Weekend breaks in the Yorkshire Dales - the bucket list holiday cottages

Weekend breaks in the Yorkshire Dales - the bucket list

Autumn in Yorkshire is just stunning: forests ablaze with red and gold; crisp frosty mornings and fires being lit in the village inn – the perfect time to visit for a Yorkshire weekend break.

So if I was spending a weekend break in Yorkshire this Autumn what would I do? Over the coming weeks, I’ll be blogging about my ultimate bucket list for weekend breaks in the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Coast, the Yorkshire Wolds and finally York & Harrogate.

If you are lucky enough to experience any of my recommendations over the next few months get in touch and tell me all about it.

Weekend breaks in the Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales is a classic choice for a cottage weekend break, particularly if you live in Leeds, Manchester or Newcastle. It’s within easy reach of all three cities but covering such a huge area you can discover something new every time.  Within a few hours on a Friday afternoon, you can be transported from your desk to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world – pretty impressive stuff…

And when you arrive at your luxury cottage in the Yorkshire Dales, what then?

Where to eat

The Craven Arms
The Craven Arms


The Yorkshire Dales have an enviable range of places to eat out, from Michelin-starred restaurants to quirky little cafes and everything in between.  If I had just 48 hours to spend in Yorkshire I would try really hard to have dinner in at least one of these places…

The Yorke Arms, Ramsgill

Voted UK restaurant of the year in 2007/08 amongst a host of other impressive accolades, this 18th-century coaching house and shooting lodge is found by the green in Ramsgill, a typically gorgeous Nidderdale village.

Telephone: 01423 755243


Wensleydale Heifer

A top class seafood restaurant in deepest Wensleydale?  Well, yes actually! About as far from the sea as you can get in the Dales, the Heifer in West Witton is a surprising find.

Telephone: 01969 622322


The Blue Lion

Just a hop, skip and jump from the Heifer at East Witton, this 18th-century coaching inn off the village green is a warm, intimate place to dine. 

Telephone: 01969 624273

And for lunch, it’s got to be a traditional Yorkshire Dales Inn. There are so many, but I just love:

The Craven Arms

In our opinion, this 16th-century inn near Appletreewick in Wharfedale is probably one of the best pubs in England. The obligatory log fires, stone floors and oak beamed ceilings are all present and correct and as well as a romantic beer garden with views to die for.  Good choice of ales and traditional comfort food too.

The Sportsman’s Arms

Approached via pack-horse bridge, this 17th-century sandstone building in Wath-in-Nidderdale is a pretty alternative to all the dark stone or whitewashed inns around the Dales.  It has a genteel, relaxed feel inside and the location is stunning.

Charles Bathurst Inn

Found in the far-flung heights of Arkengarthdale, the CB Inn is named after the local lord of the manor when it was built in the 18th century.  The exterior is every bit the traditional Dales Inn, but inside the proprietors have set about creating a modern gastropub ambience.

What to do

Aysgarth Falls
Aysgarth Falls


Weekend breaks are all about relaxing, however, this is the Yorkshire Dales and to miss out on this landscape would be something of a travesty.  So pull on those walking boots and strike out for some of the Yorkshire Dales most magnificent natural sights:

Aysgarth Falls & Hardraw Force

Two of the best-loved waterfalls in the Dales, both found in Wensleydale.  The subject of a Turner painting, Hardraw Force has the longest free drop of any waterfall in England (above ground anyway) and is particularly spectacular after heavy rainfall.  It’s also the spot where Kevin Costner takes a dip in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.  Aysgarth’s charms lie not in height but in width, and the magical setting of ancient woodland.

Malham Cove

A 250-foot limestone cliff face, cut from the ground by an ancient waterfall long since gone. It’s a steep climb up the man-made steps to the top but the fabulous view over the moorland and remarkable limestone pavements below is your reward. The half-mile walk to the Cove is signposted from Malham village.

Or if you fancy something a little more sedate, post lazy breakfast in your cottage, tootle along to one of the many pretty villages and towns. Middleham, West Burton and Dent are amongst some of our favourites.

Where to stay

Laykin Cottage
Laykin Cottage


Gorgeous Cottages have lots of luxury Yorkshire Dales Cottages to choose from.  From cosy little places just right for two to larger cottages ideal for family and friends to get-together for the weekend.

Burtersett Cottage, Wensleydale

An idyllic two-bedroom stone cottage, perfect for couples or parents of young children.  Gorgeous views, cosy interior and close to the waterfalls of Asygarth and Hardraw Force.

Laykin Cottage, Reeth

An exceptional family cottage with a stunning view of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  Accessed via a private road it offers peace and seclusion from the world!

All of our cottages are situated in beautiful locations across the Dales. We’ve suggested just a few above but take a look at our full range of Yorkshire Dales Luxury Holiday Cottages here.

Of course, this is just a tiny snapshot of what the Yorkshire Dales offers those coming here for a luxury weekend break. Check out our other Yorkshire Dales blog posts for more inspiration or get in touch with our concierge. We would be delighted to provide some personal recommendations. Happy weekending in Yorkshire!

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