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Reeth – 4 Miles (10 mins)

Reeth is a popular village, with a big village green and shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants surrounding it. The village is nestled between large hills, Fremington Edge, a steep limestone edge, and Calver hill, as well as heather moorland. There is plenty to do and it is a good base to walk from.

Visit the Ice cream parlour to taste their many flavours, or have a coffee or hot chocolate in welcoming surroundings and play board games. You can buy tubs of ice cream to take home.

Hudson House is the Yorkshire Dales National Park information centre and shop. The community orchard beside is worth a look.

Get your newspaper or sweets from the shop at the top of the village.

The playground is next door to the doctor’s surgery and on the way to the river if you wanted to go down to the swing bridge for a little amble.

Visit the many pubs: The Black Bull, The King’s Arms and the Buck Inn (don’t miss the pizza) and Overton House café, The Copper Kettle and other cafes. The Burgoyne Hotel serves coffee and stylish evening meals. The view from the Hotel is stunning.

The Fat Sheep shop sells many local craft and gift items, the Outdoor shop is well stocked (seek it out- it is tucked away behind Hudson House). Scenic view gallery has inspirational photos from the area, and does guided photographic rambles.

There is a garage for petrol and repairs, which also stocks logs and other practical things. The Post Office is on the green next to the shop, and there is another shop (The Bottom shop) on the corner by the bridge over the Swale on the way to Grinton. This has a good range of magazines and a cash point.

The bakery is open occasionally for bread and pies. Don’t rely on their schedule!

There are craft workshops on little industrial estate, a cabinet maker, and the recycling area is also situated there.

Philip Bastow – Cabinet Maker

The Workshop & Gallery, Reeth Dales Centre, Silver Street

www.philipbastow-cabinetmaker.co.uk

Michael Kusz – Sculptor

www.graculus.co.uk

The Vet

Comes to Reeth on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons.
01748 826600

There are public loos and a bus shelter which used to be used by the elders of the village as a place to meet and discuss local matters!

Bus timetable

Don’t miss a visit to our favourite museum in the area.

Swaledale Museum, Reeth

This little gem is tucked away behind the post office on Reeth Green. If there is a yellow sign on the village green it will be open. Helen Bainbridge who owns the museum is an exceptionally talented curator who has transformed the museum and is a fount of information about mining and the area. It is run by volunteers and often hosts interesting exhibitions. It is wonderfully hands on and will appeal to young and old alike. Children love the challenge of finding all the many hidden pairs of spectacles and (there is a prize for finding more than 20) and playing the harmonium. There is a shop and a café but no loo! You will see rocks and local archaeological finds, a wealth of information about lead mining and items which are made of lead. A collection of tools from various trades: masons, wallers, joiners, blacksmiths, clogmakers & tinsmiths. Information about farming, shops and shopping in the dales, music and Methodism, local crafts, and an archive and library specialising in local and family history. We love to listen to the audio recordings upstairs. Pop in for an hour, or stay all day!

www.swaledalemuseum.org
Tel: 01748 884118

Churches

There are 2 churches in Reeth: Reeth Evangelical Congregational Church and Reeth Methodist Chapel

Reeth agricultural show

Held at the End of August.

www.reethshow.co.uk

The Swaledale Festival

takes place at the end of May and early June.
Many events take place in Reeth.

www.swaledale-festival.org.uk

 

Richmond – 14 Miles (30 mins)

Richmond Castle

With Norman keep and views of the river Swale

www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/richmond-castle for more information

Green Howards Museum

www.greenhowards.org.uk

 

Richmondshire Museum

www.richmondshiremuseum.org.uk

Georgian Theatre Royal

www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk

Large cobbled market place- with shops, cafes and restaurants

Amontola Curry house

www.amontola-restaurant.co.uk

Fish and chips in the market place

River Swale with waterfalls below the castle

Swimming pool

www.rltrust.org.uk for more information

The Old Station

This community project contains a cinema, restaurant, café, artisan
shops, including great bakery, art gallery as well as a micro brewery. Well worth a visit.

www.stationcinema.com

Ghostwalks! Great entertainment.
Your guide dressed in period costume will walk you round Richmond
bringing to life local stories and legends.

www.richmond.org/guide/ghostwalks.html 

Restaurants

The Frenchgate Restaurant

Tucked away in the heart of Richmond in the pretty cobbled street of Frenchgate, you can enjoy some of Yorkshire’s finest food, wines and refreshments. It is very homely, and the restaurant has a really intimate feel. They are open for lunch and dinner and serve local food cooked to order. Book ahead as the dining room is small and is very popular!


