Carleton and the Local Area ... 

The pretty village of Carleton-in-Craven, with its babbling brook and packhorse bridge, is an historic mill village, with links to the cotton and textile industry of the Victorian era.  Now a quiet little village, with a strong community, it is tucked away into the foothills of the hills and moors which surround the village. Carleton has many interesting walks and views to admire along with the architecture which dates back to the 18th century and further back to the early15th century. Situated on the outskirts of Skipton and adjacent to Carleton Moor; a huge expanse of open moorland, popular for local and long distance walks, Carleton is ideal for those who want to escape the 'hustle and bustle' of Skipton, yet still have all the amenities town life has to offer. From the village, you can take the lovely and level walk into Skipton, across open countryside and the River Aire. The walk is approximately 2 miles to the centre of town and roughly takes between 30 - 40 minutes. There is also a pavemented route, along the roadside, into town. To admire the view of the Aire Valley and for those who enjoy a more strenuous walk then head up Park Hill which then takes you onto Carleton Park and moorland, where on a clear day the views stretch right across from Malhamdale, looking over into Skipton and down the Aire valley, absolutely breathtaking!
Carleton has many amenities; a friendly village pub - 'The Swan Inn' now serving evening meals. The Coffee Shop, home to the new village cafe & 'hub in the pub';  where you can grab a coffee, cup of tea and breakfast from 8.30am onwards - 7 days a week.  Carleton has its own friendly Village Store for newspapers, groceries, off-licence - opening hours are from 7.30am to 10pm - 7 days a week. Village Pharmacy, sub-Post Office and a lovely play park for the little ones.  There is also an hourly bus service (Monday to Friday only) which takes you directly into Skipton and passes the train station for those who want to connect to Leeds.
Venturing further by car we are just a 10 minute drive into the glorious Yorkshire Dales National Park with Grassington &Malham just 10 miles away. Travelling east we are 6 miles from Bolton Abbey and 22 miles away from Harrogate and Leeds. Heading south we are only 10 miles from Haworth, Worth Valley and Bronte country. All lovely drives taking you through some stunning Yorkshire Dales landscapes and pretty villages along the way.
Birdwatchers take note :A recent guest commented on the rare birds spotted in and around the local area and along the river bank here in Carleton, which include:
  • Dippers
  • Grey Wagtails
  • Curlews
  • Oyster Catchers
  • Lapwings
  • Sand Martins and Tawny Owl in the Park View area of the village  


Known as the 'Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales' Skipton is a thriving and historic market town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Quite rightly Skipton can claim to have one of 'The best High Streets in the UK'  and has been voted 'Best Day Out' by Yorkshire Post readers, and now (September 2017) 'The Happiest Place to Live'.  Skipton provides something for everyone.  

With its famous 4-day street market and many individual shops, you can wander around the town, along its many alleyways or 'ginnels' to savour the town's history and character.  Explore the side streets where you will find interesting shops, cafes and restaurants;visit the canal area with its colourful boats, footpaths, and picnic areas. When all that is done, visit Skipton's Medieval Castle dating back to the 11th Century sitting proudly at the top of the High Street next to the Holy Trinity Church. From the grounds of the church you can sit and admire the bustling High Street in all its glory.
Just a few minutes from the busy High Street,  you will find the stunning walk around Skipton Castle which leads into Skipton Castle Woods.  A wonderland of waterfalls and wildlife, only minutes from the bustle of Skipton High Street.  The stunning woodland has so much to offer with lakes and wooded paths. A circular route,  there are some 'steep' steps for those who want to explore the higher points of the woods but this is a real oasis of colour and peace, quite firmly rooted in the center of Skipton and something that should not be missed.
Amenities in Skipton include - Aireville Park with , swimming pool and leisure centre, golf and tennis courses, pitch and putt, picnic areas, safe cycling &play parks;Craven Museum &Theatres - Skipton Auction Mart &Theatre for craft shows, food festivals, live music and plays; Plaza Cinema; Skipton Golf Club;Sandylands Sports Centre - squash, badminton, tennis, all weather pitches;Matrix - ten-pin bowling and snooker centre;Canal boat trips, Embsay to Bolton Abbey Yorkshire Dales steam railway.
Regular festivals take place in Skipton such as the Waterways Festival, usually held over the May Day Bank Holiday, Skipton's Annual Sheep Day in July,  Art in the Pen and Yarndale have become firm favourites at Skipton Auction Mart, usually held in September and October and  new for 2016 the Yorkshire Dales Food Festival with demonstrations from celebrity chefs.  This year cookery demonstrations were from John Torode and Yorkshire born James Martin.  Held in July - a regular feature to Skipton past presenters have included the Hairy Bikers.  Skipton also has a Yuletide Christmas Market held on the first two Sundays of December.

For more information on all the events in Skipton  contact Skipton Tourist Information, Skipton Town Hall - 01756 792809 or visit

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