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It's a sure sign of Spring when you start to see baby animals apprearing in the surrounding countryside. We were thrilled by the arrival of our first calf of the season.
This bonnie little heifer is the daughter of our prize-winning Highland cow, Makayla, who has taken trophies at many agricultural shows. Like all Highlanders, she is a wonderful mum and is very proud and protective of her offspring. At the moment we haven't chosen the calf's pedigree name but she is affectionately known as Little Miss Micky!
These friendly animals graze in the fields that surround The Old Vicarage and are much admired by many of our guests. The children in particular love to help with the feeding and grooming.
Spring is a great time to visit the Yorkshire Dales and we still have good availability in both March and April. It is one of our favourite times of year with the daffodils in full bloom, lambs bouncing around in the fields and there can even be some warmth in the sun on those bright sunny days.
There's plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. The walking opportunities are endless and we are located at the heart of a vast network of mountain bike trails - perfect for guests who want to explore this most stunning of natural landscapes by foot or wheel.
If you are looking for a bit of inspiration or direction then Alfresco Adventures - based at nearby Reeth - offer guided activities for individuals or small groups. The choice is endless, from bushcraft, shelter building and forest school to rock climbing, abseiling and alpaca trekking. The Dales Bike Centre, just down the road at nearby Fremington, also offers bike hire and courses for all abilities.
To really make the most of the season, you can follow the popular daffodil trail at Thorp Perrow - home to one of the largest collections of trees and shrubs in the North of England - or take a farm tour at Big Cow Little Sheep near Bedale. Here you can hand feed and bottle feed animals and there should also be plenty of new lambs to see at Mainsgill Farm who are open for 'lambing live' during the season. With 400 Texel ewes ready to lamb this spring, there should be plenty of newborns to see!
To find out more about our spring breaks, please take a look at our availability calendar on this website; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or call us on 01748 884348.