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engine Percy and the Fat Controller. Other popular events include a 1940s weekend in September and a Teddy Bears’ Picnic at the end of July. Another ever-popular visitor is Santa Claus, who rides the line between mid November and Christmas. Most trains are hauled by one of the lines collection of magnificently restored steam tank engines. During the summer in addition to the advertised steam service, vintage trains using Victorian and Edwardian carriages operate on Sundays between June and September. And it is even possible to enjoy a vintage train ride accompanied by a bowl of delicious strawberries and a glass of wine, on selected Saturday evenings during the summer. The line which is a registered museum, has gift shops at both Embsay and Bolton Abbey Stations, the Embsay Station hosting a famous railway transport book shop, Bolton Abbey Station specialising in oil lamps and spares for vintage ones and also a range of working steam engines. There is ample free car parking for passengers at both Bolton Abbey and Embsay Stations.

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uardian of the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales for over 900 years, this unique fortress is one of the most complete and well-preserved medieval castles in England. Standing on a 40-metre high crag, fully-roofed Skipton Castle was founded around 1090 by Robert de Romille, one of William the Conqueror’s Barons, as a fortress in the dangerous northern reaches of the kingdom. Owned by King Edward I and Edward II, from 1310 it became the stronghold of the Clifford Lords withstanding successive raids by marauding Scots. During the Civil War it was the last Royalist bastion in the North, yielding only after a three-year siege in 1645. ‘Slighted’ under the orders of Cromwell, the castle was skilfully restored by the redoubtable Lady Anne Clifford and today visitors can climb from the depths of the Dungeon to the top of the Watch Tower, and explore the Banqueting Hall, the Kitchens, the Bedchamber and even the Privy! Every period has left its mark, from the Norman entrance and the Medieval towers, to the beautiful Tudor courtyard with the great yew


tree planted by Lady Anne in 1659. Here visitors can see the coat of arms of John Clifford, the infamous ‘Bloody’ Clifford of Shakespeare’s Henry VI, who fought and died in the Wars of the Roses whereupon the castle was possessed by Richard III. Throughout the turbulent centuries of English history, the Clifford Lords fought at Bannockburn, at Agincourt and in the Wars of the Roses. The most famous of them all was George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland, Champion to Elizabeth I, Admiral against the Spanish Armada and conqueror of Puerto Rico in 1598. In the castle grounds visitors can see the Tudor wing built as a royal wedding present for Lady Eleanor Brandon, niece of Henry VIII, the beautiful Shell Room decorated in the 1620s with shells and Jamaican coral and the ancient medieval chapel of St. John the Evangelist. The Chapel Terrace, with its delightful picnic area, has fine views over the woods and Skipton’s lively market town.

Celebrating the glories of its past, the castle holds re-enactments that really brings history alive. These events are very popular and the dates for your diary are:

Skipton Castle Events 2011

23rd & 24th July Printlink & Friends Art Exhibition by a group of contemporary Craven Printmakers In the Castle Granary 10am - 6pm (Sunday 12 noon - 5pm) Buckingham’s Retinue Life in the 15th Century Re-enactment of life in the 15th Century at Skipton Castle. 10am - 6pm (Sunday 12 noon - 6pm) 30th & 31st July Trayned Bandes See this military unit setting up an encampment during the English Civil War. 10am - 6pm (Sunday 12 noon - 6pm) 6th & 7th August Feudal Archers Life in a 12th Century Castle 10am - 6pm (Sunday 12 noon - 6pm) 13th & 14th August John Nevison the Yorkshire Highwayman John Nevison was a famous late 17th century Yorkshire highwayman who robbed the length of the Great North Road but especially in the northern counties. One story about him was how he was supposed to have ridden from London to York in less than a day to gain an alibi for a robbery he’d been witnessed committing. On the weekend of ‘Swift Nicks’ Nevison has had to escape from the Black Horse Inn with the law of the land after him. Luckily he is good friends with the castle steward and as the Countess is away he has been allowed into the castle to hide where he intends to wait until dark and then to attempt to sneak back to retrieve his favourite horse ‘Nutmeg’. 10am - 5pm (Sunday 12 noon - 5pm) 27th & 28th August Meet the Governor Come and meet Sir John Mallory Governor of Skipton Castle during the English Civil War. 10am - 5pm (Sunday 12 noon - 5pm) 20th & 21st August Historia Normanis Bringing History to life in the 12th Century 10am - 6pm (Sunday 12 noon - 6pm) http://www. normannis 1st & 2nd October Exhibition in the Banqueting Hall by the fashion department of Craven College 10am - 4pm (Sunday 12 noon - 4pm) 1st & 2nd October Granary Arts Student Exhibition 10am - 4pm (Sunday 12 noon - 4pm)

