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Skipton Cycle Races 2018

Enjoy Skipton Cycle Races on 11 July

Skipton Cycle Races are one of the highlights of Skipton’s events calendar and this year’s race on 11 July offers an unbeatable chance to watch the spectacle of road cyclists competing on a super-fast 1 km circuit through the town centre.

Featuring a fun race for under 12s, youth racing and an elite men’s race, Skipton Cycle Races have become an incredibly popular fixture in the town’s sporting calendar. Following part of the routes visited by the 2014 Grand Depart and the Tour de Yorkshire, the race circuit starts at the top of the High Street before travelling onto Water Street, Coach Street and Swadford Steet.

Skipton Cycle Races are extremely spectator friendly and thanks to the route’s circuit around the town centre, there are lots of opportunities to get a great view. With a picutre-postcard backdrop of Skipton’s Castle and high street, what better way could there be to enjoy a summer evening?

If you would like to find out more about Skipton Cycle Races 2018, please visit the race website.

Love cycling? Why not book a stay at our cycle-friendly Yorkshire hotel?

Here at the Rendezvous there’s nothing we enjoy more than world-class cycling and whether you’re up there with the best of the best, or are more of a Sunday cyclist, we’d love to welcome you to our Yorkshire hotel! Our Cyclists Charter has been carefully designed to outline the services we offer to cyclists and includes things you simply wont find in other Yorkshire hotels, such as secure bike storage, map loan, route planning advice and packed lunches to name but a few. If you’d like to find out more, why not get in touch and start planning your cycling holiday in Yorkshire?

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July is National Picnic Month!

Stay at our Skipton hotel and enjoy a picnic in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park

July is National Picnic Month and what better way to celebrate the joy of eating outdoors than by planning a delicious picnic in the Yorkshire Dales National Park? The National Park has lots of idyllic picnic places – from lush meadows through to dramatic waterfalls and the area’s iconic limestone pavements. Whichever you choose, provided the weather stays fine, you’ll love spending time in our corner of Yorkshire.

Holidays at the Rendezvous Hotel in Yorkshire

Our Yorkshire hotel is in the ideal place to enjoy everything Skipton and the Yorkshire Dales National Park has to offer. Thanks to our location on the banks of the picturesque canal (another lovely picnic spot!), our guests tell us they love exploring Skipton itself and the surroundings of the National Park which is just a short bus journey (or drive) away.

Whether your picnic is a quick sandwich stop on a long walk or a three course leisurely lunch, there are many lovely places from which to enjoy the stunning scenery of the dales. Here are some of our favourites:

  • Bolton Abbey – could this be the perfect place for a picnic? Offering lots of picnic spots along the banks of the River Wharfe, the Bolton Abbey Estate is the stunning Yorkshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. If you don’t want to bring your own food, why not buy something to eat at the Cavendish Pavilion?
  • Malham Cove – one of the most impressive natural landmarks in the UK, Malham is a must-see destination for visitors to the Yorkshire Dales National Park. With lots of lovely spots to enjoy a picnic, Malham Cove is a wonderful place to take in the natural wonder of the limestone pavement and the Cove itself.
  • Grassington – Grassington’s Grass Wood is simply beautiful and is home to lots of incredible wildlife. The perfect place to for a shady picnic on a hot summer’s day, Grass Wood is ideal for den buidling, wildlife watching, exploring…the list is endless!
  • Haworth – we know it’s not in the National Park but Top Withens has got to be the top picnic spot for fans of Wuthering Heights and the Brontes! Why not unleash your inner Heathcliffe with a day out in this wild and atmospheric place?

Book your Yorkshire holiday

Why not make the most of National Picnic Month by enjoying a short break at the Rendezvous Hotel in Yorkshire? Our Rambler’s Retreat package offers exceptional value and with a packed picnic lunch included, what better way to explore the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales? If you have something more leisurely in mind, our Romantic breaks offer a wonderful way to spend time with your loved one and maybe enjoy a picnic or two…

To find out more about our latest special offers, or to make a reservation, why not get in touch with our friendly reservations team by calling 01756 700100?

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The best Yorkshire hotel – whatever the weather!

The long spell of hot, sunny weather we’re enjoying at the moment is starting to seem too good to be true! Fingers crossed that there’s still no rain forecast and although this isn’t great news for gardeners, it’s fantastic if you’re planning a holiday in the Yorkshire Dales!

Although we hate to admit it, unfortunately the sun doesn’t always shine in our corner of Yorkshire but thanks to our fantastic location on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, there’s always something to do, no matter how wet it is outside!

Enjoy your holiday in Yorkshire

Regardless of whether you fancy a relaxing boat trip on the canal, exploring a castle or enjoying the natural wonders of Malham Cove or one of Yorkshire’s legendary show caves, this part of the world has something for everyone – whatever the weather.

Our hotel is located just outside Skipton town centre on the banks of the pretty Leeds to Liverpool Canal, putting us in the ideal location for enjoying everything that Skipton has to offer. Skipton’s famous medieval castle is well worth a visit and once you’ve explored the maze of fascinating rooms, why not browse around the town’s award-winning high street, or enjoy delicious meal in one of the many cafes and restaurants?

