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The Apothecary's House, Askrigg

Bed and Breakfast in the Yorkshire Dales

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The Village

Askrigg was used for the filming of the TV series "All Creatures Great and Small" about the life of a Yorkshire vet. Skeldale house, the fictional vet's surgery is just up the road from us and across the road the King's Arms pub is the fictional Drover's Arms.

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Skeldale House

There are several places to eat and drink including three pubs (the King's Arms, the White Rose and the Crown), a cafe (Cakewalk), a tea room (Sykes's House) and the Village Kitchen. A little further away is the Wensleydale Heifer for that extra special meal.

Local Walks and Waterfalls

There are two pretty waterfalls, Mill Gill Force (70 ft) and Whitfield Gill Force (60 ft) a short walk out of the village.

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Mill Gill Force

If you want more waterfalls, Hardraw Force, the highest single drop waterfall in England is 5.5 miles up the Dale while the famous Aysgarth Falls is less than 5 miles away down the Dale (i.e. to the East). Close to Aysgarth, Cauldron Falls in West Burton (painted by Turner) is also worth a visit.

The Local Area

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Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle, once the prison of Mary Queen of Scots lies 7 miles to the east. It is said that she once escaped for a few hours, dropping her shawl in Leyburn and this is the origin of the name of Leyburn Shawl - a picturesque area on the outskirts of Leyburn with fine views over Wensleydale.

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Leyburn Shawl

Askrigg was once the main village in Wensleydale but with the building of the turnpike in the 18th century Hawes gradually rose to prominence.

Hawes houses the National Park Centre and Dales Countryside Museum, Wensleydale Cheese and the Hawes Ropemakers. It has a market on Tuesdays.

Leyburn has a cinema, a teapottery, a chocolate maker, a violin maker's, an auction house and many Craft workshops and galleries. Market day is Friday.

Bookings can be made in Leyburn Tourist Information Centre for The Forbidden Corner, a leading tourist attraction with its fascinating underground and overground passages.

See our links page for details of other Dales attractions. Virtually anywhere in the Dales can be reached by car in less than an hour from our central location.