Days Out in Yorkshire: Falconry experience at The Coniston Hotel and Country Estate

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THERE is nothing quite like the sight of a fully grown Harris’s Hawk, wings spread wide, talons outstretched and heading straight for your hand to really get the blood pumping.

One moment he is perched proudly on top of a barn, seeking out his morning meal, the next he is sitting on your arm, inches away from your face and tucking into a piece of chicken.

It is an awe-inspiring experience.

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These majestic creatures are just one of the incredible birds of prey species waiting to meet visitors at The Coniston Hotel’s falconry centre.

Nestled in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales countryside at Coniston Cold, near Skipton, the four-star hotel is home to one of the finest falconry centres in the North.

Armed with leather gloves, pieces of chicken and years of knowledge and expertise, the friendly falconers help visitors get up close and personal with more than 20 magnificent birds, from cute owls and impressive hawks, to the magnificent buzzards, falcons and eagles.

Guests can choose from a range of unforgettable packages, from an hour’s owl and hawk experience, to a half or full day out hunting against the backdrop of the 1,400 acre Coniston estate.

Adrenaline junkies can round their day off with a visit to the on-site 4x4 experience, featuring purpose built courses that meander through the forest. For those who prefer a more relaxed pace of life, why not visit the hotel’s spa, with 15m swimming pool, thermal suite, gym, dance studio, treatment rooms, relaxation area and outdoor spa.

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Prices: Owl and hawk experience, family £49, two adults £35 (see website for more)

Address: The Coniston Hotel, Coniston Cold, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 4EA

Telephone: 01756 748080

Website: www.theconistonhotel.com

More: www.yorkshire.com

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