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Clapham Cafe, Bunk and Bar The Old Manor House, Church Avenue, Clapham, North Yorkshire LA2 8EQ Phone: 015242 51144 | Mobile:07500 956940 Website:

WELCOME TO CLAPHAM BUNK The Old Manor House is a fabulous historic mullioned farmhouse built in 1640. Situated in the picturesque North Yorkshire village of Clapham, this Grade II listed building has been sympathetically renovated to house Clapham Bunkhouse (Group Accommodation) and The Reading Room Cafe/Bar licensed to sell hot food, alcohol, arts, crafts and gifts. Enjoy a striking destination inspired by the extraordinary North Yorkshire landscape. Experience the array of thrilling outdoor activities, with the unsurpassed beauty of the Yorkshire Dales. Indulge in our delicious homemade food washed down with the finest award winning ale. Then spend the night in our relaxing and warm bunk rooms.

ABOUT THE OLD MANOR HOUSE THE OLD MANOR HOUSE, home of Clapham Bunk, Cafe and Bar. Situated in the picturesque North Yorkshire village of Clapham, this Grade II listed building has been sympathetically rennovated to house Clapham Bunkhouse (Group Accommodation) and The Reading Room Cafe/Bar licensed to sell hot food, alcohol, arts, crafts and gifts. The Old Manor House was built around 1640 as a rectangular mullioned farmhouse. In 1701, it is believed that William and Isabella Clapham got married and updated the farm house into the The Old Manor House. Changes included the addition of an 18 foot Inglenook fireplace, a porchway/dove cote and extensions at the back.Unfortunately he died only 16 years later. Now transformed, the Old Manor House is a great place to relax and unwind any day of the week. Open Wednesday – Sunday from 10.00am, serving hot food, sandwiches and real ale. Now Listed in the Good Beer Guide.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS Price includes central heating, hot water and showers. Small fully equipped kitchen. Licensed Bar open 10am – 6pm Sun, Wed & Thurs and until 7pm on Fri & Sat. Cafe open Wed – Sun 10am – 4pm Bottom bed sheet, pillow and pillowcase supplied Duvet hire can be supplied at £3.00 per person per stay. WHEN STAYING IN THE BUNK HOUSE. No smoking is allowed, nor are naked flames or candles for safety reasons. The premises are licensed to consume alcohol on or off the premises. The bar will be open for you to purchase alcohol up to 7pm and would ask for you to refrain drinking own beverages in the bar area until after this time. We would also ask you to refrain eating own food in the bar area until after licensing hours. After the bar has closed, this area is yours to use for the evening and until 10am the following morning The Bunk House must be kept clean and tidy and fit for opening at 10am. Please ensure children are closely supervised in the bar area at all times. Pets are allowed by prior arrangement.

Noise pollution-Clapham is a small and peaceful village. We would ask for you not to play music outside and there should be no noise outside after 9pm. For this reason and because of fire regulations BBQ’s and fireworks are not allowed. Should any complaint be received you will have no option but to find alternative accommodation. WE ARE A HOSTEL, NOT A PARTY VENUE. WE DO NOT ACCEPT BOOKINGS FOR STAG/HEN PARTIES Any damage or breakages must be reported immediately and where not an acceptable accident must be paid for. Where in our opinion damage is reckless or deliberate fees will not be refunded. We reserve the right to inspect the premises any time prior to departure. Booking commence at 3pm on arrival day and should be vacated by 11am on the departure day. We are as flexible as possible and don’t impose restrictions unless circumstances dictate. Checking in – You must inform us in advance if you wish to check in later than 7pm

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What’s on Craven

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Welcome to Craven!

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29 Bolton Abbey 30 Craven Museum and Gallery 31

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36 Cycling in Craven


37 Walking in Craven 38 Grassington 39 Kettlewell

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Welcome to

The most diverse area of With vast areas of rural tranquillity Craven is the perfect place to relax. You can meander along country lanes, bridleways and riverside paths, and yet be within striking distance of great culture, heritage and cuisine. Whether you are a keen walker, a shopaholic or enjoy sampling fabulous fare, this beautiful corner of the Yorkshire Dales has something to delight and entertain all. A patchwork of bustling market towns, tranquil stone built villages, fascinating heritage and old world charm sat amongst traditional farming landscapes. Explore this thriving landscape and discover diverse attractions, some of the finest limestone scenery in Britain, from crags and pavements to an underground labyrinth of caves and tumbling streams. Thanks to its internationally important habitats Craven has a remarkable variety of wildlife, and wildflower-rich hay meadows and pastures, open heather moorland, ancient woodland, and unique limestone pavement. Spot wild deer leaping over hedges, catch a glimpse of the world’s fastest animal, peregrine falcons, as they swoop from their home on Malham Cove, and discover more about red squirrels on the Kilnsey Park Estate. The annual Flowers of the Dales Festival brings together a fantastic range of events and activities, all linked to wildflowers, wildflower habitats and the species they support. With events ranging from guided walks and bumblebee talks, to family-friendly nature trails and bug hunts, to identification courses, handson conservation activities, arts and crafts, there really is something for everyone to enjoy. A real outdoor paradise, familiar experiences are made extraordinary by the landscape shaped over thousands of years by nature and the people who have lived and worked here. Cross diverse terrain ranging from vast expanses of moorland with winding paths to woodland walks alongside tumbling rivers and spectacular waterfalls.



the Yorkshire Dales

From the lush green of Wharfedale and Airedale, across rugged limestone in Malhamdale, to the towering Yorkshire Three Peaks of Ribblesdale, you are guaranteed to experience awe inspiring views, plenty of photo opportunities and memories to cherish. If you are seeking excitement and adventure, you won’t need to look far. Whether you want to go it alone or join a local guide you can be sure to feel that adrenaline rush. Scale one of the many rock faces in the area, abseil a waterfall; try ghyll scrambling, horse riding or fishing. During late Spring Bank Holiday and August Bank Holiday why not visit one of Britain’s largest underground chambers by being winched down Gaping Gill, a 98 metre pothole hidden under Ingleborough. If you prefer a gentler introduction to the underground caverns festooned with stalagmites and stalactites grab a helmet and be guided through Craven’s show caves. Golf courses located amid stunning scenery welcome visiting players to enjoy a traditional round or maybe try one of the UKs fastest growing sports Footgolf, on selected days Bentham Golf Club is the latest to adapt part of its 18 hole course suitable for Footgolf. Enjoy the scenery in a different way with a trip on the world famous Settle - Carlisle Railway over the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct. Hire a bicycle and spend time riding along bridleways up and down the delightful back lanes of the Dales, some even come with an engine, or simply sit back and enjoy a chauffeur driven trike ride. For an altogether different perspective, take to the skies with a balloon flight or helicopter ride.


Sample an array of culinary delights on a foodies adventure around Craven’s speciality shops, places to eat, bustling markets, and award-winning food makes Craven a culinary adventure. A wealth of natural ingredients, which will leave you spoilt for choice at the variety of goods and produce on offer. Enjoy exceptional local produce including dales reared lamb and limestone beef, followed by Yorkshire Dales ice cream or a delicious local cheeseboard, all washed down with beer brewed at one of Craven’s thriving micro-breweries. Craven has for generations provided inspiration for artists, sculptors, poets and writers. Around the district there are opportunities to visit working studios and be amazed by the skill and imagination of Craven’s artisans who transform raw materials into beautiful objects. Watch the blacksmith toil over the anvil, next to the roaring fire, or marvel at an array of hand crafted fused glass from coasters to bespoke items at local glass studios. Admire the intricate designs in jewellery and enamel work created by local gold and silversmiths and see hand thrown pottery. Throughout the year galleries across Craven stage amazing exhibitions well worth a browse or have a go yourself at one of the many workshops offering expert tuition for absolute beginners through to master-classes. Travel back in time to unravel mysteries behind some of Craven’s earliest structures. Towering over the High Street, Skipton Castle is one of the best preserved and most complete medieval castles in the country, whilst Bolton Priory sits on the country estate of the Duke of Devonshire. Both venues have an exciting events calendar to add an extra dimension to your experience including open air theatre and reenactments. The natural history and built heritage of Craven are revealed in museums across the district, read a page of Shakespeare’s First Folio at Craven Museum; one of only four to be on permanent display in the world. Uncover hidden curiosities around Ingleton, not least its connection with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his most famous character Sherlock Holmes. At Thornton in Lonsdale visit the stone arch by Andy Goldsworthy, part of the Sheepfold Project. Explore the remains of former mine workings and other rural industries which remind us of the area’s rich industrial heritage. In the summer months join in the fun at an agricultural show where the farming industry gets together to parade its finest stock and compete for much coveted trophies alongside displays of rural crafts and traditional Dales skills. Traditional and contemporary performances of music, dance, drama and entertainment are showcased in theatres, village halls and other venues across Craven. Check out the programs for the Victoria Hall in Settle, one of the oldest surviving Music Halls, or the more unusual Mart Theatre Skipton, where the livestock ring at the Auction is transformed for live performances. See the newly refurbished Skipton Town Hall for a packed programme of fantastic touring theatre and new writing, concerts, film screenings, tea dances, exhibitions and workshops, along with special events for Museums at Night and The Big Draw. Whether you are seeking a relaxing getaway, an adrenaline filled adventure, whether you’re a music lover, a theatre goer, simply want to be pampered or fancy a taste of local produce the choices are here in Craven waiting for you. To find out more about what Craven has to offer call in to a local Tourist Information Centre in Bentham, Grassingtion, Ingleton, Settle and Skipton, visit or telephone: 01729 825192.


