This weekend we headed into the Yorkshire Dales to stay in a yurt and explore the amazing countryside that is just on our doorstep. We’d booked into Keld Bunkbarns and Yurts that is owned and run by Dave’s cousin and have had an amazing weekend which also tied in with Father’s Day too.
The journey to Keld took about an hour and a half. There are two routes, either up the A1, across the A66 and then drop into the deep Dales, or the full scenic route. On the way there we went the fast way, and took the full scenic route back. On the way there we dropped off the A66 and immediately we were on single track roads heading up high into the Dales, with breathtaking scenery around every bend.
We stopped for a bit of a picnic along the way to enjoy the view … nope Dave hasn’t got a new car, this was a loaned one while his car gets serviced and thankfully it came back in one piece after some near misses on the narrow roads.
We finally arrived, and what a welcome sight.
This is the Keld Bunkbarns and Yurts .. what a stunning location, and it’s really popular with the Coast to Coast walkers. I’m not surprised either, as we were treated to an amazing evening meal of a hearty lamb stew, yorkshire puddings and mash potato, as well as gorgeous bacon baguettes this morning. They are licenced to serve alcohol so that’s a bonus, and have great shower/toilet facilities as well as washing and drying areas catering for muddy walkers. They have space for tents to pitch, have 2 super cool yurts and a bunkbarn that can sleep up to 12.
A river runs alongside and behind the bunkbarn is a stunning waterfall
We’ve never staying in a Yurt before, or done “glamping” but it was great fun. In the yurt was a double sofa bed and 2 single beds, along with a table and chairs and a wood burning stove in the centre. It was really well insulated so we were really cosy even through the rain storm on Saturday night.
Before we tucked into our gorgeous home cooked evening meal we took a stroll to the pub at Keld which was about half a mile away. I have never seen so many buttercups ever!
After a good night’s sleep we headed to Hawes, which was about a 20 minute drive away to visit the Wensleydale Creamery to see how they make the delicious Yorkshire Wensleydale. You can visit the museum as well as see the factory making the cheese. We spent lots of time watching the process which was really good.
After the factory tour you can then go to the Cheese Shop and taste every type of cheese that they make, which was yummy!
Then we carried on the journey home and stopped on the way to see the Aysgarth Falls, where the river has 3 stunning waterfalls that have been formed over 1000′s of years. Aysgarth Falls also lays claim to featuring in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner.
So, all in all a very good weekend and I would definitely recommend anyone to explore the Yorkshire Dales, and if you fancy a night or two in a yurt, get booked into to Keld