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Out and About

There 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. Over 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 in Bradford with its huge IMAX screen as well as the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

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, then it’s not a long walk back to the Shippon!

And 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 no 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 Five-Rise 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 Crag.