There is so much to see and do in the Yorkshire Dales and Askrigg is the perfect base to do this - hopefully this page will help you to plan your holiday. We have provided numerous links to some of the many attractions within the area, along with places to eat to help you plan your trip and if you want any further advise please do not hesitate to contact us.
Click on the following link to see some great events that are happening in the Yorkshire Dales.
Click on the following link to see some great events that are happening in the Yorkshire Dales.
Askrigg is an ideal location within Wensleydale to use as a base while you travel and explore the Yorkshire Dales, not only does it have all the facilities you will require at your doorstep such as 3 great pubs Kings Arms (bottom), White Rose (middle) and The Crown (Top), a fantastic Deli (Humble Pie) for packed lunches and treats, a tea room (Sykes House) but it is also ideal if you are planning to travel around the Dale visiting some of the many attractions available or want to explore some of the beautiful scenery.
We now have a local campsite (Askrigg Camping) if some of your more adventurous group fancy being at one with nature.
Activities in Askrigg
You don't need to go far to experience some fantastic activities in Askrigg, infact we have:
UPWARD-BOUND - Rock climbing instruction and guiding in the Yorkshire Dales. For the complete novice they offer introductory sessions that give a brilliant experience of what climbing is all about and for those who are more experienced they can show you the best routes in Yorkshire. Take a look at their website for more information.
YORKSHIRE DALES PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOOL - Teaching all aspects of photography to photographers of all abilities. From a complete beginner with a compact camera, to an experienced photographer with the latest DSLR, they can show you how to take your photography further.
ELEMENTS OF BEING - If you want to relax and de-stress after a day of walking we can highly recommend a visit from our local masseur, Elements of Being offer a friendly and professional mobile massage service focusing on muscoe healthy and tone, posture, flexibility and range od motion, improving circulation and quality of sleep and releasing toxins from the system.
Gayle Mill: Enjoy a special 'Demonstration Day' every first Sunday of the month (except January) 11.30am or 2.30pm about two hours in length.
Please note that we offer guided tours only because we are both a Heritage Visitor attraction and a working saw mill, still using the original Victorian water-powered machinery.
Bolton Castle: as seen on “THE DALES” this is of great historical interest as Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned there. The Castle is open to the public with lots to do and see and is fantastic for the kids.
Forbidden Corner: Great fun for ALL the family:
Thorpe Perrow, Bedale: Such a wonderful place to go and spend the day at any time of the year, the tearoom is excellent, but it is a great place to take a picnic and it is ideal for pushchairs. We are able to offer a discount card if you come and stay with us, please mention it if you are going.
Wenslyedale Creamery: Where they produce the world famous Wensleydale Cheese, and it has just been refurbished with a fantastic cheese tasting room, great museum and a restaurant and cafe area.
Black Sheep Brewery: Black Sheep was born from the pioneering spirit of Paul Theakston who, in 1992, followed his heart and dared to start a new brewery. Set in Masham, North Yorkshire, Black Sheep produces much loved cask, keg and bottled beers and continues to go against the grain with a flow of new and experimental brews.
Each beer is the culmination of brewing expertise spanning six family generations.
Today, Paul's sons Rob and Jo Theakston continue that spirit as Black Sheep stands tall amongst UK breweries, built on a solid reputation for creating beer of outstanding quality full of passion and integrity.
Theakstons Brewery: T&R Theakston Ltd is an independent, family brewing company founded in 1827 located in the Yorkshire Dales market town of Masham, North Yorkshire. The company is controlled and run by direct descendents of the founder Robert Theakston, great-great grandsons, Simon, Nick, Tim and Edward Theakston.
Jervaulx Abbey: Set in the midst of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, Jervaulx Abbey's dramatic and yet tranquil ambience has won the hearts of many of its visitors. We hope that this website presents a flavour of the Abbey's special qualities and acts as a source of inspiration for past and future visitors.
Hawes Ropemakers: Outhwaite Ropemaker's, Watch traditional ropemaking and see how the twist is put in!
Stay or spend a day in Hawes, a market town full of variety and interest, in beautiful Upper Wensleydale.
Wensleydale Railway: The Wensleydale Railway is an authentic heritage railway serving the local community, offering tourists, families and transport enthusiasts a great value day out in the Yorkshire Dales with lots to see and do along the way.
Yorkshire Dales Visitor centre:
Shopping and Market Days.
Hawes Market Day – Tuesday
Leyburn Market Day – Friday
Richmond Market Day – Saturday
The Little Chocolate Shop: – Based in Leyburn, you can go and visit the factory and coffee shop and learn more about the production of our local chocolate.