History buffs will enjoy East Riddlesden Hall in nearby Keighley, whilst the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Howarth is a fascinating place to visit for anyone interested in the writings of the famous Bronte Sisters. Steam train enthusiasts will absolutely love our local railways; the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway and the Keighley and Worth Valley Steam Railway.

If you fancy exploring a little further afield, Thornton Farm Park at Thornton-in-Craven and Hesketh Farm Park at Bolton Abbey make great days out the whole family will enjoy. No matter how young or old you are, there’s nothing quite like a trip to the farm and visit to one of our local farm parks is a must for families.

These are just a handful of examples of great things to do in and around Skipton, no matter what the weather has in store! We’re always happy to suggest days out and activities in and around Skipton so please get in touch if you’d like further information.

Book your stay at the Rendezvous Hotel in Yorkshire

We know we’re biased and that although Yorkshire is a huge county with many hotels to choose from, we think ours is the best place to enjoy a warm welcome, delicious food and an excellent location. To find out more about our latest special offers or to make a reservation, why not get in touch to find out more?

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Enjoy exploring the Yorkshire Dales on two wheels

Start your cycling trip from our cycle friendly Yorkshire hotel

We’re in the perfect place from which to start exploring the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park on two wheels. The route of the 2014 Tour de France is on our doorstep and with just one week to go until the start of the 2018 race, what better way to follow in the footsteps of your cycling heroes!

A warm welcome awaits

As regular readers of our blog will know, here at the Rendezvous we love cycling and all things cycle related! We are proud to have designed our very own Cycling Charter which sets out what we offer cyclists and what you can expect if you stay with us whilst on a cycling holiday. From secure, lockable bike storage and special high carb dining options, through route planning advice, packed lunches and road recovery, we offer those all-important additional extras you wont find in other Yorkshire Dales hotels!

Why cycle in the Yorkshire Dales?

Regardless of whether you’re a keen road cyclists or prefer to tackle the challenges of off-road mountain biking, the Yorkshire Dales has something for cyclists of abilities and interests. Thanks to the success of the 2014 Yorkshire Grand Depart, this part of the world has become a magnet for cyclists who come to enjoy the unbeatable combination of stunning scenery and varied, challenging routes.

Our base in Skipton puts us in the perfect place to access the Yorkshire Dales and thanks to the excellent public transport links close to our hotel, it’s easier to travel a little further afield if that’s what you’d like to do. From stunning hill climbs and descents, through to winding routes through picturesque valleys, cycling in the Yorkshire Dales is certainly never dull!

Relax and unwind at the Rendezvous Hotel

After all that time in the saddle, the chances are that you’d like nothing better than the opportunity to relax and unwind. Our hotel’s Baby Swan Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a wide range of delicious home cooked meals, with high carb options available if required. We also have a leisure club and swimming pool – perfect for chilling out after tackling the challenges of cycling in the Dales!

Contact us to find out more

To find out more about our cycle friendly breaks in the Yorkshire Dales, why not get in touch for further information or to make a reservation?

Ellie’s mission to become more ECO-friendly

The Rendezvous Hotel has always been at the forefront of exploring ways to become more eco-friendly. Our programme of environmental sustainability has seen the introduction of a waste paper and rubbish compressor that has reduced the general waste collection from three times per week to just one. A biomass boiler system that runs on renewable energy provides all the hot water for the hotel, and an in-house water filtration system delivers improved efficiencies. Outside lights are set on timers and a light control system has been installed in ground floor bedrooms. But there’s always more that can be done.

Ellie Cooper, who has been a receptionist at the hotel for two years, has recently been appointed as the Rendezvous’ official eco representative.

“I’ve always been someone who sorts out my recyclable items at home,” she says. “I wash cans and generally make sure that anything than can be recycled is separated out from what goes into landfill. I’ve been watching the extensive media coverage about the damage being done to the environment by plastic, and started wondering what could be done at the hotel to help improve our eco credentials further.”

Ellie’s mission started with what has become a topical issue nationwide, plastic straws.

“I realised that we were getting through a lot of straws so I’ve been investigating cost-effective alternatives that are bio-degradable. I’ve identified paper-based alternatives and these are being introduced.”

As the Rendezvous’ official eco representative, Ellie is now looking at what else can be done across the hotel.

“We use a tremendous amount of little plastic bottle for toiletries,” she says. “I’m looking to see what alternatives are available. We know many of our guests prefer the little bottles, but it might be that we move to wall-mounted dispensers.”

But it’s not just the bedrooms and public areas that Ellie has her eye on.

“I’m keen to make sure our offices and reception areas are eco-friendly too, she explains. “More recycling and more light sensors are on my to-do list. I’m also trying to enthuse my colleagues to be more eco-friendly. There are some quick-wins, and there are other things that we do that will take a little longer to change. But I’m really passionate about this, so change they will!”