TRANSPORT West Yorkshire Metro provides a one-stop shop for your bus and rail ticket and timetable enquiries. Call them on 0113 245 7676. 7am – 10pm, 7 days a week. Or visit Selected Bus Services: All services call at Skipton bus station. Additionally, 28, 72, 73, X80, 212, 215, 280, 872, 881, 883 and 884 call at Skipton railway station. For full details call Metroline: 0113 245 7676, or National Traveline: 0871 200 2233. Nearest Train Station: Skipton Train Station, Broughton Road, SKIPTON, North Yorkshire, BD23 1QF. Tel: 0845 000 0125

Weddings, Airports, contracts. Friendly and reliable service. 24 hour service 8 seat minibus and disabled access vehicles avaliable. Serving Skipton & The Dales. Email: Local numbers

(01756) 797969

4a Sackville Street Skipton North Yorkshire BD23 2PH


Freephone: 0808 145 1070

The People Who Care About Your Hair

Offering the very best in professional hairdressing. A wide range of hair care and styling products. Relax and enjoy the full salon experience. Wedding hair specialist available.

Tuesday-Saturday 9 Water St, Skipton BD23 1PQ

01756 792354

Exley Optician Ltd Your local independent eyecare professional

Pet Supplies & Grooming Salon

A n d re w & E m m a S t e a d Dogsbody & Friends is a familly run business in Skipton. We offer a range of pet foods and accessories to suit all budgets. We also have a dog grooming salon.

30 Victoria Street | Skipton | BD23 1JE

01756 790790

E xceptional eye examination Y our vision, our passion E nthusiastic & qualified team C are for NHS & private patients A dventurous sports eyewear R etinal photography E clectic eyewear

Monday 9.00-17.15 Tuesday 9.00-12.30 Wednesday 9.00-17.15 Thursday 9.00-17.15 Friday 9.00-17.15 Saturday 9.00-12.30

FREE EYE TESTS for children and the over 60s

7 Otley Street, Skipton BD23 1DY | 01756 792416 |


SERVICES SKIPTON Skipton General Hospital 01756 792233 | Keighley Road, BD23 2RJ Dyneley House Surgery 01756 799311 | BD23 2HZ Exley Opticians 01756 792416 | BD23 1DY

Well Chemist 01524 621733 | LA2 7HL

Gargrave Auto Services 01756 748090 | BD23 3SE

Bentham Post Office 01524 261117 | LA27HF


Dalehead Vets 01729 823538 | BD24 9AA Grove Hill Garage 01524 261782 | LA2 7LH

Skipton General Hospital 01756 792233 | Keighley Road, BD23 2RJ Grassington Medical Centre 01756 752313 | BD23 5LS

Lloyds Pharmacy 01756 792767 | BD23 1DA


Grassington Dental Care 01756 753782 | BD23 5LS

Post Office 01756 792724 | BD23 1RD

Skipton General Hospital 01756 792233 | Keighley Road, BD23 2RJ

Boots Pharmacy 01756 752338 | BD23 5LS

Ashlands Vets 01756 636999 | BD23 2AB

Townhead Surgery 01729 822611 | BD24 9JA

Skipton Post Office 01756 792724 | BD23 1RD

Garage - Peter Watson Ltd. 01756 792911 | BD23 1EY

Bupa Dental Care Settle 01729 823642 | BD24 9AA

Ashlands Vets 01756 636999 | BD23 2AB


Boots Pharmacy 01729 822539 | BD24 9ED

MMC Grassington Garage 01756 753136 | BD23 5NG

Settle Post Office 01729 823505 | BD24 9DJ


Royal Lancaster Infirmary 01524 65944 | LA1 4RP Ingleton Surgery 01524 261202 | LA6 3AB Ashfield House Dental Practice 01524 264813 | LA6 7HZ Ingleton Pharmacy 01524 241154 | LA6 3EH Bentham Post Office 01524 261117 | LA2 7HF Westmorland Vets 01524 271221 | LA6 2HH Hillside Garage 01254 241595


Dalehead Vets 01729 823538 | BD24 9AA Kings Mill Garage 01729 822226 | BD24

GARGRAVE Skipton General Hospital 01756 792233 | Keighley Road, BD23 2RJ

Skipton General Hospital 01756 792233 | Keighley Road, BD23 2RJ Grassington Medical Centre 01756 752313 | BD23 5LS Grassington Dental Care 01756 753782 | BD23 5LS Boots Pharmacy 01756 752338 | BD23 5LS

The Gargrave Surgery 01756 749226 | BD23 3RG

Malham Post Office 01729 830319 | BD23 4DA

Gargrave Dental Practice 01756 748339 | BD23 3RS

Dalehead Vets 01729 823538 | BD24 9AA

Royal Lancaster Infirmary 01524 65944 | LA1 4RP

Gargrave Pharmacy 01756 749324 | BD23 3RB

Bentham Medical Practice 01524 261202 | LA2 7JP

Gargrave Post Office 01756 749330 | BD23 3RA

Ashfield House Dental Practice 01524 264813 | LA6 7HZ

Ashlands Vets 01756 636999 | BD23 2AB

MMC Grassington Garage 01756 753136 | BD23 5NG



Our guide to the biggest events taking place across the year. For events happening in Craven at any time, search the websites below: |

APRIL RIDE 2 STRIDE 30th April – 7th May Settle - Carlisle Walking Festival

M AY TOUR de YORKSHIRE 1st May – 5th May In Skipton Sunday 5th May SKIPTON WATERWAY FESTIVAL Skipton Canal Basin 4th May – 6th May GAPING GHYLL WINCH MEET 25th May – 31st June

J U LY SKIPTON SHEEP DAY 7th July - Skipton High St INGLETON GALA & MOUNTAIN RACE Third Saturday in July SETTLE FLOWERPOT FESTIVAL July and August YORKSHIRE DALES FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL Funkirk Farm, Skipton 20th July - Sun 21st July www.yorkshiredalesfoodand


OVERGROUND UNDERGROUND FESTIVAL May to September ingletonovergroundunderground.

