Out and About in Reeth, Swaledale, Arkengarthdale and the Yorkshire Dales.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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'Useful links to places of interest and activities for all the family, all year round in and around Reeth, the Two Dales area, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and surrounding area.'

Yorkshire's Magnificent Attractions is a collection of the best and most exciting attractions in the Yorkshire region. Whenever you visit any one of Yorkshire's Magnificent Attractions you will have a great day out which is fun and educational - See more at: http://www.yorkshireattractions.org. The group works together to ensure that visitors get the best possible experience every time they visit a Magnificent Attraction by sharing best practice and benchmarking visitor feedback against each other.
Not only have we some of the best walking, but if you enjoy the outdoors then there are plenty of other activities to keep you occupied. We have some of the best horse riding, mountain biking and cycling terrain in the country. No wonder that so many long distance routes pass through the area.
Looking for a day out with the kids - turn off the TV, lock up the games console and have a great time with the children. Whatever the weather and whatever their age, just click on the link to discover loads of fantastic family friendly attractions just round the corner and all over the Dales.
Welcome to Yorkshie This is your one-stop shop for planning your next great Yorkshire day out. Just click on the attraction below to access all the information you need, including 360 tours, details, pictures, locations and contact information.
For great activities, information and advice for 13 to 19 year olds in North Yorkshire. On gimi you can find information about things to do in your area, from sport to music gigs to workshops to festivals and much much more. Also on Gimi you can find loads of information on stuff like University choices, health and bullying.
Out Of Oblivion - A landscape through time To increase your enjoyment of the Yorkshire Dales and to help you understand more about the unique cultural landscape of the area created through the interactions of people and nature over thousands of years.
Hazel Brow Farm - Low Row, Swaledale
Hazel Brow is a traditional family run farm located in the middle of Low Row village, in the heart of Swaledale within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Pennine dales Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA).
They offer a unique chance to experience the magic of a working farm in beautiful Swaledale.
There's plenty to do and see for everyone even during wet weather so come along and visit this national award winning attraction to find out for yourself what's on offer!

Best Farm Atraction of 2003 at the GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW.
NATIONAL FARM ATTRACTIONS award winners.
YORKSHIRE DALES NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY award winners.