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riginally a Saxon Settlement, in Norman times Skipton was chosen as the site of a powerful Norman castle, guarding strategic routes into the Aire Gap from the east. The medieval castle survives, despite extensive 17th Century rebuilding and is one of the finest examples of a castle of its period. Shortly after the Norman Conquest to about 1300 the houses were huddled under the castle walls on the north side of Mill Bridge. The pattern of a typical Norman town can still be clearly seen, with the church at the head of the town and a High Street extending below both. Many of the old medieval ‘backs’ which were converted into workshop areas or crammed with workers’ cottages around old courtyards in the Industrial Revolution are now attractive shopping arcades or precincts. The castle was twice besieged during the Pilgrimage of Grace and in the Civil War between King Charles I and Parliament when it was defended by Royalists from 1642 to 1645.




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The old Springs Branch of the canal was built in the 1770’s through a deep ravine alongside Eller Beck at the back of Skipton castle to carry limestone to the Bradford and Aire Valley ironworks. The crushed stone was brought by rope-hauled tramway from a quarry at Haw bank, near Embsay, and gravity-fed into waiting barges.

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in Skipton and in 1801 the population was approximately 2,305. During the Industrial Revolution mills and factories expanded the economy of the town which in turn created demand for more houses. Although town expansion seems to have been restricted by covenants on building imposed by the Castle Estate some development on the perimeter of the old town by building three storey houses for the benefit of handloom weavers took place, the top storey being used as a weaving loft.

Skipton’s Famous Fairs

In former times corn was extensively grown throughout Craven and from a very early date Skipton was a famous Corn Market. Evidently a place was devoted to the wants of the corn dealers, who came in from all parts of this and adjoining counties. It was in this way the street known as Newmarket Street obtained its name. The market was held on a Saturday and great quantities of grain were brought eastward, chiefly from Knaresborough and dispersed in different parts of Craven and into the north-eastern parts of Lancashire. The market of Skipton was ruled by many customs, some peculiar to itself and offenders against these were presented to the Court Leet, who imposed fines. The market was opened by the ring of a bell which in former times hung about the Market Cross. A crowd always stood around the Market Cross as any butter that weighed short was immediately given to the poor and the same fate awaited the goods of any trader who started selling before the Market bell was rung at noon. In the 1900’s the cattle fairs were held on Mondays and although Skipton’s fame as a Corn Market has long since disappeared its reputation as a cattle fair has no way been minimised as an auction market still stands on the outskirts of the town.

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kipton has lots to offer the visitor. There is the Castle to begin with, one of the best preserved of its kind. There is the canal with the opportunity to take a short cruise along the Skipton section and view the town from a different angle, or for the more adventurous the chance to take a boat on a longer voyage. While still on a travel theme, how about a journey on a steam train? Just a few miles out of town you will find the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. In town there is a famous market, where you can find all sorts of things. In the Town Hall at the top of town you will find the Craven museum, a fascinating place full of interesting objects and stories.

If you feel like having a leisurely morning or afternoon why not take a walk around the town? Take a stroll out of town towards Belmont Bridge turning right onto the canal footpath. Follow the footpath to the second swing bridge and go across. You will now be heading into Aireville Park where you can have a go at putting, play some tennis, or visit Craven Pool or even just have a seat and let the world go by. When you’ve had enough, go back the same way and find yourself a place for a refreshment, there are plenty to pick from and all can be recommended. Did you know there are some nice places behind the main street on the canal side? Take a look.

