More about the farm and the area
Flock to the Fold is part of Breaks Fold Farm. The farm itself is a traditional family run working hill farm, consisting of a mixed flock of 250 Swaledales and Mules and small herd of Dexter Cattle, spanning 200 acres. The farm also has a 30 pitch campsite, 5 van CL, the Old Peat House guest room and Static Caravan with hot tub. There is accommodation to suit everyone.
The farm is run by Richard and Louise Pullan, Richard being the 3rd generation of his family to take over the tenancy of the farm. Richard can be found out and about on the farm and helping out on the campsite. Louise competed on Masterchef in 2017, reaching the quarter finals a fantastic achievement. She has created the menus for the cafe/bistro and makes all the dough and does all the baking in house.
The Valley and surrounding area is taken care of by Yorkshire Water, who have created a superb network of paths around the reservoirs and surrounding land. The paths are well kept and way marked. There is a network of footpaths and bridle paths and even a specialist bike trail down in the Beeston plantation. There really is a walk or ride to suit all abilities.
Thruscross itself is absolutely stunning and the larger of our immediate reservoirs. Again the route can be shortened or lengthened to suit all abilities. From the car park at Thruscross you can either head off around the reservoir itself or down along the Washburn river towards Fewston. There are literally hundreds of walks to be enjoyed around the area.
Thruscross is particularly special, because underneath lies the flooded village of West End. Once a bustling village, the area was compulsory purchased and flooded in the 1960s by Leeds Corporation, now Yorkshire Water. Parts of the old village still exist and can be seen from the footpath, such as the old mill and communal sheep dip. When the water gets low, old dry stone walls and the old church pop out. It really is a fascinating place and has been a popular area for filming i.e. DCI Banks, Emmerdale and the Kaiser Cheifs video 'Coming Home'.
Breaks Fold Farm was where the locals would have gathered to sell their sheep, hence where Flock to the Fold came from!