Skipton: The Healthy Home is a 10 minute drive to the hills above the popular market town Skipton which was highlighted in 2014 by The Sunday Times as “The best place to live in the UK”. In the annual survey of the “101 Best Places to Live in Britain” the judges voted Skipton, the Gateway to the Dales number one … “the ultimate location”. With its ancient castle, bustling cobbled high street, renowned market, location on the historic and beautiful Leeds-Liverpool canal, Skipton was a worthy winner.
Around The Healthy Home
Looking out across miles of beautiful countryside is food for the soul bringing peace and well-being. The extraordinary and ever-changing beauty of the Yorkshire Dales and the life and spirit of local villages and towns offers endless variety.
A paradise for walkers: The famous Pennine Way passes within a quarter mile of here and there are five local footpaths and bridleways to enjoy just a few meters from our gate. We have maps, compasses, hot flasks … just bring your walking boots and all-weather coat.
Here are just a few of the places to visit ……..
- Bronte’s Howarth is less than half an hour. This beautiful village hosts a number of events including a Beer Festival in March, a Bronte Vintage Gathering and a 1940s weekend 15-17 May)
- Bolton Abbey, The Duke of Devonshire’s estate (20 mins) on the River Wharfe, in 30,000 acres of beautiful countryside and 80 miles of footpaths
- Grassington (2015 Festival 12-27 June), tea rooms, Dales shopping and waterfalls
- Settle, historic Dales town, 30 minutes drive, in the centre of a spectacular limestone landscape and home for the world-famous Settle Carlisle Railway with Ribblesdale Viaduct
- Malham Cove and the spectacular curved limestone cliff is a must. Malham village hosts an annual Malham agricultural show
- Keighley Worth Valley Railway: The steam railway has appeared in many TV and film productions including Yanks, Sherlock Holmes, Last of the Summer Wine, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Sons and Lovers, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, Poirot, The Royal, Where The Heart Is, and A Touch Of Frost. The five mile journey is a powerful reminder of Yorkshire’s industrial heritage, as well as being a unique way of enjoying the beautiful countryside immortalised by Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë. Keighley now boasts a wonderful Forteas 1940s tea room.
- Lothersdale, one of three villages close to the Healthy Home, is crossed by the Pennine Way, has the welcoming Hare & Hounds pub and Raygill Lake Trout Farm and Wildlife trail.
- Cononley village with two pubs (The Railway & New Inn) and Railway station (for Leeds) has a disused lead mine and has been a settlement since medieval times
- Carleton (between the Healthy Home & Skipton) has a Mill (now converted to homes) dating back to 1861 when it was used for spinning cotton. The Swan Inn pub.
- Carnforth Station with nostalgic restore tea room where Brief Encounter movie was famously filmed
Movies and TV programmes filmed around this part of the world:
- Wuthering Heights: various locations
- The Railway Children: Oxenhope and Keighley Worth Valley Railway
- Calendar Girls: Kettlewell & around Skipton
- Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves: Aysgarth Falls
- Brief Encounter – Carnforth
- Wallace & Gromit – inspired by Wensleydale Cheese and sheep!
- Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows – Malham Cove