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The Fountaine Inn Pub with rooms in Linton-in-Craven, North Yorkshire

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£99 per night

David Hancock says:

  • 17th-century Dales gem
  • Idyllic village green location
  • Classic, unspoilt bar; Yorkshire ales
  • Crowd-pleasing menu; local produce
  • Quirky, spruced up dining areas
  • Smart rooms in converted barn
  • Perfect base for walking/cycling

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Overview

The Fountaine Inn Linton-in-Craven, North Yorkshire, BD23 5HJ

The personal touch

Persevere down winding lanes to locate Linton-in-Craven, a picture-perfect village hidden deep in classic Dales country between Skipton and Grassington. It’s worth the effort, not only for the stunning drive, but for the idyllic village green, complete with an ancient humpbacked bridge over a babbling stream, which provides the beautiful setting for the Fountaine Inn, a charming whitewashed 17th-century inn. Individual Inns have spruced up this Dales treasure over recent years, adding rooms in 2013, without spoiling the overall character of the place, especially the classic snug area where you’ll find glowing coal fires, slate floors, curved settles, old beams, intimate cosy corners, and the time-honoured Ringing the Bull game. The two comfortable interconnecting dining rooms beyond sport bold wallcoverings and upholstered chairs and high-backed banquettes. Linton is a favoured starting point for some great rural rambles and the walking fraternity love the Fountaine Inn, arriving in their droves for pints and sandwiches following a circuit through some beautiful countryside. Long-serving landlord Chris Gregson is friendly and welcoming to all and deals with the summer crowds with aplomb.

Sticky fingers

The Fountaine Inn is family friendly and children are allowed throughout the pub – they have their own menu and smaller portions are available. The Loft room can accommodate two extra beds and Alms View has space for an extra single bed.

Muddy paws

Dogs are made very welcome in the bar and are allowed overnight in three bedrooms – Studio, Barn Door and Croft – at no extra charge.

Alfresco

Arrive early on sunny days to bag a bench on the front terrace overlooking the idyllic village green, stone bridge and babbling stream. On busy days you are allowed to spill out onto the green.

What’s on?

Join on one of the regular Guided Walk-Inns, meeting at the pub for morning bacon sandwiches and returning to the Fountaine mid afternoon for a two-course meal (£14.95).

What’s the Damage?

4 doubles/twin & 1 family room from £99. Lazy Linton Weekend (Friday & Saturday or Saturday & Sunday) £179 for two people

What Else?

  • All credit cards (except Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar
  • Parking – on the spacious road beside the green

 

Sleep

The Fountaine Inn Linton-in-Craven, North Yorkshire, BD23 5HJ

Do not disturb

Adding a clutch of five contemporary bedrooms in a beautifully converted old stone barn (Minns Barn) just behind the Fountaine in 2013 was an inspired move and they have transformed the business. Very much in tune with the surroundings of the inn, Individual Inns naturally added a boot rack in the hall and a lockable bike shed, as the rooms are hugely popular with walkers and cyclists keen to explore the gorgeous Dales countryside. But, rather than creating simple bunkhouse-style accommodation, rooms are smart, stylish and quirky, kitted out with the best beds topped with quality linen and down and colourful cushions and throws, and fresh modern bathrooms with power showers, bathrobes and posh toiletries. Loft Room has a free-standing bath in the corner of the room, while Alms View enjoys longs views over the village.

Creature comforts

Fresh milk & mineral water (in fridge in rooms foyer)

Gadgets

Television; wi-fi; i-pod dock; telephone

What’s for Breakfast?

Juices; yoghurts; fresh fruit; smoked haddock & poached eggs; full English breakfast

What’s the Damage?

4 doubles/twin & 1 family room from £99. Lazy Linton Weekend (Friday & Saturday or Saturday & Sunday) £179 for two people

What Else?

  • All credit cards (except Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar
  • Parking – on the spacious road beside the green

 

Eat & Drink

The Fountaine Inn Linton-in-Craven, North Yorkshire, BD23 5HJ

Mastering the menu

As the pub draws an eclectic bunch of folk, from booted walkers and lycra-clad cyclists to locals and well-heeled tourists, the seasonal menu needs to successfully combine traditional pubs classics and great sandwiches with a few more imaginative dishes. As a result, in keeping with its surroundings, the menu is a real crowd-pleaser, offering a nibbles of Yorkshire pudding dippers with proper gravy (perfect with a pint at the bar), hot piri-piri chicken and chorizo sandwiches, grills like local rib-eye steak with chips and salad, or famished walkers may like to tackle the hearty Yorkshire ploughman’s platter, laden with Wensleydale and Yorkshire Blue cheese, pork pie, honey glazed ham, pickles, pickled egg and chunks of local baked bread. Alternatively, try the confit duck leg with bubble-and-squeak and sherry sauce, or the best-selling slow roast shin of beef, served with creamy mash, Yorkshire pudding and red wine jus.