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HEN Prince Charles gave his royal approval to Craven Court Shopping Centre 22 years ago, he helped set the seal on a unique location that firmly remains one of Skipton’s main attractions. Developed from a narrow old alleyway of shops, with a two-tier Victorian-style arcade added, Craven Court blends the old with the new in a way that’s perfectly appropriate for the historic but forward-looking ‘Gateway to the Dales’ town. The Prince was so impressed by what he saw in 1988 that he declared the £4million redevelopment of Craven Court a “marvellous and courageous project.” And since then, thousands of people – both locals and visitors – have agreed with him. Visitors from all over the country never cease to marvel at the magnificent glass-roofed arcade with its ornamental wrought ironwork, stout cast iron pillars and stone flagged floor. It has even been compared to London’s showpiece redevelopment of the old Covent Garden fruit market“Was this place a Victorian market hall?” asks one visitor. “Was it a railway station at one time?” asks another. Actually, it was neither. Craven Court was originally Smith’s Yard, a cluster of buildings, some dating from the 16th century, reached through a narrow “ginnel” or alley, just off High Street. They had been cottages, farm buildings, the Hole in the Wall inn, and a former workshop that had served as the Skipton Theatre in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It is recorded that two leading actors of the time, the great Edmund Keane and the future Duchess of St Albans, Harriet Mellon, appeared at the theatre despite it being much less grand than the theatres they


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were used to. Like most old theatres, there’s even talk of a ghost that walks at night after the shops have closed, carrying out minor acts of mischief such as moving chairs about. By the 1980s, several of the buildings in the court were occupied by local furnishers Ledgard and Wynn, who relocated to a converted old mill in town. Architects designed an imaginative redevelopment scheme for Craven Court that retained and improved the best of the old buildings and re-used stone from buildings that had to be taken down. The result is a unique court of more than 20 shops, where some of the country’s best-known chain stores rub shoulders with independent local businesses. From High Street, the “ginnel” entrance to Craven Court, indicated by an ornate canopy across the pavement, is between jewellers H Samuel, one of the original occupants, and Fat Face fashion store. From the town’s main car park, visitors walk past Bizzie’s and The Albion pub to Craven Court’s ornate Otley Street entrance, with its grand wrought iron staircase and landscaped shrubberies. Inside the court are national chains Fat Face, H.Samuels, Laura Ashley home fashions, Wallis Ladies wear Bodycare toiletries, Hawkshead outdoor wear, Julian Graves’s speciality foods and Past Times nostalgic gifts, Broughton shoes. Independent specialists include Apothecary II soaps and gifts, The Flying Angel nautical gifts, Jenz Flowers floristry, Oculus Opticians , Dandelion gifts, Main Boutique, Main Clothing,Fudge Store and Dr Rufa fish foot

spa. Craven Court also boasts Skipton’s own jewellery quarter, with no fewer than four jewellers covering the entire range of jewellery services at prices to suit all pockets. They are: Barbara Cunningham & Mezzo Jewellery, Isaac’s working Jewellers, Keith James and The Silver Box. Shoppers can rest and enjoy anything from light refreshments to a full meal, with waitress service and traditional ambience, at Hemingway’s Tea Rooms on the first floor. Day-to-day management of Craven Court is carried out by Embsay-based Marsden Contract Services, and a discrete security presence is backed by the town’s anti-crime Radio Watch scheme. Craven Court manager Emma Marsden said: “Craven Court is successful today because of its warm, friendly sophisticated shopping experience, all under one roof.

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LEEDS & LIVERPOOL CANAL n Act was passed in May 1770 authorising construction, and Brindley was appointed chief engineer and John Longbotham clerk of works; following Brindley’s death in 1772, Longbotham carried out both roles.


and Calder Navigation in Leeds. By now, the subscribed funds and further borrowing had all been spent, and work stopped in 1781 with the completion of the Rufford Branch from Wigan to the River Douglas.

By 1774 the canal had been completed from Skipton to Shipley, including significant engineering features such as the Bingley Five Rise Locks, Bingley Three Rise Locks and the seven-arch aqueduct over the River Aire. Also completed was the branch to Bradford.

