Gisburn Forest


Distance from Peaks and Pods: The Hub (car parking, toilets and café, and the start of most trails) – five miles, Tosside (entrance to the forest for mountain bikers) – two miles

Information –

Gisburn Forest is a superb destination for mountain bikers, walkers, families and people who just enjoy a trip somewhere different to eat. Facilities include a large car park, excellent toilets, information boards and leaflets, cafe with plenty of inside and outside seating, (even sofas upstairs!).

The forest is a perfect destination for mountain bikers, and more details for cyclists can be found on our Cycling tab, and at It’s perfect for riders of all abilities – you’ll be hooked! Bike hire is available.

Stretch your legs and walk on one of the many trails through Gisburn Forest, most starting from Stocks Reservoir car park, with a link trail to and from Gisburn Forest Hub. The Gisburn Forest website has details of five different walks of varying difficulty for all ages and abilities – .

Details of a walk round Gisburn Forest –

If you chose to walk all round Stocks Reservoir you’ll find the tackle shop across the reservoir, which has toilets and some basic refreshments. Find out more on our Walking and Outdoors tab.

Details of a walk round Stocks Reservoir –


Eating and drinking

Note: The cafe is currently only offering a takeaway service. Cash only.

Whilst exploring the surroundings of Gisburn Forest take time to sample the delicious food, drinks and ice cream […]

Tosside and Bolton-by-Bowland


Distance from Peaks & Pods: Tosside 2 miles, Bolton-by-Bowland 8 miles

The nearest village is Tosside – just two miles away. The recently-opened Bowland Fell Park Farm Shop is next to Crow Trees Inn, just out of the village, and sells a selection of locally-produced food, such as Blue Pig sausages, bacon and black pudding. You’ll get a hearty home-cooked meal in Tosside at The Old Vicarage Tearoom, with outside seating and a drinks licence ( The Bowland Restaurant at Crow Trees Inn serves real ales and food (

A further six miles on from Tosside is the picturesque Lancashire village of Bolton-by-Bowland, which boasts a fabulous country pub – the Coach and Horses ( Just out of the village is Holden Clough Nursery, which is a lovely little garden centre with a great café – The Garden Kitchen ( It’s famous for its ‘Afternoon Picnics’ – book in advance. Bolton-by-Bowland has a pretty church and green, and lots of walks start from the village –



Distance from Peaks & Pods: 5 miles

Settle is a lovely little market town full of quality independent shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants, and is home to the world famous Settle-Carlisle Railway.

The town is surrounded by a stunning limestone landscape with dry stone walls, meadows, scars, peaks, field barns, waterfalls, becks, caves, potholes….and sheep! It’s a brilliant destination for fell walking, cycling, mountain biking and sight-seeing.

Most days (except Tuesdays), you can park in the centre of Settle – in and around the Market Place – for free for two hours (although you must display a car parking disc, available from nearby shops). If you wish to stay longer, use one of the several pay and display car parks near the centre.


Settle Market every Tuesday

A weekly market is held in the centre of Settle every Tuesday, with lots of regular stalls offering a great range of food and goods.

Booths Supermarket

Booths is a fabulous supermarket on the edge of the town and offers a great range of top-quality food and drink.

Settle to Carlisle Railway

Explore one of the world’s greatest rail journeys along the stunning 72-mile route from Settle to Carlisle. Running through some of the most attractive scenery in the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbrian Fells, the Settle-Carlisle railway is world famous for its Victorian architecture, huge stone viaducts, long tunnels and remote wayside station buildings. It is not a preserved heritage railway – it is part of the UK rail network. The diesel sprinter trains carry well over a million passengers […]



Distance from Peaks & Pods: 12 miles

Just north of Settle is the very special village of Clapham. It’s a picture-perfect village with a beck running through the middle, which starts high on the slopes of Ingleborough. It’s also the home of the Cave Rescue Association. There’s plenty of car parking in the National Park car park in the village.

Nature Trail – highly recommended!

Ingleborough Estate’s trail goes through beautiful lakeside woodland up to Ingleborough Cave. The trail, suitable for wheelchairs and prams, was created to celebrate the work of Reginald Farrer, a plant collector and author, who travelled the world gathering many rare plant species before cultivating them in the area.

The nature trail is a picturesque 1.3 mile walk (each way) through the woodland along a well maintained gravel track.

We often recommend this walk to our guests – we love it!

