Carleton and the Local Area ... 

The pretty village of Carleton-in-Craven, with its babbling brook and packhorse bridge, is a historic mill village, with links back to the cotton and textile industry.  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 a quiet village, with a strong community and is ideal for those who want to escape the 'hustle and bustle' of Skipton. From the village, you can take the lovely and level walk into town, 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, following the roadside, into town.  For those who want to admire the views of the Aire Valley and the hills that surround the town;  then take the more strenuous walk up Park Hill onto beautiful open moorland, known as Carleton Park, where on a clear day, the views stretch from Malhamdale down towards Skipton and the Aire valley; absolutely breathtaking! 
Venturing further by car we are just a 10 minute drive into the glorious Yorkshire Dales National Park with the villages of Grassington, Settle and Malham approx 10 miles away. Bolton Abbey is around 6 miles away and there are easy links and connections to Leeds, Harrogate and York; by train from the station in Skipton or by car. The famous Settle to Carlisle train journey can be caught from Skipton's train station. Heading south we are only 10 miles from Haworth, Worth Valley and Bronte country.  
Carleton has a village shop/off license/newsagents - open 7 days a week; a lovely village church - St Mary's the Virgin, with services held every Sunday at 11 am; a village pub - The Swan Inn, serving food most evenings; a village hub and Coffee shop, next door to The Swan, open from 8.30am until noon; Post Office; Pharmacy;  regular bus service into Skipton (Mon - Fri only); play park for the little ones and village stream with ducks! Carleton Community Umbrella, hold many annual events such as: the Duck Race, Carleton Sheeple Chase, Ghost Walks, and the impressive village Bonfire, to name but a few. Full details of all the events are kept here in the Guest Information folders.
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 centre 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; a colourful display of boats and entertainment, held in the Canal Basin in Skipton, for 3 days over the May Day Bank Holiday; Skipton's Annual Sheep Day, held on the cobbled High Street, in July; Art in the Pen and Yarndale have become firm favourites at Skipton Auction Mart, usually held in September and October; the Yorkshire Dales Food Festival - with demonstrations, in the past, from celebrity chefs such as John Torode, the Hairy Bikers and Yorkshire born James Martin. Held in July and 'hopefully' becoming a regular feature for the town.  Skipton hosts an 'award-winning' Yuletide Christmas Market; usually held on the first two Sundays of December.

For more information on all the events in Skipton follow this link or contact Skipton Tourist Information on 01756 792809 

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