In 1789 Robert Whitworth developed fresh proposals to vary the line of the remaining part of the canal, including a tunnel at Foulridge and a more southerly route in Lancashire. These proposals were authorised by a fresh Act in 1790, together with further fund-raising. In 1794 a further Act was granted authorising yet another change of route, and yet more fundraising, as Foulridge Tunnel was proving difficult and expensive to dig. It opened in 1796 and was 1,640 yards (1,500 m) long. The new route took the canal south via Burnley and Blackburn, but the latter was not reached until 1810. The latest plan for the route had it running parallel to the isolated southern end of the Lancaster Canal, but common sense prevailed and the Leeds and Liverpool connected with the Lancaster Canal between Wigan and Johnson’s Hillock. The main line of the canal was thus completed in 1816.

On the western side, the section from Liverpool to Newburgh, was dug. By the following year the Yorkshire end had been extended to Gargrave, and by 1777 the canal had joined the Aire

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Skipton is home to a wealth of family ideas for days out and activities. The ‘Historical Innovation Zone’ is Skipton’s latest attraction, making High Corn Mill, on Chapel Hill, a ‘must visit’ for all the family. Situated at the top of Skipton’s award-winning high street, just below Skipton Castle, the ancient mill building makes a visit to this bustling market town complete.

The Historical Innovation Zone itself nestles between The Home Company and Christ Harvest Church and will allow visitors to see the inner workings of the newly installed water turbine. It is a free, fun and educational trip for all the family.

Environmental enthusiast and owner of High Corn Mill, Andrew Mear said: “The new turbine has been specially built and is the culmination of Combining ancient with modern, the mill retains a £200,000 environmental initiative to restore its medieval roots while also providing delightful the waterwheel and improve the mill. The premises for a range of up-to-the-minute shops, turbine will generate power for the National Grid which will supply power for up to 20 local businesses, a café-bistro and even a Church. houses.”

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St Andrew’s Church at Kildwick


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ildwick Church is a well-known landmark in the Aire Valley just off the A629 between Skipton and Keighley. The church dates back to around 950AD, and most of the present building is 14th century. Known locally as ‘The Lang Kirk of Craven’, St Andrew’s is a historically significant church in the village. It stands close by the Leeds - Liverpool canal. The church has a connection with Bolton Priory in Wharfedale, the Manor of Kildwick coming under the jurisdiction of the Priors of Bolton between the 12th and 16th centuries. Fragments of 9th century crosses have been excavated from its walls, evidence of

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the church built here before the Norman Conquest, which was replaced by one of stone four centuries later. This was later lengthened, with further extensions eastwards during the 15th and 16th centuries, so that it is now one of the longest in Yorkshire. Kildwick village has a population of around 200. Outside the church there is a 1658 sundial and the remains of the public stocks. From the church take the road up the left hand side of the church and then right past the old school house. Cross the bridge over the Leeds Liverpool canal. Follow the path to the left of the gate to the cemetery. At the end of the path is a road. (A short diversion to the right gives a view of Kildwick Hall, a magnificent 17th century manor house guarded by white lions.) Turn left and walk along the road to a path on the right that leads onto the edge of the moor. Follow one of the tracks to the farm at Crag Top. Go through the gate on the left hand side onto Farnhill Moor. There are many paths across the moor. The one with best views follows the edge of the redundant quarry. Head for the Jubilee tower on the skyline. This white painted monument is a must to visit. On the top is a stone carved cross with a rose, shamrock, on the canal thistle motif and theBarges initials VR. It was built in 1887 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The view from here across Airedale are amazing. The village of Farnhill, on the opposite side of the canal is served by the church and the larger village of Crosshills, on the other side of the River Aire and reached by crossing one of the oldest bridges in the north of England, is also in the parish of St Andrew’s.

WALK - SKIPTON WOODS Time for the walks: See each walk below Distance: See each walk below Going: Easy, but can be boggy in places Parking: Coach St (between A6069 and Water St) Toilets: Coach St Step-by-step guide (NB all walks start from Coach St. Car Park)

Walk A - Skipton Castle/Springs Canal

(Distance: 1/2 mile - allow 30 minutes) On leaving the car parking areas, cross Coach Street to take a gap in the wall and join the canal tow path. Turn left along the towpath. Opposite is the Royal Shepherd Public House which is named after George 111(1760-1820) who was known as the Royal Shepherd/Shepherd King. The Royal Shepherd Lodge was founded in 1842 on the existing premises. Continue along the path going under the bridge that carries the B6265. After a short way you will find that the footpath is elevated, with Eller Beck one side, and Springs Canal (an extension of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal), the other side. Follow this as it curves around the back of Skipton Castle. Cross a bridge passing over Eller Beck, up a few steps to meet a lane. Turn left and follow the lane which soon drops down Chapel Hill to meet the B6265. Almost opposite is Water Street. Follow this to return to Coach Street car park, which is on the left after approximately 250 yards.

