If you’re looking for a family-friendly holiday in the Yorkshire Dales, I think the pretty village of Reeth makes a great base. 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 2-bedroom Nurse Cherry Cottage has a prime spot in the village, family-friendly interiors and a great garden. Here are our top 8 reasons for a stay at Nurse Cherry Cottage in Reeth:
#01 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. What more could you want?
#02 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 will be opening in Easter 2018.
#03 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 breads 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 have a wood-fired pizza oven and do take-away if you fancy taking one back to the cottage.
#04 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 in The Bridge Inn at Grinton for a pint along the way.
Other walks to try include visiting the nearby Swing Bridge and a circular walk that takes in The Bridge Inn at Grinton so you can stop for a pint on your way. Other nearby pubs to visit include the The Red Lion Inn (around 3 miles away) which was used in the filming of All Creatures Great and Small.
#05 Child friendly holidays in and around Reeth
Reeth is extremely family friendly and there is a great children’s park that’s just a 5-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 plenty of family friendly cafes and shops to call into.
#06 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’s 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.
#07 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 games or too).
#08 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 on 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@example.com.