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.
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
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.
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
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.
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,
maker, a violin maker's, an auction
house and many Craft workshops and galleries. Market day is
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.