Walk B - Skipton Woods/Round Dam (Distance: I mile - allow 45 minutes)

Same as Walk A until point B. Here, turn right (up what looks like the driveway to a house), to pass the Old Sawmill (1785) on the right, and then soon after, you reach the entrance to Skipton Woods. Follow the path up and after about a quarter of a mile cross Eller Beck to reach the Round Dam (which is an ideal spot for picnics). After passing the top of the Round Dam, take a footpath right (leaving the main footpath) to climb a sloping bank. At the top, turn right and follow the footpath, which eventually leads you to the A6131 road near the Embsay turn-off Turn right and walk down what is known as ‘The Bailey’ to reach the roundabout at the top of the high Street. To reach Coach St car park, turn right when approaching the roundabout from the Bailey and then turn left at the bridge on to Water Street. Coach Street car park is on the left after approximately 250 yards. Walk C - Skipton Woods/Long Dam (Distance 1 & half miles - allow 1 hour) Same as Walks A & B until C. Here, continue following the main path to the top of the wood walking parallel to the Long Dam. As the path emerges out of the wood and bends left, turn right and climb the steps. Follow the path that runs by the outer edge of the wood Soon, a path will join (from Walk B), coming uphill from the

right. From this point follow directions as for Walk B. Walk D - Long Dam/Park Hill (Distance: 2 miles - allow 1 hour 15 minutes) Same as Walks A, B & C until D. Here, follow the path and long Dam as they bend left towards two tunnels that carry water under the A65 road above. Take a stile in the fence on the right and then turn left. The path guides you to a stile at the other side of the stretch of water. Cross the stile and follow the path back into the woods. After climbing a stepped section, walk with a wall on your right. Eventually the wall turns sharp right and the path reaches a wooden gate with a stile to the left. Cross this and turn left onto Short Lee Lane. After about 50 yards cross a stile in a fence on the left (slightly hidden by small trees). Cross the field walking parallel with the wood on the left. The path is flat but gradually climbs uphill. Reaching the top of the field (otherwise known as Park Hill), walk with a line of old trees on your left to a stone stile in the wall facing. Here, is a great view of Skipton and the Aire Valley beyond. Walk down the next field bearing slightly left. The stile is to the left of an old stone building. Cross this and walk downhill to meet a lane and turn right to meet the B6265 after a short distance. See Walk A for directions back to the car park in Coach St.

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he ancient town of Skipton is renowned throughout Yorkshire for its outdoor market which can trace its routes back to the Middle Ages. The market is held on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays when traders set up their stalls on both sides of the high street leading down through the centre of the town from the castle gates. Shoppers from a wide area are attracted to Skipton market for the standard of goods on offer. Of special note are its greengrocery, clothing and footwear, household goods, flowers, cheese and meat.

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walk you can leave the busy centre and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the Castle Woods. Just off the High Street is Craven Court Shopping Centre, an award-winning Victorian arcade of high quality shops in a delightful setting. The market is open as usual on Bank Holiday Mondays.

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ake the road north out of Skipton on the B6265 to Grassington. You will pass through the village of Rylstone made famous by the Womens’ Institute Calendar Girls. At Threshfield there is a right turn to Grassington, which is well worth a visit, but is a mile out of our way. Instead carry straight on to Kettlewell, very soon the River Wharfe can be seen in the bottom of the valley with Grass Woods beyond where the remains of early settlements have been found. Next is Kilnsey, the crag being a very famous landmark. Visit Kilnsey Park & Trout Farm for a fresh fish for your supper or fish for one yourself. At Kettlewell take a right turn after crossing the Wharfe and go through the village. Follow the sign for Leyburn which takes you up a 1:4 hill, round a few alpine type bends on an unclassified road, and up into Coverdale, a beautiful dale, eventually climbing over the hills to the villages of Calton, Melmerby and Agglethorpe. At Leyburn you will find an attractive market town with lots of interesting shops and galleries and a good selection of pub food and restaurants. You then take the A684 towards Aysg famous falls, through Wensleydale. On your right you will have frequent views of Bolton Castle. After Aysgarth the road continues to the village of Hawes, often a mecca for motorcyclists on fine days. There is a market, a market hall, antique shops and a rope making factory and shop where you can observe the

