Craven View Shepherd's Huts

UK England North East England North Yorkshire Skipton

  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
A luxury, panoramic shepherd's hut retreat on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales

Breakfast? Coffee? How do you start your day? John and Alison of Craven View Farm make a strong case for simply opening your window, looking out, and breathing deeply. The view across to the dramatic southern section of the Yorkshire Dales shifts and changes according to the season and the weather, but it never gets stale. It's classically, quintessentially English — rolling green fields, dry-stone walls, timeless villages, a distant skyline of peaks and plateaus — and from your cosy shepherd's hut vantage point it seems like you've been given your own personal panorama as a wake-up call.

You do have to share it, but only just, as there are only two shepherd's huts on-site, set in reasonable proximity but on their own elevated terraces, so all you see is the unfurling glory of the Dales. Inside either the 'Journeyman' or the 'Herdsman', it's as cosy as cosy can be, with coordinated furnishings, a smart, country-style kitchen, gleaming, modern en-suite bathroom, and luxury extras that make this a cut above regular hut glamping: underfloor heating, light and power, and even a Nespresso coffee-maker. If all this makes it a home from home, the set-up outside steps it up another gear, since the wood-burning garden stove is the sort of designer kit you probably don't have unless you're mates with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Let's just say that a simple sausage sizzle isn't going to cut it. Burgers and steaks from the farm's own grass-fed Belted Galloway cattle — that's more like it.

The thing about the view is that sooner or later — actually, definitely sooner — you're going to want to stop looking at it and start exploring it. The farm is on the Lancashire/North Yorkshire border and overlooks the small town of Barnoldswick, ten minutes' walk away. Footpaths take you up to the local summit of Weets Hill (at 1,300 feet) for sweeping views of Lancashire, the Ribble Valley, and the southern Yorkshire Dales. Just that short roll-call of names tells you all you need to know about the grandeur of the location. With a car or a bike (or a car and a bike), you can reach all manner of exciting destinations, from Malham Cove and Yorkshire's Three Peaks to the Forest of Bowland AONB. Be as outdoorsy as you like. Get muddy, get wet, get tired. Let's face it, back at base you've got the George Clooney coffee machine, a rain shower and a warm floor underfoot, and another sensational view at breakfast time when it starts all over again.

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Facilities

The site itself is located on a small, rural working farm, so seasonal activities will occur, such as: lambing, haytiming and sheep shearing etc. There are two shepherds huts each positioned so that you can admire the panoramic view. All bedding and towels are provided for your convenience. Within the hut is a full sized shower. Please be aware that our water is natural spring water and the boiler capacity, in the hut, is limited, so please make showers as brief as possible. There is also a flushing toilet. The huts also have underfloor heating so they can be enjoyed all year round. In the field to the rear of the huts there is a small 10kw wind turbine which provides green energy for the huts but can get quite lively when the wind blows but it isn't visible from the huts. A complimentary bag of logs will be provided on your arrival - additional logs may be purchased from the farm. Guests are permitted to smoke outside the Shepherds Hut, or under the shelter, but you must dispose of your cigarettes in the ashtray provided. Smoking is not permitted inside the hut. We have a strict no pets policy at Craven View Shepherds Huts, including dogs. Registered Guide Dogs are permitted.

Suitable For

Glamping only - the huts themselves are 2 berth, containing a kingsized bed.(5ft) It could be possible to pitch a small tent to the rear of the hut for children only. This would be chargeable at £10 per night. Please ask when booking.

Nearby

With a ten minute walk you can be in the small town of Barnoldswick (affectionately known as Barlick) with its unique selection of individual shops, tearooms and pubs situated around the town square. You could also try the Barnoldswick Canal Walk which takes you along a pleasant section of the Leeds/Liverpool Canal taking in the picturesque and tranquil countryside. The Lower Park Marina (01282 815883) also offers the daily boat rental of a narrow boat where you could enjoy the wonders of the famous mile-long tunnel at Foulridge. Alternatively, you can walk up the 'Weets' from one of the many footpaths around Barnoldswick, where from the summit on a fine day, you can see much of East Lancashire, the north Ribble Valley, north Aire Valley and the Yorkshire Dales. You may even be lucky enough to see Blackpool Tower. Only a twenty minute drive by car will take you to the market town of Skipton, the Gateway to the Dales, with markets on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Look around the 900 year old medieval castle or take a stroll along the paths of Skipton Castle Woods. Bolton Abbey is around a 25 minute drive away with its 12th Century monastery ruins and beautiful walks alongside the River Wharfe. Positioned between the Yorkshire Dales and the Forest of Bowland is the small market town of Settle where you can access the famous Settle/Carlisle railway. Bring your mountain bike and explore Gisburn Forest Cycleway in the Forest of Bowland AONB , with its several colour-coded mountain bike trails which can be accessed from several carparks. Barnoldswick is also proud of its manufacturing traditions and Bancroft Mill Engine Museum, situated just a short walk from the site, is on the Stream and Steam Trail. (open to the public on Saturdays.) Or just sit and relax on the patio, in front of your hut, and admire the marvellous view or take a stroll along the many footpaths surrounding the site.