www.thefrenchgate.co.uk

01748 822087

La Piazza Italian Restaurant

Serves traditional Italian food ranging from Pizzas and Pasta to Seafood and Grills. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Very centrally located on Frenchgate.

www.lapiazzaitalianrichmond.co.uk

01748 825008

Le Rustique French Restaurant

Popular French Bistro in Finkle Street. It feels like you are in France as soon as you step through the door! There are several branches in Yorkshire and you can eat from the set menu or the A La Carte.

www.rustiqueyork.co.uk/

01748 821565

The Black Lion Hotel

Once a Georgian coach house, now a family run hotel, the Black Lion offers uncomplicated food at sensible prices in the heart of Richmond.

www.blacklionhotelrichmond.co.uk

01748 826217

Shops:

Many independent shops as well as Boots and WHSmith

Co-op supermarket

Altberg Boot Factory- the best walking boots

www.altberg.co.uk

Walking and Book Festival
In September

www.yorkshiredales.org.uk 

Richmond Live Free Music Festival in August

www.richmondlive.org

 

Leyburn – 14 Miles (30 mins)

Area guide to Leyburn- the Gateway to Wensleydale, and Middleham.

Leyburn is our favourite place to shop.  We love the drive from Laykin over Grinton moor and the army ranges.  There is a large cobbled market square to park in (unless the market is there on a Friday) or a car park tucked away behind.
There are a lovely variety of  shops and the town has a great feel to it.  Don’t miss the view from the Shawl – or go for a walk along it, and if you are interested in Antiques, go to a sale at Tennants Auction house or visit the Antiques Centre.
From Leyburn it is easy to get to the chocolate factory, Forbidden Corner and the gallops at Middleham.

Shops to expect: 

Medium sized Co-op Supermarket with the Post office at the back!
Campbells- a wonderful supermarket/deli wine shop – simply wonderful but a bit pricey.
www.campbellsofleyburn.co.uk/
Pie shops and butcher and bakeries.
Chemist.
Fantastic choice of shops.
The Walking shop and Gilsan for outdoor clothing.
Victoria’s lingerie is amazing.
So is the old fashioned sweet shop Wobbly Dog.
There are gift shops.
A florist.
Clothes shops.
Newagents.
Household shop.
Serendipity – a massive gift shop with stylish home furnishings.
Pet shop.
Toy shop.
Several Banks.
Big Ozzys  - outsize clothing.
www.bigfishclothing.co.uk/big-ozzy
In short you could shop here all day, and if you do, have lunch in Penley’s!
You may then need the bank- HSBC, Barclays and Nat West have branches…

Events

Leyburn Market is every Friday in Leyburn Market Place.
Farmers' Market every 4th Thursday of the month in Leyburn Market Place.

Annually there is a Dales Festival of Food and Drink, held over May Day bank holiday weekend and also an annual Wensleydale agricultural show at the end of August.

Although a small town, Leyburn is home to a railway station on the re-opened Wensleydale Railway which offers tourist rides throughout the dale, mostly on diesel multiple units but occasionally on a steam train.

www.wensleydalerailway.com/html/leyburn.html

The town has a 6,000-square-foot antiques centre on Harmby Road.   Opening times: 9.30am – 4.30pm 7 days per week. Browse for fine Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian furniture, Pine, Pottery, Porcelain, Glass, Lighting, Silver, Jewellery, original Oil Paintings, Water Colours, Prints, Long Cased Clocks, Textiles, Taxidermy, Books, Garden reclamation items plus many more interesting bygones.  

www.yorkshiredales-stay.co.uk

In addition there is a modern purpose built auction house, Tennants www.tennants.co.uk/ which hosts 60 sales per year and is located on the outskirts of town on the road to Bedale.  It is one of the largest sale rooms in the North of England and has a restaurant on site.  

Leyburn is well known for the Shawl, a natural limestone terrace almost a mile long which overlooks the town and has a great view of Wensleydale which is dominated by Pen Hill across the valley. There is a tale that suggests that the Shawl was named after Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Bolton Castle. During her escape she was said to have dropped her shawl, which in turn gave away her whereabouts and led to her capture, hence the name ‘The Shawl’. However this is just a myth and the name derives from Shielings or shepherd’s huts.

