If you’re looking to head North this year for a short break, then why not visit the Yorkshire Dales! We visited as part of our October half term plans and were so impressed. Despite the wind and rainstorms it was a wonderful few days. A lovely break in a new part of the UK countryside that was new to us. Askrigg is a small village in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Luxury Glamping in The Yorkshire Dales
Whether you are looking for a quiet break, a walking holiday, an area steeped in history or to experience the quaint villages of North Yorkshire then look no further than Askrigg and Hawes. One of our favourite things about the Yorkshire Dales has to be the spectacular scenery it has to offer. With stunning lakes and rivers, hills and valleys dotted with iconic dry stone walls, grand waterfalls and charming little villages. It has it all.
The views across the Dales were and are simply breath-taking! I remember asking Mr H to stop the car as we made our journey home, the colours and endless rolling hills stopped me in my tracks. There were others doing the same so I believe it is a viewpoint loved by so many.
And as so many of you asked about our trip, well here’s a little diary of our adventure…
Luxury Glamping in The Yorkshire Dales
Where we stayed
We stumbled across the Cherish Glamping site and couldn’t have been happier. The location is incredibly peaceful. Located on a farm where the owners live, and with views looking over Wensleydale. As I write this post I can see the owners on Insta pulling the site together for opening, adding new facilities and maintaining the wonderful Yurts. Check out the doors!
Have you stayed in a Yurt? We never have and were so pleasantly surprised. The bed was the comfiest yet, with a private shower room & hot tub – what more do you need! Spacious, luxurious, comfortable and with every detail thought of. The weather certainly wasn’t on our side, we thought we’d be cold – we couldn’t have been more wrong. At times we opened the door as it was so warm, it felt incredibly cosy to be sat in the warmth looking out across the Dales with a book and a game of cards.
The owners were super helpful, only a text message away and often found nearby servicing the site. Brilliant for families, groups and dog friendly. I could imagine hiring out the site for a group booking. We stayed in Barn Owl, I would recommend Oystercatcher or Swallow – located at the front of the site with an interrupted view.
What is there to do in Wensleydale?
If switching off isn’t your thing then don’t concern yourself as there are walks a plenty, stunning waterfalls to explore including Hardraw Force Waterfall, a short distance from the site. You pay a fee to enter, are provided with a map, it’s dog friendly and absolutely worth the visit. Be sure to walk both the high and low routes. The home of England`s largest single drop waterfall is not to be missed.
We parked on the Green Dragon pub early one morning, grabbed a takeaway coffee and walked into Hawes, if not for the views and the sheep do it for the beautiful village that awaits you. You won’t be disappointed, the village has a number of cute independently owned stores, gorgeous grand pubs and cobbled streets to wander around.
Where is there to eat and drink nearby?
The Yurts are perfectly located between villages, I would recommend booking restaurants as even in October they were super busy. We drove out for lunch and dinner, breakfast was included (it was delicious, see below) and if truth be told the owners of the yurts do provide catering for your evening meal, the food looked super tasty. We thought we’d put our money into the local community after the struggles of Covid.
You must try…
Lunch at The Green Dragon, we stopped off as we drove in on our arrival day and had a lovely welcome. The building was quirky, the food was good – traditional pub grub served up next to a roaring fire. Family and dog friendly.
And then there was The White Hart in Hawes – we ate lunch here one day and loved the vibe. Situated on the high street with a superb menu and atmosphere to match. Again roaring fires, family and dog friendly.
We visited The King’s Arms in Askrigg one evening which was lovely, a must visit and one to book in advance. The building was very beautiful. We even managed a game of pool in the games room. A huge favourite with George.
And that’s my review from our Luxury Glamping in The Yorkshire Dales
Wensleydale was pretty special and this trip is definitely one for the memory book. One to remember as we build our adventures around the UK. The downtime together as a family was just what we needed and our first time taking a break together during the October half-term. One for your bucket-list if you enjoy visiting traditional villages.
I would love to hear your recommendations and do share with me if this blog post helped. We really do love sharing our adventures and hope that they help you plan and inspire you to try the spots we have loved exploring.