Food & Drink

Whilst in Barnoldswick you could call and enjoy delicious homecooked food at 'Victoria's' (01282 813454) a cafe which is situated in the town square. McCulloughs Bar is a welcoming and relaxing pub with a wide selection of real ales, lagers and quality wines. (01282 813374) Mario's is an Italian restaurant offering traditional, authentic Italian cooking in a relaxed atmosphere. (01282 816554) Barlick Raj Balti (01282 813572) is an Indian restaurant and takeaway. Usmaniyah Indian Takeaway (01282 814700) is also a good Indian takeaway and will deliver to the site. Alternatively, you can travel by car (15 mins) to Gisburn and visit the White Bull or the Italian restaurant of La Locanda or you could travel to the Buck Inn at Paythorne and enjoy tradional pub food.

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The Owner Says

We are very fortunate to live at Craven View Farm and wake up every morning to the stunning, panoramic views looking towards Craven and the Dales - including: Skipton, Settle, Malham Cove and the famous three peaks of Ingleborough, Penyghent and Whernside- and felt it would be nice to share it with other people. Craven View Farm is a small working farm situated on the side of the Weets Hill overlooking the town of Barnoldswick - affectionately known as Barlick - with its unique selection of independent retail shops, bakeries and tearooms. We have two shepherds huts, the 'Journeyman' and the 'Herdsman'. The huts feature a confortable kingsized bed, a compact kitchen with microwave, two ring induction hob, fridge (with ice compartment), kettle and toaster. There is also a Nespresso coffee machine and all crockery, utensils and cutlery are provided. Also, within the huts is an en-suite bathroom with a flushing toilet, shower and sink. To make them even cosier they have underfloor heating. Outside, there is a shelter with seating, a table and an Esse Garden Stove - MADE IN BARNOLDSWICK - to keep you warm and cook on using the cast iron pans provided or BBQ on the grill incorporated within the stove. There will also be the opportunity - subject to availability - to purchase some of our very own special beef from our Belted Galloway cows that are purely grass fed on our moors and meadows behind the shepherds huts. Park your vehicle just 20m from the hut.

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Accommodation

Two shepherd's huts, each sleeping up to two people.

The 'Journeyman' Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
A Shepherds Hut situated for you to enjoy the panoramic views of Craven and the Dales. Sleeps 2 people on a kingsize bed, en suite bathroom, cooking facilities.

The 'Herdsman' Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
A Shepherds Hut situated for you to enjoy the panoramic views of Craven and the Dales. Sleeps 2 people on a kingsize bed, en suite bathroom, cooking facilities.

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Getting There

On entering Barnoldswick, either on Gisburn Road or Skipton Road, go straight across the roundabout (at Gisburn Road Community Primary School) and follow Skipton Road for about 50m. Turn right, follow the road, (Church on your right), over the zebra crossing, now on Church Street. With the Cross Keys pub on your left, indicate right and turn onto Walmsgate. (The Elysium Urban Day Spa on your right). Continue up Westgate (passed the entrance to Esp Lane). You are now on Colne Road. Continue passed Sycamore Way on your right then take the next turn right on to Moorgate Road. (You will see Chestnut Drive and Elm Close on your left.) Continue passed 2 bungalows on your left, followed by 3 cottages also on your left. You are now on Folly Lane. Continue up the single track lane, with passing places, round the bend, continue straight on, do not turn left and we are then the second property on your left. BB18 5SG is our postcode and if entered into a SatNav it should bring you straight to our door. The nearest train stations to Barnoldswick are Skipton, Clitheroe and Colne - followed by a bus journey to Barnoldswick. Then a 15 minute walk, or taxi ride, up to Craven View Farm.

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