Check out this video on Youtube for inspiration for a walk from Leyburn:

Leyburn has appeared in various television programmes including “The Department Store” featuring Milner's Department Store, founded in 1883 and still family owned. (BBC Four in 2007)
The Tea Pottery.  Home of the eccentric teapot!  These have been commissioned and shipped far and wide and are world famous.

www.teapottery.co.uk/

The little chocolate shop is a small chocolate factory is just outside the town on the road towards Bedale where you can watch luxury chocolates being created and maybe even taste some!  You will learn all about the fascinating world of chocolate and have the chance to buy delicious gifts too.

www.thelittlechocolateshop.co.uk

The White Rose Candlemakers in Wensley is a family run business that started in 1971.  Watch all kinds of candles being made, and visit the shop to buy some to take home.

www.yorkshirenet.co.uk/craftgde/whiterosecandles/

It is only a couple of miles to Middleham, where the sound of horses’ hooves, echo throughout the day. There are 15 racing yards, which can be visited.www.middlehamonline.com/page6.htm
The gallops are a wonderful sight, and very busy in the mornings as strings of horses go out for exercise.

Middleham Castle stands right in the centre of the village and was the childhood home of Richard III.

www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/middleham-castle/

The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises  created in a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park and the Yorkshire Dales. The temple of the underworld, the eye of the needle, a huge pyramid made of translucent glass, paths and passages that lead nowhere, extraordinary statues – at every turn there are decisions to make and tricks to avoid. This is a day out with a difference which will challenge and delight adults and children of all ages. You will never have been anywhere like this before!

www.theforbiddencorner.co.uk/

Hawes – 14 Miles (45 mins)

A trip to Hawes over the famous Buttertubs Pass is almost compulsory!  You will enjoy the drive and the scenery and can come back a different way, through Askrigg.

Hawes is a delightful bustling market town set on the River Ure, with many shops on either side of the market place.  Parking can be tricky as it is a popular place to visit.  You will find many shops to browse.  The antiques shops are excellent.

Market day is Tuesday for an indoor and outdoor market 

There are many tearooms, pubs and restaurants as well as Fish and Chips.

In terms of attractions there is:

The Dales Countryside Museum 

www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/outandabout/see/dcm
located in the old railway station at the bottom end of town near the River and

The Ropemakers

www.ropemakers.co.uk/  next door.

The Wensleydale Creamery 

Wensleydale cheese has been made in Wensleydale since 1150. It was started by the Cistercian Monks and then made by farmers in the Dale.   The creamery has operated in Hawes for 100 years but was close to bankruptcy before the advent of the films “A Grand Day Out” and “A Close Shave” featuring Wallace and Gromit eating Wensleydale cheese.  The success of the films brought the factory back from the brink and it is now a thriving business and tourist attraction.

Watch the cheese being made and visit the Museum which explains the history.  Then sample the cheeses.  There is an excellent shop, restaurant and café.

www.wensleydale.co.uk/

Gayle Mill, Gayle, nr Hawes

What an interesting history this mill has, from its construction in 1834 and the early days of weaving cotton to its present incarnation as a water-powered saw mill.  It was featured on the BBC Restoration programme in 2004 and is steeped in history.  We suggest you go on a tour to get the most out of your trip, in which the history of the building, the workings of the water power system and the use of the woodworking machinery will be explained.  You will see the water-powered turbines operate, learn about electricity generation at the Mill and see the Victorian Bobbin Lathe being operated.

On the first Sunday of every month, visitors get an opportunity for a hands- on experience and can create their own wood products.  These days are very popular and you would need to book in advance.

Gayle Mill was recently on Channel 4, on “How Britain Worked”

www.gaylemill.org.uk/index.htm

Hardraw Force

Close to Hawes is Hardraw Force, England's highest single-drop waterfall, with an impressive 100 ft drop.  To get there, drive to Hardraw and walk through the Dragon Inn!  It’s only one mile from Hawes at the foot of the Buttertubs pass. 

Hardraw Force is the setting for a brass band competition held annually on the second Sunday in September. The competition was first held in the falls' natural amphitheatre in 1884 when six bands took part; the competition lapsed in 1927 but was revived in 1976 and has gone from strength to strength since. In recent years two other musical events have started up at the falls: the Hawdraw Bash is a Folk Rock concert in early July and the Hardraw Gathering is a three-day festival of traditional music at the end of July.

www.greendragonhardraw.com/fall.html

Barnard Castle – 14 Miles (45 mins)

Whilst Swaledale is lovely, it is so close to County Durham, that a trip into Teesdale is perfectly feasible.  It has a very different feel to Yorkshire and we feel it is definitely worth travelling to see the differences.

Barnard Castle, or Barney as it is known, is a market town with the historic Buttermarket at one end, a ruined Castle and Bowes Museum.  If you drive further into Teesdale you could visit High Force, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in England, especially after a drop of rain!

