Out & About

Walking to the top of Round Hill you are rewarded with superb views across the lower Wharfe Valley, from views of Harewood Estate, Castley viaduct, across to Otley Chevin and in the far distance, Ilkley Moor. Round Hill is also excellent for sledging should we get any snow.

Adjacent to Round Hill is Baileys Whin, six acres of mature Oak woodland believed to be planted by Mr Bailey who lived here at Bogridge Farm in the 1700's. In the spring the lower section of the wood is carpeted with Bluebells. All the land here on the farm is traditional meadow and grassland supporting a variety of wild flowers and native grasses, birds and insects. During the summer the land is grazed by suckler cows and calves.

Bramble Cottage
Castley viaduct

Here at Bogridge Farm we have the ideal habitat for Red Kites and Buzzards with our mature Oak woodland. They have become a feature of our landscape soaring in wide circles in the sky over Round Hill looking for carrion, sometimes dropping down to the ground to feed.

If you get up early enough it is sometimes possible to see wild Roe Deer grazing in the fields adjacent to the woodland. We also do our best to encourage the other wildlife round and about. We often see hares, pheasants, squirrels, rabbits, woodpeckers and lots of other birds at the feeders.

This is great dog walking countryside, our dog kennels are just a few strides down the yard from the cottage. There are footpaths all around Bogridge Farm. You can start a walk from Bramble Cottage straight on to the footpath in the field behind. We provide local OS maps in the cottage with suggested routes for walks varying in length from 2 to 25 miles.

Footpaths from the doorstep at Bramble Cottage lead locally to Stainburn with its lovely old church with ancient church yard and to the honey farm where you can purchase local honey and refreshments in the tearoom. To Almscliffe Crag, a rocky outcrop of millstone grit, very popular with climbers and easily accessible for walkers with great views of the surrounding scenery and also down through Riffa Wood (Bluebell Wood), passing the Indians head carved in a large stone.

Good country pubs a 5/10 minute drive away include the White Hart, Pool in Wharfedale, The Smiths Arms, Beckwithshaw and The Shoulder of Mutton at Kirby Overblow and just a bit further to the Timble Inn at Timble and the Grantley Arms, Grantley. 

Almscliffe Crag

We are just 15 minutes by car from Harlow Carr Gardens with the wonderful Betty's Café & Restaurant. We would recommend brunch here and then a pleasant stroll round the garden whatever the time of year, there are childrens activities in the school holidays. Harewood House and bird garden also just 15 mins away and we are just 20 minutes from central Harrogate and the Harrogate International Centre, fantastic shopping, restaurants and the famous Turkish Baths.

Heading out into the countryside it is just a few miles up to the resevoirs and picnic areas at Fewston, Swinsty and the sunken village at West End. Great for walking, cycling or just relaxing. and a little further to the  McKenzies Smokehouse & restaurant on the way to the picturesque village of Pately Bridge.

Weeton train station, just 5mins drive away, has regular trains to Leeds, Harrogate & York if you would like to leave the car behind for a more relaxing day out.