ART IN THE PEN Skipton Auction Mart 10th August & 11th August


KETTLEWELL SCARECROW FESTIVAL 10th – 18th August www.kettlewellscarecrow

JUNE GRASSINGTON FESTIVAL 21st June – 29th June Venues around Grassington

GARGRAVE SHOW 17th August MALHAM SHOW 24th August KILNSEY SHOW 27th August

SEPT FALLFEST YARNDALE Skipton Auction Mart 28th - 29th September UCI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS In Skipton 29th September


NOV CRAFTS IN THE PEN Skipton Auction Mart 16th and 17th November

DEC GRASSINGTON DICKENSIAN FESTIVAL 30th November and 1st, 7th & 9th December SKIPTON CHRISTMAS MARKET Skipton High St & Town Centre 1st December & 7th December Facebook - @skiptonchristmasmarket

Mastab’s is a unique Indian restaurant and takeaway located in the heart of Skipton. All the dishes are authentic and catered to brilliance and perfection. We use only the finest ingredients and spices available and also create our own exotic dishes. Our friendly staff, excellent service and outstanding food make us a very special, much recommended place in Skipton. FREE DELIVERY within a 3 mile radius. 10% off food bill when you mention the Roombook

11 Keighley Road, Skipton. BD23 2LP


Tel: 01756 795697

Open Daily 5:30pm - 11:00pm - (Closed Tuesday)



The main town of Skipton is just bursting with things to see and do. Famous for its local produce and award-winning High Street, this pretty market town and southern gateway into the Yorkshire Dales is a delight not to be missed! The High Street has retained its original charm, with cobbled streets and alleyways leading you to undiscovered corners and a wonderful mix of independent shops and cafes, you’ll even find some high-street favourites too. Warehouses which (many years ago) stored goods have long since been converted to the modernday retailers and restaurants you will find here today. At the top of Skipton High Street by Holy Trinity Church, the road bends to the left becoming Mill Bridge, Water Street and Chapel Hill, here you will find some of the oldest buildings in Skipton’s Historic Quarter and some delightful traditional shops and eateries. Yorkshire local produce features strongly in this historic market town alongside the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Skipton Castle is one of Britain’s most complete medieval castles and local attractions include top family day out Bolton Abbey and the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. See Shakespeare’s First Folio of complete works on permanent display in the town’s Craven Museum & Gallery. Take a tour of Skipton Castle with its vast twin tower entrance to one of Britain’s finest and most intact Medieval Castles. Numerous events and activities take place here throughout the year, with weddings and conference facilities also available. Beautiful family friendly Castle Woods Walks are accessible from the town centre and a choice of canal boat companies offer day boat trips and hire. Head out to nearby Bolton Abbey with its 12th Century abbey ruins, famous stepping stones across the stream and acres of grounds with riverside and woodland trails. For a real family friendly Yorkshire Dales holiday base, book Skipton accommodation online now! Why not visit during one of the market towns many festivals and events featuring everything from Waterways Festivals to Beer Festivals.

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Find us overlooking the canal basin at 23-25 Coach St Open Mon - Sat 9.30 - 5.00, Sun 12.00 - 4.00. Telephone: 01756 793599




The main town of Skipton is just bursting with things to see and do. Famous for its local produce and award-winning High Street, this pretty market town and southern gateway into the Yorkshire Dales is a delight not to be missed! Skipton has beaten the likes of Portobello Road and Kensington High Street to win Britain’s Best Street of the Year, it’s a fantastic shopping experience and you’ll be amazed at all the Dales has to offer. Tourists travel from all over the country to Skipton for this very reason- no matter what you are looking for, you are sure to find it here! Skipton Market is unique. Its history dates back to medieval times, when a royal charter granted consent to The Lord of the Honour of Skipton Castle to hold a fair on Skipton High Street. This consent still holds true today - and the current owner of Skipton Castle grants the rights to hold the market on four days each week. The historic fairs of medieval times have long since been replaced by what we now recognize as a traditional street market, but the principles are the same - a group of traders get together on the High Street, set up their stalls and sell their wares. From The Source is a small family business based in Skipton who work directly with producers from some of the poorest countries in the world to offer you a range of unique, fair trade scarves, bags, clothing and gifts. Exchange Coffee in Skipton is on Gargrave road. Over the door is the name Charles A. Hallas, the late Charles A. Hallas, owned and roasted coffee here until the mid 1990’s when Exchange Coffee took over the shop. It has always had a reputation for great coffee. Head over to Magpie for a range of antiques and interiors. Stockists of Annie Sloan paints and accessories. They run a range of workshps including Annie Sloan furniture painting and creative table lamp and shade making!


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Introducing Robell Ladies Trousers Dyeing service on Satin Shoes and Handbags

Stockists of Prima Donna, Chantelle, Fantasie

Gentlemen’s Footwear and accessories, Special Shaving requisites

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Leather wear for personal and business use

Swimwear A-H cups Wizard Jeans N.Y.D.J Gianni Conti Tina Taylor Pomodoro

Marbles Art Sac Kirsten Junge Romika James Lakeland

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TREAT YOURSELF Shopping in Craven is perfect for big-name brands and those unique independent stores and boutiques. Whatever you’re looking for, Craven is sure to have it.

Established in 1974, C & H Brown in Skipton has an extensive range of high class men’s and women’s fashion wear, footwear and accessories. Fleur Lingerie is a professional lingerie and swimwear retailer based in Skipton, offering expert advice, discreet consultations and an extensive range of products and accessories from the leading European lingerie brands. Tredici’s experienced and welcoming team are passionate about providing what their clients request, in luxurious and relaxing surroundings at the very best prices. La Bella Boutique strives for happy returning customers, they promise to provide you with luxurious, VIP treatments using reputable and well recognised products. Alexander’s Jewellers is family run with over 30 years of experience in the jewellery trade. Based on the Balcony inside Craven Court, head over to treat yourself or someone else to that special piece of jewellery. Cut Above, one of Skipton’s longest running salons celebrates 22 years from March this year.




drink & If you’re planning to while away the hours exploring the charming market town of Skipton or one of the nearby villages, you’ll be wanting to stop for a spot of lunch or a quick snack at some point. Likewise, if you’ve spent the day taking in the breath-taking scenery of the Yorkshire dales, you will doubtlessly find yourself ready for some refreshment as night begins to fall. Whatever the time of day, whether you fancy something hearty and wholesome or you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated, you’ll be spoilt for choice here. This part of the world, with its dramatic, rugged landscapes and glorious scenery, is home to hundreds of farmers, food producers and artisan suppliers. This in turn means that restaurant owners and chefs have a wealth of choice when it comes to sourcing fresh, quality ingredients. ‘Sourced locally’ is a mantra seen on many a restaurant menu nowadays but here it means exactly what it says. The streets of Skipton are lined with a variety of places to stop and recharge your batteries. Enjoy one of the freshly-made pies at The Skipton Pie and Mash Shop, another of the many eateries including tea-rooms, bar-cafes, pizzerias, bistros and international restaurants, which together serve up an eclectic choice for lucky visitors to the area. For some good, old-fashioned, local hospitality, pop into The Castle Inn, handily located at the top of the bustling high street. It serves traditional pub food in a friendly, informal setting and is famous for its homemade Yorkshire pies including the enormously popular Steak and Old Peculier Pie. It serves Yorkshire coast fish and chips and has a range of vegetarian and vegan options, as well as offering a good choice of caskconditioned ales and bottled beers. Other pubs selling food include The Woolly Sheep Inn, The Cock and Bottle and the Red Lion. If you’ve a taste for wider European flavours, there is more than enough choice to keep you satisfied. Le Caveau is located within a 16thcentury, former prison building, where only the vaulted ceilings and exposed stonework provide a hint of its former use. There is certainly nothing punishing about the food on offer here! With an a-la-carte menu, fixed price offer and lots of blackboard specials, Le Caveau offers a mouth-watering selection of dishes to choose from. Chef Mark Byron has a genuine passion for local produce, sourcing the best quality meats and seasonal game from the Yorkshire farms surrounding Skipton. All menus change regularly to reflect the seasons and the rich pickings of the local countryside. His truly original creations include guinea fowl, pearl barley and haggis risotto, and the super inventive Basque-style baked egg piperade with vegetarian black pudding, finished with a Brie glaze. Alternatively, head over to Le Bistro des Amis, a super friendly establishment whose success is built on its unique blend of France and Yorkshire. All the chef’s ingredients are sourced either locally or from leading French markets, so the menu is a heady mix of authentic French cuisine and British classics. Think slow-braised Yorkshire lamb on the menu alongside a rich Boeuf Bourguignon and sumptuous mushroom ravioli served with a tarragon cream sauce.