On the menu

(Starters: £4-£7; Main Courses: £10-£19; Desserts £6-£8)

Potted smoked peppered mackerel

Catalan style king prawns, white wine, chilli, garlic & tomato

Steak & stout pie with hand-cut chips & gravy

Salmon Niçoise

Famous Fountaine fish stew

Homemade fudge brownie

Sticky toffee pudding

Sunday Roasts

(£11.25)

Choice of two roasts including local rare breed beef

Time to eat

Breakfast: 8.30am – 9.30am
Food all day: 12 noon – 9pm

Local, local, local

Kilnsey smoked trout

Linton lamb

Dales cheese

Angela’s farmhouse bread

Sausages – Jacksons of Cracoe

Behind the bar

Real ale is taken seriously at the Fountaine, with five well-kept beers on handpump to slake the thirsts of weary walkers following a day’s hike through the Dales. In addition to regular brews – John Smiths, Tetleys Cask, Thwaites Original – you’ll perhaps find Hetton Pale Ale, crafted in a nearby village, and Wharfedale Blonde brewed in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. There’s a gin menu listing 12 decent gins and wine lovers have a choice of 17 wines by the glass.

Bar snacks

(£5-£8.95)

Crispy haddock bites, tartare sauce

Bacon & smoked brie sandwich

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm (Sunday 12 noon – 10.30pm)

What’s the Damage?

4 doubles/twin & 1 family room from £99. Lazy Linton Weekend (Friday & Saturday or Saturday & Sunday) £179 for two people

What Else?

  • All credit cards (except Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar
  • Parking – on the spacious road beside the green

 

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

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Yorkshire Food Finder Tour YO1 7DR

York's only gourmet guided food trek!Consummate foodie Sue Nelson will lead you round the city, dropping in on the best producer and makers in the city. The tour starts and ends at Michelin star holder Andrew Pern's Star in the City where a specially created menu featuring produce you've seen on the trail. A day of fun and great food.

4

Kilnsey Trout Farm, Kilnsey Park Estate BD23 5PS

Fishing, pony rides and nature trails with red squirrels and butterflies plus a cosy café. Their award-winning smoked trout is traditionally produced; hand gutted and filleted and smoked over oak shavings. Have a go yourself and enroll in ‘Lake to Plate’, one of a number of Masterclasses run on the Estate.

5

Courtyard Dairy, The Courtyard, A65, Settle BD24 9JY

Award-winning affineur Andy Swinscoe might look like a teenager but his knowledge of cheese is epic. His enthusiasm is completely infectious and of course you can try before you buy. The range is enormous and includes the likes of Stichelton, Tunworth Camembert, Hafod Cheddar and of course a fabulous variety of Yorkshire cheeses.

8

Craven Arms, Appletreewick BD23 6DA

There are many reasons to make your way to this 16th century pub; the stunning views, the gas-lit, stone-flagged, beamed bar rooms and a very accessible menu which features local game, smoked rabbit casserole and a deep, rich rib-sticking brisket of beef in red wine and star anise. Cruckbarn air-dried ham, anyone?

9

Stanforth’s Pie Shop, 11 Mill Bridge, Skipton BD23 1NJ

The queue does literally go round the block to buy possibly the best warm pork pies in the world! Take them home if you must, but they really are best eaten warm standing in the street, with the peppery juices running down your arms. The recipe hasn’t changed in 80 years and neither should it.

Out & About

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Activities

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Geocaching BD23 5LB

Geocaching is quite a new trend, involving hunting for carefully hidden caches using maps and GPS receivers. If you locate a cache (and some are very tricky to find) there are often items in them to swap, and a log book to record your visit. Once you're back somewhere with a signal, you can log your visit online. Check the geocaching website for co-ordinates of caches in the area you're after. If you forget to load the co-ordinates onto your GPS at home, the National Park centres in Grassington or Malham have dedicated 'geocomputers'. You can also hire GPS units from the centres at Grassington, Malham, Reeth, Aysgarth Falls and Hawes.

