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 two shepherd's huts on-site each sleep two people in a handmade, wooden, king-sized bed. You can pitch a small tent for children at the back, on request and for an extra fee. All bedding and towels are included. Each hut has an en-suite bathroom, with a flushing toilet, walk-in rain shower, and sink — expect to keep showers brief as the water supply is from natural spring water and the boiler capacity is limited. There's power inside the hut — and each also has underfloor heating — with energy supplied by a small wind turbine in the field to the rear of the huts. Parking is just twenty yards away from the huts.

A smart, compact kitchen area includes a two-ring induction hob, microwave oven, sink with running eater, fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster, Nespresso coffee machine, and all crockery, utensils, and cutlery. There are two bucket chairs and a drop-down dining table, plus cushions and curtains, integral lighting, and electric sockets.

Outside on the flagstoned patio there's more seating, a dining table and chairs, and a large, locally made, wood-burning garden stove, which you can also use for cooking, either with the cast-iron pans provided or on the barbecue grill. A complimentary bag of logs awaits your arrival — you can buy more from the farm. There's also a separate barbecue available for use, but campfires aren't allowed — save for the logs you burn in the outdoor stove.

Suitable For

Couples, small families – yes. Dogs and pets – no (though registered assistance dogs are permitted).

Nearby

You might be able to almost touch the Yorkshire Dales through your window, but locally, you're in Lancashire and don't you forget it. The small town of Barnoldswick (affectionately known as Barlick) is a 10-minute walk away, well-known for its independent shops, tearooms, and pubs set around the town square. It was once a proud mill town and you can explore its heritage at the  Bancroft Mill Engine Museum (07707 670177), and then make a day of it by following the Barnoldswick Canal Walk which takes you along a pleasant stretch of the Leeds/Liverpool Canal. For a day on the water instead, the Lower Park Marina (01282 815883) offers narrow-boat rental, through the rolling Pennine hills to the mile-long tunnel at Foulridge. With mountain bikes, the best day out is to the northwest at Gisburn Forest, about 15 miles away in the Forest of Bowland — park at the trailhead at Cocklet Hill and download a route map of the bike trails from the website.

Yorkshire will undoubtedly beckon too, given the views from the farm over towards Skipton, Malham, and Ingleton. It's only twenty minutes in the car to the historic market town of Skipton, so-called 'Gateway to the Dales', with markets on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Skipton Castle (01756 792442) really is one of northern England's most eye-catching medieval fortresses — well worth a tour — and it's only another ten minutes to Bolton Abbey (01756 718000), with its ancient ruins and beautiful walks alongside the River Wharfe. The best single day's walking is at Malham — 40 minutes drive north — a photogenic Dales village at the foot of soaring Malham Cove, which is part of an extraordinary eight-mile circular walk, though you can expect it to be busy in summer. For a slightly tougher hike, tackle the sphinx-shaped mountain Pen-y-Ghent from the little walkers' village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale, a 40-minute drive from the farm. It's one of the famous 'Three Peaks' (the others are Whernside and Ingleborough) and you can get up and down in under four hours.

Food & Drink

Barnoldswick really has all you need, from a great market (Thursday and Saturday) to a whole host of indie shops, cafes, and pubs. For home-cooked food, try Victoria's (01282 813454) tearoom on the square. The best bar is McCullough's (01282 813374), which is great for drinks and live music — there are some really good gigs here. Otherwise, your dining choice is between places like Mario's (01282 816554) for pizza and pasta, or the two curry houses, Barlick Raj (01282 813572) and Usmaniyah Indian Takeaway (01282 814700) — the latter will deliver to the site. Jump in the car and it's a 15-minute drive to Gisburn and the White Bull (01200 415805), for a nice old coaching inn and good bar meals, or try the Buck at Paythorne (01200 445488) for more of the same, about a 20-minute drive away.

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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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Location

Contact Craven View Shepherd's Huts, Craven View Farm, Moorgate Road, Barnoldswick, Lancashire BB18 5SG

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Getting There

Putting the postcode in a Sat Nav should get you to the door. From Barnoldswick, turn off Skipton Road and follow Church Street, Walmsgate, Westgate, and Colne Road, turning right on to Moorgate Road. Continue past two bungalows on your left, followed by three cottages also on your left. You are now on Folly Lane. Continue up the single track lane (there are passing places), go around the bend, continue straight on, do not turn left and Craven View Farm is the second property on your left.
The nearest train stations to Barnoldswick are Skipton, Clitheroe and Colne, from where you can get a bus to Barnoldswick. Then it's a 15-minute walk, or taxi ride, up to Craven View Farm.

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