Grassington is one of the most scenic villages in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Stone buildings dating back to the 17th Century encircle the large cobbled square where locals and visitors enjoy the vibrant selection of specialist groceries, boutique shops and galleries.
Renowned Yorkshire hospitality greets locals and visitors alike in its award winning pubs, cafes and restaurants serving traditional and contemporary fare. Continuing the centuries old tradition of its Market Charter of 1282, Grassington hosts regular farmers market offering mouthwatering genuine local produce, the Town Hall provides a wide array of events throughout the year whilst the Grassington Festivals and dedicated Dales Museum define this location as a centre of cultural activity.
As well as boasting a cornucopia of traditional independently owned shops exceptionally stocked for everyday needs – delicatessen, bakery, butcher, supermarket, Post Office and hardware shop, Grassington usefully hosts the Medical Centre and pharmacy.
Festivals in Grassington
*Summer Festival of Music and Art 17 June-2 July 2016 *
*1940’s Weekend Friday 16th to Sunday 18th September 2016 *
*Dickensian Festival - Saturday 3rd December until the Sunday 11th December (This being Sat/Sun both weekends and Entertainment during the week in between.)*
Linton is one of the most green and lovely villages of the Yorkshire Dales. Its ancient stone buildings lie randomly around the thrumming Linton Beck which crosses the Village Green. Wildlife and villages alike sit by its banks and delight in this waterside idyll. Fountaine Hospital is an architectural masterpiece in the Classical style which adds unexpected grandeur to the village’s skyline. Founded in 1721 by Richard Fountaine to provide a chapel and almshouse it is still inhabited today. From the stone packhorse bridge, another reminder of a bygone era, criss cross paths lead to the Norman Church, the dramatic Linton Falls and numerous surrounding walks. Linton is further generously endowed by the Fountaine Inn renowned for its hospitality, real ales, fine wines and gourmet cuisine.
This area is famous for its outdoor pursuits. Situated on the Dales Way it’s an ideal touring base for exploring surrounding riverside and moorland by foot, horseback, cycle and steam railways. Other outdoor activities include angling, birdwatching, hot air ballooning, canooing, caving, climbing, golf, potholing, rugby, sailing and steam railway. Details can be provided on request.
Experience rural life first hand and try out the skills of dry stone walling and fell racing or sample the exciting varieties of local produce and handicrafts to bring back home. There are numerous shows staged locally including the historic Kilnsey Show and Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival.
Sightseeing - Spoilt for Choice...
There’s no shortage of places of interest to visit, whether it’s the nearby impossibly picturesque Dales villages of Calendar Girls fame, dramatic Linton Falls, haunting ruins of Bolton Abbey, or the ghostly limescale pavement of Malham Cove, the backdrop for Harry Potter’s Deathly Hallows. Then there’s Ilkley Moor On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at (On Ilkley Moor without a hat), Wensleydale Creamery of Wallace & Gromit fame, The Parsonage at Haworth home to the Bronte sisters, and the lively market town of Skipton with its markets, medieval castle and romantic canals. Further afield is the elegant spa town of Harrogate with its bijoux shops and galleries, Ripon for the races and Salts Mills with its dazzling array of original Hockneys. Here are some of our favourites...
• Bolton Abbey - Atmospheric ruins of 12th century monastery overlooking the River Wharfe – not to be missed • Embsay - Take a ride on the steam train travelling along the Embsay-Bolton Abbey railway
• Fountaines Abbey and Studley Royal - Spectacular 12th century remains of abbey and elegant Elizabethan mansion
• Harrogate - Not just for its famous Turkish baths but for shopping at designer end and highstreet, art galleries and of course Betty’s tea shop!
• Haworth - Visit The Parsonage home to the Bronte sisters
• Ilkley Moor - Located just above Ilkley, a very pleasant spa town with a Victorian bath house and worth a visit
• Ingleton Waterfalls - A trail in spectacular waterfall and woodland scenery
• Leeds & Royal Armouries Leeds - 40 minute train ride from Skipton for shoppers and military historians
• National Museum of Photography Film and Television, Bradford - Includes the Imax Cinema
• Malham - See the fascinatingly eerie limestone formations which form a “pavement” high on a crag. Wear rubber soles!
• Masham - Theakstons brewery home of the legendary Old Peculier
• Parcevall Hall Gardens - Year round interest for the plantsman and anyone who enjoys peace and tranquility in a natural setting
• Stump Cross Caverns - One of Britain's premier show caves, located in Nidderdale
• Salts Mill Saltaire Bradford - A magnificent monument to our industrial heritage, UNESCO World Heritage listed, now converted into an arts centre with crafts, antiques and lots of Hockneys
• Skipton - Famous for 4 times weekly markets held in the bustling High Street on cobbled setts below beautiful Norman castle. Canal trips every day. Lovely heritage cinema
• Wensledale Creamery Hawes - With museum, viewing gallery, specialist cheese shop where the World famous cheese has been made since 1150
• White Scar Caves - A hidden world deep beneath Ingleborough Hill sculpted by nature over thousands of years
• York - Cathedral and the lanes of Brideshead revisited fame and nearby Castle Howard