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10 places you should visit in the Craven District

PUBLISHED: 11:33 10 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:02 25 January 2018

Ingleborough by Rob Mcewen

Ingleborough by Rob Mcewen

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A recent Office for National Statistics survey found that residents of the Craven District were the happiest in UK. We’ve picked some our favourite places that show why this rings true with the locals.

Malham Cove by Jane Cannon Malham Cove by Jane Cannon

Malham

Malham Cove is one of the iconic sights of the Yorkshire Dales, the limestone pavements is over 200 feet high and the views across the Dales are breathtaking. Take time to visit nearby Gordale Scar to experience another fantastic force of nature.

Autumn colours at Bolton Abbey by Carolyn Bell Autumn colours at Bolton Abbey by Carolyn Bell

Bolton Abbey

The Bolton Abbey Estate is another popular attarction for locals and tourists alike. Take a walk around the extensive grounds and the ancient woodland of the Strid, visit the ruins of the Augustinian Priory, or traverse the River Wharfe on the famous 60 stepping stones.

Linton Bridge, Grassington by Dave Brotherton Linton Bridge, Grassington by Dave Brotherton

Grassington

The unique independent shops that sit around Grassington’s cobbled market square and line the steep streets and alleyways to the town hall, work for both residents and tourists alike. There are also some great events in the summer such as the 1940s weekend and the Grassington Festival, it’s easy to see why this is one on the most popular destinations in the Dales.

Settle rooftops by Chris Larner Settle rooftops by Chris Larner

Settle

One things that is synonymous with Settle is the railways, the Settle-Carlisle railway passes through here, but there are other forms of transport to bring you here. The 205-mile Pennine Bridleway passes through the town as does the 170-mile coast-coast Way of the Roses ride.

Ribblehead Viaduct and Whernside by Gordon Ratcliffe Ribblehead Viaduct and Whernside by Gordon Ratcliffe

Ribblehead

Another location with a strong railway connection, the viaduct at Ribblehead is 400 metres in length and is a Grade II listed structure, this fine example of the innovation that defined the Victorian era is always worth a visit. You can always pass by if you’re heading to Whernside (one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks)

Summer in Clapham by Karol Gajewski Summer in Clapham by Karol Gajewski

Clapham

The pretty, stonebuilt village straddles Clapham Beck, which starts life high on the slopes adjoining Ingleborough, plunges to subterranean depths, emerges to run down into Clapham’s man-made lake, down a waterfall and through Clapham, passing beneath its four quaint, old bridges.

Ingleton Falls by Philip Bamber Ingleton Falls by Philip Bamber

Ingleton

Ingleton sits right at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales make it easily accessible to tourists from both sides of the Pennines. Many people pass by here on their way to Ingleborough, another one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, or to visit the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail.

Autumn at Skipton Castle by Karol Gajewski Autumn at Skipton Castle by Karol Gajewski

Skipton

The market town is more than just a stop-off point on the way to the country, despite the ‘gateway’ description. Skipton has gained itself a reputation as a bit of a festival town over the years so there’s plenty of reasons to visit all year round.

Blue skies in Burnsall by Chris Hardaker Blue skies in Burnsall by Chris Hardaker

Burnsall

Burnsall’s graceful Victorian five-arch bridge by the village green spans the River Wharfe, the village is overlooked by Burnsall Fell and Simon’s Seat and is a popular spot with walkers and picnickers alike. Take a short detour to the famous limestone cliff of Loup Scar or Linton Falls.

Kilnsey Park & Crag by Mike Dobson Kilnsey Park & Crag by Mike Dobson

Kilnsey

The Kilnsey Park Estate has established itself as a top tourist destination for families over the years. There are numerous activities for children as well as plenty of opportunities to experience the great outdoors with fly fishing and cycling and there’s even an estate shop that sources great local produce.

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