Dolphinholme House Farm
FacilitiesEach tent has a wood-burning stove, flush toilet, cold running water, a worktop, chiller, dining table, chairs and a couple of comfy deckchairs, and there is a picnic table outside, with stone circles for campfires. There are 2 bedrooms and a bunkroom for the kids, and lighting is by oil lamp and candles – there’s no electricity. A shower block has 3 hot showers, including a family shower. The honesty shop is always open and well stocked with fruit and veg, Forest of Bowland butter, locally sourced meat, the farm’s own cheese and frozen food, including home-cooked frozen ready-meals. There are board games and toys to borrow. Kids of the 2-legged variety can play with the 4-legged ones in the barn, which also has a hay mountain for crawling over and a tyre swing, and there are ponies, hens, pigs, rabbits and guinea pigs – so lots of petting opportunities. There’s also onsite bike hire (bring your own helmets) and tours of the farm, with trails and footpaths.
Local attractions include picnicking at Abbeystead reservoir, fishing at Wyreside lakes (01524 791154), or horse-riding at the Bay Horse School of Equitation at Forton (07791 476033), just the other side of the M6. The traditional seaside village of Arnside is a little over half an hour away, 4 miles beyond Morecambe.
Food & DrinkWallings Farm near Cockerham (01524 793781) has an ice-cream parlour as well as a nice coffee shop and a good restaurant. The Fleece at Dolphinholme (01524 791233) serves hearty pub grub while the Bay Horse at Forton offers gastro-pub fare (01524 791204).
There’s a river. Some people may need reminding to wash their hands after playing with animals. As it’s a working farm there are agricultural vehicles moving around.
Dolphinholme House Farm, Dolphinholme House Farm, Dolphinholme, Lancashire LA2 9DJ
A bus to Keld leaves Richmond train station 3 times a day.
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