Dale House Barn, Dalehead Farm, Dalehead, Slaidburn, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 4TS
Call Dominique Ashford on 01200 411095 or 07714 092089
OverviewDale House Barn is in the heart of Gisburn Forest close to Stocks Reservoir in the Ribble Valley and Forest of Bowland AONB. Sympathetically converted with original flagged floors, beams and a huge log burner in the middle of the open plan barn, it offers simple practical accommodation for groups from 4 to 14. Mattresses are provided, bring your own sleeping bags. There is a kitchen with hob, toaster, fridge, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. The showers have continuous hot water and there are toilets with disabled access. The two sleeping areas are on mezzanine floors with large windows looking out on the stunning scenery and there is a south facing garden overlooking the wild meadow. Within easy reach are the Three Peaks, Pendle Hill, Malham Tarn and the Yorkshire Dales. Step foot right into the forest from the front door! Ideal for walking, climbing, fishing, cycling, para-gliding, family gatherings and activity groups. Abundance of graded biking tracks and walking routes and surrounded by traditional villages offering locally grown produce and village shows in the summer months. Breakfast and evening meals available if required. There are also 2 double & 1 single B&B rooms in the farmhouse. This accommodation is featured on our map of Yorkshire and Lancashire and here is its own website.
Rooms & Beds:14: 1x14
Price per night:£15pp (min 4 people). W/ends and Bank Hols, sole use only; £185. (2 nights min stay 31 Mar-1st Oct).
Booking:Book by phone, email or website. Deposit required.
Directions:GR SD373455 GPS N54.02460 W2.40703. From A65 turn at Clapham Station, follow signs for Slaidburn up over the fell, look out for Dale House.
Public Transport:Trains at Clapham Station. Nearest buses Tosside / Slaidburn.
Walks:Long Distance Walks
Star gaze with an expert
February 9th 2019
Do you love gazing up at the star filled night skies? But are unsure what exactly you are looking at. Help is at hand. Dale House Barn, tucked away in The Forest of Bowland ANOB in Lancashire, can organise star gazing evenings with an astronomer.
Why not organise a weekend with a difference for your friends and family? Stay in the heart of a forest in this old stone barn which sleeps groups of 4 -14. Relax, walk, cycle, fish, climb or explore the forest during the day. Then when the sun sets and the skies darken immerse yourself in things celestial and learn all about the stars and planets above you.
And if you are too mesmerized to self cater, Dominique your host is a professional chef and can prepare meals for your group.
Dale House Barn is perfect for stargazing
January 31st 2019
The Forest of Bowland is a stargazer’s paradise and Dale House Barn is your perfect base. Hidden in the heart of Gisburn Forest it’s your chance to escape from the rat race and indulge your senses in the magnificent dark skies & the sound of silence.
The Milky Way arches majestically across the sky on clear autumn evenings and star clusters sparkle like diamonds on black velvet. It is a breathtaking scene that adds so much to the unspoilt character of the area and provides the stuff of holiday memories.
The Forest of Bowland has 4 Dark Sky Discovery Sites. On the doorstep of Dale House Barn is Gisbrun Forest Hub and close by are Beacon Fell Country Park, Crook O’Lune Picnic Site, and Slaidburn village.
Whatever the season the wonderful dark skies will enchant you:
A great time to view brighter galaxies. Planets like Jupiter and Saturn are also well placed. Nights are still long and the weather is warming up so it’s a great time to observe. The constellation of Leo dominates the southern sky.
You will see fewer stars around mid-summer, but watch out for ghostly noctilucent clouds high in the sky. You will also see tantalising glimpses of the Milky Way to whet appetites for the months ahead. Watch out for August’s Perseid meteor shower – one of the year’s best. Truly dark skies return at the end of July.
Together with the spring this is a prime viewing time. Nights are properly dark and the Milky Way is overhead in the evening, resembling a shimmering river of stars. Star clusters Stocks Reservoir also look fantastic. Meteors showers like the Leonids can put on a good show in November.
The season of sparkling skies! The sky is often at its most transparent as temperatures dip. Glittering star clusters and magnificent constellations like Orion grace the sky, along with bright nebula. Wrap up warm and the rewards can be amazing.
Women’s MTB Improvers Weekends – Finding Flow
January 31st 2019
11-12 May & 14-15 Sept 2019.
Liz Peacock of MTB Trail Skills is coming to Dale House Barn to offer 2 improvers skills residential weekends. Designed for those riders that can manage a red grade trail but wish to start owning them in style!
Based at Dale House Barn in the Forest of Bowland, the course will take you on the trails in Gisburn Forest and across the natural terrain of the Yorkshire dales.
You will be using some of the trails from last year’s Hopetech Womens Enduro. An ideal opportunity to practise your skills or improve your speed for this year’s race.
DAY ONE WILL BE A SKILLS IMPROVEMENT DAY WHICH WILL INCLUDE:
Looking ahead and reading the trail
Developing techniques for different types of corners
Line choice to improve flow
Body position for riding more advanced trail features
Effective use of gears and brakes for maximising momentum whilst maintaining control
Riding roots and rocks with confidence
Front and rear wheel lifts
Technical climbing, step ups
Tackling drop offs
Pumping the bike for better speed and control
Numbers will be limited to 8 females to ensure everyone gets the best out of the coaching sessions for everyone.
Day two will be a lead ride in the Yorkshire dales with Liz and 2 other ride leaders to consolidate the skills learned in day one and to enjoy the stunning scenery and varied riding terrain in the area.
Cost £250 per person – 1 days skills coaching, 1-day lead ride, 2 nights bunk barn accommodation, a delicious 2 course evening meal on Friday and Saturday nights, tea, coffee and cake on Saturday afternoon.
2 night’s B&B accommodation is available for a supplement of £150 per person. (3 rooms available)