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Skipton Festival of Walks 2017

As regular readers of our blog will know, here at the Rendezvous we’re incredibly keen on getting about in the beautiful countryside which surrounds Skipton. With this in mind, we’re delighted to give you details of Skipton’s Festival of Walks which is set to take place on Sunday 21st May 2017.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Skipton, a series of six very different walks, each designed to appeal to different ages and abilities, will take place in and around Skipton. The idea behind the event is that different charities and groups recruit walkers who then gather sponsors to raise funds for the charity or group of their choice. All the walks are for fun and by taking part, charities and groups have the opportunity to help fund work in their local community.

The Festival of Walks programme is as follows:

  1. Ghosts and Legends: this is a one hour tour of Skipton and will be led by a local historian and raconteur.
  2. Skipton Millennium Walk: this fully guided walk will take between 1 and 1.5 hours, following the brass plaques in Skipton and a great opportunity to learn more about the fascinating history of the town.
  3. Explore Old Skipton: guided by members of Skipton Civic Society, this walk is designed to offer walkers a chance to discover more on the ‘Gateway to the Dales.’ Walking time will be between 1 – 1.5 hours.
  4. Skipton Woods & Timeline Trail: this 1.5 hour walk will appeal to all ages. Guides from the Woodland Trust will be on hand to explain about Skipton’s ancient woodland, whilst leading the geo-caching/timeline trail for the more adventurous walkers.
  5. The Top Ten: this demanding 10 mile walk is intended for serious, experienced walkers and will be guided by experienced local ramblers over open countryside.
  6. Flasby with Sharphaw: this walk will take between 2 – 3 hours and will be guided by experienced walkers from U3A.

Walks 1 to 4 will start outside Skipton Town Hall, whilst walks 5 and 6 will commence from Skipton Auction Mart. Free car parking will be available for walkers at the Auction mart and discounted parking facilities for walkers in the town will be available at Skipton Building Society on The Bailey.

Walks 2 and 3 are suitable for the less active; however a responsible carer must accompany entrants. Unfortunately wheelchair and mobility entries for all walks are not feasible. Entrants may choose their preferred start time for all the walks (subject to availability) with the exception of walk 5. First aiders will be available throughout the day and will be based at Skipton Auction Mart. Unfortunately dogs are not permitted on walks 5 and 6 – dogs on all other walks must be on a lead.

Walkers can use each route to raise sponsorship for their own charity or group. However, if you would prefer to fund raise with the help of family, friends and colleagues, this can be done via Virgin Money Giving – all funds donated in this way will be shared equally between the Pioneer Project, SELFA and Medical Detection Dogs. Details of the Virgin Money Giving account can be found here.

For further information on Skipton Festival of Walks and online entry forms, please visit visit the Rotary Club of Skipton’s website at:

Hotel accommodation in Skipton

If your group or charity is planning on travelling to Skipton to take part in this year’s Festival of Walks, here at the Rendezvous Hotel we are proud to offer award-winning group hotel accommodation. We work with groups of all sizes by booking group accommodation with us; you’ll have the reassurance of knowing that your booking is backed up by our group charter and tour charter.

The Rendezvous is located on the outskirts of Skipton, next to the picturesque Skipton Canal. Skipton town centre is within walking distance, whilst the Yorkshire Dales National Park can be easily accessed by public transport or car.

To find out more, or to make a reservation, why not get in touch with our reservations team today?


Group Travel Awards 2017 Finalists!

We are delighted to announce that The Rendezvous Hotel has been voted as a finalist in the 2017 Group Travel Awards by the readers of GTO magazine under the category of Best Individual Hotel for Groups.

The UK Group Travel Awards has earned an enviable reputation as the most distinguished and respected event serving the group travel market; they reflect a highly-valued endorsement from customers in this most important market sector.

Here at the Rendezvous Hotel, we pride ourselves on knowing exactly that group travellers need in a hotel, on being able to offer unrivalled group hotel facilities.

With this in mind, we’re really pleased that we’ve been recognised by the Group Travel community in this way.

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Skipton springs into action!

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There’s so much going on in Skipton this spring it’s hard to know where begin! With a range of sporting events and festivals, spring is a great time to visit Skipton and with this in mind, we thought we’d give you a flavour of just some of the entertainment on offer.

Skipton Beer Festival

Skipton Beer Festival runs from Thursday 20 April to Saturday 22 April and is a great opportunity to sample some of the huge range of beers on offer. Over 70 real ales will be available, along with a wide selection of bottled foreign beers, real ciders and perries with food served during all sessions. Skipton Beer Festival is held at Ermysted’s Grammar School which is within easy reach of the Rendezvous Hotel.

Waterway Festival

Scheduled to be held over the May Bank Holiday Weekend (29 April – 1 May), Skipton Waterway Festival takes place around the town’s canal basin. With colourful narrowboats lining the canal basin and surrounding towpaths, the Waterway Festival includes a full programme of events and entertainment which will take place throughout the three days.

