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Yorkshire's waterfalls in all seasons

We love discovering the waterfalls of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There is just something about being in nature and watching water cascading over waterfalls that transports your mind to another place and brings joy. Or is that just me?

Here are three North Yorkshire locations where our family has enjoyed discovering the beauty of waterfalls over the past year. So very often the setting of these waterfalls is accompanied by woodland, which I find brings a real sense of adventure, beauty and even story-telling amongst our little people as their imagination is ignited...are fairies real or not?

I hope we shall continue our discoveries of waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales - there are certainly many more gems to discover.

And if it's every been raining aplenty, we are in the north of England after all, well - the WONDERFUL news is that waterfalls often look their best after a good downpour. Just remember sturdy footwear, full waterproofs and to check the weather forecast before you set out.

Ingleton Waterfalls

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Top marks for our Housekeeping Team

Our holiday cottages have been Visit England assessed every year since 2016 (that's Mickleber, Nuttleber, Turnbers, Hulber and Newton) and every year have returned a strong 4 star grading - something that we're really pleased to have achieved.

The assessments are independent and the Assessor considers everything from the quality of the exterior through to cleanliness, management and efficiency, public areas, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and additional facilities.

What are we most proud of?

Housekeeping Quote

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We're Good to Go!

Good To Go England

Delighted that we are officially recognised as "Good to go" By Visit England.

This means that we have followed Government Guidance in preparing to re-open and manage our holiday cottage business in a Covid-19 secure way.

You can read more about what measures we have put in place in our Coronavirus Statement here.

All in a day's filming

There's something compelling about seeing the area you live and work in on screen. You see it every day and yet when you hear 'it's going to be on TV', an excitement bubbles within.

But why is this? Does it look better on screen than in real life?

Newton Grange Cottages

I don't think so. Real life is nearly always surpassed by even the greatest photograph or video clip. So perhaps it's that we're all secretly proud of our neighbourhoods and want others to see them too. Or perhaps we are so intimately connected to the landscape that we live in that a storyline resonates all the more.

Yet today I don't think 'TV' has quite the same total captivation that it did 25 years ago. Back then, there was no Catch-up TV, very little total reliance on the internet. Mobile telephones certainly didn't have screens and were used to ring people first and text them second - if you could work out the keys, that is. You watched a TV series when it happened or carefully recorded it on video tape. TV was a great source of family entertainment that you sat down together for.

The rise of home-grown video clips and social media means that any of us, at any time, may see ourselves 'on screen' - provided we have the know-how and an appetite to put our story out there. On that, I'm still learning...

But what excited me most of all when a film crew descended on our farm in Bank Newton last September was -

1. That someone was interested to learn about my father's story. That they wanted to chat with him and find out about the restoration of Newton Grange Farm alongside the Leeds Liverpool Canal - of sheep farming today and rural diversification in to our holiday cottages and farm tourism - and of continuity and change in the landscape.

Newton Grange Cottages

2. That for a few hours over two days, the otherwise familiar pattern of life on the farm and the holiday cottages here, was interrupted - and welcomingly so. It made you stop and think - and for such home-based, home-grown enterprises as our own - that there's not only a much bigger picture out there but many of those in major metropolitan cities live a very different life to us, and are genuinely intrigued/amazed by the differences to our own lives. Things that we take for granted and see as ordinary, to others had great interest. They had something to learn and so did we.

3. That faces I'd seen on screen over the years or related to vivid memories I held (like buying the first ever record I owned - Kylie Minogue 'I should be so lucky') were now here on the farm, standing in our car park and fields. Pete Waterman and Bill Oddie were filming on our farm with my Dad for a Channel 5 series based on the canal network. Wow!

Pete Waterman at Newton Grange

Whether or not the footage makes the final cut, it means something that they were here in the first place. And when I see that record (the one produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman, that is ) I shall be reminded of the day the filmmakers came to Newton Grange Farm in September 2019.

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Don't miss out on the Dark Skies Festival this February

The Yorkshire Dales is hosting a wide variety of events as part of the Dark Skies Festival, which runs from 14th February until 1st March 2020.

We highly recommend taking a look at the programme which details events suitable for young and old alike.

Why not book a stay in our holiday cottages in Bank Newton, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and plan to join in with some of the stargazing events taking place?

Cottages can be booked online or by calling us on 01756 748140.

Rachael and Catherine

A 5 mile route from Bank Newton to Gargrave

The second of 'walks from the doorstep' in our collection, here is a 5 mile circular walking/running route from the doorstep of Newton Grange Cottages to the village of Gargrave in North Yorkshire.

The route was followed in October, on a day of rapidly changing weather and a good dose of mud (check out the changing appearance of my trainers from start to finish!).

It was a joy to take in the perfectly rural scenes along the Leeds Liverpool Canal between Bank Newton and Gargrave, to get to know Gargrave and its amenities, and to take in the long range views on the climb out of the village along the Pennine Way footpath.

The route can also be started/finished in Gargrave where there are public car parks on Water Street and North Street. We always recommend taking a copy of the local Ordnance Survey map "OL2 Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western area" for this area with you. Copies are provided in each holiday cottage for guests to use.

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Discover five canal bridges on a 4 mile circular walk to East Marton

Discovering what's on our doorstep is a joy. I took the chance this morning to go for a run and compile the descriptions below, so that you can follow it too.

Here is a 4+ mile route that you can enjoy on foot from our holiday cottages in Bank Newton - taking in a short section of the Pennine Way national trail and the towpath of the Leeds Liverpool Canal - and leading you to the village of East Marton.

Bank Newton to East Marton Route

Navigationally it is quite straightforward - helped by the canal towpath and the five bridges that you pass - all of which have their own number (Bridges 160-164). Highlights along the way include the 'Double Arched Bridge' at East Marton, which sits beneath the A59 main road. Doesn't the bridge look fabulous?

Double Arched Bridge

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Walking along the Leeds Liverpool Canal

Leeds Liverpool Canal

Taking a walk along the Leeds Liverpool Canal towpath in Bank Newton last week, I enjoyed pausing to take some photographs of the canal locks and their wonderful setting. It is always a joy to potter along the canal towpath, to watch canal boats travelling through the locks in Bank Newton and to marvel at the feat of engineering that the Leeds Liverpool Canal is.

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