Shops:
Large Morrisons.
Boots.
Costa coffee.
Zara countrywear.
Antiques near the Buttermarket.
DIY shops.
Bakery.
Butcher.
Grocers.
Banks.
Chemist.
Holland and Barrett.
Boyes- we love this shop (like Woolworths)  It’s a 3 storey Alladin’s cave!
M & Co.
Co-operative Food.
Heron Foods.
Edinburgh Woollen Mill.

Farmer’s market on the 1st Saturday of the month.

Barnard Castle

Barnard Castle

A ruined Norman Castle situated on a high rock over the river Tees, it commands stunning views.

www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/barnard-castle/

The Bowes Museum

A French Style Chateau, slightly incongruous but gorgeous all the same and crammed with treasures.

 Do not miss the spectacular silver swan automaton- it is mesmerizing and an experience never to be forgotten.The swan, which is life size, is a clockwork driven device that includes a music box. The swan sits in a "stream" that is made of glass rods and is surrounded by silver leaves. Small silver fish can be seen "swimming" in the stream. When the clockwork is wound the music box plays and the glass rods rotate giving the illusion of flowing water. The swan turns its head from side to side and also preens itself. After a few moments the swan notices the swimming fish and bends down to catch and eat one. The swan's head then returns to the upright position and the performance, which has lasted about 40 seconds, is over. To help preserve the mechanism the swan is only operated once each day at 2pm.

www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk/

A spectacular waterfall.  One of the finest in the country.  The water thunders down.  Go after it has rained or the river is in flood to see it at it’s best.

www.rabycastle.com/High_Force_Waterfall

Upper Swaledale villages

Upper Swaledale Villages (all on Wainright’s Coast to Coast path)
What you can find in each village

Low Row

The village stretches 3 miles, and all the land is common grazing. It is not unusual to see cattle or sheep on the road, leave them there! Good views of the moors and the water meadows by the Swale.

Hazel Brow Farm

One of the best visitor attractions with children in the area.

www.hazelbrow.co.uk

The Punchbowl Inn

Breakfast, coffee, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. Seating outside. Quoits and Darts.

www.pbinn.co.uk

Holy Trinity Church (Melbecks)

www.swaledalearkengarthdaleparish.org.uk 

The United Reform Church is on the right in the dip after Hazel Brow.

Take a little diversion to the little hamlet of Blades above Low Row. A scattering of old miners cottages on Low Row Pasture. Lovely walks from there towards Gunnerside with stunning views.

Gunnerside

The Old Working Smithy & Museum

The Smithy was established in 1795 at the bottom of Gunnerside Ghyll and displays an interesting collection of objects amassed over the years.  All the artifacts on display are from the Smithy itself – nothing has been brought in. Cartwheels were made by local joiners and hooped here by the blacksmith. Horses were used on farms until the 1950s and horse shoes were a mainstay for the blacksmith.  Stephen Calvert, shown at work in the Smithy, is the sixth generation of blacksmiths in the Calvert family to work at Gunnerside.

Ledgers (day books) have been kept by the blacksmiths continuously since 1840 and extracts from these are displayed where possible.  You can also see lead mining tubs and things made by the blacksmith.  He takes commissions!
Open:  11am till 5pm Easter until the end of October but closed on Mondays.

www.gunnerside.info
Tel: 01748 886577

The King’s Head pub is currently closed

www.kingsheadgunnerside.co.uk

Ghyllfoot tearoom is open for breakfast, coffee, lunch and dinner as well as takeaways.

www.ghyllfoot.co.uk.

Gunnerside Methodist Church

Gunnerside is a great place to walk from.
Start your walk up the Gill- see walks.
Or walk along the Flats – the meadows by the river Swale which are full of wild flowers in spring and summer.  We like the view  of the flats from Low Row pasture as mentioned in the section on Blades.

Thwaite
This is a tiny village and only boasts one attraction.

Kearton Café and Restaurant
The Kearton Café and Restaurant has recently been refurbished and is very welcoming.

www.keartoncountryhotel.co.uk

Muker
A magnet for walkers as the circuit of Kidson hill is so lovely.  It was rated as one of the top 50 walks by the Ramblers.  In the spring and early summer the hay meadows are spectacular.  See hay meadows.
The little village has a shop for basic provisions and sandwiches with a teashop next door.