manufacturing process taking place.You can make your own rope which is guaranteed to entertain your children. Just beyond the centre of the village turn left to Gayle and Kettlewell.You will see the home of Wensleydale Cheese, beloved of Wallace and Grommit, on your left.Visit the shop to see what you have been missing. The road climbs up over Langstrothdale Chase and down the other side passing Hubberholme’s ancient pub and church to the villages of Buckden and Starbotton and back to Kettlewell and Skipton. You will have had a fine day out to feed both your soul and your stomach.

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o visit to the Yorkshire Dales would be complete without paying a visit to the charming settlement of Grassington, Upper Wharfedale’s main residential and tourist centre. Although actually a town, complete with its own town hall housed in the old Mechanics Institute, it retains a friendly village atmosphere. Attractive and well proportioned Dales cottages hint at the prosperity brought by the lead mining industry and the cobbled central square is the perfect focus for the Dickensian theme days which the town hosts in December. The area around Grassington has had a long history of settlement. It takes its name from the the ‘Garrs’ – early Celtic fields – and there are Bronze and Iron Age settlements nearby. The visitor can see evidence of the early settlers of this part of the Dales in the field lynchets – steps in the hillside made by early ploughing techniques. In Grass Wood just north-west of the town, Fort Gregory harks back to a time of violent conflict in the Dales. Grassington’s importance as a trading centre developed partly due to its position on the monastic route from Malham to Fountains Abbey. In more recent times its location close to the junction of the Skipton-Pateley Bridge and Ilkley-Buckden

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or those not already in-the-know Grassington is fast becoming a centre for arts and crafts in the Dales with new and established galleries exhibiting a variety of both contemporary and traditional art and crafts. You can start the Grassington Art Trail at the ‘Old Smithy’ (map ref: 1) - home of established artist Rob Keep. Rob started painting in the early 1980s, inspired by the landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales, and the new look gallery now

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he Dales village of Clapham is set in a geological wonderland of limestome, nestling beneath Ingleborough once thought to be the highest mountain in England. The beautiful old village straddles either side of Clapham Beck, one half linked to the other by three bridges. The church is at the top, the New Inn at the bottom.

Beyond is Ingleborough Mountain, from the top of which on a clear day the Irish Sea can be seen. Truly an excellent centre for walking or touring the Yorkshire Dales. Other villages in this area well worth a visit are Ingleton, Bentham and Kirkby Lonsdale or within half an hour’s drive, the English Lake District.

Ingleborough Hall once the home of the Farrer family is now an outdoor centre. The Hall grounds are now a nature trail that leads alongside the lake, following the beck, to Ingleborough show cave which issues water from Fell Beck that comes off the moor via Gaping Gill. Beyond, the path gets rougher with a sense of impending drama as the limestone dale narrows and great walls of rock soar above you as you enter Trow Gill, a slot down which Fell Beck plunges, twice the height of Niagara at 365ft.

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lthough known to most visitors principally as the starting point of the famous Settle-Carlisle railway, the attractive market town of Settle is well worth a visit in its own right. The town boasts a number of attractive and interesting buildings and there is the added attraction of a fine craft centre and the picturesque village of Giggleswick, both within walking distance of the market place.

Settle nestles in the Ribble Valley, occupying the comparatively narrow zone between the river and the limestone crags, which rise steeply above the town. The town also benefitted from trade, lying in a transition area between the lowlands to the south and the uplands to the north.

Traditional stone cottages nestled beneath the famous Castleberg Rock.