Ingleborough Cave

Follow in the footsteps of the early Victorian explorers as you journey through 450 million years of geology and history, and discover spectacular formations in one of the country’s natural wonders.

Ingleborough Cave, first entered and made accessible in 1837, is one of the Yorkshire Dales finest examples of limestone scenery. A well lit concrete footpath leads you past huge stalactites, stalagmites and flowstones. Visitors are led by expert guides through a kilometre of awe-inspiring passages that are brought to life by formations and artefacts dating back millions of years! The Cave […]



Distance from Peaks & Pods: 12 miles

Malham is a very popular, beautiful Dales village, surrounded by limestone walls and a stream running through the middle of the village. There’s something for everyone in Malham, from exploring the famous cove, to enjoying wonderful food at the Lister’s Arms. A Malhamdale leaflet features five great walks in the Malham area and is available to download at

Around Malham:

Malham Cove – A huge curving amphitheatre shaped cliff formation of limestone rock, about 260ft high. The top of the cove is a large area of deeply eroded limestone pavement, of a strange pattern rarely seen in England. The majesty of Malham Cove looks out over the village of Malham and has been attracting visitors for centuries.

Gordale Scar – Created during the Ice Age, melt water created a cavern that eventually collapsed to form the waterfall and gorge that you see today. It’s open all year and a good footpath leads from the road into Gordale Scar.  You can climb up the waterfall, except after heavy rain when access is limited but the waterfall becomes even more spectacular.

Malham Tarn – A glacial lake near Malham, 377 metres above sea level, making it the highest freshwater lake in England. A beautiful place for a stroll, a picnic and a chance for some fresh air; Walk or cycle at this National Trust venue, or visit the National Nature Reserve.

Janet’s Foss – Walk from the village to the magical waterfall Janet’s Foss. The […]

Forest of Bowland


Distance from Peaks & Pods: from three miles

The Forest of Bowland is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering 312 square miles of rural land in Lancashire and Yorkshire. The area is known for its wide-open spaces, wild and untouched landscape and special places to visit. It’s a countryside lover’s dream – brimming with opportunities for outdoor activities in the most stunning scenery.

The picturesque village of Slaidburn is seven miles from Peaks and Pods and there’s no better place to while away a few hours, sipping tea on the village green on the banks of the River Ribble or a bottle of something stronger in the beer garden at the Hark to Bounty. Nip to the local shop for supplies, walk along the riverbank or lie on the green and watch the clouds go by.  At weekends, visit Vanilla Angel – a gorgeous home interiors shop that’s also the home of the Bowland Choclate Company.

A riverbank walk will take you two miles from Slaidburn to Newton-in-Bowland, where you can seek refreshment at the lovely village inn that does great food – the Parkers Arms. Journey on three two miles and you’ll reach Dunsop Bridge – the exact geographical centre of the UK. Load up with food for the ducks from Puddleducks Post Office and Tearoom and wait for the hungry hoards to peck at your feet! Roll up your trousers to paddle in the beck, and eat home cooked food at the tearoom – popular with cyclists and walkers. There’s a good playground to the rear of the […]

Ingleton & Beyond


Distance from Peaks & Pods: 14 miles+

Discover the wealth of activites around the Ingleton area at

  • Ingleton Waterfalls Trail – The trail follows a well-defined footpath, which runs as close to the edge of the two rivers as possible to provide spectacular views of the waterfalls.
  • Ingleton Swimming Pool – a heated outdoor swimming pool in a beautiful setting next to the river in Ingleton. It is open daily during the summer. The pool is open from May to early September. Visit
  • Ingleton Climbing Wall – 300sq meters of lead climbing wall with in-situ quickdraws and lower-off belays, with routes to suit all abilities from novice to crag rat. 150sq metres plus of bouldering walls at various angles with many colour coded problems. We can arrange a qualified climbing guide for beginners .  Satisfy your hunger at Inglesport’s Cafe, the ideal venue to arrange to meet friends to plan your day’s caving or climbing.
  • Ribblehead Viaduct – Ribblehead viaduct is probably the most famous of the many feats of Victorian engineering along the stunning Settle to Carlisle railway line. Its iconic location in the middle of the Three Peaks makes it a popular photo stop. Well worth a visit!
  • Country Harvest – An award winning food hall, clothing, gift shop and cafe situated on the A65 just outside Ingleton. The meat section is run by a former Young Butcher of the Year, who has won awards for his sausage and burger recipes.



