Deep relaxing breaths.
Upper Wharfedale, which is where we’ll find Town Head Barn, is one of my absolute favourite places. The postal address says Skipton, but that charming castle-and-market town is miles off. That’s because here in the village of Buckden, we’re miles away from hustle and bustle.
Outside is the green hills and the limestone outcrops. Just down there is the clean bubble of the River Wharf. Sheep, clear air, fabulous walking country, Aaahh. Deep relaxing breaths.
The Barn is a wonderful place to stay to explore the area. Like all the National Trust places, it is immaculately kept and charming. A converted stone barn that sleeps 13 in what my kids call ‘an upside down house’ configuration. The sleeping accommodation is on the ground floor and the living room and kitchen upstairs. Outside is the lovely village of Buckden with tea rooms and pubs. Beyond is Buckden Pike calling out to be climbed and beyond are the attractions of Malham and Goredale Scar.