FREE educational visits for Schools
We have a limited amount of funding available supplied by the EU to cover the costs of running educational visits for school children to learn about food, farming and the countryside at our farm. If you would like to bring your school to visit us message us. Free visits will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Lead by Master Beekeeper John Hewitt this fantastic course will take place this April. It consists of three evening workshops and a Sunday afternoon practical where attendees will get the chance to try on a bee suit, look inside a hive and learn to handle the Bees! Places are limited with only a limited number still available. Book now to avoid disappointment! Link to book.
Be a farmer for the morning
Book to come for a morning farm experience - feed the hens, collect the eggs, check the goats and sheep and watch the sheepdogs having a training session. Once the jobs are done kick off your wellies and enjoy a breakfast of dippy eggs and soldiers in the farmhouse. Click here to book.
We don't understand this trend!
Goat Yoga?! Yes, it is a bit bonkers - but it's also amazingly fun! All the profits are going towards helping our farm to transition to renewable technology and lower carbon farming models. Click here for ticket information and more info on why we are running this sessions.
Welcome to Cronkshaw Fold
Located in the beautiful Alden Valley, Cronkshaw Fold is a traditional hill farm with a passion for environmentally friendly farming, animal welfare and teaching about the importance of sustainable agriculture. We run educational visits, host visitors for farm holidays and in 2019 we're trying our hand at hosting weddings, too!
We farm poultry, meat goats and sheep alongside our kitchen gardens, fish pond and broadleafed woodland. We use sustainable farming practices that promote a healthy environment, care for the countryside, increase local wildlife and preserve traditional rural skills such as dry stone walling, hedge laying, coppicing and companion planting.
All of our livestock are farmed in line with the RSPCA "5 freedoms" philosophy and have access to large outdoor spaces for grazing and foraging during fair weather including species rich mowing meadows. They also have indoor weatherproof accommodation for poor weather.
Climate change is something we are very concerned about. We have a great sense of urgency to do all we can to prevent our contribution towards emissions and help our visitors do the same. This includes working towards changing our current farming practices in order to grow produce with a lower carbon footprint. We are also working hard to raise money to invest in renewable power technologies so we can produce and store energy on site.
Where are we?
Cronkshaw Fold Farm & study centre