The Pub is the Farmers Arms

  • Food Service: 12-2:30pm – 6pm-8:30pm
  • Soup and Sandwiches Served All Day
  • Traditional Sunday Roast
  • Stone-Flagged Floor and Open Fire
  • Dogs, Muddy Boots & Families Welcome

www.farmersarmsmuker.co.uk

Swaledale Woollens

In keeping with the long tradition of wool and knitting in the Dales, this little shop sells wool and woollen items.  Next door is the art gallery showcasing talented artists and selling lovely coffee table books and cards and other gifts.
www.swaledalewoollens.co.uk

The Church of St Mary

www.swaledalearkengarthdaleparish.org.uk

There are public loos in Muker.

Muker Silver Band was formed here in 1897 and still plays regularly.  One of the most famous brass bands in the area.

www.mukerband.co.uk

Keld

The village has no shop.  There are 2 campsites and I think we bought ice cream from the one by the river one summer!  A good place to walk from and see waterfalls:  Kisdon Force, East Gill Force, Catrake Force and Wain Wath Force.

Keld Countryside and Heritage Centre, Keld

The Keld Countryside & Heritage Centre was opened in May 2011. It is a small visitor centre telling the story of the village, the landscape and the lives of people working and living in the upper dale, both past and present. The centre is adjacent to the Chapel and the Manse and was formally used to stable the ministers' horse and trap. The original stalls, hayracks and cobbled floor have all been retained. Visitors can browse the points of interest wall displays, artifacts or listen to the auditory memoires of local people both young and old. A comprehensive range of information leaflets and suggested walks are also available. Throughout the year, local people will be demonstrating their skills and sharing their local knowledge with visitors. Drop in and you may see wool being spun by hand, waving, rug making, paintings of the dale or artists at work.

www.tkrc.org.uk/about/countryside-heritage-centre

Keld Lodge

Warm welcome for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

www.keldlodge.com

Keld United Reform Church

Tan Hill
The only thing at Tan Hill is the pub but also some amazing views of Teesdale and a feeling of remoteness.  
The Tan Hill Inn- the highest in Britain at 1732 feet.

www.tanhillinn.com
Go up from Keld and come down into Arkengarthdale so you can see different views on the way back and visit:

Langthwaite – Arkengarthdale
Arkengarthdale is famed for being featured in the mini-series ‘A Woman of Substance’, and the TV series ‘All Creatures Great and Small’, based around the books of the Yorkshire vet, James Herriot. The little bridge in Langthwaite is shown in the credits, as is the watersplash, found on the tiny road over the fell between Arkengarthdale and Low Row in Swaledale.

The CB Inn (short for Charles Bathurst, who used to own the mining company in Arkengarthdale)
The pub is outside the main village on the way back from Tan hill or going towards Tan Hill from Reeth.
Open for coffee, lunch and dinner.  Seating outside, quoits and a small children’s playground.

www.cbinn.co.uk/

In the field nearby look out for a 6 sided building, which was the old powder house associated with the mining company built in 1725 and there are the ruins of a smelt mill across the road from the pub.  The hillsides around are riddled with mine shafts.

The Red Lion Pub
In the village, just over the bridge and on the left.
Only open in the evening.  A wonderful old fashioned pub, full of character and when cold, a roaring fire.  They sell books on the area and mining and maps and sweeties.

Park in the car park and walk to Booze

Look for the Arkle Town graveyard, Church of St Mary the Virgin and the Wesleyan Chapel.

York

There are so many wonderful things to do in York and places to see. You can buy a day pass, which saves you money on the normal entry prices.

www.yorkpass.com/how-it-works/

JORVIK Viking Centre

One of the top attractions outside London. Visitors journey through the reconstruction of Viking-Age streets, as they would have been 1000 years ago. JORVIK Viking Centre also offers four exciting exhibitions and the chance to actually come face to face with a ‘Viking’.

The remains of 1,000 year-old houses are revealed beneath your feet, objects taken from the excavations are explored and Viking-age timbers are brought before your eyes. New audio and video displays help you to investigate all of the information gathered from the 5-year long dig at Coppergate and piece together the jigsaw of where the Vikings came from, why they came here and how they lived and died.

At JORVIK Viking Centre you stand on the site of one of the most famous and astounding discoveries of modern archaeology. Between the years 1976-81 archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust revealed the houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking-Age city of Jorvik as it stood 1,000 years ago. These incredible findings enabled them to build the JORVIK Viking Centre on the very site where the excavations had taken place, creating a ground-breaking visitor experience that enabled you to experience life in Viking-Age York.

www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk

York Minster

York Minster is one of the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. The minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the second-highest office of the Church of England and is the cathedral for the Diocese of York. Explore a masterpiece in stained glass and stone, its vast spaces alive with the sanctity and tradition of worship and heavenly music. Or quiet corners revealing unexpected stories and human inspiration.