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and are are worthy worthy of of exploration. exploration.By By continuing continuing and to walk walk uphill uphill you you eventually eventually find find yourself yourself on on to Castleberg –– aa wooded wooded hill hill with with splendid splendid views views Castleberg over the the town town and and across across the the valley. valley. over In striking striking contrast contrast to to most most of of the the buildings buildings In in Settle Settle isis the the Folly, Folly,situated situated aa short short distance distance in from the the market market place. place.This This interesting interesting building building from dates back back to to 1675 1675 and and isisTudor Tudor in in appearance. appearance. dates There isis no no consensus consensus on on how how itit came came by by its its There unusual name, name,though though some some locals locals think think itit was was unusual built by by aa craftsman craftsman who who never never finished finished his his built masterpiece. masterpiece. mile or or so so to to the the northwest northwest of of Settle, Settle,just just AA mile over the the main main bridge bridge over over the the river, river,isis the the over quaint village village of of Giggleswick. Giggleswick.Here Here 17th 17th century century quaint cottages line line the the narrow narrow streets, streets,some some only only cottages accessible by by foot foot bridge. bridge.The The sturdy sturdy church church of of accessible St.Alkelda, Alkelda,with with its its 15th 15th century century exterior, exterior,has has St. profusion of of wild wild flowers flowers growing growing among among the the aa profusion gravestones.Further Further on on there there are are the the listed listed gravestones. buildings of of Giggleswick Giggleswick School, School,including including the the buildings impressive chapel with its copper dome.

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Camerata in the Crypt Skipton Building Society Camerata’s chamber music. These informal events last just over an hour each. Turn up in your jeans, bring your own drinks, grab a seat Thursday 29th September 7.30pm Chantel McGregor Band Chantel has been nominated for the Young Artist of the Year award at this year’s British Blues Awards. Amazing guitar playing by a rapidly rising star. Settle Victoria Hall 01729 825718 www. £10 Saturday 1st October 8.00pm

Mike Harding Start of a national tour with songs and jokes from the legend. Settle Victoria Hall 01729 825718 £15 Skipton Music Centre Concerts End of term concerts - Wind Band, Wind Chamber Ensemble, Friday 14th October 8.00pm Junior/Senior Big Bands/ Senior Percussion Langcliffe Singers Come and Sing Messiah with Ensemble. Aireville School £4 conc £3 accompanied children every chorus included, using the New Novello Watkins Shaw edition www.langcliffesingers. free Saturday July 9th at 11am, 3pm, 7pm Christ Church Skipton £10 10 tickets booked together £90 Saturday 15th October Skipton Camerata with the Leeds Guild of 2pm rehearsal, 7pm concert Singers Vivaldi Gloria, Bach Orchestral Suite 2, Handel Dixit Dominus Christ Church Skipton 01756 707606 £12 When The Lights Go On Again Settle Amateur Operatic Society Popular show charting family conc £10 Saturday 9th July 7.30pm life during WWII Settle Victoria Hall 01729 Langcliffe Singers Summer Concert 20th century 825718 £6.00 Monday 24– Saturday 29th October 7.30pm. English songs including Spirituals from Tippett’s Saturday Matinee 2.30pm A Child of Our Time, solos/quartets. Church of St Michael and All Angels Kirkby Malham 01729 825806 £10 Elizabeth Harrison at the Organ Gargrave Village Hall Admission £6 includes supper Friday 28th (includes wine) Sunday 17th July 7.30pm October 7th – 12 pm October 7.30pm Swing Commanders This hugely talented, highenergy Lancashire band has wowed listeners and dancers alike through its unique presentation of some of the finest music from the 30s, 40s and 50s. Settle Victoria Hall 01729 825718 www. £12 Friday 22nd July 8pm Steeton and Anston Male Voice Choirs two of the oldest and most respected male voice choirs in Yorkshire Christ Church Skipton Saturday 27th August 7pm Robert Marsh Organ Recital Resident organist playing on the 1906 Harrison & Harrison organ. Refreshments will be served. Admission free Christ Church Skipton Monday 29th August 11am West Yorkshire Savoyards Leading Yorkshire based Gilbert and Sullivan society perform their touring production. Settle Victoria Hall 01729 825718 £12 £10 Saturday 10th September 7.30pm The Swarm Rhythm & Blues Band Rhythm & Blues gig, bring your own drinks and nibbles. Burton in Lonsdale Village Hall 015242 63097 BurtonVH.htm (venue) £6 Saturday 17th September 8pm Christine Collister, Dave Kelly, Peter Filleul Legendary names in blues and acoustic music Settle Victoria Hall 01729 825718 www. £15 Thursday 22nd September 8.00pm Northern Chamber Orchestra with Nicholas Ward violin and Richard Muncey viola. Warlock Capriol Suite Mozart Sinfonia Concertante Dag Wiren Serenade and Haydn Symphony No 46. Settle Victoria Hall 01729 825718 www.

