Alf Wight OBE (James Herriot) once said about his visits to farms in the Yorkshire Dales “At times it seemed unfair that I should be paid for my work; for driving out in the early morning with the fields glittering under the first pale sunshine and the wisps of mist still hanging on the high tops.”
Yockenthwaite Farm is one of those very places that he would have visited and experienced that feeling as he made his way to the farms he serviced. Nowadays, Yockenthwaite Farm has diversified and is creating some fabulous products that are served on the breakfast tables around Herriot Country and far beyond.
The Hird Family has farmed here since 1842 and they have continued the traditions of a Dales farm whilst developing their wholesome breakfast granola cereals that is now one of the best-known flavours of Herriot Country. Yockenthwaite Farm, uses the most wholesome, simple premium-quality ingredients possible and make small batches from scratch, fresh every time. Oats are freshly-rolled to order and are as unprocessed as they possible can be, Yockenthwaite Farm granolas, muesli and porridge oats have a freshness you can really taste, bite by bite, bowl by delicious bowl.
People ask where is Yockenthwaite? Well, it’s up in the Yorkshire Dales; in a remote and lesser known stretch of Wharfedale called Langstrothdale; Langstrothdale chase to be precise. Only a few miles downstream from the source of the river Wharfe, Yockenthwaite is a small hamlet of nowadays just three farm houses. Years ago it boasted six or seven farmsteads,
Yokenthwaite Farm has starred as Heston Grange Farm on Channel 5 TV’s All Creatures Great and Small and is without doubt a place to visit in Herriot Country to experience the location, to see the products, and to understand how this wonderful farm contributes to the local economy and the community it serves. James Herriot would most certainly have approved of these hearty breakfast products.