There's something about being off the grid that just gives you the chance to 'just be', and that's what a group of curators from Folklings did at the weekend with a couple of night away at Swinton Bivouac.
The weather wasn't the kindest to us but it did make us appreciate the fire and shelter of the cabins even more. There's something terribly refreshing about being out in the elements, the cobwebs being blown away. Set in the Yorkshire Dales, Swinton Bivouac offers short breaks in yurts and cabins in the woods. We stayed in two cabins represented by Canopy & Stars, Teasel Burrow and Heather Glenn.
We arrived in dribs and drabs mid-afternoon to early evening on the Saturday, the first job being to light the woodburner inside and unpack. The cabins were great for 4 of us, with three tier sleeping arrangements, table and chairs, sink, two ring gas stove, woodburner and bathroom. Our faces lit up when we spotted a welcome box of freshly baked bread, jams, tea, coffee and biscuits awaiting us on the table. There was ample supplies of kindling and logs which was great as as a rule most places give you a 'starter' bag of logs and kindling and you then buy more as you need it.
We dined at the Bivouac Cafe on the Saturday evening and enjoyed a G&T, the menu was hearty, seasonal food as we had hoped, I plumped for the venison hotpot with butter puff pastry topping and creamy mash. The cafe space is lovely, and there's a second area for children to play in which is a nice touch for those with children.
On the Sunday we walked to the nearby Druid's Temple, which is a really interesting place - more about hat with photos in a post later in the week. After that it was off to a local pub, The Black Swan and feasted on their set 3 course Sunday lunch menu (and I mean feasted the portion sizes were HUGE!) After dining, enjoying a glass of wine or two and some memorable conversations we walked back to the cabin. This walk was the perfect post-dinner activity, changeable weather, footpaths, running through huge puddles and a couple of trees blown across roads made it a bracing and refreshing walk back.
We arrived back at the cabin to find the fire still burning and lit our stash of tealights and enjoyed a slow evening of damson gin, Welsh wine and gin with rhubarb cordial not to mention much talk of zombies that had us closing the curtains and locking the door - spooky banter is pretty much standard we-are-alone-in-the-woods stuff right?
To Canopy & Stars for making the weekend possible
To Gemma for being an ace road trip buddy / snack provider.