Places To Visit

There are many interesting places to visit in Upper Wharfedale and slightly further afield. Distances are approximate and taken from the maypole in Kettlewell. They also depend on the route you choose.

  • Castles

    Skipton Castle (15 miles)

    Built in 1090 and one of the best preserved castles in the UK.

    Middleham Castle (15 miles)

    Medieval castle and childhood home of Richard III

    Bolton Castle (18 miles)

    Quadrangular 14th century castle, used to imprison Mary Queen of Scots.

    Richmond Castle (32 miles)

    A Norman castle standing in a commanding position above the River Swale.

  • Museums

    Grassington Folk Musem (7 miles)

    History of life in Upper Wharfedale

    Craven Museum, Skipton (15 miles)

    Depicts life in Craven from prehistoric times to the modern day.

    Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes (18 miles)

    A local museum for the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

    Outhwaites Rope Makers, Hawes (18 miles)

    Watch traditional rope making in progress.

    Nidderdale Museum, Pateley Bridge (19 miles)

    Life and work in Nidderdale through the ages.

    Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley (25 miles)

    Home of a Victorian textile manufacture now a local heritage museum.

    The Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate (30 miles)

    Victorian Spa and Museum.

    The Yorkshire Law and Order Museums, Ripon (29 miles)

    The three sites in Ripon tell the story of courthouse, the prison and the Victorian workhouse.

    The Bronte Parsonage Musem, Haworth (30 miles)

    Celebrating the lives of the Bronte family.

    The Richmondshire Museum, Richmond (32 miles)

    Has an emphasis on local and social history from the Stone Age to the present day.

  • Railways

    Settle – Carlisle Railway (15 miles to both Skipton and Settle Railway Stations)

    A spectacular and scenic 72 mile journey.

    Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway (15 miles)

    A heritage railway through delightful countryside

    Ribblehead Viaduct (22 miles)

    400 metres long with 24 arches, spanning Batty Moss

    The Wensleydale Railway (20 miles to Redmire Station)

    A preserved railway travelling through 22 miles of rolling countryside.

    The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (25 miles to Keighley Station)

    A heritage railway which was famously used in the film ‘The Railway Children

  • Notable Churches

    St Michael and All Angels Church, Hubberholme (5 miles)

    C12th church with medieval rood loft. The pews were made by Robert Thompson and his trademark carving of a mouse can be found in several places within the church.

    Bolton Priory, Bolton Abbey (16 miles)

    Priory Church and the ruins of an Augustinian Priory in a beautiful riverside setting.

    Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Near Ripon (27 miles +)

    Ancient abbey ruins and an awe-inspiring water garden at this World Heritage Site.

    Ripon Cathedral, Ripon (29 miles)

    An ancient church with history reaching back to the 7th century. Home for the throne of the Bishop of Leeds.

  • Stately Homes

    East Riddlesden Hall, Riddlesden, near Keighley (25 miles)

    The home and gardens of a 17th century cloth merchant.

    Ripley Castle, Ripley, near Harrogate (30 miles)

    A grade 1 listed 14th century house and magnificent gardens.

    Newby Hall, near Boroughbridge (34 miles)

    One of the UK’s finest Adam Houses built by Sir Christopher Wren in the 1690s

    Harewood House, Harewood (36 miles)

    An impressive 18th century country house with extensive grounds designed by Capability Brown. Used as a location for films and television programmes including 'Victoria'.

  • Farm Parks

    Kilnsey Park Estate, Kilnsey (3 miles)

    Trout Farm, fly fishing, nature trails, red squirrels, fish and animal feeding.

    Hesketh Farm Park, Bolton Abbey (19 miles)

    Working farm with animals to feed, play areas, straw maze and tractor rides.

    Thornton Hall Country Park, Thornton in Craven, near Skipton (20 miles)

    Experience hands on encounters with animals on a working farm, play barn and 4 x 4 adventure rides.

