Askrigg is a spectacular place to visit at any time of year. From the golden daffodils of spring, to the curlew song and flower-strewn meadows in summer; the rich colours of autumn walks and the crisp beauty of a Wensleydale winter, the backdrop is dramatic, whatever the Yorkshire weather brings.
The picturesque village of Askrigg was once a small market town renowned for its 18 clock makers, but in more recent times it has delighted millions of television viewers as the fictional village of Darrowby in the TV series based on James Herriot’s Dales veterinary tales, All Creatures Great and Small.
There are splendid walks to be enjoyed around the King’s Arms including the waterfalls ramble to Mill Gill Fall and Whitfield Fall, sketched by the artist JMW Turner and spectacular in full spate. A little further afield, Aysgarth Falls are a triple flight of waterfalls, surrounded by forest and farmland, carved out by the River Ure over an almost a one-mile stretch on its descent to mid-Wensleydale. In wet weather, thousands of gallons of peaty water cascade over Aysgarth’s broad limestone steps.
Askrigg is home to a thriving community of artists and crafts people inspired to live and work in the area by the wild beauty of the fells and dales. There are a number of studios in the village that are open to visitors, and a good place to pick up some original art.
The Charles Bathurst Inn
An 18th Century inn located in Arkengarthdale. The inn offers 19 ensuite rooms with excellent food. Their ‘terrace room’ is available for weddings and conference for upto 70 people, and is located near to The Pennine Way, for details visit The Charles Bathurst Inn or call direct on 01748 884567.
The Punch Bowl Inn
For an alternative place to stay our sister establishment The Punch Bowl Inn, Low Row was bought and refurbished in 2006. A 17th Century Inn, the Punch Bowl is in neighbouring Swaledale and is ideally based for walking and touring the dales. It has truly breathtaking views of Swaledale and has the familiar comfort, quality and ethos of The C B Inn.
Please visit the Punch Bowl Inn for details or call them on 01748 886233.