Rolling green hills chequered by ancient stone walls and limestone pavements inhabited only by shaggy sheep create a breathtaking landscape. This is magnificent walking, riding, climbing, caving, shooting and fishing country, with picturesque Dales stone-built villages to explore, caves to visit and heritage to discover. The only problem, as a first time visitor to this wonderful region, is where to start.
The list below is a good starting point…
Bolton Abbey is situated on the banks of the river Wharfe, 25 minutes drive from Grassington. Explore the ruins of the Priory, wander along the riverside, woodland and moorland paths or relax in the Cavendish Pavilion. Themed trails for children in most school holidays. Nearby attractions include Hesketh Farm Park and Billy Bob’s Ice Cream Parlour.
www.boltonabbey.com | www.heskethfarmpark.co.uk | www.billybobsparlour.com
Malham is a small village at the Southern base of the Yorkshire Dales, approximately 30 minutes drive from Grassington. A pretty place surrounded by limestone dry-stone walls and has a stream running right through the middle of the village. Ideal for walkers – Malham Cove, Gordale Scar, Malham Tarn and Janet’s Foss. Scenes for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows were filmed all around Malham.
Skipton is positioned overlooking the Aire Gap, which separates the Craven limestone dales to the north from the gritstone moors to the south and the pastoral Ribble Valley to the west. At the south western boundary to the Yorkshire Dales the town has always been known as “Gateway to the Dales”. With its bustling market, medieval castle, canal and thriving shops, pubs and cafes, Skipton provides something for the whole family and is only a 15 minute drive from Grassington. Skipton Castle is located at the top of Skipton’s high street, over 900 years old, the castle is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England.
www.skiptoncastle.co.uk | www.welcometoskipton.com
Embsay Steam Railway
A 20 minute drive from Grassington you can visit Embsay Station which was built in 1888. From here you can catch a steam train to Bolton Abbey Station. See website for timetable and special events.
Settle is a bustling, historic Yorkshire Dales market town at the gateway to Upper Ribblesdale and in sight of the wild and lovely Forest of Bowland. The town is full of independent shops, cafés, inns and restaurants and is home to the world famous Settle-Carlisle Railway.
The surrounding limestone landscape abounds with dry stone walls, meadows, scars, peaks (three of them!), field barns, waterfalls, becks, caves, potholes ….. and sheep! 40 minutes drive from Grassington.
A picturesque village in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, 15 minutes from Grassington. Kettlewell represented the village of Knapely in the 2003 film, Calendar Girls.
Worth Valley Railway
Step back in time and enjoy a train ride through the heart of Bronte Country. Keighley Station is 35 minutes drive from Grassington.
Haworth is a hill top village in the heart of West Yorkshire’s Bronte Country. Situated above the Worth Valley amid the bleak Pennine moors, Haworth is internationally famous for its connections with the Bronte sisters who wrote most of their famous works while living at the Haworth Parsonage (which is now a museum owned and maintained by the Bronte Society) while their father was incumbent parson at the adjacent Haworth church. 45 minutes drive from Grassington.
haworth-village.co.uk | bronte-country.com
Salts Mill, Saltaire
Shopping, art and dining in one glorious building; famous for its David Hockney exhibition, arts and crafts and cafe. 40 minutes drive from Grassington.
National Media Museum, Bradford
This fabulous free museum is devoted to film, photography, television, radio and the web. It also houses a five storey IMAX screen. Located in Bradford centre, 50 minutes drive from Grassington.
Harrogate is famous for its horticulture, historic buildings, stunning scenery and natural springs, making it the perfect place to sightsee. Its variety of high street stores, independent retailers and café culture also make it a popular day out if you want to hit the shops. Home to the first Bettys Café Tea Room, the relaxing Turkish Baths and Health Spa and the beautiful Harlow Carr and Valley Gardens, to name just a few of the attractions in and around this popular spa town. 40 minutes drive from Grassington.
harrogate.co.uk | turkishbathsharrogate.co.uk | www.bettys.co.uk | rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr
This pretty, traditional spa town offers some of Yorkshire’s finest tearooms, magnificent countryside and a rock climbers’ paradise with the famous Cow and Calf Rocks sitting proudly above the town, on the rolling Yorkshire moors.
Shopping in Ilkley also comes highly recommended, with a varied range of boutiques, high street classics and high class delicatessens. Visit Lishman’s of Ilkley – one of the UK’s finest butchers selling sensational award-winning pies and sausage, and keep a look out for the vintage fairs that often grace the town centre. Ilkley also boasts several great attractions nearby, including a medieval Manor House, the White Wells Spa Cottage and even a Toy Museum! The smart, family-friendly Ilkley Lido is also well worth a visit on warmer summer days and a boutique cinema provides a unique experience to the local area.
ilkley.org | ilkleytoymuseum.co.uk | ilkleylido.co.uk | ilkleycinema.co.uk
The village of Ingleton is surrounded by magnificent countryside with caves, waterfalls and the three peaks of Ingleborough, Penyghent and Whernside. 50 minute drive from Grassington.
ingleton.co.uk | www.ingletonwaterfallstrail.co.uk
Ribblehead Viaduct (55 minutes drive from Grassington) is the most impressive structure on the Settle-Carlisle railway. Hundreds of railway builders lost their lives building this line. In particular building the viaduct, with its 24 massive stone arches 104 feet above the moor. ITV’s blockbuster eight-part series Jericho, which cost £1 million per episode to make, imagines the story of the building of the Ribblehead viaduct – which is renamed the Culverdale viaduct in the show – and focuses on the lives of the navvies who helped create our modern industrial landscape.
Newby Hall is one of England’s renowned Adam Houses and was built under the guidance of Sir Christopher Wren in the 17th century. Explore the 25 acres of award winning gardens and the Hall itself which epitomises the Georgian Age of elegance. Newby’s exciting Adventure Garden has been thoughtfully and safely designed for children of all ages – from swings for toddlers through to climbing frames and bridges, an aerial slide and pedalo boats for the older children. Get wet in the interactive ‘Tarantella’ dancing water play area or go for a ride on the miniature railway. 55 minutes drive from Grassington, don’t forget the kids swim stuff and a towel!
Ripon Race Course
For more than 300 years, Ripon has hosted some of the most exciting, most prestigious and most enjoyable horse racing in the country. Due to its most pleasant surroundings, Ripon is known as Yorkshires Garden Racecourse, and during the flat racing season, racegoers can enjoy the Ripon facilities on any one of seventeen race days. 45 minutes drive from Grassington.
Middleham (50 minutes drive from Grassington) is an interesting place with a colourful history, a thriving horse-racing community and a castle that was once home to Richard III, all set amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Wensleydale countryside with remote farms, beautiful little villages and heather covered grouse moors. The Forbidden Corner is located nearby, enjoy the unique labyrinth of Tunnels, Chambers, Follies and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. NB: Tickets for The Forbidden Corner must be ordered in advance of arrival.
middlehamonline.com | theforbiddencorner.co.uk
The traditional market town of Leyburn has developed as the traditional centre for mid Wensleydale shopping and trade. Here you will find Tennants Auction Centre and many quality craft shops and workshops for candle making, pottery, jewellery, glassmaking and a chocolate factory and shop. 55 minutes drive from Grassington.