Long Ashes Park is set in the heart of Wharfedale, one of the largest and most beautiful valleys in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The landscape is a mix of rugged hills and charming traditional stone villages. Surrounded by some of England’s most stunning and dramatic scenery, it is perfectly situated for touring and exploring the Yorkshire Dales. Known popularly as James Herriott and Bronte country, the area also provided the backdrop for the ‘Calendar Girls’ film.
Rich with natural features – potholes, caves, waterfalls, tranquil riversides, dramatic limestone scenery and woodland – it offers some of the best walking country in Britain. There are miles of footpaths to explore, including many long distance routes, and some spectacular show caves to visit. There are also plenty of opportunities for those who like fishing and horse riding.
The nearby honey pot village of Grassington is one of the most picturesque villages in the Yorkshire Dales. Centred on a bustling cobbled square, there is a selection of independently owned shops offering quality food, clothing and gifts. There are also cafes, restaurants and hotels based here.
Grassington is also an internationally acclaimed cultural centre, hosting the annual Grassington Festival of music and arts each summer and featuring many well-known performers. There is also a farmers market every third Sunday in the month where you can sample locally produced food and delicacies
The charming village of Kettlewell is located 6 miles away from the Park and provided the setting for the award winning film ‘Calendar Girls’. It is the perfect starting point for walks along the limestone terraces and riverside. The nearby Kilnsey Crag is a popular haunt for rock climbing.
The historic market town of Skipton is nine miles south of Long Ashes Park and is often referred to as being The Gateway to the Dales’. Here you will find independent specialist shops, well-known chains and department stores and of course the high street featuring the famous market 4 days a week. Skipton has many historic features, most notably Skipton Castle, one of the best-preserved medieval castles in England. Britain’s longest inland waterway, the Leeds Liverpool Canal, passes right through the centre of Skipton and cruises are available.