Farfield Mill: - Four floors of inspiration await you in this vibrant arts and heritage centre.
Housed in a restored Victorian woollen mill on the edge of Cumbria and Yorkshire
- now the leading venue for textile arts in the North West. Heritage displays, working looms, regularly changing exhibitions, craft demonstrations, art and craft for sale by resident and visiting artists, workshops and events - plus delicious food in Weavers Cafe.
The Mulberry Bush: – Fantastic shop for all those lovely gifts, wools, cards etc.
Eating and Drinking out.
Kings Arms - Askrigg.
The present day King’s Arms is a unique combination of the old and the new, offering a relaxed blend of excellent food, good beers and wines in the most stunning rural location.
The fresh, locally sourced food on our menu – written up daily on our striking mirror hanging behind the bar – features the best of local, seasonal produce and changes frequently.
The bar is the heart of the King’s Arms, with its ancient stone floor, old beams and its wide Yorkshire inglenook fireplace and roaring fire. We serve cask conditioned ales brewed at Masham by award winning Theakstons.
The Crown Inn - Askrigg.
The Crown Inn is located in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, in the village of Askrigg. They are a friendly and welcoming family run pub, offering a range of fine cask ales and providing excellent home cooked food using locally sourced produce.
Open 7 days a week from 12 noon until late. Lunch is served between 12pm and 2pm, and evening meals are served between 6.30pm and 8.45pm.
The Crown Inn is child friendly and welcome dogs too.
The combination of a warm friendly atmosphere, high quality food, wide choice of drinks and 2 inviting log fires, make The Crown Inn a must for visitors to Wensleydale.
The White Rose - Askrigg.
The White Rose has a tastefully designed and well equipped traditional Yorkshire bar providing a perfect setting for their professionally prepared and cooked light snacks, bar meals... and of course real ales.
Lunches and Dinners are served in the new light and airy Orangery with lovely views over the pretty beer garden. They offer a mouth-watering range of dishes on their changing menus.
Humble Pie - Askrigg.
Offering honest, fresh, and satisfying fayre prepared by cooks, not chefs in the village kitchen for you to enjoy.
Delicious Take Home Bistro Meals or visit the Tea Room for Breakfast Baps, Light Lunches and Afternoon Tea.
The recipes they offer are good, old fashioned food updated for today.
Fish and Chip Van - Wednesdays: Bainbridge, 4.30pm - 5.45pm and Askrigg, approx 6pm - 6.45pm
The Ramsay’s mobile Fish & Chip van serves both Wensleydale and Swaledale and offers the most amazing Fish and Chips on your doorstep. Holmedale B&B are more than happy for you to use the dining room if the weather is not great. A perfect Wednesday night supper.
Yorebridge Hotel - Bainbridge.
A luxury top end Restaurant to experience on special occasions, excellent food and service.
The Chef at Yorebridge House Hotel is passionate about serving local and seasonal ingredients, often straight from the farm. There is an abundance of great produce all around North Yorkshire and they are proud to champion them.
Cornmill Tea Room - Bainbridge.
The Corn Mill Tearoom is a delightfully traditional establishment in the heart of Bainbridge which serves delicious homemade food throughout the day. Visitors are treated to freshly baked delicacies and freshly brewed tea and coffee.
Enjoy home Yorkshire Dales cooked produce from a traditional Yorkshire tearoom in the pleasant village of Bainbridge in Wensleydale.The Corn Mill tearoom overlooking Bainbridge Village Green is a converted Corn and Cake Mill and provides a welcome oasis of food and drink for visitors to the Yorkshire Dales.
Simonstone Hall - Hawes.
The Brasserie, with its cosy eclectic interior is open daily from noon serving a range of locally sourced food which changes seasonally. This informal and casual brasserie has a wonderful setting with panoramic views across the Dales; it is the perfect setting for lunch, dinner or afternoon tea.
The Four Fells Restaurant, which opens in the evening, offers a fabulous dining experience in a stunning and historic interior. They offer a mixture of traditional and contemporary cuisine which have been created by their executive chef using locally sourced products. The menu changes regularly reflecting the seasonal availability of local produce. Their extensive wine list is available to fully compliment your dining experience.
The Wine Cellar and Wine Vault are ideal rooms for small intimate dinners or as meeting rooms prior to dinner.
The Wensleydale Heifer - West Witton.
As well as the restaurant, the Heifer offer less formal dining experiences in the bar, the snug or the fish bar, each offering guests a different atmosphere, but always with the same great service and award winning food.
The Restaurant Garden is also available, so when the weather's fine you can come and enjoy the Heifer's outside eating experience.
The White Harrt - Hawes.
