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Population: 400
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Crown Inn
"A very welcome rest on a long track across the dales on a cold and wet bloweeey sunday. A lovely couple of pints of theakstons a glass of wine for ..." More

Crown Inn
"fantastic pub, great food good portions and good value, warm and welcoming atmosphere, kind and welcoming staff. all round excellent the place to go in askrigg.

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Crown Inn
"The actual pub is OK, but food is not large portions and is not home cooked (we saw the lorry delivering frozen) Beer Garden is a mess and they drive a ..." More

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Though Askrigg in Wensleydale has shrunk from being a market town (it was granted its charter in 1587 by Elizabeth I) to a village of just 411 souls (at the 2001 census) it has grown in fame under the pseudonym of Darrowby, for it was here that much of the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small was filmed. Askrigg sits in the centre of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, just to the north of the A684 between Hawes and Leyburn, and makes a good base for exploring the Park. The falls as Aysgarth and Hardraw are just four miles east and west respectively. Askrigg is no problem to find in the car, the A684 leading almost directly to the village from either the M6 or the A1. The settlement here dates back to at least Viking times, Askrigg being derived from the Norse, meaning ash ridge, the ridge where the ash trees stand. The TV connection has given the place a new lease of life, and it has great facilities for a place of this size – no less than three pubs, as well as several shops and a restaurant. The church of St Oswald’s is in the perpendicular style, and dates from 1466. Fittingly given the history of the village, St Oswald’s has a clock in its embattled tower. The clock is fitting because the other great claim to fame of Askrigg is that it was the home of some of England’s great clockmakers, indeed the place was once a hive of clock-making activity, most especially in the 18th century. The three greatest names from that era will be well known to clock collectors: James Ogden, Mark Metcalfe, and Christopher Caygill, the later famed for decorating his clock-faces with images of Satan, though he did sprinkle the occasional angel or the four evangelists about to balance things out. In the following century the industry was still well established, with another three great makers working in the village then: James Pratt, John Skidmore, and John Stancliffe. Although this is very much a Dales village, there is still a feel of industry about the place, with its three-storey houses and little alleyways. In 1784 a cotton mill opened in the then town, but it metamorphosed into a woollen mill, supplying yarn to the local knitting industry – hand-knitting was an important craft and source of income in the area. This is a place that deserves time spent strolling and observing, with details like the ancient bull-baiting ring (also the scene of fist-fights) and the market cross to catch the eye.

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Stoney End (0.94 miles)

Stoney End
Situated in a quiet backwater away from the hustle and bustle of daily life Stoney End is a Grade 2 Listed Building dating back to the seventeenth century, originally providing a barn for the neighbouring ... More | visit website
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Wheatsheaf Hotel Wensleydale (3.67 miles)

Wheatsheaf Hotel Wensleydale
The Wheatsheaf is a core part of community life and is well supported and much appreciated by a strong local trade. Add to this our excellent all-ensuite accommodation and you begin to build a picture of ... More | visit website
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George & Dragon Inn (3.71 miles)

George & Dragon Inn
This 17th Century Coaching Inn is perfectly located for exploring Wensleydale and touring far and wide around the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. John and Collette will give you a warm welcome serving real local ales ... More | visit website
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Rowleth End (4.14 miles)

Rowleth End

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Relax in style at this 1920s residence in the heart of Upper Swaledale. Rowleth End is a 1920’s Art Deco styled residence of grace and charm. Each of its ... More


Aysgarth Falls Hotel (4.18 miles)

Aysgarth Falls Hotel
The Aysgarth Falls Hotel is situated in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park and set in five acres of grounds that sit above the famous Aysgarth Falls in the heart of Wensleydale. The hotel itself ... More
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Stone House Hotel (4.41 miles)

Stone House Hotel

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The Stone House Hotel is a fine country house superbly located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Its stunning location together with quality accommodation and delicious food ... More

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White Hart Inn (4.88 miles)

White Hart Inn

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The White Hart is friendly, family run Traditional Country Inn situated in the heart of Wensleydale in the Yorkshire dales National Park. Hawes is one of Englands highest Market towns ... More

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Simonstone Hall Country House Hotel (4.95 miles)

Simonstone Hall Country House Hotel
Set in magnificent countryside near the market town of Hawes in Upper Wensleydale, Simonstone Hall has spectacular views over the dale. Some of our rooms have four poster or french Sleigh Beds and all ... More | visit website
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Thorney Mire Barn (6.15 miles)

Thorney Mire Barn
Thorney Mire Barn is an award winning Bed & Breakfast in the heart of Wensleydale and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Visit England has awarded us 5 Stars and their prestigious Gold Award. We have 3 ... More | visit website
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Wensleydale Heifer (6.91 miles)

Wensleydale Heifer

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Located in the heart of The Yorkshire Dales this traditional inn has been fully refurbished retaining the origional features whilst offering guests every modern comfort. The accommodation ... More

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