Whatever your taste in food, as you wander the pretty streets of Skipton, you’ll notice the vast choice of restaurants on offer. So, if your preference is for Italian, Chinese, Thai or Indian, you’ll find plenty of opportunity to peruse menus and check out the choices available. Vegetarian and vegan diners should consider Beau’s Kitchen, Filmore and Union and, possibly most promising of all, Steep and Filter whose strong vegan offering has been creating quite a buzz on social media recently. When in Yorkshire, of course, you simply must indulge in some freshly prepared fish and chips. Whilst many food historians remain in dispute over whether this delectable combination originated in London or Lancashire, the good people of Yorkshire have made the famous dish a speciality all of their own. And, at Bizzie Lizzie’s in Skipton, you can taste the very best of this perennially popular plate of food. A thriving family-owned business with two different venues in the town, Bizzie Lizzie’s has been serving up fish and chips for over thirty years. As members of the National Federation of Fish Fryers and proud holders of the NFFF Quality Award, Bizzie Lizzie’s can assure you of top-notch fish and chips and even offer a gluten free option at their Swadford Street premises. Continued on page 21 >


Situated under the Edinburgh Woollen Mill, down a small flight of stone steps Le Caveau Restaurant is known as

“Skipton’s Hidden Treasure.” Tuesday-Friday Lunchtime 12noon to 2pm Blackboard specials to supplement our fixed price menu 2 courses £21.00 3 courses £26.95 (Limited choice fixed price menu also available 2/3 courses £12.95/£15.50 - served 12-1pm)

Dinner Tuesday -Friday 7pm-9pm Saturday 5-6pm (allocated two hours for dining) & 6.30-9pm 2 Courses £21.00. 3 courses £26.95 Supplemented by Daily changing Blackboard specials including fresh fish and local game when In season.

86 High Street |Skipton North Yorkshire |BD23 1JJ | 01756 794274

“The service from the minute we walked in, to leaving was excellent and the food was the best have tasted in a long time” - La Caveau

Love Fish and Chips… Love Bizzie Lizzie’s As well as our simply superb Fish and Chips, our High Street location is open for tasty Breakfasts and scrumptious Afternoon Tea served daily between 2.30pm - 5pm. Newly extended, our High Street restaurant is the ideal venue for large groups, coach parties, birthday celebrations etc…

Now Available at Swadford Street Gluten Free Fish and Chips cooked in Sunflower Oil Swadford Street, Skipton 01756 701131 Mon-Sun Restaurant 11.00am - 9pm Takeaway 11.00am - 11.30pm

High Street Car Park, Skipton 01756 794531 Mon-Sun Restaurant and Takeaway 8am - 8pm

b i z z i e l i z z i e s . c o . u k Gluten Free Fish and Chips available at our Swadford Street Restaurant and Takeaway Accredited by Coeliac UK

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As well as their signature fish dishes, their restaurant menu offers a choice of starters, salads, baked potatoes, chicken dishes, burgers and several vegetarian options. Over at their second restaurant on the High Street Car Park, you can also try one of their tasty cooked breakfasts or pop along in the afternoon for an indulgent cream tea. After all, you’ll probably be doing a fair bit of walking, so the chances are you’ve earned it! If you’re staying in self-catering accommodation, there’s also an abundance of take-aways for you to grab something quick and tasty at the end of a long day – choose from Chinese, Italian, Indian, American and more. With all the lovely food on offer here, you’re going to want a taste of Yorkshire to take home with you. If so, head to the wonderful Keelham Farm Shop just outside town on Gargrave Road. The Robertshaw family who run the business come from a farming and butchers background and it really shows. Their well-stocked Farm Shop has a huge barn stacked with local produce, alongside an award-winning butcher’s counter, green grocery department, bakery, juicery and flower shop. Keelham Farm Shop promotes and sells the produce of more than 400 local suppliers and farmers from the Yorkshire region, so you’ll have no problem finding a little something to take home and remind you of your stay in Craven district. You can also stop for a bite to eat here. In the Keelham Kitchen, everything is made fresh using the ingredients available in the shop and sourced from Yorkshire wherever possible. Their breakfasts are legendary, featuring freshly laid Yorkshire eggs and Keelham’s own award-winning home-made sausages and home-cured Yorkshire bacon. All in all, it’s safe to say that a visit to Skipton and the Craven district is going to be memorable for any number of reasons. The stunning landscapes of the Yorkshire dales have been well documented over the years, featuring in poetry, literature and the visual arts, but still they can take your breath away. You might find yourself surprised to find that the quality of food on offer, in this lovely part of the world, is also likely to make you want to return again and again, to sample just a little bit more. Bon appetit!

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AN AWARD-WINNING DESTINATION AT THE HEART OF THE RIBBLE VALLEY Good times and great food are woven into the very fabric of Holmes Mill â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a lovingly restored Victorian textile mill at the heart of the bustling market town of Clitheroe. Holmes Mill is the must-visit venue foodies all over the North West are talking about: a multiple award-winning destination which anyone with an appetite for epicurean adventure will simply love! By making features of the historic mill machinery and preserving the rich textures of the original building, this imposing Victorian edifice makes a breath-taking backdrop for a unique shopping, dining and leisure experience.

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Discover the best of Lancashire produce in the Bowland Food Hall and sample a vast selection of cask ales and craft beers amid the spectacular surroundings of Bowland Beer Hall – the only winner of a CAMRA Pub Design Award outside London.


Take a tour of the adjoining Bowland Brewery before enjoying samples of their award-winning ales and tucking into snacks or more substantial dishes from the hearty beer hall menu. Alternatively treat yourself to tasty tapas at the counter in the Food Hall or adjourn to the elegant ambience of the contemporary bar and bistro next door, where cocktails are a speciality and an ever-changing seasonal menu features modern English and continental classics. And should you want to make a weekend of it, upstairs you’ll find a selection of industrial inspired boutique bedrooms with ensuite facilities in the Spinning Block Hotel.

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Skipton has a night life to suit everyone. From pubs such as Early Doors where you can find 6 ales in their tiny corner of Skipton, to cocktail bars such as Flutez Fizz & Alexander’s Bar. From there you can head down the road to Kooky Nightclub which is a clubbers delight if you’re in the mood to dance! Whether you’re looking for a classic cocktail or an original creation, the cocktails at Alexander’s Bar are not to be skipped. Maybe you’re looking for a well-deserved glass of vino, or a full-flavoured international beer. Rest assured, Alexander’s has got you covered.

LIVE MUSIC If you’re looking for a few pints and a live band to enjoy, Skipton is perfect for it! Fluetz Fizz feature a range of live music and entertainment every weekend including local musicians and if you’re feeling brave and a little bit silly, head down there on a Thursday where karaoke is on from 7pm! The Black Horse is another pub in the area that hosts live music events, with jazz nights every other Tuesday, something different for you to relax and enjoy. The Cock & Bottle is a favourite with locals and tourists alike. During the day you can relax in the bar or enjoy the sunshine in the beer garden. At night, the Cock & Bottle truly comes alive with open mic night on Thursdays and live music on a weekend. Sample the atmosphere whilst enjoying one of their fine guest ales or one of their 20 gins!

CLUBBING Skipton’ biggest nightclub, Kooky Nightclub. Upcoming events feature nights like Clubland Classix where clubbers can enjoy music from their favourite DJ’s into the early hours! Fallout Fridays at Kookys offer great alcohol deals like 3 for £10 on bottles and VK’s. If that’s not enough for you, Nokturnal Saturdays are not to be missed and with FREE ENTRY before 1am (if you click attending on the Facebook event) it’s hard to say no.

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Enjoy a day out with a difference, sail the picturesque Leeds-Liverpool Canal for the day. Take a picnic with you or go for a pub lunch. No experience needed, first time hirers welcome as full instruction is given.

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Cruise through the Yorkshire Dales for a few days on one of our purpose built luxury Narrowboats. With 3 of our boats also having a traditional wood burning stove, and come fully equipped with everything you’ll need for a relaxing break. No experience needed, full boat handling instruction and lock instruction given.

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CANAL Cruising

The canal system is an important part of the nation’s heritage, dating back to the Industrial Revolution. The Leeds and Liverpool canal is Britain’s longest, at 127 miles, and was originally used for transporting coal, stone, cloth and other cargo. Today, the canal is enjoyed by thousands as a brilliant way of exploring the area, reliving the past and relaxing as the world passes by.

