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Eat, walk, sleep… the Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales have so much to offer the visitor in terms of countryside, views, walks and a plethora of activities, but it’s also a wonderful place for iconic food. From cheese and beer to farm-fresh meats and even gin, the Dales have a hamper full of delights to offer those looking for provenance and great
Berry’s Farm Shop
Sourcing and championing the best local and seasonal foods is an important part of the ethos behind Berry’s Farm Shop. Run by Bridget Thornton-Berry, she is keen to put food at the heart of the visitor experience and show people where their food comes from through hands-on tours of the farm.
The farm offers visitors the Wensleydale Experience, which encompasses the farm shop, yurts, walks, farm tours and events that give people a taste of the best of Yorkshire.
The farm has been in her husband’s family since 1928 and the farming side of the business is still what Bridget loves the most about her role.
“It’s not a big farm, but we have lots of different animals with different needs. I especially love the pigs,” she says of her Gloucester Old Spot and Duroc-crossed animals. “We have a commercial boar that’s half Gloucester Old Spot and half Duroc, so we get half fast-growing and half slow-growing genes which is good for flavour and for fat, but doesn’t take ages before we can eat it.”
Visitors can book onto a farm tour where they can feed the pigs, chickens and llamas, put the ponies out, muck out and get hands-on.
The farm shop itself was made possible thanks to a grant from the Yorkshire Dales National Park. “We had to show that we were selling the food from the farm – lamb, pork, and game,” says Bridget, pictured above.
Anyone wanting to spend more time in this idyllic location can now stay in one of four yurts on the farm, a side of the business being run by Bridget’s son, Oliver.
Visit: The Wensleydale Experience, Berry’s Farm Shop, Swinithwaite, Leyburn DL8 4HU
Find online: wensleydale-experience.com
You simply can’t do a food trail in the Yorkshire Dales without visiting the Wensleydale Creamery. Located in Hawes, home of the famous Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese, the creamery is geared up for visitors. Each year it sees thousands through the door who are able to watch the cheesemaking process and taste the many different varieties.
The creamery makes around 4,000 tonnes of cheese in the traditional way each year and Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese now has European Protected Geographical Indication, which means no other cheese can call itself Yorkshire Wensleydale.
For the visitor, there’s plenty to see and do, including a new interactive family experience which includes a visit to the viewing gallery and a tour of the museum. It’s worth watching one of the cheese making demonstrations as it gives a real insight into the process and how little it’s changed in 500 years.
Then, having seen how it’s made, you can go to the tasting room where there are dozens of cheeses awaiting your tastebuds. Here you can compare sheep and cow’s milk cheeses, hard and soft, flavoured and plain – it’s heaven for anyone who can’t get enough cheese in their lives!
Visit: Wensleydale Creamery, Gayle Lane, Hawes, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire DL8 3RN
Find online: wensleydale.co.uk
Black Sheep Brewery
The town of Masham is synonymous with brewing, with two traditional brewers making it their home. Both are run by different