Ali's Little Woodland Wonder

UK England North West England West Yorkshire

  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Walking
A quirky and vintage-styled shepherd's hut on a farm near the Yorkshire Dales

The name says it all with Ali’s Little Woodland Wonder; its charming shepherd's hut — outfitted with vintage furnishings and retro touches exemplifying hosts Alison and Andrew’s love of all things old-school — is certainly little, while its woodland setting in reach of the Yorkshire Dales is certainly wondrous. This is a labour of love from a couple who want to share their scenic spot with guests, providing cosy accommodation tucked away within 12 acres of woodland you get all to yourselves, itself within a 270-acre family-run working farm.

This Little Woodland Wonder presents the kind of laid-back approach that you can only get from an off-grid holiday — although a heated, gas-powered shower, camp kitchen, and compost loo all to yourself certainly make it more comfortable than other stripped-back sites. Alison affirms that guests can enjoy themselves as they wish within these acres — if you want to go chop your own wood within this sprawling land, go right ahead, she says — and if your party is larger than the couples the hut accommodates, discuss that with your hosts before arrival and they’ll let them pull up in a caravan, campervan, or tent for an extra fee. Children are also welcome, you could sleep an extra 'little one' free of charge but please bring your own airbed and bedding and arrange this prior to arrival. Furry friends are allowed, though it’s asked that you keep any kiddies and your dog supervised given the open pond and the cows in the farmland.

However, the likelihood is that you’re looking for the solitude this shepherd's hut in acres of private wood presents, and as such, this is ideally suited for romantic getaways. Enjoy the wildlife that gathers around the site — owls, deer, and foxes are your companions during your stay — the dragonflies, ducks, and newts that call its newly created pond their home, and take a walk along the several footpaths that run through the land. Venture a little further out and you can take on the Three Peaks Challenge, a beautiful (though lengthy — make sure you come well-prepared) adventure to the Dales’ peaks offering stunning views of your surroundings. For cyclists, bring your bike (or hire one there) and cycle through Gisburn Forest, with routes for both novice and expert mountain bikers. If you’re looking for the ideal hub from which to explore Yorkshire, it’s a (Little Woodland) wonder you haven’t booked yet.



There is a lone shepherd's hut located in the site’s 12 acres of woodland. It’s well-equipped for a couple, providing a double bed with supplied bedding, a retro kitchenette, comfy seating including a small table and stools, and a wood-burning stove for those cosy evenings. While the shepherd's hut is the only accommodation, Alison and Andrew will welcome larger parties by prior arrangement either in a campervan, caravan, or tent. A small additional fee will be applicable. You could sleep an extra “little one” free of charge on a airbed (please bring your own) if the site is contacted prior to arrival.

Outside there’s a camp kitchen, but don’t be fooled by the communal-sounding name, as you’re the only guests here so you’re the only ones who will get to enjoy it! Hot and cold water is supplied to this kitchen, along with a gas stove for cooking and all the cooking utensils and crockery you need. There’s a compost loo and a gas-heated shower hut — given that this is a rural location, the water supply may freeze up in winter conditions, though drinking water will still be supplied if this is the case. The site’s off-grid, so all lighting is solar-powered, though no plug sockets are available so bring your own power bank for phone charging if necessary.

Guests will reach the site using the farm track — which isn’t fully tarmacked, though still maintained and so completely accessible by car. The site is located in its own private corner of the wood, though in the summer months guests may hear farm machinery working at night due to them harvesting the grass for the cattle to eat in the winter, while the farm track is also used by the likes of the postman, milkman, and 4x4s to access the farm.

Suitable For

Couples in the shepherd's hut, or larger groups with their own accommodation (this will need to be arranged prior to your visit), one well-behaved dog, children (though must be supervised) - yes. Guests under 18 without an adult - no.


Ali’s Little Woodland Wonder is ideally located for exploring the Yorkshire Dales, with visitors able to embark on the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, a 25-mile route with 1585 metres of ascent encompassing the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough. It’s a 12-hour jaunt, so guests should either be incredibly well-prepared for this day out, or can experience a slice of it before returning to the comfort of their shepherd's hut. Gisburn Forest is under 10 miles away from the site and boasts award-winning mountain bike routes, with four cycling trails and six walking trails along with bike hire on-site. An accredited Dark Sky Discovery Site, if you visit after dusk you’ll be able to enjoy an unforgettable evening of star-gazing. The market town of Settle is less than five miles away, with its traditional market appearing every Tuesday. For a big day out, head to the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway, where you can reach the Scottish border city in under two hours by train and take a scenic journey over the Ribblehead viaduct.