Aysgarth Falls
Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire. 7 miles south of Swaledale
Attraction type: Waterfalls
West Burton Falls
West Burton, North Yorkshire. 8 miles south of Swaledale
Attraction type: Waterfalls
Wensleydale Creamery
Hawes, North Yorkshire. 9 miles southwest of Swaledale
Attraction type: Factory Tours
Activities: Dining
The Bowes Museum
Barnard Castle, Durham. 10 miles northeast of Swaledale
Attraction type: Museums; History Museums
Northside Falconry
Barnard Castle, Durham. 11 miles northeast of Swaledale
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
The Forbidden Corner
Middleham, Leyburn. 11 miles southeast of Swaledale
Attraction type: Amusement/ Theme Parks
Barnard Castle
Barnard Castle, Durham. 12 miles northeast of Swaledale
Attraction type: Castles
Cross Lanes Organic Farm
Barnard Castle, Durham. 12 miles northeast of Swaledale
Attraction type: Farms
Farfield Mill
Sedbergh, Cumbria. 13 miles west of Swaledale
Attraction type: Historic Sites
Jervaulx Abbey
Jervaulx, North Yorkshire. 15 miles southeast of Swaledale
Attraction type: Religious Sites
High Force Waterfall
Middleton in Teesdale, Durham. 16 miles north of Swaledale
Attraction type: Waterfalls
Settle - Carlisle Railway
Settle, Yorkshire Dales National Park. 17 miles southwest of Swaledale
Attraction type: Scenic Railroads
How Stean Gorge
Lofthouse, North Yorkshire. 18 miles southeast of Swaledale
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Sports Complexes
Big Sheep & Little Cow
Bedale, North Yorkshire. 18 miles east of Swaledale
Attraction type: Farms
Warren Gill Shooting Ground
Masham, North Yorkshire. 18 miles southeast of Swaledale
Attraction type: Game/ Entertainment Centres
The Black Sheep Brewery
Masham, North Yorkshire. 19 miles southeast of Swaledale
Attraction type: Breweries
Swinton Park Birds of Prey
Masham, North Yorkshire. 19 miles southeast of Swaledale
Attraction type: "Classes/Workshops"
Swinton Park Cookery School
Masham, North Yorkshire. 19 miles southeast of Swaledale
Attraction type: "Classes/Workshops"
The Bridge Gallery
Bedale, North Yorkshire. 19 miles east of Swaledale
Attraction type: Art Galleries
White Scar Cave
Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire. 20 miles southwest of Swaledale
Attraction type: Caverns/ Caves
Wensleydale Railway
Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire. 20 miles east of Swaledale
Attraction type: Scenic Railroads
Theakston Brewery
Masham, North Yorkshire. 20 miles southeast of Swaledale
Attraction type: Breweries
Grassington Tourist Information Centre
Grassington, North Yorkshire. 22 miles south of Swaledale
Attraction type: Tourist/ Visitor Centres
Weardale Railway
Bishop Auckland, Durham. 22 miles northeast of Swaledale
Attraction type: Scenic Railroads
Yorkshire Dales Falconry and Conservation Centre
Settle, Yorkshire Dales National Park. 24 miles southwest of Swaledale
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Coves House and Weardale Outdoor Centre
Bishop Auckland, Durham. 24 miles northeast of Swaledale
Attraction type: Farms
The Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
Ingleton, Yorkshire Dales National Park. 24 miles southwest of Swaledale
Attraction type: Hiking Trails
Ingleborough
Settle, Yorkshire Dales National Park. 24 miles southwest of Swaledale
Attraction type: Hiking Trails
Abbot Hall Art Gallery
Kendal, Lake District. 29 miles west of Swaledale
Attraction type: Art Museums
Brewery Arts Centre
Kendal, Lake District. 29 miles west of Swaledale
Attraction type: Theatres
Lakes Odyssey
Kendal, Lake District. 29 miles west of Swaledale
Attraction type: Tours
World of James Herriot
Thirsk, North Yorkshire. 30 miles east of Swaledale
Attraction type: Speciality Museums
Zillah Bell Gallery
Thirsk, North Yorkshire. 30 miles east of Swaledale
Attraction type: Art Galleries
The Courthouse (Rural Arts)
Thirsk, North Yorkshire. 30 miles east of Swaledale
Attraction type: Speciality Shops
The Ritz Cinema
Thirsk, North Yorkshire. 30 miles east of Swaledale
Attraction type: Cinemas
Sizergh Castle
Kendal, Lake District. 31 miles west of Swaledale
Attraction type: Castles
Old Fulling Mill Museum of Archaeology
Durham, Durham. 31 miles northeast of Swaledale
Attraction type: Speciality Museums
Levens Hall
Kendal, Lake District. 31 miles west of Swaledale
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings
Lakeland Maze Farm Park
Kendal, Lake District. 31 miles west of Swaledale
Attraction type: Farms
Hawkshead Brewery
Staveley, Cumbria. 31 miles west of Swaledale
Attraction type: Breweries
Oriental Museum
Durham, Durham. 32 miles northeast of Swaledale
Attraction type: History Museums; Art Museums
Durham University Botanic Garden
Durham, Durham. 32 miles northeast of Swaledale
Attraction type: Gardens
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis
Milnthorpe, Cumbria. 32 miles southwest of Swaledale
Attraction type: Zoos
Brambles Food Hall
Durham, Durham. 32 miles northeast of Swaledale
Attraction type: Speciality Shops
Durham Castle
Durham, Durham. 32 miles northeast of Swaledale
Attraction type: Castles
Fairy Steps
Beetham, Cumbria. 32 miles southwest of Swaledale
Attraction type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Palace Green
Durham, Durham. 32 miles northeast of Swaledale
Attraction type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Durham Heritage Centre and Museum
Durham, Durham. 32 miles northeast of Swaledale
Attraction type: History Museums
Durham Cathedral
Durham, Durham. 32 miles northeast of Swaledale
Attraction type: Religious Sites; Historic Sites
North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Bishop Auckland, Durham. 25 miles north of Swaledale
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
The Enchanted Chocolate Mine
Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria. 26 miles southwest of Swaledale
Attraction type: Amusement/ Theme Parks
Kendal Castle
Kendal, Lake District. 28 miles west of Swaledale
Attraction type: Castles
Lakeland Climbing Centre
Kendal, Lake District. 29 miles west of Swaledale
Attraction type: Game/ Entertainment Centres
Kendal Museum
Kendal, Lake District. 29 miles west of Swaledale
Attraction type: Historic Walking Areas; Museums
Bolton Abbey
Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire. 29 miles south of Swaledale
Attraction type: Historic Sites
Woodmatters Bush Craft and Wood Courses
Kendal, Lake District. 29 miles west of Swaledale
Attraction type: "Classes/Workshops"
The Quaker Tapestry Exhibition Centre
Kendal, Lake District. 29 miles west of Swaledale
Attraction type: Historic Sites
Museum of Lakeland Life
Kendal, Lake District. 29 miles west of Swaledale
Attraction type: History Museums; Historic Sites