The nave contains the West Window, constructed in 1338, and over the Lady Chapel in the east end is the Great East Window, (finished in 1408), the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world. In the north transept is the Five Sisters Window, each lancet being over 16 metres (52 ft) high. The south transept contains a famous rose window.

www.yorkminster.org/home.html

National Railway Museum (NRM)

The National Railway Museum forms part of the British National Museum of Science and Industry and tells the story of rail transport in Britain and its impact on society. It has won many awards, including the European Museum of the Year Award in 2001. It is the home of the national collection of historically significant railway vehicles, as well as a collection of other artefacts and both written and pictorial records. You will see over 300 trains including Mallard and The Flying Scotsman and the red steam train from Harry Potter fame. A mecca for train enthusiasts, young and old.

www.nrm.org.uk

York Castle Museum

On the site of York Castle, originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068. The museum itself was founded by Dr John L Kirk in 1938, and is housed in prison buildings which were built on the site of the castle in the 18th century, the Debtors Prison (built in 1701-05 using stone from the ruins of the castle) and the Female Prison (built 1780-1785).

The museum’s displays include recreated period rooms such as a Victorian parlour and a 17th century dining room. There are displays of everyday life including an exhibition about rites of passage and an exhibition all about washing and cleaning. There is also a Hearth Gallery with recreated fireplaces and kitchens. A display about life in the prison has been opened in the cells of the old Debtors Prison. There is also a recreation of a Victorian street (Kirkgate, named after Dr Kirk). What was once an Edwardian street (Half Moon Court) is now an exhibit on the 1960s. The museum also has a Barn Gallery, a Children’s Gallery and military and costume displays. The former Condemned Cell, possibly once occupied by Dick Turpin, can also be visited. Studio areas feature programmed activities where visitors can come into close contact with items from the museum’s large and nationally designated collection.

www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

Yorkshire Air Museum – Elvington

The Yorkshire Air Museum is the largest independent air museum in Britain and is also the location of The Allied Air Forces Memorial. Situated in a 20 acre parkland site on the former World War II RAF Bomber Command Station at Elvington near York, the Museum/Memorial is located on the largest and most original WWII station open to the public. It was also the only base used by the French heavy bomber squadrons during the war and today includes award winning gardens, a large NAAFI style restaurant and shop, plus over 15 top class exhibitions and over 60 historic aircraft and vehicles, many of which are in working order. In 2012 it was voted the top Specialist Attraction in Britain.

www.yorkshireairmuseum.org

Yorkshire Museum

Collections include archaeology, biology, astronomy and geology amongst others.

Their archaeology collection of nearly one million objects ranges from the earliest prehistoric finds up until the twentieth century and is the one of the most comprehensive in a regional British museum outside London.

The majority of the Roman, Anglian and Anglo Scandinavian (Saxon and Viking), and Medieval objects come from York and Yorkshire.

Their most significant objects include the medieval Middleham Jewel and Ring, the York Helmet, and the Gilling Sword, all found in the region, plus the Ormside Bowl, found in Cumbria.

In the biology collection is the skeleton of the flightless Moa which lived in New Zealand and was the tallest bird in the world until it became extinct.

The York Observatory, in the Museum Gardens, is the major part of the Astronomy Collection. It was built in 1832 and 1833 and is the oldest working observatory in Yorkshire.

There is a huge mineral and fossil collection and the Middlesbrough meteorite which fell on 4 March 1881.

Many of the objects in the museum are featured in the BBC’s A History of the World project.

www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

Clifford’s Tower

Clifford’s Tower stands as a proud symbol of the power of England’s medieval kings. Originally built by William the Conqueror to subdue the rebels of the north, it was twice burned to the ground, before being rebuilt by Henry III in the 13th century. The tower takes its name from one grisly incident in its long history, when Roger de Clifford was executed for treason against Edward II and hanged in chains from the tower walls. With sweeping panoramic views of York and the surrounding countryside, it isn’t hard to see why Clifford’s Tower played such a crucial role in the control of northern England.

www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/cliffords-tower-york/

York Dungeon

With a brilliant cast of professional actors, 11 shows, authentic sets and costumes and amazing special effects, you will be taken on a unique thrill-filled journey through 2000 years of York’s murky history.

Meet York’s most infamous villains, rogues and rascals, including highwayman Dick Turpin, the infamous Guy Fawkes and Viking King Eric Bloodaxe. Discover the Labyrinth of the Lost Roman Legion and the fate of the Yorkshire Witches.

See the back-breaking work that goes on in the torture chamber, be judged in the courtroom and feel the effects of the plague. Literally!

