Cowling holiday cottages are a stone’s throw from the Pennine Way, in Yorkshire’s Craven district, which was recently found to be the happiest place in Britain. Surrounded by high, heather moorland, flat-topped hills and stepped skylines, a more atmospheric location for a break in Yorkshire would be hard to find. Nestled in sweeping valleys, Craven’s villages are home to cosy pubs, family-run businesses and a traditional way of life. The fields and woods around Cowling are a paradise for walking, with countless footpaths meandering past drystone dykes and barns, where the only sound you’re likely to hear is birds in the hedgerows.

Take a wander into the village centre from your holiday cottage in Cowling and you’ll discover a thriving community, with a pretty church, terraced cottages which were once the homes of local mill workers and a selection of independent businesses. In the heart of the village, the Bay Horse Inn is a charming former coaching inn with open fires and an impressive range of Yorkshire ales. A few doors away, the excellent Harlequin Bistro serves delicious British cuisine, prepared with local ingredients.

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Cowling self-catering holidays are hard to beat if you want to explore the breathtaking landscapes and picturesque villages of the Yorkshire Dales. A short drive northward, the market town of Skipton is well worth a visit, with a medieval castle, theatres and an award-winning market. Skipton is also a good base from which to explore the dales, with a number of companies offering horse-riding, cycling and cruises on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. If you fancy a day in the city, head to Leeds for great shopping, museums, galleries and an exciting food scene. A little further east, York is home to some of the country’s most beautiful architecture.