The 'Herdsman' Hut (2 at Craven View Shepherd's Huts)
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About Craven View Shepherd's Huts
Suitable ForCouples, small families – yes. Dogs and pets – no (though registered assistance dogs are permitted).
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 & DrinkBarnoldswick 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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Craven View Shepherd's Huts is located at Craven View Farm, Moorgate Road, Barnoldswick, Lancashire BB18 5SG
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.