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Limestone Pavement Malham Cove

One of the most famous of all natural features in the Yorkshire Dales is Malham Cove. This huge curving amphitheatre-shaped limestone cliff, standing at 620feet (190m) dominates the landscape. The top of the Cove can be reached by following the path leading from the village of Malham – whereas experienced climbers prefer to take the direct approach by scaling the vertical cliff face. Within easy walking distance of the village is yet another impressive feature, Gordale Scar, a spectacular gorge. Nearby is Janet’s Foss, an enchanting gladed waterfall, and the home of Jennet, the queen of the fairies who live behind the fall in the cave. Finally, but definitely not least is Malham Tarn, which at 1,200feet (369m) above sea level is the highest lake in England and the inspiration for Charles Kingley’s book “The Water Babies”. Owned by the National Trust, Malham Tarn is an important nature reserve.

Catrigg Force

Hidden from view in a small secluded copse is Catrigg Force, an absolute gem of a waterfall visited long ago by the composer, Edward Elgar. Having travelled across Malham Moor, Cowside Beck crashes in spectacular fashion down a 19foot (6m) vertical drop into a lovely step pool. The walk to Catrigg Force is along the bridleway from the village of Stainforth. Further downstream lies Stainforth Force, where the River Ribble flows over a limestone shelf and cascades into a deep pool. Creating an exquisite waterfall effect, another gem not to be missed!


The Three Peaks area is one of the best places in the country to see the special limestone pavements for which the Yorkshire Dales is famed. Characterised by clints (blocks of rock) and separated by grikes (gaps), the pavements are internationally important and home to a rich diversity of lime-loving grasses, wildflowers and ferns, these areas are a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and many are specially protected.

Norber Boulders

Bolton Abbey

Twelve thousand years ago, glaciers deposited enormous boulders at Norber (just north of the village of Clapham) where they were left when the ice retreated. Today, they stand on unlikely looking plinths of limestone as if balanced carefully by giants


oday Bolton Abbey Estate comprises 30,000 acres. It still remains a working Estate as it was hundreds of years ago. “Bolton” means “an enclosure with a house.” This may have been the manor house of Edwin, a Saxon earl. The name Bolton Abbey came into use in recent times, though the religious house established here was a Priory. Some of the history of Bolton Abbey can easily be seen by visitors. Bolton Abbey Estate passed to the Cavendish family through the marriage of Lady Charlotte Boyle to William Cavendish, who became the 4th Duke of Devonshire in 1755. Lady Charlotte’s forefathers were the Lords of Skipton. The marriage of Lady Charlotte and the 4th Duke of Devonshire brought together the properties and treasures of both families. Strid Wood is a Site of Special

Scientific Interest because it is the largest remnant of acidic woodland in Yorkshire and because of its flora, particularly lichens. In 1810 William Carr, Rector of the time, was granted permission by the 6th Duke of Devonshire to open Strid Wood to the public and create paths through the woodland. Today these nature trails allow visitors of all ages and abilities to explore the wood and enjoy spectacular views from carefully placed seats. The Estate includes over 80 miles of footpaths through some of the most spectacular scenery in England. There are walks alongside the river Wharfe, with its peaceful shallows and fearsome Strid, through Strid Wood, with its rich variety of wildlife and as a complete contrast, some paths cross the exposed purple heights of heather moorland. More information on walks can be found in our Guide Book and Walks Leaflets on sale at Estate Shops.


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Specialising in hand made and bespoke jewellery Diamonds and other precious and non precious stones supplied and ďŹ tted including old cuts Engagement and dress rings made to order Repairs done at our on site workshop Watch repairs including Tag Huer, Rolex, Longines, Omega, Patek Phillipe and other brands Regalia refurbished - Masonic, Rotary, etc.

We also buy gold in any condition at very competitive prices

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Allabout Visitor Autumn 2011  

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