our local historic reservoirs. The Yorkshire Dales are close-by and the North York Moors and stunning East Yorkshire coast are within easy reach.
Our nearest pub, which has a super restaurant, is less than 10 minutes drive away and there are bakers, butchers and delis nearby and Tesco will deliver
Head east to the beautiful spa town of Harrogate with its elegant facades, theatre culture, cosmopolitan shopping and take tea at Betty’s Tearooms. Enjoy historic York with a walk on the ancient walls and through the fascinating Shambles, discover its Viking past and stunning water-fronts, or maybe have a flutter on the horses at the racecourse. Picturesque Ripley village is nearby and we’d recommend exploring Ripley Castle with its interesting and gruesome history followed by a meal at the Boars Head pub and restaurant.
Head south for the lovely market towns of Otley, for a mooch around the jumble of cobbled streets and Ilkley to take a walk on the famous moor, brave a dip at the open-air pool and then enjoy a Fat Rascal! Saltaire model village is a World Heritage site and well worth a visit. A short drive further on takes you to Bronte country and picturesque Haworth with its ethereal moorland.
Pop down the motorway to Leeds to explore Yorkshire’s rich textile heritage or visit the Royal Armories and enjoy the diversity of shopping from Harvey Nics to alternative boutiques under the Dark Arches.
Westwards will take you to the market town of Skipton, the Gateway to The Dales, to explore its haunted castle, Victorian Arcade and canal-side cafes. Head back via Bolton Abbey, renowned for its stunning abbey and beautiful River Wharfe walks. Afternoon tea at The Devonshire Arms is a real treat.
To the north are Studley Royal Deer Park and Fountains Abbey - a world heritage site, Stump Cross Caverns – one of Britain’s premier show caves, Studfold - with its exciting adventure trail and How Stean Gorge, Yorkshire’s “Little Switzerland” where you can canoe and try gorge canyoning all in one day! Beautiful Ripon is renowned for its cathedral and racecourse, in addition to the almost unlimited network of footpaths which provide great walking. Close by are Brimham Rocks where the unusual rock formations can be enjoyed as a fun family walk or as a serious rock climb challenge.