Local attractions

A short walk from the village you will find Parcevall Hall Gardens. Dating back to the 1920s, the gardens were laid out by Sir William Milner with many unusual plants and shrubs collected from as far afield as China. The gardens are a lovely mixture of woodland and more formal planting, and the Tea Room serves excellent home-made cakes.

Stump Cross Caverns are a set of beautiful show caves within an extensive limestone cave system. The areas accessible to the public were extended in 2000 with the opening of the lovely "Reindeer Cavern", and it is possible that further sections of the cave may also open to the public in the future. Visiting the caverns is an excellent option if the weather is poor, as the limestone features are even more impressive when wet!

The Craven Arms Cruck Barn is around 10 minutes' walk from Skyreholme in the neighbouring village of Appletreewick. The Craven Arms is a 16th Century inn, with stone flagged floors, real log fires and oak beams. At the rear of the Inn is the impressive Cruck Barn - the first of its kind for 400 years, with oak trusswork and a traditional heather thatched roof.

Bolton Abbey is around 10 minutes' drive from the village, and forms part of the Duke of Devonshire's estate. Enjoy a picnic on the banks of the River Wharfe, and visit the Cavendish Pavilion for an ice-cream. There are many woodland walks, and you can visit the Strid, where the River Wharfe narrows spectacularly to a few feet wide.

Grassington is around 15 minutes' drive away. This lovely Dales village is centred around a square where you will find a wide variety of small shops, supplying everything from souvenirs to bread rolls. Grassington is famous for its Dickensian Saturdays which take place in December each year, when the square is turned into a Victorian market, complete with costumed locals. If you are lucky enough to be in Skyreholme during the summer Grassington Festival, there are many arts events ranging from concerts and recitals to talks by a variety of speakers. On the 2004 programme: The Brodsky Quartet, Kit and the Widow, the Reduced Shakespeare Company and John Sergeant, plus many more. The events take place at a number of locations in the Grassington area.

Embsay is home to the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, where steam trains run regularly along the ancient line from Bolton Abbey to Embsay and back. Thomas the Tank Engine is a regular visitor. Embsay is around 10 minute's drive from Skyreholme.

How Stean Gorge is a spectacular limestone gorge, which is 80 feet deep in places. There are narrow footpaths and bridges to help you explore, and if you are brave you can go right inside Tom Taylor's Cave. The restaurant and tea room serve home-cooked food, and you can eat on the terrace on a fine day.

... or what about a spot of fly fishing?

Skipton is around 20 minutes' drive from Skyreholme, and is a bustling market town. There are many shops and two supermarkets, and a wide variety of places to eat. Skipton Castle is a remarkable medieval castle which you can visit all year round.

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Walking

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Skyreholme is a good base for walkers, and there are several walks you can do directly from the village.

Troller's Gill: Just before the entrance to Parcevall Hall you can turn left and walk along the river towards Troller's Gill, a limestone gorge. You can walk through the gorge and up out of the end, completing your walk around Middle Hill and returning to the village past the remains of the reservoir which supplied water to the mill which stood in Skyreholme.

Simon's Seat: Ascend the fell behind the village to see views of Skyreholme and beyond. On a clear day, even the windmills in Halifax are visible. It is also possible to come down via Bolton Abbey and drop in at the Cavendish Pavilion for a break and a cup of tea.

Howgill: A very short walk from the village takes you to Howgill, where you can drop in for an ice-cream.

Grimwith: You can take a variable length walk, taking in Stump Cross Caverns, and then skirting the edge of Grimwith Reservoir, either in front of the reservoir, or if you're feeling energetic, walking all the way around. The walk back to Skyreholme is via New Road Side.

For other walks in the area, you may like to visit Daleswalks, an excellent site which has details of many walks of different lengths and difficulties, and includes a useful WeatherCheck section.

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Places to eat

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There are lots of good places to eat near Skyreholme.

At Appletreewick, a 15 minute walk away, are the New Inn and the Craven Arms, both serving good pub food. Further afield, the Red Lion at Burnsall offers an excellent menu, or you could try the bistro at the Fell Hotel.

At Bolton Abbey, you can eat in the restaurant at the Devonshire Brasserie and Bar, where it's advisable to book a table in advance, or simply turn up in the bar where the same menu is served in a slightly more informal setting. In summer, dinner is also served outside in the grounds.

At the Priest's House at Barden you can eat in a lovely old building right next to the ruins of Barden Tower.

At Pateley Bridge, a short drive from Skyreholme, there are several places to eat, including a pizzeria and an excellent curry house.

If you are celebrating a special event, or feel like treating yourself, the Yorke Arms at Ramsgill is a true fine dining experience. The excellent restaurant was awarded a well-deserved Michelin star in 2003.

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