Carleton and the Local Area ... 

The pretty village of Carleton-in-Craven, with its babbling brook and packhorse bridge, is an historic mill village 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 makes an ideal base for those who want to escape the 'hustle and bustle' of Skipton yet be close to all the amenities. Skipton is literally on the doorstep and is just 2 miles from the village. You can easily walk into Skipton by following one of two routes; crossing open countryside and the River Aire into town or by following the pavemented route along the roadside. Both walks take between 30 - 40 minutes depending on your pace.  Or if you fancy a more strenuous walk, to admire the views of the Aire Valley and the hills that surround the town, then from the village walk up Park Hill onto beautiful open moorland, known as Carleton Park. On a clear day, the view from here can stretch right across the Aire valley from Malhamdale down towards Skipton; 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 Skipton or by car. The famous Settle to Carlisle train journey can be caught from the train station and heading south we are only 10 miles from Haworth, Worth Valley and Bronte country.  
Carleton has its own well stocked 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 all day; Post Office; Pharmacy; a 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.


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 - 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 - now held at Funkirk Farm here in Carleton, usually in July with demonstrations in the past from celebrity chefs such as John Torode, the Hairy Bikers and Yorkshire born James Martin.  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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