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Activity Retreats at Dale House

Type:Food & Drink

Dale Head, Slaidburn, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 4TS

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Activity Retreats at Dale House

Retreats are hosted in the beautiful farmhouse, situated in the Forest of Bowland AONB and the Yorkshire dales.

Cooking retreats:
Dominique has worked professionally as a chef and primarily as a pastry chef for over 25 years.  Her background in cooking has taken her to some of the best kitchens in the UK.  Some of these include, the Roux brothers, Terence Conran’s flag ship restaurant, Le Pont de la Tour, The Houses of Parliament and Aiden Byrne.  She has competed nationally and was part of the team to win the Grand Prix award at the Salon Culiniaire at Hotel Olympia in 2010 as well as holding the trophy for the best Eccles cake, (not bad for a southerner).

Andrew is a keen and qualified hunter and outdoorsman.  He works as a gamekeeper on a local estate and provides us with a steady amount of local furred and feathered game for our menu and cookery skills classes.

The cooking days will take place in the farmhouse kitchen and the purpose built proffesional kitchen and is limited to a maximum of five people on any of the courses.  Most of the courses are run as private workshops for you and your family and friends.  You will chat, cook and eat your way through the day.  Some of the cooking will be demonstration based, but you will have plenty of opportunity to get involved on a practical level too.  Full recipes and methods will be supplied to each person. 

​​​​Two night stay retreats - the main focus of the stay will be on the cooking but you can relax and enjoy some peace and quiet and the local area, so you can also choose to join an optional nature walk if you wish, or relax in your room with a fabulous view.​​

Women's Mountain Biking courses:
Dale house barn has teamed up with the fabulous Liz Peacock, of MTB trail skills, to offer women’s MTB weekends in the Forest of Bowland, using the trails in Gisburn Forest and also the natural terrain of the Yorkshire dales.

​​​Guests stay in bunk barn accommodation, enjoy delicious meals, and snacks as part of the experience.

Dates scheduled throughout the year.

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Opening Times

Various dates throughout the year. Check for details. (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)


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Road Directions

From the south: Take exit 31 from M6 and follow signs for A59 Clitheroe. From the A59 (past Clitheroe turnings) turn off left towards Sawley Abbey, bear left past the Spread Eagle pub and over the bridge, follow the road to the right and at the Copy Nook pub take the immediate left turn (Holden Lane) and continue for approx 6 miles, (keep right at the fork) direction of Clapham and Long Preston. At the cross roads go straight over (phone box and post box on corner) follow signs for Gisburn Forest and Stephen Park, carry on past Dale Head Church (with the Windmill) over the cause way and past Stocks Res car park. Approximately 3 miles on from there the only house on the road. From the north: Turn off at junction 36 of the M6 onto the A65 Settle and Skipton Road. Follow the A65 and when you reach the village of Clapham on the left, turn right there. It is sign posted for Clapham Railway Station and Keasden.  Follow signs for Slaidburn, carry on up and over the fell and we are the only house on the road once you descend the other side of the hill.

Public Transport Directions

The nearest railway station is Clapham (in North Yorkshire) If you are arriving by train then we will pick you up as there is no public transport.


Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside

Venue Facilities

  • WiFi available



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