Tour de Yorkshire

Action-packed cycle races have become highlights in Yorkshire’s calendar and this year’s Tour de Yorkshire looks like it’ll be no exception. Promising three days of world-class cycling action, the 2017 Tour takes place in three stages with Stage 3 passing through Skipton town centre. Many well-known cycling teams will be taking part including Sky, BMC and Dimension Data so if you like nothing better than sport on two wheels, this unmissable event will be right up your street!

Here at the Rendezvous we’re proud of our reputation for providing cycle friendly accommodation in Yorkshire and whether you’re planning on joining us to watch Stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire, or fancy trying out some of the route for yourself, we’d be delighted to look after you and your bike!

Book your stay at the Rendezvous Hotel in Yorkshire

The Rendezvous Hotel is an ideal destination for a short break or longer holiday in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. Thanks to our location next to Skipton’s picturesque canal, we’re within easy reach of Skipton town centre which boasts a wide range of independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Skipton Castle makes a great day out but if you’d prefer to venture a little further afield, the stunning Yorkshire Dales National park can be easily reached by public transport or car.

We offer a wide range of accommodation, from single rooms and family-friendly accommodation through to executive suites. If you would like to find out more, or to make a reservation, why not get in touch with us today?

A real Yorkshire Experience!

Rendezvous Hotel launches the ‘Real Yorkshire Experience’

Experience the Real Yorkshire at a leading Yorkshire Dales hotel

We are very excited to announce details of our new and totally unique short break package: The Real Yorkshire Experience. As regular readers of our blog will know, we’re incredibly proud to be based in Yorkshire and as huge fans of the white rose county, we’re keen to offer our guests the opportunity to experience some of the highlights of this wonderful corner of the world.

The Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton, North Yorkshire, has launched ‘The Real Yorkshire Experience’, a new and unique short break tour package for tour planners and group travel organisers.

‘The Real Yorkshire Experience’ combines traditional Yorkshire hospitality at the hotel with a choice of day trip itinerary options that can be tailored to offer a bespoke tour.

  • The Real Yorkshire Experience package includes:
  • Arrival drinks with Yorkshire treats and Yorkshire tea
  • Dinner, bed and breakfast with a ‘Yorkshire’ dish each night on the menu
  • Yorkshire tea on return from your day out
  • Yorkshire goody bag on departure
  • A selection of Yorkshire-themed evening entertainment including: long sword dancers, folk band, gin tasting experience, themed quizzes, and local guest speakers

The day trip itinerary options include the Yorkshire Dales, Bolton Abbey, Bronte Country, Saltaire and Salts Mill, and the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. There’s also an opportunity to travel around the region by vintage coach.

The 96-bedroom, award-winning Rendezvous Hotel sits alongside the Leeds Liverpool Canal a mile south of the market town of Skipton, the ‘Gateway to the Dales’. As part of the package, groups can be picked up by boat and taken into the town. The hotel has also joined together with a number of local visitor attractions and tourism suppliers to offer exclusive discounts.

Group bookings from a leading group holiday hotel in Yorkshire

Here at the Rendezvous we have many years of experience in group travel and by making a booking with us you’ll have the reassurance of knowing that your group is in safe hands. We were voted Accommodation Provider of the Year in the 2014 and 2016 Coach Tourism Awards and thanks to our group charter and tour charter, our experienced know exactly what group organisers need to please their customers.



short breaks in Yorkshire at the Rendezvous Hotel

Treat yourself to a Bank Holiday break at the Rendezvous Hotel

Hotel breaks in Yorkshire

Not long to go now until May and two lovely long Bank Holiday weekends to look forward to and enjoy! What better way to enjoy that extra day off work than a long weekend in the Yorkshire Dales?

Here at the Rendezvous Hotel we’re incredibly proud of our fantastic location on the outskirts of the pretty market town of Skipton and within easy reach of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park. There’s so much to do in this part of the world it’s hard to know where to start so we thought we’d give you a few ideas of things to do on a long weekend in Skipton and the Dales.

Exploring the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park

There’s no doubt that the Yorkshire Dales is best known for its stunning scenery. The landscape in this part of the world has something for everyone and whether you like nothing better than strolling through lush green farmland criss-crossed by limestone walls or striding across wild open moorland, the Dales is certainly diverse. Walking is possibly the most popular activity amongst visitors to the Dales and with hundreds of miles of beautiful walking routes on offer, there’s something to suit all ages, abilities and levels of walking experience.

Cycling is also proving to be incredibly popular with visitors to the Dales – especially since the success of the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014 – with waymarked cycling trails for mountain bikers and many hundreds of miles of challenging road cycling routes.

If history is more your thing you’ll find that the Dales offers a wealth of castles, stately homes and historical sights. Skipton itself boasts one of the most intact medieval castles in England whilst Bolton Abbey and Fountains Abbey can be easily reached by car or public transport.

Contact us to make a reservation

So rather than just planning some DIY or gardening for the next bank holiday weekend why not treat yourself to a long weekend here in beautiful Yorkshire? To find out more or to make a reservation, please get in touch with our friendly reservations team.