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Yorkshire towns to stay in and resources for finding apartment/house accomodations

Hi - My husband and I are planning to spend 5 nights in the Yorkshire Dales in July. We will be driving up from London and will have a car for our entire visit. We are interested primarily in walking/hiking, with perhaps some interest in going up to Hadrian's Wall one day or maybe out to the coast, though I haven't mapped out a day-to-day plan to see if either of those trips would be possible to fit in along with everything else we'd like to see in the Dales.

We'd prefer to stay in an apartment or house, rather than a a hotel. What is the best resource to find such accommodations - AirBnB? VRBO? Something else? Also, what towns should I be targeting? Is there one town that is a good option for all 5 nights that is somewhat central, or should we plan on splitting our time in two towns.

Thank you!

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I know you said you would prefer a self-catering house or apartment, but I will just mention the country house guided walking opportunities offered by HF Holidays. This is a member-owned cooperative, but members are welcome. They offer 3- or 4-night all-inclusive holidays at two different locations in the Yorkshire Dales, Sedburgh and Malham.

The holiday includes room, all meals, guided or unguided walking, and transport to and from the trailheads if you choose the guided option. In either case you will meet some fun people and can join in their after-dinner programs, which often include pub games. We have had a great time at two of their locations, and had the Yorkshire Dales location booked for 2020—but of course could not go.

And even if you do not care to stay and hike with them, you could look at their program offerings, which detail the hikes they offer. This might give you some ideas on where to stay and where to hike.

I am sure some of the locals will be along soon to share their ideas for independent hiking and possible towns for accommodation.

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I will plug a couple of days up at the Old Hill Inn.
Fantastic spot, with Ingleborough, Whernside, the Ingleton waterfalls walks very close.
Now, I know its very commerialised as against the Old Days but Tan Hill still is special as a destination you likely could share a pint with Pennine Way walkers or catch a band.

I don't care much for Horton in Ribblesdale , but Hawes ,Reeth, Leyburn, Middleham, Sedburgh,all the villages in Wharfedale are classic northern beauty

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I think I'm going to largely defer on this one to @ian and julie- our resident Yorkshireman who probably has better ideas than me.

I think Hadrian's Wall in a day from the Dales is a little bit pushing it.

What I'm thinking the best way to do that might be is to stay in Hawes/Hardraw/Askrigg that sort of area.

Then drive to Garsdale railway station and take the 0655 train to Carlisle, Change there for Haltwhistle arriving there just before 9am then use the AD122 bus.

Then either the 1824 or the 2013 train back.

Sedbergh is kind of betwixt and between the Dales and Cumbria- in both at the same time. From there you could either drive to Dent for that same train a bit earlier, or drive to the M6 junction 37, straight up the M6 to junction 43 for the A69 or 44 for the A689 t Brampton then the A69. I prefer the junction 44 route. That is about 1hr 15 minutes if you don't hang around, maybe a bit more if you don't know the road.

Hawes to Whitby (on the coast) is around 2 hours each way. Not impossible as a day, I'm not sure whether I'd feel the need to do that from the Dales but then I haven't flown thousands of miles to get here, so our priorities will be different.

There are a number of very happy HF users on the forum including one lady who has just done 4 in about a month.

BTW I know Ian and I have a friendly difference of opinion on the merits of Hawes!!

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Since you will have a car, here’s a link to the place we stayed in Kildwick on the Leeds Liverpool canal. It was hands down the nicest place we stayed in our 5 week trip. It is a restored pub, the hosts live in an adjacent house. There’s a pub within a couple of blocks. From there we explored Haworth, Skipton (fish and chips cruise was fun), Grassington, Ilkley, and the Dales. It’s a beautiful area, I hope to return someday.

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Thanks @Katheryne, that place looks amazing and it must be great because it's booked up through September! It's helpful to know that AirBnB is a good resource in this region, though. I wasn't sure how prevalent it was outside the US or if there were other online resources I should be using.

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For our trip I booked 7 different places in smaller villages using a combination of platforms. VRBO,, AirBnB and owner websites. For airbnb I only rented if it was clear that the place was privately owned with the owners nearby. No property management companies. All of our stays worked out well and were very different from each other.

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Airbnb is definitely well used in England. You could also look on

There will be local cottage rental companies as well as some national companies such as Sykes Cottages. If it was me I’d start by searching for farm cottage stays or similar. A lot of farms have turned some of their outbuildings into self catering accommodation and this can be a good option compared to Airbnb because you have staff on site to deal with any issues.

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Hi sbraatz -

Sorry I’m late to this, just spotted it. You’ve been given excellent info, can’t argue with any of it really, but I might add a couple of additional locale suggestions. I like the limestone dales, so would either head for Malham - it does get busy, for various reasons, but mainly because it’s a spectacular area - or somewhere less well known like Austwick or Ingleton. All are just off the A65, the main road to the Lakes heading north west (ish) from Leeds to the Lake District. Grassington is oft mentioned on this subject and rightly, but you might check out Kettlewell which has a load of cottage accommodation (or so it seemed on a recent visit) and which is further up Wharfedale (biased of course, because it’s my home dale, but it’s wonderful!).

