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Adventurous Day Trip

Whilst most of our holiday cottage guests are very happy just exploring Skipton Town Centre, take walks in the Yorkshire Dales and to go on day trips to places on interest, some guests are more adventurous.

If that white knuckle feeling is something which like to enjoy on your holiday and your stay at the cottage takes place over the August Bank Holiday or the May Bank Holiday weeks, then maybe you would like to visit Gaping Gill, close to Clapham.

As you can see from the above Gaping Gill is an underground adventure and you can read more about it on this link and also here

You’ll need to drive to Clapham, about 40 minutes from Thisledo and then walk up to the Cave entrance which can take around an hour.

I have done the trip once and it was a fantastic experience entering a world I have never been in before, but its not everyone’s cup of tea and if the thought of being trapped underground is too frightening, maybe just stay in Clapham and take a tour of the various tea shops.

I’m loving my holiday in Skipton

We receive lots of wonderful reviews from Guests who have enjoyed their stay at Thisledo Holiday Cottage in Skipton, the Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. Many guests bring their four legged companions along with them to enjoy their holiday.

I’m sure if we could get a review from one of our many dog guests, they too would give favourable reviews.

The holiday cottage is dog friendly with secure small outside areas at the front and rear of the property.

Close by is Aireville Park where dogs can stretch their legs, run free and sniff the smells of Skipton. The park is ideal for those quick walks first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Skipton Woods is also close by and a great place to walk your dog.

Exploring the Yorkshire Dales is every dogs dream, so much green and open space for them to enjoy, just remember the country code and keep dogs under control near livestock.

Lots of our human guests love the fact that the cottage is only a few minutes walk from Skipton Town Centre. Here again, I’m sure dogs would also give that a Thumbs Up.

Skipton has lots of dog friendly pubs, restaurants and cafe to enjoy. There is even a cafe specially designed for dogs, the award winning Kibble Bakery located at the bottom of the High Street. Owners can enjoy a coffee and a cake, while dogs can enjoy cakes, ice cream and other treats made especially for them to enjoy.

Whilst there are many holiday cottage in Skipton, not all of them are dog friendly, some are very dog unfriendly, but Thisledo Holiday Cottage has been welcoming dogs at no extra costs for years. So, please bring your dog along to enjoy your holiday.

We only have one ask and that is not to allow dogs upstairs if possible and never to allow them onto the bed. Thank you.

Yorkshire Day 1st August 2022

If you’re staying in Skipton next week, you may see more than usual flags with the Yorkshire White Rose adorning the place. Why you ask?

Well that’s because the 1st August each year is Yorkshire Day and you can read about the history of that day on the website below and from the link to an article in the Yorkshire Post.

Of course, you can just get on with your holiday and enjoying yourself and not care less about it being Yorkshire Day or any other day!!

Normal Yorkshire Dales Weather Resumed

Like the rest of the country, Skipton and the Yorkshire Dales witnessed record heat levels with temperatures not quite reaching 40 degrees, but coming very close. It’s now Friday afternoon as I write this update and the start of the school summer holidays and the clouds and rain have returned!!

Anyone staying in Skipton this week will overall have enjoyed one of the warmest weeks on record, with the start of the week probably too hot to be out and about exploring the Dales, certainly not on foot! Whilst the last day of their week will have been spent dodging light showers.

Whatever the weather Skipton has plenty to offer from visting Skipton Castle and Skipton Museum on rainy days through to paddling in the River Wharfe at Burnsall, Appletreewick or Bolton Abbey to cool down on hot days.

Finding a holiday cottage with air conditioning in Skipton will be difficult, but most accommodation like Thisledo provide fans and cool bedding so that you can still get as good a nights sleep as possible.

Tourist Afternoon in Skipton

When we clean and prepare our holiday cottage each week, one of the things which I like to do is to read the experiences of our Guests in the Guest Comments Book. I have lived in the Craven area surrounding Skipton all my life but I still learn things about Skipton and the Dales which I never knew from those comments.

Many comments in the book refer to recommendations on the various pubs and other drinking establishments to visit during a stay in Skipton. Skipton town centre has always had an abundance of pubs, but over the years many pubs have closed but in recent years others have opened in their place, some in the form of micro pubs.

So one sunny afternoon in July 2022, my wife and I decided to be tourists in our home town of Skipton and to take some time out for a lesiurely lunch and a visit to one or two pubs to sit in the sun and watch the world go by as if we were away on holiday.

Where do you start, which of the dozens of pubs should be your starting point? As we had walked from our home in Embsay into Skipton, passing Skipton Castle and walking through the Church grounds, the first stop had to be the Castle Inn.