Food & Drink

The Plough Inn (01729 840 243) in Wigglesworth will be reopening in the autumn after undergoing some new refurbishment, including making the pub thoroughly dog-friendly. Check to see if this popular local haunt has reopened before you visit, only a five-minute drive from the site and an ideal spot to settle down for a drink and meal while exploring the Yorkshire Dales. The Golden Lion (01729 822203) in Settle is a 10-minute drive from the site, which has received a recent refurbishment of its own, providing cosy corners in which to tuck into wholesome and home-made food. The Talbot Arms (01729 823924) is also a 10-minute drive to Settle, boasting a well-stocked bar with a large selection of real ale, hearty home-cooked food, and a beer garden. For your breakfast or lunch with a coffee, head to Dales Deli Sandwich Bar (07869 991626), also in Settle, for hot breakfast sandwiches, a Full English, or a make-your-own salad box.

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The Owner Says

Ali's Little Woodland Wonder is an off grid eco retreat situated within 12 acres of woodland on our family run 270 acre working farm. We have used our love of nature to create a holiday experience for anyone to enjoy. We have a newly created pond on site which is a wildlife haven, that is already attracting dragonflies, newts, toads, frogs and ducks. Alison and Andrew the owners of the site have a love of all things vintage, retro, wacky and wonderful which is reflected throughout. 


Ali's Little Woodland Wonder Shepherd's Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 3
Brand new shepherds hut, farm stay, rural location,It's a chance to get off grid. There's no TV or wi fi, but there's everything you need for a holiday to remember.

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Contact Ali's Little Woodland Wonder, Hard Head Farm, Rathmell, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD240LJ

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Getting There

If travelling from the South, you will likely exit the M6 at Junction 31; follow the signs for the A59. Pass through Gisburn and take the first exit at the roundabout onto the A682, then follow this road until you get to Long Preston. As you're coming up the hill into Long Preston, take the first left onto the B6478 and go past the train station on your left; keep following this road until you reach the village of Wigglesworth. Take the immediate right as your coming into the village this turning will be before you go past the plough in. Continue on that road for approximately a mile; the lane end will be on our left and is signposted Cockley Bank.

If travelling from the North, leave the M6 at Junction 36 and follow the A65; follow signs for Settle. Stay on the A65 until you reach a pub called The Craven Arms on our left, then carry on a little further and take the second right-hand turn (under the railway bridge). This will be signposted for Rathmell, Wigglesworth. Follow that road, then go through Rathmell; keep going and you will pass signs for the woodland burial on your left. Travel a little further, approximately one mile, then go through the dip and trees. Take the immediate right, signposted Cockley Bank.

The nearest train station is Long Preston, which is 2.5 miles away. Collection and drop-off from this station are possible by prior arrangement — please check with hosts Alison and Andrew. There is a limited bus service that collects from the lane end. 


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Relaxing weekend in the great outdoors!

This was a last minute booking for us and wow… what a find! I’ve wanted to stay in a shepherds hut for a while and this little gem did not disappoint. We were the first guests to stay at Ali’s Little Woodland Wonder and we received a warm welcome from our hosts Ali and Andrew when we arrived and were given some freshly baked homemade scones and jam which was a lovely touch. The hut itself is so cute and quirky with a real vintage feel. The log burner was very cosy in the evenings whilst relaxing with a glass of wine and a book. The bed is quite high so it’s a step up to get in it but was comfy and we slept well. The shower was good with hot water and decent pressure but you have to turn on the water tap and gas bottle behind the shower cubicle before you go in and off again when you come out. The compost toilet was interesting and the system worked well but isn’t for the faint hearted! The separate camping kitchen was adequate with its 2 ring gas stove and hot water provided to the sink for washing up. We managed to cook and eat quite well both nights with the facilities provided and a disposable barbecue that we bought. The area is beautiful and great for walking and cycling. We took our bikes and cycled to Gisburn Forest where we rode some of the trails. There is a village pub nearby which was unfortunately closed for refurbishment while we were there and the local town of Settle is only a 10 minute drive away with a couple of supermarkets to pick up any shopping. We had a great stay here and would highly recommend!
Sep 30, 2021 by Janet Stacey Verified Review

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