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Food Trail - The Dales trail -

This trail begins at The Grassington House Hotel with coffee and tea available on arrival. Meet others joining the trail and your expert Yorkshire Food Finder guide.

Our first visit is to the Kilnsey Park trout farm in Wharfedale run by Jamie and Amy Roberts where you will learn about the fishery and have an opportunity to catch your own trout. Have a go at preparing it for the table and perhaps smoking it too. Lunch is sure to feature Kilnsey trout and other local produce as we make the most of our time here.

After lunch we head over the top to Malhamdale, home of the Town End Farm Shop in the shadow of Malham Cove, one of the many wonders of Yorkshire. Here you will meet Chris Wildman to learn about and taste some of his celebrated charcuterie. We are proud to promote Yorkshire charcuterie as it is every bit as good as any found on the continent. While here you will have time to shop with many Yorkshire products to tempt you. Or if weather permits, sit outside and soak-up the wonder that is the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Next we travel along dry stone walled dales lanes to Settle where we will visit Andy and Kathy Swinscoe’s Courtyard Dairy. Andy is both an affineur and cheesemonger with many awards for maturing and selling cheese far and wide. Getting the inside story from Andy is an experience not to be missed. Integral to the cheeses on offer are some of the 80-plus cheeses made in Yorkshire including the eponymous World Cheese Award Gold Dale End cheddar and Summer Fields made by Alistair Pearson at the Botton Creamery across the North York Moors. 

Finally we return you to The Grassington House Hotel where chef-patron John Rudden will prepare dinner making the most of Dales produce and featuring ingredients discovered on today’s trail.

What’s included?

  • All transport, visits and meals as described (alcoholic drinks not included)
  • Optional transfer from York if you travel by train, now extended to pick-up / drop-off within ten miles of York Minster for just £10. Please call 01904 448439 to book
  • Yorkshire Food Finder expert guide throughout

 The small print

  • The Dales Trail will operate on dates as advertised subject to a minimum of two participants. Also, additional weekday dates are available for group bookings of four or more
  • As this trail visits a dairy, you will need to complete a health declaration on the day of the visit to attest that you have not suffered from sickness and diarrhoea in the past 48hours
  • This trail operates rain or shine, please bring seasonally appropriate wet weather gear
  • Yorkshire Food Finder’s standard terms and conditions apply

Details & Booking



  • Learn what makes a good cheese great
  • Discover Yorkshire charcuterie
  • Catch your own trout, cook it and eat it
  • Dine at the lovely Grassington House Hotel in the heart of this beautiful Dales village
  • Spectacular scenery within the Yorkshire Dales National Park


£155.00 per person

Wed, 27 Mar 2019

Gather at 10.00am

Thu, 27 Jun 2019

Gather at 10.00am

Thu, 22 Aug 2019

Gather at 10.00am

Tue, 15 Oct 2019

Gather at 10.00am

Wed, 13 Nov 2019

Gather at 10.00am

gift certificates available

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