Attractions to explore nearby Hesketh Farm Park
Hesketh Farm is still a working farm with over 1,000 livestock including cattle, sheep and pigs. It is an idyllic park, with around 10 acres of greenery overlooking the Yorkshire hills and the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam train whistling by in the valley below. The majority of the Farm Park is accessible for all, with wide, flat areas undercover in our two barns and many accessible areas outside.
Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway runs 4 miles between the award winning station at Bolton Abbey and Embsay station built in 1888. Most trains are hauled by magnificently restored steam tank engines, the oldest one dating back to 1908. Steam trains run every Sunday throughout the year and up to 7 days a week in summer.
Bolton Abbey lies in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales near Skipton. The land was gifted to the Augustinian canons by Alice de Rumilly in 1154. The canons lived and worshipped here until 1539 when the dissolution of the monasteries stripped the Priory of its assets. Despite the loss of most of the Priory buildings during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the western half of the original nave was preserved so that the local parish could continue its worship there.
Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and best-preserved medieval castles in England and is well worth a visit at any season of the year. Further major upgrades were made in the early fourteenth century when the castle passed into the hands of the Clifford family who, apart from a short period during the Wars of the Roses, owned it for almost 350 years. You may relax on the peaceful Chapel Terrace with its fine views over the town and woods, and enjoy traditional fare in the Clifford Tea-ro
The Dales Way is an 84-mile Long-distance footpath in Northern England, from Ilkley, West Yorkshire to Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria. following mostly riverside paths and passing through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the gentle foothills of southern Lakeland to the shore of England's grandest lake.