It is exciting, scary and funny.

Warning: Due to the nature of the York Dungeon is not recommended for children under the age of 10yrs and for those of a nervous disposition. Children under 16yrs must be accompanied by an adult.

York Sightseeing Bus

City Sightseeing tours – Daily throughout the year (February to December). Tour takes 45 minutes – 1 hour.

Buy your tickets on the bus. Tickets valid 24hours. Family ticket covers 2 adults and up to 3 children (age 5-15) or 1 adult and up to 4 children. 2 children under 5 go free with each full fare paying adult.

 

Yorkboat

A chance to see the fascinating buildings, bridges and historic sights on the River Ouse in York. Look for stunning wildlife including kingfishers. Treat yourself to a drink from the bar and rest your feet! There are a range of trips to suit everyone; from daytime sightseeing cruises, evening cruises, package cruises, party cruises and much more.

http://www.yorkboat.co.uk/

York has many haunted walks/ghost tours, which are really entertaining. You are lead down the medieval streets by an actor in costume, and visit the most haunted locations in the City.

Also worth seeing in York:

Barley Hall run by York Archaeological Trust
DIG: an archaeological adventure
Fairfax House, a Georgian house run by York Civic Trust
Merchant Adventurers’ Hall
Merchant Taylors’ Hall
The Shambles York’s best-preserved medieval street
The Snickelways a collection of narrow streets and passages
Treasurer’s House owned by the National Trust
York City Art Gallery
York City Walls

Close to York is:

World of James Herriot – Thirsk

23 Kirkgate is home to the world famous vet-cum-author James Herriot. You can step back in time and experience the life of a vet and see what has made James Herriot into a global phenomenon.

Come and get behind the scenes of the BBC series, and see what has been capturing the hearts and minds of so many around the world, all the while putting Yorkshire firmly on the map.

www.worldofjamesherriot.org

Weekly Events

There is an excellent local website listing events, and there is plenty going on in the dale, from concerts to archaeology walks.  Check what’s happening while you are staying here:

www.reeth.org/Reeth-Swaledale-events-diary.htm

There are quiz nights in many pubs but they are not set in stone.  They are often on a Friday night at the Buck in Reeth.

Mondays

Hazel Brow Farm Closed.  

1st and 3rd Monday of the month, takeaway curry from Ghyllfoot Tearoom, Gunnerside.

Tuesdays

1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, steak night at the Punch Bowl, Low Row, and CB Inn Arkengarthdale.

2nd Tuesday of the month – Hawes outdoor market.

Wednesdays

Barnard Castle outdoor market.

Early closing day in Leyburn and Richmond

Thursdays

Barnard Castle and Bedale early closing day.

Music nights at the Bridge Inn, Grinton.

Fridays

Reeth Market on the green.

Leyburn Market, in the market place.

3rd Friday early bird menu at the CB Inn, Arkengarthdale, 4th Friday, fish and chip night.

Fish and Chip van comes up the Dale.  Arrives in Low Row around 6.45pm.

Saturdays

Richmond outdoor market.  3rd Saturday, Farmer’s market as well.

Leyburn Farmer’s market, on 4th Saturday.

Barnard Castle Farmer’s Market on the 1st Saturday.

Sundays

Market at Catterick Racecourse.

Carvery at the Punchbowl Inn, Low Row.

Monthly Events

January

Sledging.

February

Each February, the 1st Sunday of the month is designated British Yorkshire Pudding Day.

March

Heather burning is usually in full swing as the heather dries out.

April

Return of wading birds to the moors for breeding. Hear and see curlew, oystercatcher, lapwing/green plover, golden plover and snipe.

Lambing.

Cows return to the fields.

Constable Burton Gardens daffodil and tulip days.

May

Return of housemartins – they nest in our shed.

Open access to moors closed for bird breeding season until July. Footpaths remain open. Dogs to be on a lead.

Great time for bird watching. Birds busy nesting. Hear and see curlew, oystercatcher, lapwing/green plover, golden plover and snipe. At the end of the month you will see chicks of all kinds.

The Dales Festival of Food and Drink takes place in early May each year in Leyburn, Wensleydale. It is a great three-day event, which attracts around 12,000 visitors and is very popular with locals and tourists alike. Some people travel quite a distance to sample some of Yorkshire’s finest foods and drinks all produced locally in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There are marquees, tastings, a cookery demonstration theatre, beer sampling from all the local breweries, so there is something for everyone!

www.dalesfestivaloffood.org

Swaledale Festival takes place over two weeks in the last week of May and first week in June. Events are spread throughout Swaledale and Wensleydale, in many venues such as churches, pubs, as well as outdoors. The final night is at Richmond Castle.

