Our expert Concierge Team all have first hand knowledge of our Retreats. Here are Amie Coghill’s top five recommendations at Natural Retreats Yorkshire Dales.

  1. Richmond. A great way to get to know the area is by walking from the site into Richmond. Follow the walk provided in the walking guide and continue by exploring the castle grounds, taking in the waterfalls at the back of the castle. Continue through the park towards the Station, a fantastic place to grab some lunch or dinner; The burgers are fantastic and the cakes are incredible! Also in the station you’ll find a little cinema (great for a night out with the family), art gallery, cheese shop, local brewery, cheese shop and fudge shop. If you have time in the afternoon, it’s well worth another 10-15 minute walk out of Richmond to Easby Abbey, a lovely walk and a wonderful place to visit.
  2. Malham. As a child I always enjoyed going to Malham. It’s a great chance to see the Yorkshire Dales countryside, waterfalls and lots of limestone. A good idea is to take your packed lunch and eat it halfway around in the fresh air. Just to let you know there are many steps, a child’s challenge to count them all right to the top! This is about an 80-minute drive but well worth it.
  3. Dales waterfalls. Take a drive around the beautiful Dales stopping off to view the spectacular waterfalls of Aysgarth Falls, High Force, Hardraw Force, Janet’s Foss and many others. There are also great places to visit such as Bolton Abbey, Semer Water, and Killhope Lead Mines. Couple these visits with lunch or dinner in one of the many lovely country pubs and you’re sure to have a fabulous day out.
  4. Tan Hill. Well worth the 30-40 minute drive is a visit to Tan Hill. A spectacular drive through the Dales and into the wilderness, you’ll be able to tick a visit to the highest pub in England off your list! Plus the views from there are incredible.
  5. The Wensleydale Creamery is great fun to visit for the whole family. Only 50 minutes away you can learn all about the art of cheese-making, enjoy cheese tasting and purchase an edible souvenir at the Cheese Shop, Deli and Gift Shop. Also worth a visit is the Black Sheep Brewery for a guided tour where you will find out how they brew their famous ales and maybe sample a drop or two. There’s also a great bistro there serving fresh, local produce in a lovely atmosphere!

Amie Coghill, Retreat Manager