Around Crakehall Village
Crakehall is one of the prettiest villages in the Yorkshire Dales. The village green, just five minutes walk from Crakehall Watermill, is overlooked by the imposing manor house, St Gregory’s Church, the thriving Bay Horse pub and a local shop at the petrol station. The village cricket and quoits teams often play on the green in this beautiful setting during the summer. Crakehall comprises Great Crakehall, on the Bedale side of the beck and Little Crakehall on the Leyburn side of the beck. There is friendly rivalry between the two – particularly when there is a Tug of War competition on special days!
Things To Do & Places to Visit:
Bedale is an historic market town within two miles. It has a market each Tuesday and various events during the year. Its range of individual independent shops and businesses is ideal for shopping and gifts, or you could indulge in a treatment at Bedale Beauty.
Masham is a picture-perfect market town with a selection of art galleries, pubs, restaurants, delicatessen, traditional sweet shops and two breweries: Black Sheep Brewery & Theakstons Brewery. Both now have visitor centres.
Richmond, with its Norman castle, Georgian architecture and thriving theatre, is a must-see. The town – at the entrance to stunning Swaledale – is also on the long distance Coast to Coast walking route.
Thirsk is a market town with strong links to James Herriot author and local vet, Alf Wight. The World of James Herriot Centre is fascinating. Nearby is The Mouseman Centre at Kilburn – fine crafted furniture in traditional and contemporary designs and with the famous mouse symbol hand -carved on every item.
Walking & Cycling fans will find plenty of choices in the vicinity. You can also take the bikes on the Wensleydale Railway and cycle further up into the Dales. There are also good bus links for those who wish to leave their car at Crakehall Watermill. There are bike lock up facilities and also an outside tap if you wish to wash your bike down!
Guests can also take advantage of good transport links to York, Durham, Newcastle.
Thorp Perrow Arboretum & Woodland Garden are in a beautiful setting with one of the finest collections of trees and shrubs in the country and something of interest all year round.
Wensleydale Railway is a heritage line, run largely by volunteers. It runs from Leeming Bar, via Bedale to Leyburn and beyond. It is also perfect for a walk from Redmire to visit ancient Castle Bolton. Trains run all year, with special seasonal events.
Constable Burton Hall Gardens is well known for its spectacular spring displays.
Big Sheep Little Cow, in Bedale, is a farm attraction of particular interest to families.
Forbidden Corner provides a fascinating Dales day out. Part maze, part folly, it is unlike anywhere else!