5 reasons why you should move to Grassington
PUBLISHED: 00:00 10 December 2019
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Neighbourhood know-how, places and people.
With its quintessential cobbled Market Square at its heart, flanked to the south by the River Wharfe and to the east by the ancient Grass Woods, Grassington offers much more than your average Dales village, being as it is, the main cultural, retail and tourist centre for Upper Wharfedale. Not surprising then that it is rumoured to be the 'new' Darrowby in the forthcoming Channel 5 remake of All Creatures Great and Small, due to be screened in 2020. All this and only 20 minutes' drive from Skipton with its regular trains to Leeds and Bradford and daily direct service to London, Kings Cross.
Grassington is just 20 minutes from Skipton and 40 minutes from Harrogate by car. For those in favour of public transport you'd be hard pressed to find a more idyllic bus station than Grassington's, which is surrounded by pastures of grazing sheep and offers a regular service to Skipton, Hebden and northwards to Buckden. The aptly named Wharfedale Packhorse provides an evening service on the first Saturday of each month to several outlying Dales' pubs - the perfect excuse for giving the 'nominated driver' a night off!
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Those in search of stone built houses and cottages with character, history and idyllic charm need look no further. And, with Yorkshire Dales National Park planning policies ensuring that any developments must be sensitive to the area's intrinsic rural aesthetic, you can be confident things will stay that way. Two bedroom terrace cottages start at around £200K and for large detached properties expect to pay anything upwards of £600K.
The attractive villages of Linton Falls and Threshfield - both within a short walking distance of Grassington - generally offer better value for money.
As a base there are delights to uncover and discover whichever direction you walk, from a historic Iron Age fort and 19th century lead mines located on the dramatic hills and moorland to the more easily accessed river walks and majestic Linton Falls waterfall.
Those who prefer to stay close to the shops, pubs and bars can idle away hours exploring the lanes fanning out from Grassington Market Square - which hosts its own Farmers' Market the third Sunday of every month.
With its wide selection of locally owned, quality shops, it's no surprise that Grassington is a magnet for artisans and aesthetes. Over 40 years in business, the Anvil Gallery is owned and run by working silversmith Katie Denby, who creates her silver jewellery on the premises. Opposite is the evocative and inviting Wishbone Gallery which in addition to its permanent gallery space houses David Ashby's pottery workshop, where you can browse the vibrant pottery whilst you watch David work.
Craft Hutch is home to the creative outputs of 60 local artists and crafts people and stocks an eclectic and fascinating range of hand-crafted jewellery, textiles, ornaments and homewares. The award winning Stripey Badger Bookshop is absolutely everything an independent book shop should be plus it rewards every instore or online order with a complimentary hot drink in its adjoining café.
Café & Cocktails
From hand-pulled ales, to decadent cocktails, delicious coffee and cakes and fine dining - Grassington has all bases covered. The Devonshire Arms has to be the new selfie spot thanks to its forthcoming TV reincarnation (we're wishing) as Darrowby's Drovers Arms.
Artisan gin lovers must visit the Grade II listed Georgian Grassington House bar and restaurant with rooms, which has created two delicious gins named after its award winning chef, John Rudden.