Locks, aqueducts, tunnels and incredible boat lifts are all a testament to the golden age of British engineering, and most of it is beautifully preserved. Easily accessible and a great way to enjoy the fresh air, the canal is an ideal destination for boaters, anglers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts who are looking for a fun day out. The 1st Skipton Waterway Festival was held in 2001 and has grown more and more each year. The festival was originally organised by CRT (British Waterways then) and Pennine Cruisers for around 5 years, however Pennine Cruisers then took on the event, as they saw how much the local boaters and town enjoyed it. As an event the festival attracts around 8, 000 – 10,000 visitors each year over the full 3 days. Pennine Cruisers puts on various entertainment, stalls from craft to charity stalls, children’s activities and an array of food/concession stalls. With so much to do there is something for almost everyone!


Skipton Castle

Over 900 years old, Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England and is well worth a visit at any season of the year. Visitors can explore every corner of this impressive history-rich castle, which withstood a three-year siege during the Civil War. View the Banqueting Hall, the Kitchen, the Bedchamber and Privy. Climb from the depths of the Dungeon to the top storey of the Watch Tower. Facing the gatehouse there is a large tower, originally the watchtower - the most important feature of the castle’s defences. To its left is the present entrance to the inner core of the stronghold. The Conduit Court and Lady Ann Clifford’s Yew Tree Masons’ marks can be seen in the stonework within the main entrance and the Conduit Court. Stonemasons would leave a carved initial or symbol to show which stones they had dressed so that they could be paid for their work. In medieval days visitors would have crossed a bridge over a moat and then passed under a portcullis and through the main doors before reaching the inner courtyard. Leading off the Conduit Court is the Banqueting Hall, the social centre of the Medieval castle, and where the Lord and Lady would have dined. The medieval kitchen would never have passed the scrutiny of today’s public health inspectors; it would have been a crowded, hot and smelly place.

Opening times: Open every day from 10am (Sundays from 12 noon). Last admissions 6pm (Oct - Feb 4pm). Closed 25 December. Skipton Castle (at the top of High Street, next to Church), Skipton | BD23 1AW Telephone: 01756 792442 Email: Website:

29 Bolton Abbey is in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the banks of the River Wharfe. With just under 30,000 acres of beautiful countryside, over 80 miles of footpaths and ample space to run around and enjoy the fresh air, there is something for all ages.

Bolton Abbey Explore the ruins of the Priory and discover a landscape full of history and legend, wander along the riverside, woodland and moorland paths, enjoy local produce in the excellent restaurants, tea rooms and cafes, treat yourself in the quality gift shops and food shop or simply relax beside the river with a picnic whilst the children play. Visitors have long been welcome to Bolton Abbey and whilst we are open everyday from 9am, please check opening times for refreshments during the winter months. Walk & discover There are over eighty miles of footpaths across some of the most spectacular countryside in England. Whether you wander beside the river, cross the exposed purple heights of the heather moorland or explore the woodland nature trails, there is something for everyone. All the stiles along the riverside and woodland paths from Bolton Abbey to Barden Bridge have been removed and replaced with gates making them suitable for pushchairs. Not all these paths are accessible in a wheelchair. Electric wheelchairs are available for visitors to use giving access to the Priory Church and Ruins, riverside, Strid Wood, the Strid and the Cumberland Trail.

Barden Moor and Barden Fell access areas give open access to 15,000 acres of heather moorland. The open access areas can be closed when there is a risk of fire and during the shooting season. Please note dogs are not allowed on the open access areas. A few highlights at Bolton Abbey With so much to see and do, no two visits to Bolton Abbey are ever the same. The changing seasons and the migrating birds contribute enormously to the variety of things you can see and enjoy. Anytime of year and whatever the weather Bolton Abbey has something for everyone. Bolton Abbey, Skipton North Yorkshire BD23 6AL Phone: 01756 718000 |



Run by Craven District Council and located in Skipton Town Hall, Craven Museum & Gallery has impressive displays of social history, archaeology, costume and art. The exhibition gallery on the ground floor shows a changing programme of exhibitions related to heritage and the arts.

Visitors can discover more about the area’s past by exploring the small but varied collections on display. Entrance to the Museum & Gallery is free and there are dozens of activities for children, such as dressing up as cave people and Victorian servants, digging in our archaeology pit, grinding corn into flour on our quern and quizzes, puzzles and colouring. The museum is also the home of the Skipton Shakespeare First Folio - one of only four First Folios on permanent display in the world. Visitor comments “A visit to Craven Museum & Gallery is definitely one of the best things to do in Skipton.” “Great to see everyday objects, an amazing insight into times gone by... Fantastic!” “A fascinating museum with lots to see and do, I shall definitely visit again.” “Wonderful, full of memories” Museum Friends Craven Museum & Gallery has an active friends group who support and promote the work of the museum. The Friends meet at 7:15pm in Skipton Town Hall on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Their programme of events includes winter lectures and summer outings. For more information or if you are interested in joining The Friends please contact the museum. Museum Volunteers Craven Museum & Gallery is supported by a small group of dedicated volunteers who work behind the scenes on the museum collections. For more information or if you are interesting in volunteering please contact the museum. Access Access to the gallery is on the ground floor. The museum is on the first floor and a stair lift is available. Disabled parking spaces are located nearby. Guide dogs are welcome. Download our full Access Statement.

Matrix Superbowl, the venue in North Yorkshire for Ten-pin Bowling, Snooker, American Pool and now with a new Soft Play & Activity Centre. Finding something to do in changeable weather can be difficult. Matrix, have got you covered. From special offers through the day, designed to help you keep the kids entertained, to evening offers, perfect for saving money when catching up and having some fun with your friends. Whatever the occasion; time out with the family, meeting up with friends for drinks, a party for the kids or a private bowling event, Matrix Superbowl has it all. Just one mile from the picturesque village of Bolton Abbey, and 5 miles from the market town of Skipton, you’ll find Hesketh Farm Park set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The Farm Park is idyllic, with around 10 acres of greenery overlooking the Yorkshire hills and the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam train whistling by in the valley below. Hesketh Farm is still a working farm with over 1,000 livestock including cattle, sheep and pigs. Thave a large cosy undercover barn with an efficient heating system, as Dales’ weather can be un-predictable, so your day will still be fun-packed even if it’s grim outside. And with loads to do, including feeding and stroking the animals, having fun inside - maybe in the giant sandpit, or playing hide and seek with your friends in the straw maze. Experience hands on animal encounters on our traditional working farm, hitch a ride in our 4 x 4 Adventure Experience and relax in our country tearoom while the little ones burn off the remainder of their energy in our huge fun filled Wizzick Play Barn… a fun filled, informative family day out, RAIN OR SHINE!

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32 Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always something to watch and discover in Craven, take a browse of recommended theatres and art hotspots.



THEATRE Skipton Auction Mart The Mart Theatre opened in October 2005 with funding from the European Regional Development Fund, Yorkshire Forward, Craven District Council and the Arts Council.

Richard Whiteley Theatre The Richard Whiteley Theatre is an innovative performing arts centre in the Yorkshire Dales, bringing outstanding performance to the area as well as acting as a showcase for some of the regions own talent. Theatre, Music, Film and Art are all championed.

