If you’re looking for a family-friendly holiday in the Yorkshire Dales, it’s hard to beat a family holiday in Reeth. Not only is it just a short walk to the River Swale but you’ll find cycling routes, stunning views, a children’s park and an array of things to do nearby.
The lovely two-bedroom Nurse Cherry Cottage has a prime spot in the village, family-friendly interiors and a great garden. Here are our top eight reasons to have a family holiday in Reeth.
1. Family fun in the Yorkshire Dales
The owner of Nurse Cherry Cottage, Louise Waller, lives in York with her family and originally bought Nurse Cherry Cottage as a retreat where her boys could make the most of the Yorkshire Dales countryside. The location in Reeth was perfect for them to go biking and kayaking in the River Swale – it’s just an hour from York and is also full of nice pubs and coffee shops. A family holiday in Reeth ticks all the boxes!
2. Mountain biking (or a gentler cycle ride)
It’s great for mountain biking and there is an annual bike challenge each August called Ard Rock. You’ll also find the Dales Bike Centre in Reeth and, if you fancy something a bit less challenging, an easy-going mountain bike trail between Reeth and nearby Keld opened in Easter 2018.
3. Enjoy village life in Reeth!
The village shop – now called Fleece – has now been taken over by the local community and you’ll find a selection of arts and crafts available to buy. Each Friday there’s a market on the village green where you can purchase a selection of local bread and cheeses. The Copper Kettle is one of a few tea rooms in the village – it’s a great place to stop for a cup of tea and a cake.
There are also three different pubs to choose from – The Kings Arms, the Black Bull and The Buck. The Buck even has a wood-fired pizza oven and does take-away if you fancy taking one back to the cottage.
4. Stunning views (and charming walks)
There’s tourist information on the village green along with events and activities throughout the year (including Easter and Bonfire Night). You can actually see 360-degree views from the village green, so it is a good idea to stop here and soak up the scenery. You’ll find plenty of walks to try for all levels – including a circular walk along the River Swale where you can call at The Bridge Inn at Grinton for a pint along the way.
Other walks to try include visiting the nearby Swing Bridge. Other nearby pubs to visit include The Red Lion Inn (around three miles away) which was used in the filming of All Creatures Great and Small.
5. A family holiday in Reeth
Reeth is extremely family-friendly and there is a great children’s park that’s just a five-minute walk from Nurse Cherry Cottage – you can grab an ice cream on the way from the Cuckoo Hill Ice Cream Parlour.
Enjoy the views to the River Swale then get a fishing net (they are provided at the cottage) and try catching some sticklebacks from the river bank. Nearby Masham and Richmond are both very buggy-friendly (very important if you have little ones in tow) and you’ll find plenty of family-friendly cafes and shops to call into.
6. Lots for kids (and adults) to do nearby
Great places to visit nearby include Hazelbrow Farm (a traditional Yorkshire Dales working farm) where you can see lambs being born, animals being fed and chicks being hatched. You can also go alpaca-trekking nearby too if you fancy something a little bit different! There are also friendly donkeys grazing on the edge of the village if you fancy going over to say hello.
You should also definitely head to Aysgarth Falls as these very pretty waterfalls are a perfect spot for a scenic stroll. There’s surrounding woodland to explore and a café where you can pop in for a cuppa afterwards.
7. Cosy interiors (with a touch of vintage style)
The property itself has gorgeous vintage-style interiors and really thoughtful touches that will ensure families feel right at home. The comfortable living room (kept toasty by a log-burning fire) is the perfect place to relax in (and maybe play a board game or two).
8. Watch the world go by…
Outside the property is a great elevated garden where you can sit and enjoy your scenic spot of Swaledale with a cup of Yorkshire tea in the morning and something a little stronger in the evening.
Both bedrooms are upstairs and the master bedroom has lovely views out towards the River Swale while the sweet twin bedroom looks out over the garden. Find out more.
Gorgeous Cottages have a range of family-friendly throughout the Yorkshire Dales. For help and advice planning your next holiday or short break, give the team a call on 01642 263 249 or e-mail [email protected].