I’d agree with Stuart (isn31c) that it’s a bit much to do Hadrians Wall and back in a day. Not impossible, but might take the joy out of it. You might try book an overnighter in the Twice Brewed pub (near Once Brewed!). It has walkable, via Steel Rigg, access to the best of the wall, west to Walltown Crags and east to Housesteads fort. Either walk back, or take advantage of the AD122 bus service. As you’ll have a car it’s only a short drive to Vindolanda and a little further to the Roman Army museum. Twice Brewed seems to be a big staging post for Hadrians Wall through hikers, and it is rather in the middle of nowhere, but it does have reasonable accommodation (not especially luxurious but everything you’d need) and a large restaurant area. Oh, and its own attached brewery, which for some, may be its biggest selling point.

Stuart is right about my antipathy to Hawes. I think this is due to a repressed teenage memory of an ill judged take away meal there in my teens, while camping along the Pennine Way. I spent a freezing night halfway out of our tiny tent being violently ill. So good memories not the first thing to spring to mind about the place! That said, I spent a wonderful weekend there a couple of months back and while the place still doesn't ’do it’ for me, I think it must be accepted that the fault lies with me and not the town itself. Well, and the mercifully long gone unhygienic takeaway!

I’d agree with Richard’s suggested places and note too that Horton-in-Ribblesdale should be avoided. Again, nothing wrong with it per se and it’s is ideally situated for the Three Peaks of Yorkshire (again a favourite area), but it is the starting point for the Three Peaks open challenge (walk all three peaks in under 12 hours) and can get busy to the point of unpleasantness, especially, but not exclusively, at weekends. Consider somewhere like Clapham as an alternative?

I think you’ve lots to ponder here and hope you can tie somewhere suitable down for your trip. If you need any further information or advice please feel free to ask, either here or by direct personal message. Have a great trip!


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P.S. Belated coastal thoughts. I bow to no man in my admiration and affection for the North Yorkshire Moors. I’m not sure Rick shares my opinion! However the east coast can, also in my opinion, be a little mixed. Whitby, Staithes, Robin Hoods Bay are all excellent, and a shout out for the beachside cafe at Sandsend. Even Saltburn (not the one in the film!) has gone more upmarket than my last visit suggested it was and has a couple of sought after eateries. However, Scarborough, Bridlington, and maybe even Filey I think, can be left to their own devices.

I would suggest that if you are based in the Dales, to access the coast, to ‘go west, young man!’ and head for the splendid Arnside and Silverdale area. Technically it’s more the Kent estuary/Morecambe Bay as opposed to the coast but it is a wonderful area. And it’s nearer and easier to get to than the east coast. Just keep it entre nous though!

Rick has done a piece on the delights - I use the word loosely - of Blackpool. Personally I haven’t been there in sixty years and won’t willingly go there again for even longer, left to my own devices. Leave it to those who enjoy ‘that sort of thing’. For slightly different reasons, the same goes for Morecambe I’m afraid. As my grandma used to say ‘wild horses on bended knee couldn’t drag me there’!


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As Morecambe has gotten a mention ,the guided ! Bay walk might be of interest.
Weather dependent ,I have had 3 " refusuals" so far in my attempts to complete it

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We just had a lovely stay in a cottage in Grassington---literally a few steps off the main street. The roomy cottage has two bedrooms, a living room, a dining room, and a kitchen. There is a lovely little garden for all the guests.

I think there is a second cottage, as well.

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If CanAmCherie’s suggestion is booked, or you want to look into another lovely bed and breakfast, also in Grassington (10 minute walk into village center) you could check out Craiglands B & B.

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I would totally agree with Ian about the Arnside/Silverdale area. If you use the "Lake District" as a kind of short hand for Cumbria, it is a gloriously undiscovered part of the County (on the border with Lancashire- Arnside is in Cumbria, Silverdale is in Lancashire). In strictly relative terms Arnside is the more touristy.

Some absolutely cracking walking out there, the RSPB at Leighton Moss and a couple of other local Nature Reserves. The whole area is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Apart from that there is a small zoo- the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis, Stately homes at Sizergh Castle, Levens Hall (noted for it's topiary, and Leighton Hall.

Warton Church also has important links to the Washington family (as in George Washington) and, through marriage, to Winston Churchill.

You are also in touching distance of Carnforth Station (as in the Brief Encounter movie) and it's lovely tea room.

A bit further on you have Grange over Sands, where work has now begun to restore the former Lido, and again there is more wonderful walking out at Grange. Both Arnside/Silverdale and Grange there is lots of limestone country. Some of the finest of which is at Helsington, a short walk above Sizergh Caste (but park at Helsington St John's Church). If you do go there be sure to look into the Church for the wonderful Marion de Saumarez war memorial Mural- a huge surprise in such an out of the way place.

There are also the Ospreys at Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve near Witherslack. Foulshaw is also on the long distance Cumbria Coastal Path and the Walney to Wear cross country cycle path.

But don't tell everyone about the area- let's keep it quiet. Rick doesn't know anything about that area!!