North East's first fit farm opens near Richmond

Derelict buildings in North Yorkshire have been turned into the region's first fit farm

Barforth Hall owners Paula and Jason Forrest
Barforth Hall owners Paula and Jason Forrest

The North East’s first residential fit farm has been launched following support from the Rural Development Programme for England.

Barforth Hall Fit Farm and Rural Retreat in Winston near Richmond, North Yorkshire, has been officially opened by owner and fitness trainer Paula Forrest, who is waiting to take in clients from right across the region.

Barforth Hall is set in 250 acres of Barforth Farm estate, which also boasts the ruins of a 12th Century monastery.

The fitness farm is part of ongoing transformations of the formally derelict buildings.

The facility, which offers a fusion of fitness, nutrition and relaxation in a rural setting, offers health breaks that are designed to kick-start a healthier lifestyle for its clients.

Invited guests attended an opening at the fit farm, based at the manor house which has been adapted for its new use..

The rural retreat features en-suite bedrooms, an indoor fitness suite, an outdoor hard-court, lawns and garden exercise area.

Paula Forrest said: “Barforth Hall is here to give people the confidence and drive to help themselves. Our team will offer advice and support to kick start a new lifestyle, and tailor plans to suit individual needs and targets.

“We want clients to leave feeling inspired and ready to make the small changes that can make all the difference to their health.”

Mrs Forrest, an experienced personal trainer, with a sport science degree, has also managed an award winning weight management programme working within the medical profession.

The projected received matched funding from the Rural Development Programme for England, which is jointly funded by DEFRA and European Union.

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