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Banks Ghyll

A note from Banks Ghyll Kennels

Update | Tuesday, 24th March 2020

Dear friends,

I have come to the very difficult and reluctant decision to temporarily close the kennels and cattery.

Ever mindful of daily changes in the Government guidelines, as well as the safety of both my staff and you, this decision feels right.

For those of you with bookings later in the spring and summer, I will keep in touch.

In the meantime, stay well, look out for each other and I look forward to welcoming you back to Banks Ghyll soon.

Warm wishes

Kath xx

About us

We are very proud of our kennels and our reputation which has been built up over the past 21 years. We have a loyal customer base, and have done little advertising over the years, preferring to accept word of mouth as the best recommendation. The majority of our bookings are returning customers.

We aim to give a good and consistent service and become very attached to the animals we board. Sadly, dogs and cats don’t live as long as we do, and inevitably we have had to say goodbye to many much-loved pets over the years, including our own.

For many years, we kept Irish Setters ourselves. They were all rescued, and some had major health problems. They were all real characters, known to all the customers if only for being opportunists ( Floyd will always be remembered for the meat pie he stole off the back seat of someone’s car!). In that time we became involved with the Irish Setter Breeders Club Rescue Scheme, and they have used our kennels over many years to board setters that need rehoming. I enjoyed, and still enjoy, being involved in rehoming and visiting prospective homes to check them out, or doing the handover to a new owner. We all like happy endings!

Our menagerie of pet animals is not so large these days. The goats and sheep have left good memories, and provided great TV for several years for the cats in the cattery! They currently have only the antics of Chanteclair the cockerel (who arrived uninvited) and his two girls, Patsy and Mo, together with Drew the disabled sheep to keep them amused while sunbathing. However, who knows what the spring will bring?

Our own cats, Axle, Flump and Gismo have also been rehomed with us. I won’t say rescued because they came from good homes. They probably should have been included in the “Staff” column as they are valuable assets and perform many roles… not least keeping the rabbit and mouse population to a minimum, together with providing a meet and greet service to customers regardless of the weather or the size of the dog being delivered!

If you haven’t found the answers you were looking for on our website, please let us know. Cliff and I are always happy to answer questions about the kennels and will try to accommodate your requests. We try to be flexible, because that’s what we would want.

We are inspected annually by the Environmental Health Dept at Craven District Council, with whom we enjoy an excellent relationship and who we have involved in all aspects of developing our business over the years. We are also pleased to have the confidence of the local vets, many of whom put their dogs and cats in with us at holiday times.

Contact details

Call: 01535636701 Email: Address: Off Skipton Old Road, Lothersdale, BD20 8HN

Charity partner

Banks Ghyll Kennels are proud supporters of the Mary Wood Trust