What's Up: Skipton

Ee by gum, I'm back for another instalment of What's Up! This time we'll be travelling over to Yorkshire, land of puddings, flat caps, and arguably England's best accent. I've been crossing the border into Yorkshire since I was little, with Skipton being one of my family's favourite places for a day trip. It's only a tiny town but we seem to find something new every time we go.

canal boats on the water in skipton. Both have a red trim, one is painted 'Jim' in white, the other 'Rosie'

For example, usually we walk by the canal to reach the centre and the shops, but very recently we discovered a walk further along the canal that wraps around the back of Skipton Castle (which is open to visitors and an attraction in itself) and into Skipton Woods. There are several trails to follow along the water, where you can spot crayfish or just enjoy soaking up the stillness of the Yorkshire countryside.

If hustle and bustle is more your thing, head into town and check out Craven Court. The arcade has well known shops like Laura Ashley and Bodycare but also houses independent sweet, gift, jewellery and craft shops, and cafes like The Cake Hole. For more independent traders you have to see the market, where there are stalls selling almost anything you could want, including locally sourced foods. My favourite stall is a discount clothes stall which is watched over by a bulldog called Lou!

On certain days you can find markets inside the town hall too, with antiques and curiosities of all kinds. The hall also houses the tourist information, as well as concert and exhibition halls, and a museum, which is worth a visit on rainy days if you're interested in local history. 

After taking in the sights, your tummy will be rumbling, and for the full Yorkshire experience I strongly recommend paying a visit to The Dales Cottage. Think traditional, hearty meals, and booming accents from the loyal locals, all found hidden away in an old cottage. This is not a trendy Instagrammable location with smashed avocado but it is the place to go if you like a warm welcome, a cosy atmosphere and huge portions. I particularly like the vegetarian chilli. 

If you want to extend your visit you have a few options from Skipton. A short drive down the road you'll find Keelham Farm Shop, where you can buy fresh produce and delicious baked goods, or you can travel over to Bolton Abbey to stretch your legs and try your hand at crossing stepping stones across the river. 

Have you visited Skipton?



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