Things to do

Walking:

We can provide you with maps of the area, and some suggestions of routes, depending on what type of walking you are looking to engage in. There are some excellent circular walks in the area, starting directly from the house and due to Raydale being quiet, it is possible to walk along the road in comfort to join-up off road footpaths.

Raydale Preserves provided Raydale Rambles, a series of 5 walks in Raydale.

Starting form the door at High Blean, it is an easy walk to Bainbridge, which can be achieved on both sides of the valley. Askrigg is just over a mile further and can be reached either on the road and along the river side or along Brough Scar before dropping down to cross the river Ure by stepping stone [not advised if the river is in spate].

Hawes is less than 5 miles away on foot and can be reached directly from the house by walking down to Semer Water, on to Countersett then picking up the Roman Road, which takes you above Hawes, which is then reached by way of Burterset.

Cycling:

Due to Raydale being one of the lesser known dales, the roads tend to be a lot quieter than those of Wensleydale or Swaledale, so make for much safer road riding conditions, it is also possible to ride mountain type bikes on the Roman Road and some of the local green lanes. There is plenty of room in our garage to store a number of bikes for guests. You can even hire a bike while you are here, Stage 1 Cycles who are based at Hawes hire bikes by the day and will even bring them to High Blean for you.

Water Sports:

Canoeing, windsurfing and dingy sailing are all permissible on Semer Water for a small fee. There is no equipment rental available locally at this time.

Swimming:

Semer Water is open for “wild” swimming and was the venue for section of the Yorkshire Dales Triathlon and the Sue Ryder Charity Swim event. We can dry your wet suit in our boot room.

Horse Riding:

Horse riding and trekking is available Wensleydale, Swaledale and Arkengarthdale. Wensleydale Trekking is based just across the valley [01969 650367] but there are other stables in the area.

Fishing:

Fishing for Bream, Roach, Perch Pike and wild Brown Trout is available on Semer Water, which is only a short walk from the house,and day tickets are available from Low Blean Farm. Fly fishing is available on many of the dales rivers and Yorkshire Dales Fly Fishing offer a full service, from beginner to expert.

Photography:

The whole area is a photographers paradise. A short walk or drive from High Blean will enable one to capture scenes of breathtaking beauty, bleak and rugged landscapes, patchwork fields bounded by dry stone walls, ancient monuments, dramatic natural physical features of the landscape and old Dales towns, to emphasis just some of the attraction of the area.

Artists:

While there would be no need to leave the garden in order to capture an inspiring aspect of Raydale, there are many and varied aspects of the area which are only a short walk or drive away. The tranquillity of Raydale and the light from the lake makes this a perfect location for artists. Turner visited Semer Water in July 1816 to paint the lake.

Star Gazing:

The area has low levels of light pollution, so is ideal for star gazing and spotting other celestial events and even the Aurora Borealis . We also get a good view of the International Space Station when it is crossing.