Searching for ways to truly switch off and unwind during your upcoming stay at Crake Trees Manor? We’ve compiled a list of 5 ways to truly relax at our beautiful farm here in the Westmorland Dales – keep reading…
1) Embark upon a gentle stroll
It’s no secret that going for a beautiful walk is a great way to switch off from all the stresses and pressures of daily life. Whether you prefer a slow saunter, a brisk hike, a long walk with your dog, or even an energetic jog, there’s plenty of walks to enjoy here in the stunning Westmorland Dales.
There are many footpaths to follow directly from Crake Trees – zip up your waterproof, pull on your hiking boots, and embark upon one of our recommended walks right from your door. The idyllic villages of Maulds Meaburn and Crosby Ravensworth both have circular walk suggestions, beginning from the bus shelters. Alternatively, take a look at the Visit Eden website for well tested walks.
If you’re interested in exploring our farm, Mike would be very happy to take you on a tour. We will explore the wildlife strips, farm woodlands, and ponds; as Mike talks through the farming seasons, the ways in which we encourage wildlife, and the challenges of farming in Europe. He’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about our land.
2) Immerse yourself in nature
It’s been scientifically proven that spending time outdoors, amongst mother nature, is good for the soul. There’s nothing more relaxing than being tucked away with your loved ones, where the fresh air is plentiful and beautiful views lie all around…
Here at Crake Trees, we are passionate about farming in harmony with nature, rather than working against it. We farm following the principles of Regenerative Agriculture, which reaps benefits for the local wildlife and the health of our soil and livestock. You won’t see manicured grasses around our camping pitches – instead, you’ll find plenty of space for nature all around the farm.
Since we married, we have planted over 3000 trees on our land, which provide much-needed shelters to our stock and wildlife. Rare breeds of sheep are fed on our wildflower-rich meadows, with indigenous Galloway and Blue Grey cattle grazing on our land. We also have a small number of free-range pigs and hens. We grow grass for conservation and crops of barley or oats for animal feed.
3) Light up your very own fire pit
At the end of the day, there’s nothing better than sitting around a blazing campfire, toasting marshmallows, and chatting with your loved ones. A cosy campfire on a cold night really is hard to resist!
It’s been scientifically proven that sitting around a campfire decreases blood pressure, reducing the risk of stroke and developing kidney and heart disease. Fires also help create a trance-like state of relaxation, allowing you to truly relax and unwind. A good night’s sleep is guaranteed after a night around the campfire!
All our glamping pods have their own fire pits, which also double up as BBQs. Your burgers, steaks, roast vegetables and even porridge have never tasted so good! We include a wood starter pack containing everything you need to light your fire, as well as the option to purchase additional wood if needed.
4) Soak in the wood fired hot tub
Imagine sitting in your own steaming wood fired hot tub with your loved ones, as the gentle crackle of a log fire keeps the water warm and soothing. Ahh, bliss…
Our shepherd’s huts all feature their own wood fired hot tubs, which are completely self-managed. We have also now opened our family wood fired hot tub for the season – set within the ruins of our gothic tower house. It’s a wonderful, special experience, and is a real treat to add onto your stay. You can book a slot for a whole afternoon or evening for up to 4 adults, or 2 adults and up to 3 children.
Wood fired hot tubs are kind on the environment and on your skin. The tubs are filled with fresh tap water, with no chemicals whatsoever. The wood store will be full, and the fire will be lit, taking around 2 hours to reach a comfortable temperature. So, just keep stoking the fire and enjoy that special smell of pine wood and open fires.
5) Enjoy a spot of stargazing
Crake Trees Manor provides a peaceful dark skies experience – just you, the stars, and the moon. If there are no clouds, the views of the stars at night are truly fantastic. Sit out the front of your pod or walk to the middle of the field, lie down, and enjoy the views…
We are situated within the wonderful Yorkshire Dales National Park, which is a designated Dark Sky Reserve. There is very little light pollution across the park, providing excellent conditions for stargazing. Guests can witness thousands of stars, planets, and meteors; as well as the Northern Lights and International Space Station on certain occasions. When conditions are optimal, up to 2000 stars are visible!
If you’d like to make a real evening of it, there are four designated Dark Sky Discovery Sites across the Yorkshire Dales. Our closest is Tan Hill Inn, at around 45 minutes from the farm. The dark sky site is open to the public and accessible to all. For more information on visiting, check out the Yorkshire Dales National Park website.