After watching life go by and getting our breathe back over a pint of Theakstons Old Peculier, it was time to move on. One problem though, our afternoon excursion was taking place on a Tuesday afternoon, half day closing for many businesses. Surprised by how many shops, bars and restuarants still observed half day closing in a tourist town, we walked along Water Street and then on Coach Street to reach the Boat House.

The Boat House is about a five minutes walk from Thisledo and is a wonderful bar to sit on the canal side to see the comings and goings of day trip canal boats and a wide variety of narrowboats exploring the Leeds to Liverpool Canal.

From the Boat House, we decided that we should go somewhere for a late lunch, but as it was a Tuesday, many places were closed, so we decided on Elseworth Kitchen. This award winning restuarant was an ideal pit stop and we even had the window table to watch the constant passing by of tourists, locals and delivery vans; there seemed to be a non stop parade of white vans dropping off parcels for some reason.

With our bellies full of wonderful food and a bottle of wine, we decided to head back home, cutting through the cobbled back streets of Skipton , checking out the competition to our holiday cottage , through to the High Street & then the 30 minute walk back to Embsay.

Our afternoon of being a Skipton Tourist was certainly something we would repeat, but probably on a Thursday when everything is open.

Book your 2023 Holiday

Do you like to plan your holidays well ahead?

If you do, and many people do like to book holiday cottages up to 12 months ahead, Thisledo Holiday Cottages Spring/Summer 2023 calender is now available. Bookings are possible via our own website, where you get the best deal, as we don’t have to pay commissions to booking agencies. Of course, some people prefer to book our central Skipton holiday cottage through one of our booking partners which includes,, VRBO, Holiday Lettings, and Airbnb.

Our 2023 rates can be found here and bookings can be made here.

We look forward to welcoming regular guests and to taking booking from people coming to Skipton and the Dales for the first time ever or the first time in a while.

10 minutes walk from Skipton High Street

Thisledo Holiday Cottage is located in Skipton Town Centre and is 9 minutes walk from the High Street according to Google Maps. Of course, that depends how you quickly or slowly you walk.

You will reach the first shops, bars and restaurants within 5 minutes on Coach Street and from there you can find you way to the High Street by various back street and alleyways. Enjoy the exploring.

Golfing Holidays in Skipton and the Yorkshire Dales

Shelley and I have both started Golf lessons recently after years and years of saying, ‘one day when we have time we’ll learn to play Golf!’

One of the reasons why we want to be able to play Golf is because whereever we go in the UK or abroad there are always Golf Courses to be seen and enjoyed in some spectactular locations. Last year we spent time in a couple of holiday cottages in Northumbria and on our daily walks from those cottages we saw some magificient coastal golf courses and that spurred us on to start lessons in 2022.

Of course, Skipton and The Yorkshire Dales are home to a number of golf courses, so if you enjoy a game of golf, why not bring your golf clubs along with you and enjoy some Dales Golf.

The closest golf clubs to Thisledo holiday cottage are:-

Skipton Golf Club

Ghyll Golf Club , Barnoldswick

Bracken Ghyll Golf Club, Addingham

There is also a Golf Driving Range in Skipton called the Whitehills Golf Driving Range.

Cycling in the Dales

If you’re up for a challenge, how about visiting the Yorkshire Dales and taking on countless steep climbs and great descents on a road bike or exploring the countryside on a mountain bike.

Thisledo Holiday Cottage in Skipton has secure facilities for two bicycles.

Alternatively, Skipton has a couple of Cycle Hire shops, both in the town centre about 15 minutes walk from the cottage.

Dave Ferguson Cycles

Chevin Cycles

If your bike is in need of repair bioth cycles shops above will help and you can also visit the Riderscyclecentre in Skipton for help.

There is even a Cafe called The Clubhouse Coffee & Cycles in the own centre where you can meet other cyclists , talk about the routes you have explored, get advice on other trips and enjoy a great cup of coffee as well.

The Tour De Yorkshire has taken place several times through Skipton and you can follow the routes taken by the professionals from Skipton.

Hybrid Holidays in Skipton

If there was one benefit arising from the last two years of living with Covid-19, it could be the growth in home or hybrid working. This way of working works well with juggling the demands of home and work committments.

As well as hybrid working, some guests at Thisledo Holiday Cottage are adopting hybrid holidays; a mixture of working and holidaying in the Yorkshire Dales.

Our Skipton holiday cottage located in a peacful location is equipped with fibre broadband, an extendable dining table and most importantly a coffee shop within a stones throw of the front door. What more do you need to be able to complete your work and then spend time exploring Skipton and the Yorkshire Dales.

Depending on your companys expense policy, you may even be able to claim some of the costs of renting the cottage as expenses!

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