Mowing and haymaking weekend in the Yorkshire Dales

My friend Ruth is organising a mowing and haymaking weekend at one of the farms where I taught last summer. Being out in the meadow with your scythe and a group of other people all working together is a brilliant way to practise your skills and learn from each other while having the satisfaction of the work done.
Please contact Ruth directly if you’d like to get involved, her details are at the end.

Join us for Hay Time in the Yorkshire Dales!

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th July at Lower Winskill Farm, Langcliffe, Settle. North Yorkshire. BD24 9PZ.
Lower Winskill meadow Lower Winskill meadow

This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of an age old tradition of making hay amongst some of the most beautiful meadows in the Dales. Our host will be Tom Lord whose family has been farming at Lower Winskill since the 19th century. The meadows at Lower Winskill have been recorded as far back as the 1500s and are truly spectacular.

Tom Lord's family haymaking

We will be meeting at the farm on Saturday from 12am to enjoy a tour of the meadows (bring a packed lunch!) before starting to mow one of Tom’s meadows in the afternoon.

The evening will see Ken Jacquiery firing up his barbecue so bring something to cook! All are welcome to camp in the meadows overnight and any musical sorts are invited to bring their instrument(s) for the evening. If the weather is kind the stars will be fantastic.
Sunday will be an early(ish!) start to get the rest of the meadow mown ready for drying and baling over the following days*
The day will end with a celebratory barbecue (bring more food!) and a well-earned lie down.
Lower Whinskill meadow

Who and what we need:

  • enthusiastic mowers with their own scythe if possible – 12 would be great so we can have a rotation
  • people to turn the grass – again own rake is ideal but not a problem if you don’t have one.
  • moral support!
  • people to make tea!

Come along for the whole weekend or nip in when you can. Those who can commit to mowing on the Saturday and Sunday would be very much welcomed but any time you can spare over the weekend is much appreciated!

R.S.V.P before 10th July please
Ruth Pullan ruthpullan@hotmail.co.uk 07951 399176

* those of you who can and would like to stay on to help turn and bale the hay over the following days are welcome

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About Steve Tomlin

I am a greenwood worker and scythe tutor. I carve spoons, bowls and other products from locally sourced greenwood. During the summer I teach scything around the UK.
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2 Responses to Mowing and haymaking weekend in the Yorkshire Dales

  1. marmalade14 says:

    Steve,
    Could you bring me a rake that you have made and I will buy it at the weekend?
    Thanks

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