Out and About
is a huge amount of history in the area. The moor behind the
house is littered with Bronze Age cup and
ring marked stones and stone circles. Nearby Skipton Castle
and Bolton Abbey are on the door step and well worth visiting.
the other side of the valley in Haworth is the Parsonage Museum.
You can walk in the foot steps of the Bronte sisters and take
in the uncompromising gritstone scenery.
If you are interested
in the Industrial Revolution, then Sir Titus Salt’s model
village at Saltaire is fascinating. Part of his huge mill now
houses the David Hockney gallery. The area is also home to
several national museums such as the National Media Museum
with its huge IMAX screen as well as the Royal Armouries in
Of course if you’re not feeling very active and like
a spot of people watching, where better than one of the pavement
coffee shops or restaurants in the fashionable Spa town of
Ilkley. If you feel like getting rid of those cream-cake calories,
it’s not a long walk back to the Shippon!
what’s more, in these days of global warming, winters
are not what they used to be. So if you’re visiting in
Winter and the forecast is for snow, Black Pots is a good place
to find it.
There’s a couple of sledges waiting for you!!
If a quiet restful
time is what you’re after, then you’ll find it at
Black Pots. There are lots of local rambles with stunning views
where you will rarely meet another soul.
For those who like their walks more challenging you can choose
from the whole of the Southern Dales with their multitude of
tracks and bridleways. You can easily join the Pennine Way for
a while as it crosses Airedale nearby. Or why not take in a stretch
of the Dales Way on its journey from Ilkley to the Lake District?
If cycling is what you’re into, a bridleway runs right
past the door and heads over to Rivock Edge. The Leeds-Liverpool
canal running along Airedale is now also a recognised cycle
route ( National Cycle Network route 69) For a good day out with
hills at all you can take your bike by train to Leeds, then
cycle back along the towpath. This takes in such sites as the
Locks at Bingley.
Within half an hour by car you can be exploring famous landmarks
such as Malham Cove or marvelling at the wildly overhanging Kilnsey