Yorkshire Dales – Settle, Skipton & the Dales

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a special place: it has outstanding scenery, a range of wildlife habitats and a rich cultural heritage. It is a fantastic outdoor arena for recreation and peaceful relaxation and a haven for wildlife.

Settle

Settle 2Settle is an ancient market town with much of the town designated a conservation area with a number of Grade ll listed buildings. Many of the present houses and inns in Settle were built in the 17th Century. The Folly, which houses the Museum of North Craven Life, is one of the most impressive buildings and well worth a visit. A climb up the hill at the back of the Market Place allows you to explore the narrow, cobbled streets of picturesque Upper Settle with great views over Settle and Giggleswick.

There are plenty of things to do in Settle whilst enjoying the sights of the lovely market town. The Gallery on the Green, located in an old red telephone box in picturesque Upper Settle, lays claim to being the smallest art gallery in the world! Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, England’s oldest surviving Music Hall, hosts the Tuesday Indoor Market and an extensive programme of cultural and community events.

In addition there is an interesting range of local, independent shops and galleries with friendly service. A great range of cafés, restaurants, wine bars and historic inns that have been catering for the town’s visitors for hundreds of years are also worth a visit.

 

Ribblehead Viaduct and the Settle- Carlisle line

SC-lineThe Settle Carlisle line is probably the most scenic railway journey in England. In the 72 miles between Settle and Carlisle there are 14 tunnels and over 20 viaducts and the Ribblehead station which had stood derelict for many years is now an award winning visitor centre & well worth a visit.

There are also opportunities to travel along the line on historic steam trains & experience the wonderful views.

Hawes 

2012 GTBS silver -reduced 2The Yorkshire Dales National Park Centre  is a great starting point for anyone wanting to make the most of this beautiful area. Located in the Dales Countryside Museum, there are friendly staff to help you enjoy the National Park in just the way you want.

 

 

Visit the home of Yorkshire Wensleydale at Wensleydale Creamery. See how the cheese is made and enjoy a delicious meal in their cafe or restaurant. 

Nearby is Gayle Mill – well worth a visit.  A working wood working mill.

Skipton

SkiptonSkipton 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. Always known as the “Gateway to the Dales”, Skipton’s unique appeal lies in its happy marriage of olde-worlde charm and the hustle and bustle of a living market town which has evolved naturally over the centuries and consequently retained its many historic features. Its visitor attractions include a narrowboat cruise on the Leeds Liverpool Canal,  Aireville Park which was once part of the Aireville Estate, Craven Museum & Gallery, Skipton Castle & Skipton Castle Woods. The Mart Theatre is also a unique experience & well worth a visit, a livestock market during the week which is transformed into a theatre venue at weekends.