"There is some peculiar magic about Swaledale that attracts one in an irrestible way" A.J. Brown
Thwaitedale Cottages makes a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the views, local attractions and many local walks from the doorstep, whatever the season.
Le Tour Grand Départ 2014 Route Bring your bike and follow the Stage 1 route, or take a trip with www.yorkshiretriketours.co.uk
Walk from Thwaite to Keld and Muker around Kisdon Hill, which is renowned for the views of the River Swale as it twists and turns along the valley. 'Swale' is Old English for 'The wild one'. The Farmers Arms at Muker is a 'proper' pub with stone-flagged floor and an open fire, open lunchtime & evenings. The teashop & village store, Swaledale Woollens and Muker Gallery are all well worth visiting. In Keld there is Keld Lodge, Rukins teashop, a pop-up tearoom in the village hall during winter months, Keld waterfalls and the fabulous Keld Resource Centre. Thwaite is the birthplace of Richard & Cherry Kearton, the famous naturalists and Kearton Hotel & Giftshop, for coffee, lunch or dinner (advisable to book)
Gunnerside has a great walk up to the old lead mines & onto the moors, with the Kings Head pub and Ghyllfoot tearoom in the village.
Hawes is just over the hill from Thwaite, via the famous Buttertubs Pass, made famous for its Wensleydale Cheese, Wallace & Gromits favourite and celebrated at the Wensleydale Creamery Restaurant, Giftshop & Museum. Here you can also visit the Dales Museum and visitors centre & Ropeworks. Market Day is Tuesday.
Picturesque Reeth has the Swaledale Museum, as well as cafes & pubs & local shops. Market day is Friday.
Kendal and the Lake District are about an hour away.
The Pennine Way & James Herriot Way passes through Thwaite and the Coast to Coast Walk with its Nine Standards passes nearby. Follow them both for a while as they meander through this delightful part of their route.
Wainwath Falls at Keld, the 'watersplash' between Low Row & Arkengarthdale and Aysgarth Falls in Wensleydale are one of many great picnic spots!
The Forbidden Corner in Wensleydale is well worth a visit, as is Bolton Castle and Thorp Perrow Gardens.
The market town of Richmond, the 'gateway to Swaledale' with its Castle, Georgian Theatre and Station with cinema, shops, cafe and art gallery makes a great visit, as does Masham with its Black Sheep Brewery Centre, market, steam engine and fair organ rallies as well as sheep fairs. Leyburn is another lovely town and has Tennants Auction Rooms, there is always something to view and the Garden Rooms Restaurant