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 Hall, St Gregory’s Church and the Bay Horse pub. 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, where Crakehall Watermill is, 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:

We are ideally situated for exploring the Yorkshire Dales , North York Moors, and Yorkshire Coast with easy access from the A1M.

Bedale is an historic market town within two miles.  It has a market each Tuesday morning 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.  The visitor centres are.

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 transport links to York, Durham, Newcastle.

There is also a choice of top-class horse racing on the doorstep at Ripon, Thirsk and Catterick, as well as a number of golf clubs nearby, including BedaleRichmond and Wensleydale.

We are fortunate to have a selection of National Trust and English Heritage properties within a short distance, as well as the following independently-run attractions.

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. The gardens are generally open in the spring and early summer.

Big Sheep Little Cow in Bedale is a farm attraction of particular interest to families with young children.

Kiplin Hall & Gardens with its Jacobean Hall and delightful tea room, scenic walks around the lake, through woodland, parkland, and in the walled and formal gardens make an interesting day out.

Forbidden Corner in Coverdale provides a fascinating Dales day out. Part maze, part folly, it is unlike anywhere else!

We always have a number of leaflets of local places of interest, maps and books with walks from Crakehall Watermill and around the Yorkshire Dales and suggestions of places you may enjoy to shop for locally produced food, other groceries etc in our holiday cottages and in the ‘litte wooden hut’ for guests to our 5 pitch caravan site. Visitors are always welcome to ask us too.