Thornsgill House Bed & Breakfast, Askrigg, Wensleydale

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Local Attractions... and around Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales

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A view looking down over Askrigg and across Wensleydale towards AddlebroughAskrigg stands in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in Upper Wensleydale and is ideally placed for walking and touring. Its two and three storey stone houses and cottages line the main street, with the 15th century parish church of St Oswalds in the centre of the village in the old cobbled market place, complete with its market cross and an iron bull ring set into the cobbles.

The village has three pubs - The Kings Arms, The White Rose and The Crown, all of which provide excellent food, catering for a range of tastes and pockets. We also have a village shop, two teashops and a deli/bakery which supplies delicious home cooked food which you can buy by the portion.

Eating Out

Close by Thornsgill House are

Out and About in Wensleydale and the Area


Two typical Dales views
View of field barns in Swaledale
The many field barns are a feature throughout The Dales...
(photograph © Yorkshire Tourist Board)
A typical view with dry stone walls are the miles of dry stone walls.

View of Bolton Castle in the village of Castle BoltonOther attractions nearby include the Wensleydale Creamery where you can see the local cheese being produced; travel back in time to the castles at Middleham with its connections with Richard lll and also at Castle Bolton (pictured right); enjoy many of the numerous waterfalls including those on the Askrigg waterfalls walk and at Aysgarth, Hardraw, West Burton and Cotter Force (pictured below); marvel at the scenery from the Settle-Carlisle Railway and go underground to explore the caves at Ingleton and Pateley Bridge.

Photographs of the Yorkshire Dales

We include here a little gallery of photographs of the area. If you haven't visited the Dales before, then we hope these will give you some idea of what a beautiful area this is! If you are already a lover of the Dales, then we hope they will spur you on to visit again!

Photographs of the Yorkshire Dales
A gated road between Swaledale and Wensleydale
A gated road betwixt Wensleydale & Swaledale
A view from one of the passes between Wensleydale and Swaledale
Another view on the pass between Wensleydale & Swaledale
A view down into Swaledale
A view down into Swaledale
(photograph © Yorkshire Tourist Board)
Walkers in Swaledale
Walkers in Swaledale
(photograph © Yorkshire Tourist Board)
West Burton Force
West Burton Force
(photograph © Yorkshire Tourist Board)
Cotter Force in Cotterdale
Cotter Force (Cotterdale)
Appersett Viaduct
Appersett Viaduct
Appersett Viaduct


Other Useful Web Sites

We provide below (in no particular order) links to some other web sites which you may find useful when planning your holiday or short break in the Yorkshire Dales. Please note that these are external web sites and Thornsgill House accepts no responsibility for the content of these sites. Each link opens in a new browser window - simply close that window to return to this page.

Paul Fowlie Squirrel Photography
Organised workshops with hides, Tutorials on how to take that perfect photo.

The Bake-Well Cookery School
01969 629296 | Email:
Small groups having fun learning to Bake, or how to cook a special meal to impress your friends. Sandwiches or Filled rolls can be made to order for packed lunches to take on your walk.

The Yorkshire Dales by Eagle Intermedia
information from Eagle Intermedia, including history, photographs and more...

The Yorkshire Dales by Daelnet
Daelnet's site about "The Jewel in the Crown of Northern England" - full of news, views, photographs, information and more...

W R Outhwaite & Son, Hawes Ropemakers
Where you can see ropes being made the traditional way.

Wensleydale Creamery
Where you can see Wensleydale Cheese being made, learn about the history of cheesemaking in Wensleydale, and visit their shop and café.

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Their official site offers lots of local information.

Kettlewell aka Knapeley in the film Calendar Girls
The film of 2003 featured a cast of fine British actresses - including Dame Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Penelope Wilton and Annette Crosbie - as the women who appeared in the "Alternative W.I. Calendar". It was filmed in and around the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The real village of Kettlewell, in Wharfedale, was the location for Knapeley in the film.

Why not take a train ride on the famous Settle-Carlisle or Wensleydale Railways?
Both the Settle-Carlisle and Wensleydale Railways provide invaluable links for the communities they pass through. The Settle-Carlisle is part of the National Rail Network, and the nearest station is at Garsdale. The Wensleydale line runs down the dale from Redmire to Leyburn, Bedale and Leeming Bar. Both sites offer a wealth of information about travel opportunities and local attractions.

Swaledale Woollens
On a circular tour of Wensleydale and Swaledale, be sure to stop off at Muker in Swaledale and pop in to their shop to see their range of high quality hand and machine knitted garments produced in the area.

Walking in europe an overview of walking routes across europe including national trails, grande randonnee, alta via, sentiero, maps, walking festivals, walking holidays, walking equipment...

The Inn Way
76 miles, 6 days, 26 pubs. Mark Reid's highly acclaimed guidebook - The Inn the Yorkshire Dales - charts a 76-mile circular route throughout the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. The walk is divided into six stages and passes 26 traditional Dales inns. Complete with foreword by Luke Casey from Yorkshire TV's 'The Dales Diary'. Askrigg features as an Overnight Stop along the long distance walk - The Inn Way... to the Yorkshire Dales - and Thornsgill House features in the free Accommodation Guide that is sent out with the books.

The Ramblers Association
Masses of information for walkers.

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