Out & About

Wensleydale and Swaledale are a hive of activity throughout the year; Middleham, just a stones throw away, opens its stable doors to the public each Good Friday, Leyburn hosts The Dales Festival of Food & Drink each May (always busy) and Swaledale hosts its own music and art festival to name a few events. A great day out for all ages is guaranteed in The Yorkshire Dales, whatever the weather!.

Where to visit…

Leyburn is the closest market town, only 2.5 miles away. You can stroll across the fields, enjoy a drink in one of its pubs, mooch around the shops and even watch chocolate being made at the Little Chocolate Shop! The Wensleydale Railway passes through Leyburn on its way to its termination at Redmire, just up the Dale a little way. The railway exists between Leeming Bar and Redmire and is part of a projecWensleydale Creameryt to restore the rail links between North Yorkshire and Cumbria. The line will eventually be a 40 mile route between Northallerton and Garsdale, on the Settle-Carlise Railway. The trains are usually formed of heritage diesel railcars from the 1960s providing a steady meandering trip through Lower Wensleydale.

The home of Wallace & Gromit Wensleydale Cheese is a place not to be missed at the Wensleydale Creamery. Located in beautiful Upper Wensleydale, the visitor centre offers a museum, viewing gallery to watch the cheese making process, specialist cheese shop and licensed restaurant.

stationlogo2Richmond is the next nearest market town, over the hill into Swaledale. Richmond boasts an authentic Georgian Theatre, 11th century castle, cobbled market place and georgian streets make it worth a look. The old railway station, aptly named The Station, has been re-developed to house numerous shops, Seasons Cafe and 2 cinema screens.

Swaledale and Wensleydale are home to numerous other attractions, such as Hardraw Force, Bolton Castle, Aysgarth Falls, the Buttertubs and the Forbidden Corner, which can be incorporated into a days walk. Whatever you do with your day you can be certain of a warm welcome back to Westfields Farm.