The White Hart Country Inn is a 16th Century Coaching Inn and is situated on the cobbled street in the market town of Hawes. The whole building has been sympathetically renovated to retain the atmosphere of a traditional Inn but with a fresh, contemporary twist. Fantastic food for all occassions.
Amazing places to see:
Hardraw Force: this is the highest single drop waterfall in the country and where Kevin Costner Showered in the film Robin Hood Prince of thieves. The force is only 4 miles away and is worth a visit in all seasons!!!
Semerwater: is the third largest natural lake in Yorkshire. The drive there is very picturesque and you can park by the waterside, to take a stroll or walk around the lake, why not go and visit Raydale preserves while you are over this way, there are some great walks from the tea room.
Aysgarth Falls: a great favourite to all visitors. The Falls descend in a series of broad steps along half a mile of the river flanked for most of the way by overhanging woods.
West Burton Force, Howgills, Buttertubs pass, Mill Gill, Muker, Gunnerside.
Recommended Walks in the area:
Askrigg to Mill Gill: about 3.5 miles (5.63km)
The walk starts at the church at the west of Askrigg. Follow the down road as you pass over the bridge. Immediately turn left down the left-side the beck to enter a woodland. Continue straight-ahead on path sign-post, ‘Mill Gill only’ to reach the falls.
Return to the path that leads up the side of the wood. At the top left corner, leave the wood. Go straight-ahead following the footpath sign for Helm, passing through fields to emerge on a road. Turn right up the road to emerge in Helm.
Reach the guesthouse in Helm. Turn right on the path to climb through fields to reach the gill.
When you reach the gill. Keep to left-hand of the gill and go up a path as you continue up it towards a footbridge and Whitefield Gill Force.
Go over the footbridge and go steeply up the other the other side of the gill to reach Low Straights Lane. Continue along this lane for about 1 mile until just before a ford. Turn right here passing a gate and head straight down through fields. Pass through two gate stiles as path eventually bears left to reach the next corner of the field to a smaller stile. From this stile, bear left at a barn with arched doorway. Continue on this path that leads back to village to village of Askrigg, emerging next to the Crown Inn in Askrigg where the walk concludes and finishes.
Semerwater Circular Route: About 3.74 miles
A circular walk around Semerwater, with an option of a fell top return route. This optional loop makes a 7.5km total walk.
Leave your car on the foreshore parking area and set off on the road in a southerly direction. Opposite Low Blean farm, take the footpath due south, towards Stalling Busk. Please keep in single file across the meadowland. The footpath passes through Semerwater Nature Reserve, managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Semerwater is not only important for birds, but plankton, mayflies and crayfish. The path continues onto the ruins of the old chapel of Stalling Busk. This was built in 1772, please take care if you look around the graveyard area. Head towards Marsett, using the footbridges to cross over Cragdale Water and Raydale Beck. Once in Marsett, there are two choices of return. The shortest route is back along Marsett Lane, cutting the corner off, using a footpath 400m before Countersett. It’s a short walk over Semerwater Bridge back to the foreshore. If the weather’s fine (it is sometimes!) it’s worth the effort required getting up onto the fell top above Marsett. Follow the path towards Knights Close, but turn off to the right after 300m. This path leads up through the Cow Pasture, linking with the bridleway on the tops. Follow the bridleway east eventually joining Crag Side Road. Look for buzzards around here! Drop down the road, skirting past Countersett and over Semerwater Bridge (first built by the Quakers) and back to the parking area.
Aysgarth circular Walk: About 2 miles
A three kilometre low level walk through Freeholders and St Joseph’s Woods taking in the Lower and Middle Falls.
The walk starts and finishes at the Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre car park.
From the entrance of the car park the route passes under the railway bridge, past the entrance to the former Aysgarth railway station and on into Freeholders Wood. An area of semi natural woodland owned and managed as a coppice with standards by the National Park Authority with the help of volunteers. The woodland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is home to a wide range of plants animals. Once through the wood the route crosses open pastureland and then returns under the railway bridge to St Joseph’s Wood, a new native 15-hectare broadleaf woodland planted in 1998. The route returns through the centre of Freeholders Wood to the start of the Millennium Trail. A surfaced trail leading to the Lower and Middle Falls viewing platforms through the woodland and along Riddings Field, passing four interpretative art works. Upon reaching the Lower Falls, the route then returns to the National Park Centre via the Millennium Trail.
Interpretation and leaflets are available within the National Park Centre explain the important features of the woodland, river and falls.
To visit the Upper Falls, follow the path around the edge of the car park and follow the path down to the entrance. Please note that the Upper Falls is private land and an admission charge is made by way of an honesty box for providing access.