A non-traditional theatre space, it is the world’s only theatre residing in a working cattle auction mart. The theatre offers a diverse programme of There is almost always something going on, theatre, comedy, music, family shows, student everyone is welcome so please do visit our productions and a variety of events. website, give us a call or pop down and say hello! Telephone – 01729 893180 Gargrave Road, Skipton. BD23 1UD. Email – Telephone: 01756 709666 Website – k Email: Website: Settle Victoria Hall Telephone: 07526 793417 This beautiful Victorian Music Hall in the market town of Settle is set between the Yorkshire Skipton Little Theatre Dales and the Forest of Bowland. Has been the home of the Skipton Players since 1960. Seating a maximum of 72 people A wide programme of drama, comedy and the theatre has a very friendly and personal music is supplemented by community events, atmosphere. The Players put on five plays as workshops and indoor markets. The Hall is their standard season each year. Occasionally also available for hire and can accommodate a there will be an extra play run during the variety of needs. summer and one-off special performances at other times throughout the year. Telephone: 01729 825718 Email: 1 Clifford Street, Skipton, BD23 2AD Website: Telephone: 07527 141176 Email: Website: The Plaza Cinema This is a traditional cinema located in Skipton, the building was originally a temperance hall until converted to a cinema in 1912 when it was opened as The Gem. The cinema has a balcony and seating for 250. Tickets can be booked online. Website:  

34 Just a short walk from the village, with its busy National Park Centre, cafés, Youth Hostel and outdoor and souvenir shops, is Malham Cove. The Cove is a massive natural limestone crescent-shaped cliff and former waterfall. This natural amphitheatre extends across the line of the Mid-Craven Fault and is capped by a remarkable area of limestone pavement that has featured in many movies, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I. It is also home to many rare alkaline-loving plants that live amongst the fissures, or grikes, that divide the clints, or blocks of stone. Easily accessible by footpath to the east is Gordale Scar, an impressive limestone gorge formed by torrents of glacial meltwater eroding frozen limestone and scouring out the gorge. For centuries it was rightly regarded as one of the natural wonders of England. Close by is Janet’s Foss, another remarkable natural feature with a small cave and waterfall over a curtain of tufa or natural limestone deposits. It is said to be home to Janet, Queen of the Fairies.

Reserve. The Tarn is the highest lake in England, and one of only eight upland alkaline lakes in Europe. Superb walks abound around Malham. These include Pikedaw Hill, notable for former lead and zinc mines but also offering fine views down Malhamdale and across to the Tarn, and Weets Hill with its monastic cross. There are good tracks to be followed over Kirby Hill to Settle, or the new Pennine Bridleway Settle Loop can be followed via Gorbeck Lane - a green lane - to Langcliffe and Settle. Another fine walk is to follow the footpath over Malham Moor and the Monks’s Road to Arncliffe in Littondale, or to take the Pennine Way over Fountains Fell and Pen-y-ghent to Horton-in-Ribblesdale. The village itself also has great charm. Malham Cove is a huge curving amphitheatre shaped cliff formation of limestone rock. The vertical face of the cliff is about 260 feet high. The top of the cove is a large area of deeply eroded limestone pavement, of a strange pattern rarely seen in England. The majesty of Malham Cove looks out over the Village of Malham and has been attracting visitors for centuries.

It’s a pleasant, if steep, walk along the Pennine Way from Malham village past Malham Cove and through a remarkable natural limestone ‘Dry Valley’ to Malham Tarn, a glacial lake which is now a National Nature


One of the most spectacular and well visited villages in the Dales is Malham. With dramatic limestone scenery just a stones throw from the village centre, Malham has few equals anywhere in the UK.

Image Source From the middle of Malham village walk up Cove Road (keep left walking up the village) for approximately 300 yards and the Cove will come into view. Access: Open all year, a good footpath leads from the road to the foot of the Cove and steps lead up to the Limestone Pavement on the top of the cove (note no parking is available at this location you must park in the Yorkshire Dales national park Authority Car Park or in the village). Limestone Pavements are a feature of Malham Cove and surrounding areas with the Clints (the blocks of limestone) and Grikes (the gaps) creating a unique wildlife habitat or micro-climate for rare wild flowers and ferns such as wood sorrel, Herb Robert, Green Spleenwort and Wall Rue. To the right is a walking map to use including 5 routes across various parts of the Dales.

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CYCLING IN CRAVEN The Yorkshire Dales is one of the finest landscapes in the country, with marvellous limestone formations contrasting with the heather clad moorlands and valley bottoms full of meadows, dry stone walls and scattered with

field barns. There are many lovely villages and towns to explore along the way, where you get the chance to have a break and discover some of the fascinating history of the area. Cycling is a lovely way to explore the area either as part of a visit or a touring holiday. You get to see more and feel more in touch with the countryside around you, and you can be fully justified in stopping for a slab of cake or a pint of locally brewed beer. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more you will be helping to protect this wonderful area by moving around in a sustainable way.


WALKING IN CRAVEN Discover Skipton Moor This walk starts and finishes in the town centre - a pint of ale in one of Skipton’s pubs at the end is a well deserved refreshment! Enjoy typical Dales moorland scenery and commanding views across the Aire valley. The moor is well known as a stunning backdrop to the town - hence it is easily accessible and a great walk that’s close to hand. Distance approx. 5 miles. Gordale Scar from Malham An impressive walk in the southern Dales, this route takes in some impressive scenery including Janet’s Foss, Malham Cove and Gordale Scar. Stunning limestone scenery awaits, as does evidence of early settlements, medieval fields and mining sites. Bird watchers especially will appreciate the waterbirds at Malham tarn, moorland birds on the higher ground and not forgetting a possible sighting of Peregrine Falcons at Malham Cove. On the return to Malham the best route is to take the track to the west of the Malham

Lings and drop down into Malham Cove although a visit to the iron age settlements under Sheriff Hill is also worth a visit. Distance approx. 7 miles. Skipton Castle Woods Walk The magnificent Skipton Castle has been well served by the woods that surround it. Its natural resources were the main source of fuel, building supplies and food for hundreds of years. The waterways running through the woods powered local wool, corn and saw mills for centuries. Today the woods can be enjoyed for their beauty and quietude, as you enjoy a gentle walk with few inclines. Expect to see Wildlife a-plenty bats are particularly enamoured with the woods’ dead trees and rock fissures, perfect for roosting. Plants, trees, grasses, and ferns flourish here, including rare orchids. Distance approx. 2.5 miles. Sharphaw Walk This half day gentle walk on the southern fringe of the Yorkshire Dales National Park is easily accessed from Skipton. Scenery varies from open moorland to forestry, and boasts far reaching views over the Ribble Valley. The route includes a gradual ascent of Flasby Fell before return across its southern slopes. The twin summits above Flasby include the Marilyn summit of Sharp Haw and the slightly lower Rough How, both worth visiting for their wide reaching vista and peaceful ambience. Distance 4 miles.



Grassington is one of the best loved of the many delightful small towns and picturesque villages in the Yorkshire Dales and is fast becoming a destination village due to its attractive location on the river Wharfe surrounded by beautiful open countryside.

Amongst the quaint streets there are numerous places to eat, drink, and take in the atmosphere of this delightful community. The charming cobbled square in the centre is surrounded by family owned shops offering quality foods, arts, crafts and gifts making it a perfect location for eating, pottering, people watching or strolling through the narrow cobbled streets. Catch your breath in a cosy cafĂŠ or have lunch in a traditional pub or family-owned restaurant or simply relax by the river. Not by accident is Grassington one of Wharfedaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular villages and a convenient walking base for exploring Wharfedale and Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area is a haven for outdoor pursuits including horse riding, fly fishing on the River Wharfe and of course moorland and riverside walking, while the nearby show caves of Stump Cross Caverns offer underground adventure. Now in its 38th year, Grassington Festival, an annual multi arts and music Festival, provides a lively and

enriching cultural experience to its residents and visitors with its combination of performances, visual arts and live music. Every year, it brings internationally renowned acts and high quality performances to Grassington for 15 days of music and arts. During this time, the village comes alive in a myriad of colours and creativity as artists, bands, art enthusiasts and local people collaborate to entertain and inspire with unusual and unique live performances, from music, dance and street Theatre to workshops, talks, walks and creative challenges. Grassington Festival is a two-week-long annual event started in 1980, with music, performance and visual arts, held in a number of venues around the village. Every September since 2011, Grassington has held a 1940s themed weekend. Events include war re-enactments, dances and a variety of military and civilian vehicles on display from the period. In the winter Grassington holds the Dickensian Festival, with period costumes, Christmas activities and commercial selling.



Situated in the very heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Kettlewell is a truly picturesque village, with its limestone cottages and picture perfect scenery. Surrounded by the most stunning countryside, the village is ideal as a base for exploring the area and is popular with walkers and cyclists. The village itself is a tranquil haven which offers a great choice of accommodation, from hotels and guest houses to self catering cottages. Within the village there are traditional tea rooms where visitors can enjoy mouth watering home made cakes as well as a variety of light lunches and snacks. In the summer months there is outdoor seating and in the winter there are welcoming real fires. In the evening there is a bistro which offers candle lit dinners at weekends, and serves freshly prepared local produce on the menu The 2017 Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival will be held 12th-20th August. This is a fantastic family fun day out not to be missed! With a new theme each year, follow the trails around the village, find the scarecrows and solve the riddles along the way, each clue will help you figure out the mystery word-with prizes to be won every day! The money raised helps support the local community, with proceeds going to the Church, Village Hall, School and local projects. Everyone in the village gets involved creating new and wonderful scarecrows each year and after youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve finished the trail, why not try some of the delicious home-made food served in the village hall or one of the two pubs.