Events include music, poetry, theatre and instructive walks such as foraging or archaeology and always includes the brass bands. www.swaledale-festival.org.uk

June

Swaledale Festival continues

Best time of year to see the famous flower meadows in Muker.

Look out for quoits matches for the rest of the summer.

Swaledale Marathon usually at the start of the month.

July

Hay making in the dale.

Masham Steam Fair and organ festival http://www.spanglefish.com/mashamsteamrally/

August

1st August. Yorkshire Day- this promotes the historic English county of Yorkshire. It was first in celebrated in 1975. Despite the serious underlying purpose and money-raising activities for charity, some Yorkshire people worry that it has become a media and marketing jamboree, perpetuating stereotypes of whippets, black puddings and flat caps!

Glorious 12th August. Start of grouse shooting season- til 10th December.

Local Shows: End of August. Wensleydale Show, Kilnsey Show, Reeth Show. The highlight of the summer. Fell racing, flower and produce and of course the hotly contested sheep show and Swaledale tup competition.

Richmond live- Music Festival

Annual music festival at the beginning of August featuring 30 bands and 18 hours of live music. It advertises itself as a “not for profit” organisation dedicated to music and run by music lovers and volunteers. 3000 people visit from far and wide. It takes place on the Batts, near the castle in Richmond.

www.richmondlive.org

September

Look for shooting stars.

Boot and Beer Walking Festival

Held in early September centred around Hawes, Aysgarth and Askrigg. It is organised by the Black Sheep Brewery. Tickets are needed and on arrival, you are issued with a walker number. You can also register and buy tickets on the day. Walks are graded and carefully prepared by the author of the Inn Way books, Mark Reid. You can choose to follow the routes alone or join a group. Free shuttle buses operate during the weekend. There are of course, a number of thirst quenching ales brewed by the Black Sheep Brewery which is based in Masham. A pub quiz night is organised on the Saturday night, for which you need more tickets. www.blacksheepbrewery.com/bootsnbeer

Hardraw Brass Band Festival

The second oldest brass band festival in the world.
Wensleydale hosts Hardraw Scar Brass Band Festival which takes place on the second Sunday in September. The Festival is held in the open air against the backdrop of Hardraw Force, England’s highest waterfall, in the grounds of the Green Dragon Inn.

www.hardrawforce.com/bandcontest

Masham Sheep Fair- end of September. Masham boasts one of the largest and finest market squares in England, famous for its sheep sales where in the past as many as 70,000 sheep were sold each year.

The popular Masham Sheep Fair commemorates these times, raising much money for charity, and filling the town with sheepy fun and entertainment.

Events include an action packed programme on both Saturday and Sunday with a Sheep Show, Sheep Racing, Craft Market, Bishop Blaize Procession, Fleece Stalls, Wool Competition, Sheepdog Demonstrations, Hand Bell Ringers, Morris Dancers, Art Exhibition and Tours of Theakstons & Black Sheep Breweries, as well as the Old Time Children’s Fair. Flower show in the church.

October

Pheasant shooting season starts

The Scott Trial- end of October.

This is a trial bike marathon, which takes place around Reeth and upper Swaledale and is organized by the Richmond Motor Club, Yorkshire. It takes place at the end of October annually. It is still the longest one day trial in the world, and probably the biggest physical and mental challenge of a competitor’s life.

Competitors come from far and wide – and both men and women compete. It has been described as the greatest test of man and machine and is an event in which the club riders can still compete on the same course as top international stars. The course is so tough that as many as 2/3 of competitors fail to finish.

The Current Scott trial is a time and observation event run over an off road course of approximately 84 miles, divided into approximately 75 sections. The riders lose marks for “footing” (or putting a foot down) in the observed sections and for finishing behind the fastest rider who sets standard time. Marks used to be lost at the rate of 1 mark per minute but this has been relaxed to 1 mark every 2 minutes.

Over the years a huge range of special awards and memorial trophies have become associated with the Scott, including best Yorkshireman (or woman!), oldest finisher, and various club and special awards.

It’s tremendous spectator sport and must be seen once in a lifetime at least!

www.richmondmotorclub.com/category/scott-trial/scott-trial-history

November

Fireworks and bonfire on Reeth Green or Muker.

December

Look out for a Pantomime performance by local residents in Reeth.

10th December. End of the grouse shooting season.

Santa’s magical winter wonderland grotto at Thorpe Perrow.

Gala dinner at the Punch Bowl Inn, often also with a Quiz

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