It’s that time of year again where our B&B in Gargrave which is attached to the side of our pub, The Masons Arms, often has the No Vacancies sign up! Gargrave is popular with visitors from all around the country, indeed the world, owing to the abundance of walking routes, its proximity to the famous Yorkshire Dales, and the fact that the Pennine Way runs right outside our front door! Not only that, but if you’re willing to drive out a little, there’s plenty of world-renowned landmarks that are well worth a visit.
The picturesque village of Gargrave awaits adventurers with open arms. With its idyllic countryside, charming heritage, and warm community spirit, Gargrave offers a delightful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether you’re seeking stunning natural landscapes, fascinating historical sites, or tranquil walks, Gargrave and its surrounding areas have something to offer everyone. Join us as we embark on a journey to uncover the hidden gems and top attractions in and around Gargrave, North Yorkshire. Let’s dive in…
The Leeds and Liverpool Canal
Begin your exploration of Gargrave by strolling along the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Admire the narrowboats gliding by as you enjoy the peaceful ambiance of this historic waterway. You can hire a canal boat for the day from nearby Skipton, or simply enjoy a leisurely walk along the towpath, immersing yourself in the scenic beauty that surrounds you.
Malham Cove and Gordale Scar
A short drive from Gargrave lies the awe-inspiring natural wonders of Malham Cove and Gordale Scar. Marvel at the dramatic limestone cliff formation of Malham Cove, which offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Nearby, you’ll find the captivating Gordale Scar, a stunning gorge with towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Lace up your walking boots and explore the well-marked trails that wind through this enchanting landscape.
Venture a little further afield to Brimham Rocks, a unique collection of amazing rock formations located near Pateley Bridge, approximately half an hour’s drive away. This National Trust site is an absolute delight for climbers, photographers, and nature enthusiasts alike. Meander through the complex paths and discover incredible rock formations such as the Dancing Bear and the Druid’s Writing Desk. The panoramic views from the top offer unforgettable sights of the surrounding Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Just a short distance from Gargrave, you’ll find the historic Bolton Abbey estate, a true gem of the Yorkshire Dales. Immerse yourself in centuries of history as you explore the ruins of the 12th-century Augustinian monastery. Wander along the scenic woodland trails, following the course of the River Wharfe, and discover picturesque spots like the Strid, a narrow and turbulent gorge. Don’t miss the opportunity to relax with a picnic in the tranquil gardens or indulge in a delightful cream tea at one of the charming tearooms nearby.
Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
For those seeking a memorable hiking experience, the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is not to be missed. Located a short drive away, this circular trail takes you through a series of magnificent waterfalls, ancient woodlands, and rugged moorlands. Marvel at the cascading beauty of Pecca Falls, Thornton Force, and the famous Ingleton Triple Falls. The well-maintained paths and bridges ensure a safe and enjoyable adventure for visitors of all ages.
Explore all Skipton has to Offer
No visit to Gargrave would be complete without a visit to the nearby market town of Skipton. Known as the “Gateway to the Dales,” Skipton is home to the majestic Skipton Castle, one of the best-preserved medieval castles in England. Take a guided tour through its impressive halls and climb to the top of the watchtower for panoramic views of the town and surrounding countryside. Afterward, explore the charming cobbled streets, browse the independent shops, and if you visit on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday, enjoy the traditional Skipton Market which adorns the High Street.
The Pennine Way
The Pennine Way is a long-distance hiking route that stretches approximately 268 miles (431 kilometers) from Edale in Derbyshire to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. It is one of the oldest and most iconic National Trails in the United Kingdom. The route navigates the rugged and scenic Pennine Mountains, offering breath-taking landscapes, moorlands, dales, and historic sites.
Gargrave serves as a popular stopover point for hikers undertaking the hike, or part of it. As we mentioned earlier, the route passes right outside the pub here in Gargrave, making the Masons Arms a perfect stop off point, or starting point if you only wish to partake in just a section of the route. From Gargrave, hikers on the Pennine Way can continue their journey northward, passing through the Yorkshire Dales National Park and experiencing stunning natural beauty. They may encounter landmarks such as Malham Cove, a magnificent limestone formation, and the dramatic Yorkshire Three Peaks: Pen-y-ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough.
We hope you enjoyed reading our inside track guide of things to do when staying with us in Gargrave. Our team is always happy to answer any questions you may have, either before your stay of while you’re with us.
Thanks for reading,
The Masons Arms Team