A delightfully unique toy & gift store in the picturesque market town of Settle. Best Independent Gift Retailer

Goldsmith studio and gallery open to the public. Where you can have a piece of individual jewellery designed and made for you and purchase other artwork. Handmade jewellery, Jewellery repairs, Limited edition bronze figures, Fine glassware, Artwork and photography, Old Gold and jewellery purchased for cash. Unit 3, The Shambles, Market Place, Settle BD24 9EH T: 01729 268953 M: 07909 747574 W:

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Settle is a bustling market town in one of the most scenic areas of the Yorkshire Dales. Settle combines excellent surrounding landscape for outdoor activities with a bustling town centre, festivals and value for arts and crafts, making it a great base for tourists and locals alike. Castleberg Rock is a prominent rock with flag-pole overlooking Settle which is free to explore and climb. There are paths through lilac and buddleia along with laurel, dogwood and whitebeam. Local climbers and traders have joined forces to create 24 rock climbing routes up the Castleberg rock face. Tuesday is market day in the Yorkshire Dales town of Settle, attracting traders from far and wide to its colourful market. The market place is surrounded by interesting shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs in the town which offer a welcome drink and great food. The centre is dominated by the Town Hall and the Shambles, a historic 3-storey building with shops on two levels and houses above. With a wealth of interesting shops, welcoming cafes and historic buildings to visit, the Settle District is a great place to visit and relax whilst taking in the beautiful scenery of the Dales. Standing beside the largest outcrop of limestone in Britain - in a region of scars, cliffs, caves and potholes. At the rear of Settle a zigzag footpath leads to the summit of Castleberg Crag, which offers a great vantage point of the town in its dale and fell. Next door to Settle, Giggleswick is a typical Dales village, home to the public school where Russell Harty was an English teacher. The natural attractions such as Malham Cove and Goredale Scar attract many thousands of visitors every year, though still maintain their air of grandeur and amazement. However you want to enjoy the countryside around Settle you’ll find you can do it right here, and if you’re looking for adventure the list of things to do is endless… Get into a canoe, a balloon, a river, a Country pub, up a cliff, down a cave, across a fell or onto a bike. Fit in a round of golf or a swim, get out for a run or a walk, onto a horse, up a peak or whatever else you’re into!

43 The world-famous steam engine The Flying Scotsman made history again on 31st March 2017 re-opening one of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most famous railway lines Settle to Carlisle.

SETTLE TO CARLISLE The route closed a year ago, after a major landslip at Eden Brows, Armathwaite near Appleby, where an estimated 500,000 tonnes of earth slipped down the embankment onto part of the track. The railway line was closed between Armathwaite and Carlisle until the grand re-opening this year. Thousands of enthusiasts watched as the Flying Scotsman made the journey, once again, after the efforts of Network Rail and their contractors Story Rail completed the huge undertaking. The railway travels along the North Pennines, Eden Valley and Yorkshire Dales with some of the most scenic routes in the UK enjoyed by passengers for years. The line opened to passenger trains in 1876 and became famous after the efforts to save it from closure in the 1980â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, when in 1989, millions of pounds were invested in the railway. The most famous feature being the Ribblehead Viaduct in the parish of Ingleton. An impressive structure, standing 104ft high with 24 arches, the iconic location in the middle of the Three Peaks makes it a popular photo stop. The viaduct was built between 1870 and 1874, with hundreds of (navvies) railway workers losing their lives during its construction due to a combination of illness, fights, smallpox outbreaks and accidents. The navvies were housed in camps close to the viaduct, some of which had schools, pubs and libraries. The building of the viaduct was the inspiration behind television drama Jericho, the series focuses upon the shanty town of Jericho, home to a community that will live, thrive and die in the shadow of the viaduct they have been brought together to build.

The stations at Appleby and Settle are manned and the staff are available to answer queries, sell tickets and assist passengers. You are also able to buy tickets to travel elsewhere in the country, as well as on the Settle to Carlisle line. Please enquire at Northern Rail regarding assistance which is available if you have mobility issues.

The Fisherman

16 Church Street, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 9JE

Traditional Fish & Chips

Open 7 days a week from 11:30 to 21:00 ( hours subject to variation from summer to winter) Situated opposite Whitefrier car park in Settle.

Tel:01729 823297 telephone orders are welcome



Gargrave lies on the busy A65 trunk road, four miles north west of Skipton. One of the largest villages in the Craven District of North Yorkshire, it sits astride the river Aire, only seven miles from its source at Malham.

Some things have changed, the road traffic is busier and there has been considerable building since the war, yet much of Story’s village is still there to be seen and enjoyed.

Robert Story, the Gargrave schoolmaster-poet, described the village in the 1820’s as:

Situated at the head of the Aire gap, the railway, the roads and the canal, all converge on the village before going their separate ways, the railway to Lancaster and Carlisle, the canal to Burnley and beyond, and the road to the Lake District and the north. The river wanders away from them all to its source at Malham through the picturesque countryside of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

“Situated in the very centre of a district remarkable for its romantic beauty. A bridge, rather elegant and somewhat large for the stream it bestrides, connects the two parts of the village which would otherwise be separated by the river. On the south side of the river stands the church, the square and tall steeple of which is seen above the trees that surround the quiet burial ground. Along the north side the principal part of the village extends; some of the cottages with clean whitewashed fronts, some covered with ivy or other evergreens and some again with flowering shrubs. A branch of the Queens highway passes through this part of the village, and thus, whilst it detracts something from the seclusion, is the means of making its charms more widely known.”

Gargrave is probably unique in that there is public access to the river on its way through the village from five “village greens”, a feature which makes it popular with resident and tourist alike. There are many picturesque walks around the village, the famous Pennine Way passes through the very centre of the village.



Hellifield nestles on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and is surrounded by rolling hills, dry stone walls and agricultural land. In the Domesday Book Hellifield is mentioned as Helgeflet; meaning ‘Holy Marsh or Stream’, translated from  Anglo-Saxon,  the village also could have been dedicated to the Anglo-Saxon Goddess ‘Hel’. There is also the possibility that the name derives from the  Norse  ‘The Farm of Helgi’. The village name changed over the years; in the 12th century, Hellifield was referred to as “Nether Hellifield” and in the 17th and 18th centuries the village was named “Hellifield Pele” and slightly later “Hellifield Cochins”. The modern spelling of Hellifield appears in the mid-19th century, on maps and drawings. In medieval times, it seems that the area between Hellifield and Long Preston was hunted by wolves, so men were employed to guide travellers between the two settlements. Hellifield was historically a township in the ancient parish of Long Preston in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It became a separate civil parish in 1866. In the mid-19th century, the village was nothing more than a hamlet. The local workforce mainly concentrated within agriculture and associated trades. During the 19th century, the railway revolution reached the village, which dramatically changed the growth and population changes of the small hamlet. The original railway station was located on Haw Lane, but in 1880 a new station replaced the old one.This coincided with the opening of the  Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway  Company’s new line from Blackburn to Hellifield. This line and the Midland Railway’s  Settle  to  Carlisle  Railway (opened 1876), turned Hellifield into a major passenger and freight interchange. Consequently, many houses and streets were built in the early 20th century to house a large railway population. Regular passenger services to Blackburn were cut in 1962, and the Motive Power Depot closed in 1963.  New houses were constructed on top of previous railway land and the auction mart. Hellifield Railway Station is used in Conan Doyle’s short story ‘The Croxley Master’. The Hellifield Flashes (Yorkshire dialect for a pond in a field) are part of the village life and history. There are three flashes, the largest is Hellifield Flash or Gallaber Lake, the second Dunbars and the smallest is known as either Little Dunbars or Dunbars 2. The Flashes provide habitat for wildfowl and migratory birds. This important area provides a sanctuary for 12 species on the RSPB “red list’. Where once wolves roam, now a wildlife habitat reigns. The birdlife is monitored regularly by the RSPB and features high on the ‘must visit’ list of ornithologists.