Click here to download a free PDF of the Swaledale & Wensleydale Arts & Crafts Trail

Richmond North Yorkshire

Richmond  - A historic Yorkshire Dales market town, with Norman castle, Georgian architecture, cobbled market place, monuments and abbeys, the fast flowing river Swale, and breathtaking scenery. Situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Richmond is a town that inspires painters and poets, past and present.


The Forbidden Corner
 

Forbidden Corner - The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of 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.
 

Bolton Castle North Yorkshire

Bolton Castle -  is a spectacular mediaeval fortress, preserved in outstanding condition and situated in the heart of Wensleydale, inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Completed in 1399, its scars bear testament to over 600 years of history, including being besieged during the Civil War in 1645 and Mary, Queen of Scots’ imprisonment in 1569. The castle was built by Sir Richard Le Scrope, Lord Chancellor of England and 1st Lord Scrope of Bolton.

Aysgarth Falls North Yorkshire

Aysgarth Falls - Near the village of Aysgarth the River Ure tumbles over a series of broad limestone steps which are known as Aysgarth Falls. Although not particularly high the waterfalls are one of Wensleydale's most famous beauty spots (having been featured in the Kevin Costner film "Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves"), with a pleasant riverside walk linking the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls.  

Hawes in Wensleydale North Yorkshire

Hawes - The thriving market town of Hawes is home to Wensleydale Cheese and the Dales Countryside Museum. There are several craft workshops, antique and other speciality shops, hotels, pubs, restaurants and cafés making a great excursion for all the family.

Bowes Museum Barnard Castle

The Bowes Museum - is a hidden treasure, a jewel in the heart of beautiful Teesdale. The magnificent building stands proud in the historic market town of Barnard Castle housing internationally significant collections of fine and decorative arts. Purpose built in the 19th century by John and Joséphine Bowes, the Museum has a wonderful story to tell.

Barnard Castle

Barnard Castle - is a historic thriving market town, which developed in the protective shadow of Bernard Balliol's castle. Built on a fine defensive site in 1125, the castle is in the care of English Heritage and is open to the public. In the town centre, the octagonal Market cross, or Butter Market, served a number of purposes, dairy produce was sold here and it was also the town's lock up, Town Hall and Court House.

Thorpe Farm Country Park and House Thorpe Farm - is situated 9 miles west of Scotch Corner on the edge of the A66. Centred around an 18th Century Peel House, the licensed site offers an array of attractions for the whole family to make it a memorable fun family day trip. With walled Gardens, trampolines & play area, function room with a seating capacity for fifty people,  Heritage Wood with 6 walks ranging from 1-8 miles starting and finishing at Thorpe Farm.

Local Dales Towns and Villages

  • Askrigg - village with pub where James Herriot's 'All creatures great and small' was filmed.
  • Aysgarth - for Aysgarth Falls, on the Herriot Way circular walk
  • Bainbridge - a village on the A684 in the north Dales
  • Bedale - Arboretum with Bird of Prey and Mammal Centre nearby
  • Bolton Abbey - for Bolton Priory and gardens, walks, picnics
  • Buckden - in the shadow of Buckden Pike and home of the Buckden Fells Race
  • Catterick - a charming village that plays host to the military
  • Grassington - quaint cobbled town centre, interesting shops, pubs, tea rooms
  • Hawes - charming town in Wensleydale, home to Wensleydale Cheeses, Wallace and Gromit
  • Kettlewell - scarecrow festival, traditional English fetes and fairs, pubs and tea shops
  • Kirkby Stephen - to view rare Viking Loki Stone depicting a devil
  • Malham - for limestone cliff and pavement at Malham Cove, caves, peregrine falcons
  • Masham - good walks, lively market, breweries to visit, sheep fair
  • Richmond - prosperous and attractive market town, river, shops, Coast to Coast walk
  • Ripon - for cathedral, Law and Order Museums, Market Square & hornblower tradition
  • Skipton - start and end point for the circular Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way, Castle, canal boat trips and market

 

Family fun and Adventure in Reeth, Swaledale and Arkengarthdale.

Our recommended places to visit when in and around Reeth with a Family.

