As much as I love jetting off abroad, there is just so much to explore in the UK. The trendy buzzword is a ‘staycation’ but really, it’s about appreciating what’s on your doorstep. Jumping on a plane is very exciting but sometimes, visiting somewhere like the Yorkshire Dales with Sykes Cottages can be just as much of a break.
I recently headed to the Yorkshire Dales for a wonderful week’s stay thanks to Sykes Cottages. Sykes are my number one choice for any UK break; they’re great value, have a huge range of properties and, importantly for me, are dog friendly. This year, we chose to explore a new part of Yorkshire and stay at Horton Scar House, a stunning cottage situated in Horton-In-Ribbleswade near Settle.
The cottage’s location was stunning, perched on the edge of one of the Three Peaks; a walker’s paradise with fantastic views of the countryside. The cottage was modern, impeccably furnished and the ideal home-from-home for the week. A cottage stay is unique and such a different experience to a hotel; it’s the little things like being able to cook your own meals, make endless cups of tea and sit on a sofa that makes a cottage holiday unlike any other. And, unlike a hotel, the more people you stay with, the cheaper per person it tends to be – the perfect excuse to get a group together for a weekend away.
There were many beautiful walks near the cottage and we spent the week exploring the wonders the Dales had to offer. My top three walks were the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, Malham Cove and Pen-y-Ghent. The walk to Pen-y-Ghent, one of the Three Peaks, begins practically from Horton Scar House’s doorstep and we ambled up the path, saying hello to our fellow walkers and oohing and ahhing over the dogs we saw (and consequently making our dog Meg jealous).
The Ingleton Waterfalls Trail was stunning. You have to pay entry – £6 for an adult, although I was actually charged a child’s rate which I found hilarious (clearly I look under 16 without makeup on!) The walk itself reminded me of Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, one of my favourite places in the world, as we followed the trail through woodland and beautiful waterfalls. It’s well worth the entrance price for a 7km walk – although bear in mind there are lots of steps, if you aren’t particularly steady on your feet.
Finally, as soon as I discovered that we were close to Malham Cove and the Limestone Pavements, I had to visit. Why? It’s where Harry and Hermione camp in the Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows films and I am obsessed with all things Harry Potter. The Limestone Pavements are a geological marvel; it’s a unique micro-climate for wildlife and plants and so much fun to explore, whether you’re a Harry Potter fan or not.
I really enjoyed the opportunity to explore a new part of Yorkshire and I would really recommend a visit to the Dales. It’s such a beautiful part of the UK and full of places to explore, especially if you enjoy walking. It’s the perfect way to relax and recharge, without the need to jump on a plane.
Tell me about your favourite UK break?
Sykes Cottages kindly offered me press rates for my stay in exchange for this post. I chose the cottage and location myself and all views are of course my own.