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Ingleborough Cave, first entered and made accessible in 1837, is the premier show cave in the Yorkshire Dales.

In 2012, it celebrated 175 years of entrancing visitors with an awe inspiring range of stunning cave formations, the imposing cave entrance and the large passages are full of artefacts dating back millions of years along with the evidence of the significant impact of the Ice Ages. It has been featured many times on television. The tours of the Cave leave from the entrance at regular intervals with an expert guide to help interpret the many features of the Cave. The passages are floodlit with well-laid concrete paths, the usual walking or outdoor clothing will suffice and there are no steps so the Cave is accessible for pushchairs. Dogs are allowed on leads. It is very rarely affected by flooding, in fact the wetter the weather the more spectacular the Cave! The walk from Clapham Village to the Cave is also a unique and very enjoyable experience. There is a leaflet available at the start of the Trail which interprets the features of the walk through this woodland landscape with Himalayan plantings, unusual tree species and along a wide, well maintained gravel track. The Trail also provides access further up Clapdale beyond Ingleborough Cave to Trow Gill Gorge, a large limestone gorge carved out by glacial melt water.

47 Clapham is a village in the civil parish of Claphamcum-Newby  in the  Craven district  of  North Yorkshire. It lies within the  Yorkshire Dales National Park, 6 miles (10 km) north-west of Settle, and just off the A65 road. The church of St James in Clapham was founded in Norman times, and originally dedicated to St Michael. It is mentioned in records dating back to 1160. The village and church were burned during a Scottish raid following the Battle of Bannockburn in the early 14th century. The church tower was erected following this incident, but the rest of the church dates from the 19th century. In the 14th century John de Clapham, who took his surname from the village, was a supporter of the Earl of Warwick and lived at Clapdale Castle.  His descendants took part in the  Wars of the Roses  on the side of the  House of Lancaster. Since the 18th century Clapham has been home to the Farrer family who established their Ingleborough estate. The family owns, and is responsible for, much of the land, walls, woods, fields and moors of the village, surrounding countryside and farms. Electricity has been generated on the Ingleborough estate since 1893. There is an operating water turbine-powered generator at the top of the village next to the waterfall. It was installed in 1948. Originally it supplied the church, Ingleborough Hall, Home Farm and 13 street lights. There is another turbine in the sawmill which is in use although it is now helped by an electric motor when the larger saw is in use. Clapham is situated at the base of  Ingleborough  mountain, one of Yorkshire’s “Three Peaks” - Ingleborough,  Whernside  and  Pen-y-ghent, and is a starting point for its ascent. Running through the village is Clapham Beck, fed from Fell Beck which starts on the slopes of Ingleborough and sinks into  Gaping Gill, England’s highest waterfall, where Fell Beck drops 110 metres vertically into a pothole, and exits via Ingleborough Cave into Clapham Beck. Above the village is a man-made lake built and expanded in the 19th century. This provided pressure for the water turbines and the drinking water supply, while the outflow fed an artificial waterfall at the top of the village.

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Ingleton has been famous for its waterfalls and caves since Victorian times and continues today to draw outdoor enthusiasts from around the world. Less well known is that it is also a fantastic family destination, with a seasonal open air swimming pool, one of the best playgrounds in the North West, a spectacular new pump track, a pottery, the longest show cave in the UK and even an indoor climbing wall! Add a great mix of cafes, pubs, bistros and independent shops and you have something for everyone. Learn more at Ingleton Waterfalls Trail boasts some of the most spectacular waterfall and woodland scenery in the North of England. With its fascinating history, breathtaking views and a rich variety of plants and wildlife, a visit to Ingleton Falls is a great family day out or education field trip There are nine major waterfalls as you walk around the routes. Singles, doubles and triples as high as 30m cut into deep ravines or cascade in series through the broadleaf woods and ancient oak forests. Limestone alternating with sandstone and slate has created a series of dramatic landscapes full of rare flora and fauna. The village of Ingleton is surrounded by magnificent countryside with caves, waterfalls, and mountains. The Craven Fault crosses the area and geological and archaeological sites abound. Situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Ingleton is an ideal holiday destination for outdoor activities or just relaxing in tranquil countryside. It is also an excellent touring centre with the Lake District and north-west coast only a day-trip away. If you appreciate the great outdoors the Village and surrounding area has plenty to offer day visitors and holiday makers alike. Walkers, climbers, mountain bikers and cavers are all well catered for and Ingleton makes an excellent centre for those wishing to explore by car - the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, Forest of Bowland and Morecambe Bay coastline are all only a short distance away. White Scar Cave The longest show cave in Britain. A spectacular natural cave system in the Yorkshire Dales National

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50 The earliest traces of occupation are to be found in Low Bentham. The Romans passed this way, for a section of Roman road has been discovered, as has an Anglo-Saxon cross on the site of the present church – proving the existence of a settlement in the 8th Century. Over time it was the nearby community at High Bentham that developed to the thriving Market Town that it is today. It is probable that the name “Bentham” is a derivation of the Anglo-Saxon words “bent” (rough grass) and “heim” (home). In the Domesday Book of 1086 it was the manor of “Benetain” and in Tudor times “Bentum”. The oldest existing building is Stonegate House within Low Bentham, whose deeds are dated 1609. Today, Bentham is a traditional market town with a population of just over 3000, located at the extreme west of the county of North Yorkshire, in what was the old West Riding of Yorkshire. A Gateway to the Forest of Bowland, and just outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Bentham has the Three Peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-Y-Ghent on the doorstep, yet is also convenient for both the Lake District National Park and the west coast at Morecambe Bay. Easily reached by road via the M6 junction 34, A687, and B6480 or via the A65 and B6480, or through the Forest of Bowland. Bentham has a railway station on the Leeds to Morecambe line, and is also within easy reach of the Settle to Carlisle line. For cyclists Bentham boasts both the Lancashire Cycleway and the Way of the Roses routes, whilst walkers enjoy the many paths that the area offers, through meadow, pastures, hills, riverside and farmland. Bentham Heritage Trail The Heritage Trail wends its way through some of the lovely and varied countryside around Bentham. The information boards around the trail provide information about the history and ecology of the area. There are three waymarked trails varying in length from approximately 2 miles to 9 miles. The trails start at the main Heritage Trail information board on Station Road just to the south of the road bridge which crosses the Leeds to Lancaster & Morecambe railway line.


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THE PLAGUE STONE This stone is built into a wall half a mile from Lower Bentham, on the road to Higher Bentham. It has a hollowed top and is said to have been used during the 1666 plague for washing infected money. The stone has a deep square socket and was probably once the base of a Medieval wayside cross.


Based on the Bentham Heritage Trail, published by the local Market Towns Initiative, this walk takes in some of the lovely scenery along the valley of the River Wenning and affords wonderful views of the Forest of Bowland fells to the south and the hills of the Yorkshire Dales to the north.

Forest Of Bowland Map. Source: ing/ FOBHighBentham.pdf

Interpretation boards along the route provide information on everything from farming and wildlife to industrial heritage. A section through the town of High Bentham allows walkers to make the most of the facilities available in this rural town.



BENTHAM Located between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, Bentham Golf Club has an excellent 18-hole golf course with fantastic views and a recently refurbished clubhouse with full catering and bar facilities and an on-site PGA Professional Shop offering golf equipment, repairs and lessons. For cyclists, Bentham boasts both the Lancashire Cycleway and the Way of the Roses routes, whilst walkers enjoy the many paths that the area offers, through meadow, pastures, hills, riverside and farmland. Bentham is at the centre of an area of grassland farming, based on sheep and cattle, and adjoining the open fells. The principal river is the Wenning, but the Greta, the Hindburn and the Roeburn also drain

Described as ‘a Diamond of the Dales’, Bentham offers a challenge to golfers of all abilities. The views on the golf course of Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside are a sight to behold on a clear day, with a breath-taking background of the Lake District Fells. Not so easy to keep your eye on the ball!

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