In Reeth

Reeth Swaledale Museum

Swaledale Museum - Set in the picturesque village of Reeth in the heart of the Dales, this museum based in the 1836 Methodist School Room tells the story of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale via its geology, lead mining, local culture and crafts.

Reeth Show
 

Reeth Show - The 2009 Reeth & District Agricultural Show is set for Wednesday, 26th August. This year's main attraction is Ben Potter's Eagle & Vulture Show with a display in the main ring, audience participation and a chance to get 'up close and personal' with a large bird of prey at his show stand and even a chance to handle them. Come and meet Oska the European Eagle Owl or the new American Bald Eagle as well as many more for a spectacular flight display.

Reeth Playground

Reeth village Playground - A great place for children to burn off the excess energy and have some fun. Recently refurbished with safety matting and clean, safe low level climbing frame and swings. The Playground is an excellent stopping off place on your way down to the Swing Bridge or maybe after the Ice Cream Parlour! Children under 14 only please and NO DOGS.

Reeth swing bridge over the River Swale

The 'Swing Bridge' and River Swale short walks - Just a short walk out of the village will get you to our famous 'swing' bridge over the River Swale. Rebuilt in 2002 following a major flood in 2000 which took away the old bridge. Take one of two lovely riverside walks from the bridge. Take a left turn towards Grinton or, right towards Healaugh and the stepping-stones. Both walks are approx 2 miles and are ideal for all the family. See our Photograph Gallery for pictures.

Shops Cafes Tea Rooms Gift Shops in Reeth

Reeth's gift shops, cafes and galleries - There's something for everyone in one of Reeth's specialist craft shops. Plenty of local crafts and original artwork can be found in one of the galleries in the village. There's plenty of opportunity to relax, eat and drink too in one of Reeth's traditional cafes, tea rooms and ice-cream parlours. Take a look at our Business Directory for more information.

In Swaledale & Arkengarthdale

Hazel Brow Farm - a 200 acre, family run, organic farm in the heart of Swaledale. Famous for its beautiful Herriot scenery and only 1 mile from the picturesque 'watersplash ' ford featured in the BBC series 'All Creatures Great And Small'. The diversified farm offers a wide selection of activities for all the family: Visitor centre, Cafe & shop, Supervised animal handling sessions, Walks, Farm produce,  Seasonal demonstrations, Souvenirs & Gifts and Children's play area.

Arklemoor Riding Centre - has a variety of horses and ponies to suit all levels of ability. Treks are from one hour to all day over the beautiful moorlands of Arkengarthdale and Swaledale. Riding holidays are also available. Open all year.

old gang smelt mill

Old Gang Mine - The ruins of an extensive lead mining complex, northwest of Healaugh between Swaledale and Arkengarthdale provide an excellent 'short walk and explore' opportunity for all the family. The track up to the mine is suitable for all ages, off-road type prams and bicycles. Plenty of sheltered areas for picnics either up by the mine or, by the 'Water-splash' ford made famous by the opening credits from the TV series All Creatures Great and Small.

Muker Village Swaledale

Muker Village - A classic Yorkshire Dales picture postcard village towards the top of Swaledale. Muker is well worth the short drive up the Dale from Reeth. Pass through Gunnerside and the stunning views of the traditional field barns and pastures. Muker is the quintessential English Country village!

Tan Hill Inn near Reeth in Swaledale

Tan Hill Inn - Gt.Britain's highest Inn and well worth a visit. Not just a pub in the middle of nowhere, Tan Hill Inn is a curiosity that will entertain all the family. The surrounding landscape is almost alien, the sheep and other animals spend time INSIDE the bar and the staff are prone to bouts of insanity. It's something to do with the altitude....1732ft above sea level.

Buttertubs Pass

Buttertubs Pass - Described many times as one of Gt.Britain's most stunning and breathe-taking mountain passes. Bridging the gap between Swaledale and Wensleydale it is not a drive or cycle for the faint-hearted with hundreds of feet of near vertical drops to the side of the road. There are stopping points along the route to appreciate the stunning views and explore the 'tub' holes that give their name to the pass. Continue over the pass and you will drop down into the town of Hawes.


Musical Walk

Swaledale Festival - Start your summer at the Swaledale Festival, your chance to hear fantastic live music in our beautiful corner of the world. The Festival has a longstanding reputation for programming a distinctive balance of musical styles - you can hear classical, choral, jazz, folk and world music in intimate Dales venues. The festival runs from the end of May to the middle of June every year.

 

 

 

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