Art Barn coasters

We have been busy turning Helen Peyton’s lovely ‘Ghost Cow Night’ artwork into items for local visitor businesses to use with their guests. First to arrive today were sets of coasters which we really like.

These were requested as additional items to the mugs and placemats we’d already planned.  Businesses intend to use them in guest bedrooms.

We think they will look really stylish matched with a mug using the same design

Walk packs already proving popular

We’ve already distributed nearly 100 free walk packs to local visitor businesses and organisations for loan out to visitors. We were delighted to see this blogpost from Bed & Breakfast owner and project stalwart Glenda Calvert about one of her regular guests. She told us:

“My guest from the Netherlands who has visited Pry House and the Yorkshire Dales many times took a walk booklet out with him yesterday.  Until now he had no idea the buildings were cowhouses and on return from his walk said he now looked at the cowhouses with fresh eyes and a new interest”

Courtesy of Glenda Calvert, Pry House B&B

Walk packs now on sale in our Online Shop

Our retail staff have just uploaded details of the rather fabulous ‘Every Barn… ‘ walk packs onto our online shop so anyone can now own one wherever they are in the world! Follow our ONLINE SHOP link to secure a set of our six colourful walk booklets based on all the stories and historical research that we’ve gathered over the past two years.

All packaged inside a branded waterproof plastic wallet. There are hand drawn maps of all the routes and every stopping point is illustrated with a clear photograph. A wonderful souvenir of the project even if you prefer your holidays sat beside a nice log fire in the local pub ;0)

Trail booklets and pack


First sight of the Ghost Cows

Handmade Parade have just sent us a sneak preview of the ghost cows ‘Frith’ and ‘Skeugh’ (pronounced ‘skewf’) being made – so exciting!

Ghost Cow ‘Frith’
Ghost Cow ‘Skeugh’

Community Open Day 2 November 2017

Our final community event last week went with a swing – nearly 50 people turned up during the morning to have a look at all the work we’ve done over the past year and a half. There were also samples of the ghost cow mugs & place mats available to order for businesses. We got lots of great feedback on these with the suggestion that we also offer coasters so we are currently investigating costs.

We put together a Powerpoint presentation of all the things we’ve achieved which even we found was quite amazing seeing it all together in one place. A real achievement for everyone concerned.

Powerpoint presentation and resources

We gave away nearly a hundred walk packs to local visitor businesses and their guests which was very satisfying.

We were also really pleased to see the Children’s walk leaflets that Glenda has produced and lots of these were handed out too.

She also brought along some of the original art and craft work that the children had made as part of the project.

Art work produced by children


Interpretation panels installed

The first of our seven outdoor interpretation panels have been installed this week by our ranger service. Luckily they’ve had good weather and made quick work of them.

Ranger Ian installing the panel on Occupation Road near Muker
Interpretation panel in the centre of Muker village

We have three panels that have gone in at farm campsites round the area with permission of the owners. Each one has memories and photos of cowhouses on the land associated with the farms.

Panel at Park Lodge (Rukins) campsite car park in Keld
Panel at Usha Gap campsite


Trail booklets ready

We have been madly getting ready for our final community open day event tomorrow in Keld. We were so pleased that the plastic wallets for the trail booklets turned up in time for us to get them ready for the various businesses and organisations that have already ordered them.

Packing the wallets – only 100 to go!
Trail booklets boxed and ready for the open day

We have also made up a couple of boxfulls to go out to our Reeth and Hawes National Park Centres where they will be on sale shortly at £4.99 a pack. We will also be stocking them in our Online shop within a couple of days.

Trail booklets and pack

Ghost Cow Night artwork

We are so excited to receive a second piece of art from Helen Peyton, in celebration of the upcoming Ghost Cow Night. We think it captures perfectly the huge starlit skies of Swaledale with the curious ghost cows and the dark sleeping barns underneath. Perfect for Hallowe’en too!

‘Ghost Cow Night’ by Helen Peyton

We’ve managed to get a sample mug made up through Snapfish. We like the layout – you can see it in the featured image at the top of this post – but the colour reproduction isn’t so good so we’ll do more work on that with a local supplier we have in mind.

Our intention is to offer a set of up to four mugs to  B&Bs  and holiday cottages in the area to have for their guests with their complimentary coffee & tea.

Ghost Calf Workshops

We ran two workshops for families in Muker earlier this week to help Handmade Parade make ghost calves for our Ghost Cow Night in November.  We had lots of people turn up and everyone had a wonderful time, some families stayed all day and one little boy enjoyed himself so much he came back on his own and got into lots of trouble with his parents!

National Park staff who helped out were full of praise for the event, Rachael Alderson told us:

“A great event for all the generations. I think we had a 3 year old up to 87 year old! So it really crossed the generations…The village hall caretaker was super helpful and all the residents who came by were very kind and supportive, we even got cake made for us by a family! It was a true community event in beautiful village with grandparents, young children, teenagers and parents all coming together, some to take part in the activity but some just to socialise and talk about barns. It couldn’t have worked better on the Tuesday for that.”

Glenda Calvert joined us on Tuesday and thoroughly enjoyed herself as you can read on her Pry House Farm blog