A bit of history
Breaks Fold Farm was originally compulsory purchased by Leeds Corporation (now Yorkshire Water). In 1966 the village of West End was flooded to make way for Thruscross Reservoir. Once a valley buzzing with life and busy yarn industry, its hard to believe as you stroll along the paths. Some remains of the remains of the village can be seen such as the communal sheep dip and during times of drought some of the buildings and walls begin to emerge from the water! The area is steeped in interesting local history.
The farm sits within walking distance of the walks around the reservoir. The footpaths throughout the valley neatly link Thruscross, Fewston and Swinsty Reservoirs together, making for miles of walking in beautiful surroundings.
Richard and Louise are now the 3rd generation to take on the farm, primarily focused on breeding traditional Swaledale and Mule lambs. 2014 saw the addition of a small herd of Dexter cattle with the aim to break into the specialist beef market. Louise also competed on Masterchef in 2017 where she reached the quarter finals – using some lovely Dexter Beef that went down a storm with all the judges.
If you have any questions about the farm or the area, please do ask during your stay.