    Big Sheep and Little Cow, Bedale (31 miles)

    Guided farm tours, animal handling and play areas.

  • Beauty Spots

    Kilnsey Crag, Kilnsey (3 miles)

    A 180 feet limestone cliff popular with climbers.

    Aysgarth Falls, Aysgarth (14 miles)

    A dramatic triple flight of waterfalls carved out by the River Ure over a one mile stretch.

    Malham Cove, Malham (13 miles)

    A huge and spectacular natural amphitheatre formed of limestone rock.

    The Bolton Abbey Estate, Bolton Abbey (15 miles)

    Walk the scenic riverside, woodland and moorland paths. Cross the River Wharfe by stepping stones.

    Stump Cross Caverns, Greenhow, near Pateley Bridge (13 miles)

    A limestone cave system, some of which can be explored by families as they are lit. See stalagtites, stalagmites and other interesting formations.

    Coldstones Cut, Greenhow, near Pateley Bridge (15 miles)

    Yorkshire’s biggest and highest public art work with spectacular views across Nidderdale and beyond.

    Brimham Rocks, Summerbridge (22 miles)

    Incredible 30 feet rock formations and pillars caused by millstone grit being eroded by glaciation, water and wind.

    Hardraw Force, near Hawes (17 miles)

    Home of England’s largest single drop waterfall of 100 feet, set within the grounds of the historic Green Dragon Inn.

    How Stean Gorge, Lofthouse, Nidderdale (24 miles)

    A limestone ravine carved by water flow over thousands of years. Trails and caves.

    Ingleborough Cave, Clapham (24 miles)

    A two mile trail path from Clapham Village leads to a 500 metre long show cave which is illuminated.

    White Scar Cave, Ingleton (28 miles)

    The longest show cave in Britain.

    Ingleton Waterfalls, Ingleton (30 miles)

    A well-defined 4 mile footpath close to the edge of two rivers providing stunning views of waterfalls.

  • Swimming Pools

    Long Ashes Leisure Club, Threshfield (4 miles)

    Craven Leisure Swimming Pool, Skipton (15 miles)

    Settle Area Swimming Pool, Settle (16 miles)

    Nidderdale Pool and Leisure Centre, Pateley Bridge (19 miles)

    Ilkley Pool and Lido, Ilkley (24 miles)

    Ingleton Outdoor Swimming Pool, Ingleton (30 miles)

  • Children's Playgrounds

    These can be found In Kettlewell, Grassington, Skipton, Settle, Pateley Bridge, Bainbridge and Redmire.

  • Other Attractions

    Kilnsey Trekking and Riding Centre, Conistone (2 miles)

    Leeds Liverpool Canal for narrow boat rides at Skipton (15 miles)

    The Forbidden Corner, Tupgill Estate, near Leyburn (14 miles)

    A unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created within a four acre garden.

    Wensleydale Creamery, Hawes (15 miles)

    Watch the cheese making process by the only makers of Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese.

    Black Sheep Brewery, Masham (30 miles)

    Join a tour around the brewery to learn about Black Sheep Ale.

    Theakston Brewery, Masham (30 miles)

    See how Old Peculier and other Theakston’s beers are brewed.

    Lightwater Valley Theme Park, Ripon (33 miles)

    A theme park with rides, farm and shopping village. It is best known for Europe’s longest roller coaster, The Ultimate.

  • Long Distance Routes

    The Dales Way is an 84 mile footpath from Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere, passing through Kettlewell.

    Lady Anne’s Way is a 100 mile footpath from Skipton to Penrith, passing through Kettlewell.

    The Inn Way to the Yorkshire Dales is a 76 mile circular walking route starting and finishing in Grassington. It passes through Kettlewell and visits 26 Dales Inns.

    The Pennine Way covers 270 miles and passes through Gargrave, Malham and Hawes.

    The route of the Tour de France 2014 (Le Grand Depart) passes through Kettlewell.

    The route of the Tour de Yorkshire 2018 goes through Kettlewell.