Sitting on the western slopes of the Forest of Bowland, Wyresdale Park is a much-loved parcel of countryside that provides varied habitats and far reaching views, from the tip of Wales across to the Isle of Man and on to the tops of the Cumbrian Fells. Once a model of Victorian technology the estate now has a more relaxed atmosphere, with farming, walking, shooting, fishing, camping and walking all happily intermingling.
The land is a mixture of woodland, grazed pasture, upland fell and lakes. The fell, known as Nicky Nook, is a local treasure and enjoyed by ramblers throughout the county: as a family we are always surprised just how many people make it to the top!
The built core of the estate is a mixture of country house, pleasure gardens, cottages and farm buildings. Designed by Austin & Paley for Captain Peter Ormrod, it was constructed from sandstone quarried on the estate and was recently listed for its fine stone work, some rectilinear and some cyclopean. We purchased the estate in 1967 and have been kept busy by the huge task of keeping the buildings standing.
In 2010 we decided to run the gauntlet of Channel Four’s Country House Rescue as a kickstarter to opening up to the outside world. The programme was a great success and we have subsequently converted the walled garden into a cafe and the north edge of the lake into a luxury campsite. As with all but the largest of our country’s estates, Wyresdale Park will be eventually turned over to tourism in entirety, allowing you, your friends and family to enjoy the every aspect of the estate, much as we have done over the past fifty years.
The lake is around fifteen acres and very picturesque, created in 1904 by Captain Peter Ormrod. It is the the country’s first artificially stocked trout lake and now sits hidden behind mature trees.
Fly fishing from the clinker boats, or carp fishing from the banks, is £20 a day. Bookings can be made at the cafe or 0n 01524 791874
Boating is £10 for two hours. Life jackets are available.
For swimming we recommend a sunny day and a bit of courage.
Walks can be undertaken around the lake and we do have plans to open it up for rambling, but at present it is a wellies-and-battling-through-undergrowth affair. Again, a bit of courage needed.
James Snr, Sally, James and Sarah Whewell