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4 Reasons To Head For The Dales This Spring

It's easy to leave the busy hubbub of everyday life behind in the Yorkshire Dales. With acres of hills, woodland, and valleys to explore, (with limited 21st century distractions!), you can hike, ride or explore to your heart's content during the beautiful Spring months. Wander in any which direction and you'll happen upon meadows of brightly coloured flowers, gushing waterfalls, resident sheep and hidden gems. And when the sun sets over the hills, make your way to the sleepy village tearooms or quiet country pub for hearty fare and unforgettable local characters, before returning to your whisper soft beds in our luxury lodges.

4 Reasons To Head For The Dales This Spring


A camera, sturdy walking boots and a well-stocked picnic are a must in the Yorkshire Dales, because at every turn there is an area of outstanding natural beauty. From the cobbled streets of Richmond (just a 20 minute walk from Natural Retreats), to the steep valleys and incredible sights found on the Whitecliffe Walk, there's always a new sight to capture for excited explorers. With the winter weather nothing but a distant memory, take advantage of the sunnier skies and head out for the Richmond Falls the River Swale or the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Don't forget our General Manager Amanda is always on hand for her favourite outdoor suggestions!


From the cosy low-ceiling pubs with delicious home-cooking that dominate the sleepy Yorkshire towns and villages, to the Michelin Star dining experiences (did you know that Yorkshire boasts more Michelin Stars than any other county?) this picturesque region is synonymous with good eating. On the doorstep of Natural Retreats lies Richmond town and here you can find the delicious La Piazza for great Italian and the unique Scone Bar where they serve plump homebakes in incredible flavours, amongst many other eateries. A little further afield, the White Swan in Gilling West serves incredible homemade dishes, and the Wensleydale Heifer in West Witton is also well worth a visit.


Yorkshire boasts a rich and varied history, with ancient discoveries and fascinating experiences around every corner. On the doorstep of Natural Retreats lies Richmond Castle, towering over the River Swale and still in incredible condition despite being built in 1071! There's a whole host of things to see and do in the exhibition centre, from interactive tours of the castle's iconic prison cells to inspecting its very own ancient artefacts. A little further afield lies Gunnerside Ghyll Valley -where you can explore Swaledale's extensive lead mining heritage. Follow the steep banks of Gunnerside Ghyll valley and you'll find a wide network of mining remains at your feet, just waiting to be explored.

Whether picnicking by the babbling streams, kayaking, climbing or even caving, there's plenty to keep young explorers (and those young at heart!) occupied this Spring. For those sunshine-soaked days, jump in the car and head out on an adventure to either The Forbidden Corner for a visit filled with mystery and magic, or Big Sheep Little Cow where your little ones can get back to nature and get up close and personal with the local wildlife. For activities a little closer to home, rent one of our bikes from The Sanctuary and explore the dales on two wheels, or organise a nature trail or scrapbook session in our wooded valley. Whatever the adventure, we guarantee your little ones will sleep easy after all the excitement!

Secure your exclusive mid-week stay in the Yorkshire Dales, and take advantage of lower prices, quieter tourist attractions and the same breath-taking adventures!