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Akebar Park's History

Old map of lower Wensleydale

Akebar is nestled in lower Wensleydale, an area of outstanding natural beauty, the Ellwood family has farmed here for three generations.

The name of Akebar is Danish in origin and it is one of Yorkshire’s lost villages. It was a settlement even before the Viking invasion when James the Deacon, a disciple of St. Paulinus, established an early church here in the 7th century A.D. The present church of St. Andrew, located on the edge of the park was built in the 11th century on the position of the first church, this is still an active and much loved church.

The township of Akebar was mentioned in the records of Jervaulx Abbey in 1290. It remained a grange farm for Jervaulx, a daughter monastery of the Cistercian Order at Fountains Abbey, until the dissolution of the monasteries around 1530.

The Abbot and Monks of Jervaulx were well known for their excellent cheese, named Wensleydale, and famous for the breeding of horses of exceptional quality and bravery. It’s recorded that a large number of their brood mares were kept at the grange farm at Akebar.

In more recent times in 1970 the Ellwood family developed 40 acres of the farm into a holiday park, followed by the 18 hole golf course, which has spectacular views of North Yorkshire from the Jubilee Beacon.

The conversion of two 18th century farm cottages into a restaurant and bar is a popular meeting place for both local folk and holiday makers.

The remainder of the land at Akebar is still farmed with corn, sheep, cattle and horses in the traditional Yorkshire Dales way.

Why not come and share Akebar with us? We hope you enjoy your visit.