Howgill Lodge is set in a rural location, yet there is so much to do within easy reach. We have selected some of our favourites here, but our friendly staff, Jo and Rich, have a wealth of local knowledge from walks and cycle routes to visitor attractions, shopping and the best local places for food and drink so call in at reception when you're here to get the best out of your Yorkshire Dales holiday!
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A lovely 10km walk to the top of Simons Seat which offers spectacular views across the Wharfe valley from the top.
Café with outdoor seating and lovely views, selling coffee, smoothies, light lunches and home baked brownies
24 acres of formal and woodland gardens, rising up the hillside. Includes a rose garden, woodland walks, rock garden and south facing terraces.
Ice cream van selling the famous Yorkshire Dales ice cream at Barden Bridge.
Flat car park next to the river where you can spend the day. Great place for a picnic or a barbeque
A small traditional Yorkshire Dales village with picturesque houses, some dating back to the 12th Century.
Serving real ales and good food with a beer garden and plenty of outdoor seating. Traditional gas lighting and roaring log fires.
20 minutes walk from the campsite and serving 16 different real ales also home to the village shop. Locally sourced food, some home grown. Outdoor seating.
15th Century tower, although today only the outer shell remains. The Grade 1 listed Priest house restaurant offers superb views with a reputation for excellent cuisine.
A lovely Yorkshire Dales village on the river Wharfe, with an attractive 5 arch bridge over which the Dales Way passes. Lovely grassy bank perfect for picnics
Cosy child friendly café with plenty of outdoor seating. Serving fresh coffee, tea, pastries, cakes and light lunches.
Country pub/brasserie, serving a good selection of real ales and fine wines with an extensive menu featuring locally sourced ingredients.
A deep, narrow channel and very dangerous part of the river Wharfe due to the depth and speed of the current, no one who has fallen in here has ever come out alive!
A field on the riverbank where you can spend the day relaxing with a picnic or a barbeque
This 10km route passes through the Valley of Desolation. Beautiful varied scenery, amazing views from Simon's Seat at the top
Easy access to "get away from it all walks" amongst tranquil and peaceful moorland, with fabulous views
Located on the banks of the river Wharfe and designed in the style of a Victorian station building, the Cavendish Pavilion is open daily for breakfasts, lunches and snacks
An elegant country hotel with amazing views and a reputation for innovative locally sourced food. Serving afternoon teas, lunches and evening meals
Grade II listed building. A memorial with a fountain dating from 1886.
A beach like area looking out over the river towards the Priory. Stepping-stones across the river.
12th Century priory ruins steeped in legend and history, stepping stones across the river, beach like picnic area, welly walk and family cycling.
A lovely little tea shop serving hot drinks, cakes and light lunches, will even make you a takeaway picnic to take down to the river.
A charming little tea cottage serving breakfast, coffee, lunch and afternoon tea with outdoor seating and amazing views of the priory and the river Wharfe.
Shop and Post Office. Stocking unusual gifts, pictures and greetings cards.
An ideal place for hikers and cyclists, serving drinks and hot and cold snacks, the building was originally the old forge and has been recently refurbished
A very popular country pub with outdoor seating, a brasserie, good food and fine wine and ales.
Working farm with tractor rides, animal feeding, straw maze and play area.
Steam trains run from Embsay to Bolton Abbey most weekends throughout the year.
Steam trains run from Bolton Abbey to Embsay most weekends throughout the year.
Steam railway running from Bolton Abbey to Embsay through the Yorkshire Dales countryside. Look out for special trains offering fish and chips, afternoon teas and curry.
A unique adventure! Discovered in 1860 by lead miners the history of the caves dates back hundreds of millions of years. Ancient caves with spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. All under cover, an ideal activity for a rainy day
A thriving market town (Market days Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday), with a castle dating back to 1090, boat trips along the canal, cycle hire, good variety of shops from department stores to independent retailers, good mix of cafes restaurants and pubs including Bizzie Lizzies award winning fish and chip shop
An attractive and traditional Yorkshire Dales village with a good variety of individual and unusual shops. Good selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants. Recently used as the village of Darrowby for Channel 5's remake of All creatures great and small.
50's styled classic American diner, serving authentic breakfasts, meals throughout the day & Yorkshire Dales ice cream
A back to nature day out with red squirrels, a butterfly garden and family fishing, catch your own fish and take it home for dinner!
A fun trip out for all the family with pony trekking and horse riding
Ilkley 10.6 miles
Picturesque town home to the famous Cow and Calf rocks and Ilkley Moor. Also has a 14th century manor house, a lido and indoor swimming pool, riverside walks – the 80-mile Dales Way footpath begins at the river in Ilkley, Plenty of shopping including independent and high street shops and numerous pubs, cafes and restaurants – for a special treat head to Bettys tea room for afternoon tea.
Pateley Bridge 9.5 miles
A small market town in Nidderdale, winner of the Great British High Street competition in 2016, it has many cafes, restaurants and shops selling local produce. Don't miss a visit to the oldest sweet shop in England. It also has a play area, a bandstand and a large picnic area.
Swinsty Reservoir, Fewston Reservoir 14.5 miles
Managed by Yorkshire Water, the reservoirs sit in the Washburn Valley on the southern side of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A lovely walk for a morning or afternoon, pushchair friendly.
Studfold Fairy and Pixie Adventure 16.4 miles
Suitable for toddlers and primary school age children, with clues to unravel, sensory boxes, go carts, play barn, den building and an interactive historical barn. Onsite café and shop (fairy wings available).
Ripley Castle 19.5 miles
A grade 1 listed 14th Century country house steeped in history, with guided tours, magnificent grounds, lakes and a deer park.
Malham Tarn and Moor 24.7 miles
Malham tarn is the largest lake in North Yorkshire and is one of only eight Upland alkaline lakes in Europe. It is also a designated site of special scientific interest and takes about 3 hours to walk round.
Harrogate 22 miles
Harrogate is a spa town with numerous pubs, cafes and restaurants. There is a good variety of high street and independent shops. Visit the Turkish Baths for some spa treatments and relaxation.
Black Sheep Brewery Masham 21.5 miles
Independent Yorkshire brewery founded in 1992 by Paul Theakston, offering tours, bar with kitchen and shop.
The Forbidden Corner 25.8 miles
A unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and surprises created in a four acre garden in Tupgill Park. A great and unusual day out.
Aysgarth Falls 26.5 miles
The three separate falls are both dramatic and picturesque, a series of wide limestone steps in the river Ure. There is also a national park centre, car park and café. Riverside stones and grassy banks make great picnic spots.