Distance from Peaks & Pods: 14 miles

Clitheroe is a wonderful market town in the heart of the Ribble Valley and is a superb place to visit, with an excellent variety of shops, cafes, restaurants and visitor attractions. Go to – for more information.

Shopping in Clitheroe

There are very many lovely, independent shops in Clitheroe, with a handful of high street shops such as Fat […]



Distance from Peaks & Pods: 17 miles

Skipton is a popular town and tourist destination, made famous by its award-winning High Street – the site of its market every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Visit There are countless excellent shops, cafes and restaurants.

Skipton Castle

Imagine what life was like when Skipton Castle provided protection and security from invaders. Every visitor to the Castle is given a comprehensive Tour Sheet (available in 10 languages) with 40 drawings and descriptions of interesting features. Even now more historic finds are being discovered. Recently an ancient well was uncovered, helping to explain how the castle garrison survived the siege of 1643-5. Relax in the picnic area or tea room and pick up a souvenir in the shop.

Skipton Castle Woods

Hidden behind Skipton Castle – one of Britain’s most popular medieval castles – the Woodland Trust’s Skipton Castle Woods is a rare ancient woodland habitat straight off the high street.

With a fascinating history that dates back a thousand years, stunning seasonal displays, amazing wildlife and central location, Skipton Castle Woods is a must-visit if you’re in the area.

One of the Woodland Trust’s most unique sites, there’s lots for nature-lovers and families to see and do, so step off the high street, feel the earth under your boots and come explore.

Skipton Market

Skipton Market (voted as the UK’s Best Small Outdoor Market 2017) plays a huge part in the life of the town. Very few places of a similar size have as many regular market days as […]

Bolton Abbey & Surrounding Area


Distance from Peaks & Pods: 21-23 miles

  • Billy-Bob’s Parlour, near Embsay – Billy Bob’s combines a pretty awesome ice cream parlour with a 50s American diner and amazing play adventures for children. A brilliant place to go for adults and children! You need to book a table in advance.
  • Embsay Steam Railway – Take a ride behind a vintage steam locomotive for a special journey back in time. The timetable changes according to the seasons, so check online at
  • Hesketh Farm Park, Bolton Abbey – Excellent farm park for children with indoor and outdoor activities for all the family. A top-quality visitor attraction.
  • Bolton Abbey – spend the day on the banks of the River Wharfe and explore miles of footpaths with something for all ages. Walk through Strid Wood or cross the river along the stepping stones. Take the ‘Welly Walk’ during the summer months.
  • Burnsall – Spend a heavenly day messing about in dinghies on the River Wharfe at Burnsall. Drive over the bridge and park in a field right up to the edge of the river. Picnic or barbecue to your heart’s content, or visit the Red Lion for refreshments.



Distance from Peaks & Pods: 21 miles

A lovely Dales village with stunning views, beautiful stone buildings, quirky shops and friendly pubs. There is a great selection of independent shops in Grassington, including clothing and gift shop No 1 The Square, Helen Midgley footwear, fashion and leather goods, gifts and homeware at Bay Tree Interiors, and The Hedgerow at Threshfield, with fabulous flowers, gifts and coffee shop. Visit –

Grassington National Park Centre, with large car park and toilets.

Grassington hosts the famous Grassington Festival in June and July, and the atmospheric Dickensian Festival in December.

Long Ashes Leisure Club is close to Grassington, and features a swimming pool, steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and gym, where guests can buy a day pass. It also has an airy coffee shop, and Gamekeeper’s Inn pub next door.



Distance from Peaks & Pods: 27 miles

The lovely spa town of Ilkley is an excellent destination, just over the boundary into West Yorkshire. The Victorian town’s superb shops and restaurants, along with its surrounding countryside, make it a great tourist destination.

  • Ilkley Lido – The lido offers outdoor swimming in an unusual ‘mushroom’ shaped pool, opened in 1935. The season usually starts with a water temperature around 14 degrees Celsius rising to 22 degrees at its peak. Cafe on site. Indoor swimming is available all year.
  • Ilkley Cinema – By blending relaxed modern design and the very latest in projection and audio technology with the age-old values of exceptional customer service and attention to detail, Ilkley Cinema has created a unique viewing experience.
  • Ilkley Moor – Heritage walks on Ilkley Moor are available to view and download on
  • Superb shops, cafes and restaurants, including the famous Betty’s Tearoom, and the quirky Friends of Ham.
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