*Friday 25th October- Sunday 27th October
*Arrive 6.00pm (Fri)- Depart 11.00am (Sunday)
*Following the success of our previous weekend healing/ development and investigation weekends we are very excited to be hosting this Halloween weekend with a difference! A great way to have a break with like minded people and enjoy spiritual development in wonderful surroundings.
*Includes a two night stay at a 16th Century Barn within the grounds of Barden Tower. This venue is in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
*The weekend includes:-
Free time for rest & rejuvenation
Own investigating (equipment provided)
*All meals including:-
Evening meal on Friday night
Breakfast, lunch & evening meal on Saturday
Breakfast Sunday morning
Two bedrooms of 4, one of which has a double bed
Two bedrooms of 8
(Beds are bunk beds predominantly)
*Sleeping arrangements will be organised to suit couples, singles and friends as much as possible but this cannot be guaranteed
*Please note, no members of the public will be in attendance- only those who are staying for the weekend)
*Separate ladies and gents washrooms with two showers in each
*A relaxing area on the mezzanine with couches, chairs, coffee tables, board games & pool table
*Fully centrally heated with mobile oil heaters for when the weather turns really cold
*3 great outside seating areas including an enclosed courtyard
*Parking in front of the Barn for 7-8 cars
NB The Barn is currently in a 21st Century blackspot= mobile phone signal is poor and there is no wi-fi
Barden Tower dates back to the 15th century when Henry, 10th Lord Clifford, remodeled the hunting lodge into the large tower house. Henry preferred spending his time at Barden more so than his main seat of power in nearby Skipton Castle. Barden Tower was not built for defense but rather as a lavish residence.
The tower fell into ruin and was restored and added to in 1658-1659 by Lady Anne Clifford, who also restored other castles in the area. An inscription in stone to Lady Anne on the outer wall of Barden Tower reads:
“THIS BARDEN TOWER WAS REPAYRD BY THE LADIES ANNE CLIFFORD COUNTESS DOWAGER OF PEMBROOKE DORSETT AND MONTGOMERY BARONESSE CLIFFORD WESTMERLAND AND VESEIE LADY OF THE HONOR OF SKIPTON IN CRAVEN AND HIGH SHERIFESSE BY INHERITANC OF THE COUNTIE OF WESTMERLAND IN THE YEARES 1658 AND 1659 AFTER IT HAD LAYNE RUINOUS EVER SINCE ABOUT 1589 WHEN HER MOTHER THEN LAY IN ITT AND WAS GREATE WITH CHILD WITH HER TILL NOWE THAT ITT WAS REPAYRED BY THE SAYD LADY. ISA. CHAPT. 58. VER. 12. GOD’S NAME BE PRAISED!”
Barden Tower – Lady Anne Clifford Inscription
An outer wall once existed around the tower, but was probably dismantled during the English Civil War. Only a simple gateway archway remains of the outer wall. Barden Tower was captured by rebels during the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536.
Only the outer shell of the tower house remains of Barden Tower. Access to the inside is off limits to the public due to danger of falling rocks from the ruin. Still, enough of the ruin remains to know that this was a formidable residence in its day. Barden Tower
It is worth a visit but there is not enough to see to plan a whole day out just visiting the ruins. Bolton Priory is also located on the same Bolton Abbey Estate and Skipton Castle is only 5 miles away. A visit to Barden Tower should be combined with seeing one or both of those other sites.
Total Cost= £140.00
Deposit option available
Directions to the Barn from Bolton Abbey – BD23 6EX (Do not rely on your Sat Nav)
Take the B6160 in the direction of Burnsall. (Please note there is a height limit of 10ft 9in through Bolton Abbey) Barden is about 3 miles from Bolton Abbey just after the “Strid” car park and before the turn for Appletreewick. Look out for the “Barden” sign on your left. 150 metres later on your right is a bus stop.
Turn right directly after that at the sign for the Priests House restaurant.