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The beauty of Swaledale was seen by millions, throughout the world, in the recent Tour de France! It’s a paradise for those who love the outdoors and it offers a special magic, whatever the season. Swaledale is especially known for its wonderful wild flowers, stone barns, stunning flowering hay-meadows, rich birdlife and gentle riverside and moorland walking. Go a little further afield and there are many of the other fine attractions of Yorkshire for you to see and enjoy, too.

Walking from the door and beyond: Swaledale provides safe, varied and memorable walking throughout the seasons. You can saunter by the peaceful riverside, teeming with birdlife, enjoy marvellous vistas from the heather-clad moorland tracks or follow the gentle paths up or down dale with their charming small gates and stiles and through the stunning summer-flowering hay meadows for which Swaledale is famous. Wainwright’s “Coast to Coast” walk comes through the Dale and not far beyond, you can also climb some of the “mountains” of Wensleydale and Wharfedale including Great Shunner Fell (2349ft) Penhill (1791ft), Great Whernside (2309ft), Buckden Pike (2303ft) or the Yorkshire 3 Peaks of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent. There are maps of some recommended walks by the owner in the welcome book and a walking stick in the hall, you’re welcome to borrow, too.

Cycling: A number of off-road and on-road rides can be enjoyed from Throstle Nest. Plus the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway and the route of the 2014 Tour de France both come through Swaledale. There’s bike hire and repairs available in nearby Reeth. You’re welcome to park your bike in the spacious hall at Throstle Nest.

Birdwatching, Flowers & Photography: Swaledale is an ideal place for finding riverside and moorland birds, as well as birds of prey. The flowers of late spring and early summer abound in the Dale and the area is famous for its spectacular flowering hay meadows. At every turn, the natural beauty of Swaledale offers an abundance of material for photographers, as well as distinctive stone villages, barns and dry-stone walls.

Scenic Dales drives: Swaledale, Wensleydale, Wharfedale, Coverdale, Bishopdale, Nidderdale and Teesdale can be toured from Throstle Nest , each within a comfortable day’s drive. Further afield are Harrogate spa, York and Durham, with their fine historic attractions and excellent shopping areas. Lofty Hadrian’s Wall country, the sweeping North Yorkshire moors, coast and beaches, the western Dales, Bronte country and parts of the Lake District are all possible day excursions, too. There are maps of some recommended routes and places to visit in the welcome book at the house.

Market towns: Hawes, Leyburn, Richmond, Bedale, Ripon & Barnard Castle each have lovely independently-owned shops and a weekly market.

Historic houses, castles & gardens: Middleham, Castle Bolton, Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum, Raby, Kiplin Hall, Newby Hall and Ripley Castle.

Summer\early autumn country shows: Reeth, Muker, Leyburn.

Star-gazing: There are no street lights in the lanes at Throstle Nest  so, if the night is clear, the skies you can see from the house are truly awesome. Put on your coat, take out a flask with a nip of something agreeable and recline on the garden loungers to watch!

Cook a lovely meal or bake a cake! It's lovely, when you're away, to have the time to enjoy making a delicious meal or baking a cake and it'll go down a particular treat with everyone after a great day out in the fresh air! There's a good selection of baking and cookware at Throstle Nest and a few recipe books, too, including one by a local cook which features the view from Throstle Nest on its front cover!

 

 

There's too much for just one stay !