Local Attractions

There are many things to do within a close proximity of Fernside Cottage . Set up on a private and peaceful road overlooking stunning, unspoilt countryside yet within close and easy access to good routes leading to the many varied & interesting attractions that abound in this beautiful area. There is also an excellent bus service to many towns & villages.

The famous Thornton in Craven to Malham section of the Pennine way intersects the village well within walking distance of Fernside Cottage.

Access to the Pendle Way is also within walking distance of the front door. 30 minutes drive from Thornton-in-Craven is Haworth, home of the famous Brontë sisters.  Haworth is an undisputed literary mecca, attracting visitors from all around the world. With its historic cobbled Main Street, iconic parsonage and rolling moors, the picturesque proportions of this Airedale village exude a vintage charm that makes you feel you’ve stepped into another era.

Fans of the BBC series “Gentleman Jack” can visit the home of Anne Lister at Shibden Hall.  Less than an hour by car the Lister family home dates back to the 15th century and its architecture is a mix of styles reflecting its interesting and varied history.

Skipton is just 6 miles and is a bustling market town with an interesting and varied shopping centre. The market is held 4 days a week and is a very popular tourist attraction. Set on both sides of the ancient cobbled high street the market is held on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

You will also find the very famous Skipton castle is well worth a visit

The Leeds to Liverpool canal meanders through this beautiful countryside and you can walk along the canal banks and while away the hours or you can book a trip on a narrow boat and see the stunning scenery from a different angle

Settle to Carlisle steam railway is a must for steam and railway enthusiasts of all ages. The 24 arch ribblehead viaduct set amongst the dark forboding moorland backdrop is simply awesome from the ground but to travel over it by train is simply amazing

Other local attractions that come highly recommended are :-

Bolton Castle

Mother Shipton’s Cave

Brimham Rocks

Fountain’s Abbey

The Halifax Piece Hall


We were looking for a self catering cottage near Skipton and the Dales for a few days hiking and relaxation. Having found Fernside Cottage, we will most definitely come here again. It is an ideal place for two people, fully equipped with state-of-the-art kitchen, bathroom and very comfortable double bed, all furnished with impeccable taste. And then there are the views, from the sitting room, a broad panoramic vista of the Dales in front of the village whilst the view of the sunsets from the bedroom had us running upstairs with cameras almost every night. Fernside Cottage is located in Thornton in Craven,some 15 minutes drive from Skipton. There are no shops or pubs in the village but you can stock up on everything you could possibly need at the Keelham Farm Shop on the outskirts of Skipton. There is a bus service to Skipton, but a car is indispensable. The cottage is run by Pauline, a wonderful and friendly hostess who has made a tremendous effort to provide a real home from home for her guests at the cottage.

Christopher NowakowskiMay 2017