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Hazel Brow Farm, North Yorkshire

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Hazel Brow Farm, North Yorkshire

Hazel Brow is a traditional family-run farm located in the heart of Swaledale within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The farm rises from the flora-rich hay meadows alongside the river Swale, to wild heather moorland at 550 metres above sea level. The Calvert family farm 93 hectares of enclosed land (in-bye) which is divided up into 94 fields by 15 kilometres of dry-stone wall! Through the summer months the cattle wander through Low Row grazing on 91 hectares of shared common land around and above the village. Melbecks moor extends to 1416 hectares of shared grazing for the flock of Swaledale sheep.

Organic livestock

Hazel Brow Farm is a truly mixed farm. Cattle include 45 Friesian milking cows, beef cattle and their calves. The hardy 500 Swaledale sheep are native to the area and are able to survive the cold snowy winters on the moors. They are ‘hefted’ which means they have their own territory which they return to each year. The farm also has an assortment of pigs, hens, ducks and geese that are kept for home produce.

Wild flower meadows

Grass is the only crop grown in this part of the Dale and the species rich meadows are cut for hay and silage during the summer months to make winter feed for the animals. Due to the short growing season, only one cut of silage can be taken. Concentrated feeds and straw are bought in.

Cafe

The farm is now entering its fourth year of organic production and the café is also fully organic. Our popular home-made cakes and scones, filled rolls and hot soup, cold drinks and ice creams are available, together with some great new recipes including home-made 'haytime lemonade' and Swaledale Shepherds pie.

Visitor centre and nature trail

The visitor centre is open from the end of March until the end of September. Each day includes a packed programme of activities for all the family, with plenty to do even on a wet day. The nature trail takes you away from the farm buildings to the river Swale, along the riverbank and back to the farm.

Schools and groups

Schools and groups are particularly welcome to visit the farm and all age groups can gain an inspirational and hands-on experience. Specific interest groups of any age or ability are also welcome on the farm whether it be a days walling course, stick making, spinning, rug making, quilting, small animal care or just a days farming. Please contact us and we will endeavour to meet your group's requirements.  

Arranging a visit   

The farm is open from the end of March until the end of September. Groups are welcome by arrangement. Visitor Centre admission charges: Adults: £4.00 Children: £3.50 Family (2 adults, 2 children): £14.00 Demonstrations & activities only: £1.50 Self guided walks from the farm: Free  

How to get there   

Hazel Brow is situated in the village of Low Row on the B6270 road, approximately 3 miles west of Reeth.  
By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website         

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