Broadrake is a former farm situated at the foot of Whernside in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks area. We have converted the barn adjoining our farmhouse into a quality Bunkbarn sleeping up to 20 in 5 rooms. There is a large open plan kitchen / dining / lounge space, excellent cooking facilities and free fast WiFi.
As well as the Bunkbarn we run occasional craft workshops such as blacksmithing, willow weaving, spoon carving and painting, and also host some courses run by other organisations.
A popular bridleway runs past the barn and the Three Peaks Challenge can be done straight from the door as the route passes just a field away. In front of the barn are picnic tables with a great view out to the famous Ribblehead viaduct on the Settle Carlisle line and to the Park Fell ridge coming down off Ingleborough.
Instead of tackling the Three Peaks in one go you might like to take a more leisurely pace and climb them over several days. Both Ingleborough and Whernside can easily be done from here, then you can take the train to Horton for Pen-y-ghent. Broadrake is an ideal stopover on the Dales High Way and Pennine Journey long distance walks as well as offering plenty of other walking and mountain biking options. Then, of course, we are in the middle of one of the best caving areas in the country.
The Old Hill Inn is one mile away, about 20 minutes walk along our quiet access road; Ribblehead Station and the Station Inn are 45 / 50 minutes walk across fields and farm roads. By prior arrangement we may be able to pick up guests from Ribblehead Station.
It is just a short drive to White Scar Cave and the village of Ingleton with its outdoor swimming pool (late May to early September) and popular Waterfalls Walk. The attractive Dales market towns of Settle and Hawes, with the Wensleydale Creamery and Dales Countryside museum, are about 30 minutes drive. For awe inspiring limestone scenery head to Malham Cove and Gordale Scar about 45 minutes away.
The field in front of the barn is owned by the neighbouring farmer who grazes his sheep or during the summer grows the grass for winter feed. We have a small field behind the barn where we planted a couple of areas with native woodland at the end of 2012, with help from the Woodland Trust. The middle section is being developed as a wild flower meadow and is cut by scythe towards the end of summer. There is also a small pond created as part of the National Park's Parish Wildlife Project. Do ask us if you are interested and want to have a look round the field.
We look forward to welcoming you to Broadrake.
Mike & Rachel Benson