This renown beauty spot is just 20 minutes from Bramble Cottage and is a must visit destination when staying with us here in the Yorkshire Dales. Part of the Duke of Devonshire’s estate, it includes the Priory, riverside and woodland walks, Barden Tower and the famous Stepping Stones. Strid Wood and the Strid. The wood opened to the public in 1810 and has shaded pathways renown for it flora and fauna. The green trail on the west bank of the Wharfe is wheelchair friendly. Many of the pathways and trails lead to the Strid, a natural wonder where the river suddenly narrows forcing the water through at great pressure. Potentially dangerous but with care an unmissable site.
The Stepping Stones, 60 of them were historically the crossing point for the lay workers at the Priory. Now a challenging fun crossing for visitors and just a short distance from the beach area, great for a picnic and a paddle. The Barden Tower, looking like a ruined castle is actually an old hunting lodge.Falling into disrepair in the late 18th century the ruins are accessible to explore. Central to the Estate is the Priory and its adjacent ruins which you are free to wander through and enjoy the wonderful views. With dedicated picnic areas with benches and specific bbq areas you can enjoy a full day out for very little money. Entry to the Estate up to 18 March 2019 is just £10 per car with up to 11 occupants.
If you have any energy left you could pop into Billy Bobs ice cream parlour on the way home for homemade ice creams or a hand pulled soda. www.billybobsparlour.com
Enjoy this location and many more when you stay with us at Bramble Cottage, Hetton.