Ali's Little Woodland Wonder Shepherd's Hut

UK England North West England West Yorkshire Ali's Little Woodland Wonder

  • Sleeps 3 (max 2 adults, 1 children)
  • Cooking facilities
  • Beds Provided
  • Bed Linen Provided
  • Private Bathroom
  • Pet Friendly
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.

The Owner Says

The woodland wonder includes everything you will need for your stay. The shepherds hut itself has a double bed, retro kitchenette, wood burning stove, and comfy chairs. We also have a camp kitchen with a sink which has hot and cold running water and a gas stove for cooking, crockery and cooking utensils are all provided. There is waterless compost toilet, and a gas heated shower hut. As we are off grid all lighting on the site is solar powered, but there are no plug sockets so it may be advisable to bring a power bank for phone charging etc. There is no wifi on site but internet coverage works well on most networks. Bedding is all included but guests are asked to bring their own towels. As this is a rural location, in cold wintery conditions the water supply can freeze up! If this occurs the shower won't work but we can still provide drinking water. The site is about 0.2 miles along the farm track which is maintained but isn't full tarmaced, even so access is completely possible in all cars. Please be aware that during the summer months it is a possibility that you may hear farm machinery working late at night as we are harvesting the grass for the cattle to eat in the winter months. For complete transparency we must make our guests aware that although the site is in its own corner of the wood, there will be daily traffic coming past on the farm track, i.e postman, 4x4s, milk collection etc.Campfire allowed, fire pit/bbq provided. Guests may even forage for their own wood if it’s dry and on the ground!( saw supplied)No fridge so cool box and ice packs providedNo usb charge/power point so need to bring own power pack for phone charging. Can charge at the farmhouse on request.

About Ali's Little Woodland Wonder

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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Rated ★★★★☆ over 1 reviews


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


Ali's Little Woodland Wonder is located at 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.