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Canoeing HG3 5SY

The weather can have a huge impact on the upland rivers of the Dales, resulting in a number of exciting white-water opportunities and spectacular waterfalls after heavy rain.You need to do some research before plunging in, as there is no recognised right of access to some sites, while others have informal agreements in place and there are a few with a history of 'tolerated use'. Check with the River Information Service provided by the British Canoe Union (bcu.org.uk; 0115 982 1100).

Shopping

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Skipton Antiques and Collectors Centre, The Old Foundry, Cavendish Street, Skipton BD23 2AB

You might have seen the Skipton Antiques and Collectors Centre on the BBC's Antiques Road Trip. It comprises four floors of specialist dealers selling jewellery, furniture, clocks, ceramics, books and loads more.

14

The Vintage Washhouse, 3 Court Lane, Skipton BD23 1DD

An unusual little shop with a 1940s theme, selling handcrafted dishcloths, vintage-inspired homeware and gifts as well as a wide selection of traditional cleaning products - soap flakes, white vinegar, soda crystals, laundry starch and traditional linen scrim, for example. Old-fashioned cleaning methods have made something of a comeback recently, giving excellent allergen-free results. The owner's 'Mrs Mop' outfit adds the finishing touch.

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Skipton BD23 1DT

Skipton is a lovely town and a past winner of Britain's Best Street of the Year. You'll find pretty much everything here. Craven Court is a Victorian-themed shopping arcade, famously praised by Prince Charles for its architecture. The town is home to high-street names as well as more unusual shops. In addition there are lots of little side streets and alleys full of 'interesting independents' and 'one-off boutiques'.

18

Mill Bridge Gallery, Skipton BD23 1NJ

The gallery is located in a canal-side building dating back to 1675 (said to be the oldest dwelling in Skipton), and is a showcase for the work of more than 20 talented local photographers and sculptors.

19

Cave & Crag, Market Place, Settle BD24 9ED

C&C specialises in clothing and equipment for climbers and walkers, plus camping gear, guide books, footwear, rucksacks, GPS - in fact, pretty much everything you might need for that outdoor adventure.

20

Harrogate HG1 1TE

A very stylish place, Harrogate has elegant shopping streets and handsome avenues. There are more than 20 antique shops in the town centre, as well as lots of boutiques and independent shops - especially in Montpellier.

Places to visit

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Browsholme Hall, Cow Ark, Clitheroe BB7 3DE

Pronounced 'Brusome', the hall is the oldest surviving family home in Lancashire, the ancestral home of the Parker family, who have lived there since it was built in 1507. Together with the gardens it is open to visitors from May to September. Chinese porcelain and antique oak furniture are among many fine items on display.

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Skipton Castle, BD23 1AW

The massive twin towers of Skipton Castle dominate the town's High Street, and it's one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England. You can explore the banqueting hall and kitchen or climb from the dungeon to the top of the watchtower.

7

Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6EX

Taking its name from a 12th-century Augustinian monastery, Bolton Abbey lies on the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The setting is superb and the tranquil surroundings are infused with fascinating history and legend.

8

Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes DL8 3NT

Housed in an imaginative conversion of the Hawes railway station in Wensleydale, this fascinating museum tells the story of the people and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales, as well as the social and industrial history of the area - mostly relating to the period 1800-1950.

9

Malham Cove BD23 4DG

This huge cliff formation is curved like an amphitheatre. The cliffs themselves are about 260 feet high, with an unusual area of deeply eroded limestone pavement on top. People have been visiting the site for hundreds of years as it creates a unique habitat for wildlife and all kinds of rare wild flowers and ferns. You might recognise it as one of the places Harry and Hermione camp in during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

10

Malham Tarn BD24 9PT

England's highest freshwater lake drains at Tarn Foot into a stream that soon disappears beneath the ground at Malham Sinks. It used to be thought this reappeared at Malham Cove, but it actually emerges downstream as a source of the river Aire.

11

Settle to Carlisle Railway, Settle BD24 9AA

Considered to be one of the most beautiful railway lines in Britain, the Settle-Carlisle runs through remote and scenic regions of the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines, passing through numerous small communities and taking in a large number of tunnels and viaducts, including the stunning Grade II-listed Ribblehead Viaduct.

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Fountains Abbey, Ripon HG4 3DY

This unique place is a World Heritage Site, with the ruins of a Cistercian abbey ruins, plus elegant Georgian water garden and a medieval deer park. It's been a tourist attraction for centuries.

22

Janet's Foss, Malham BD23 4DA.

A lovely waterfall and pool near Gordale Scar, Janet’s Foss is set in a delightful woodland location. Used as a natural sheep dip and a place for wild swimming, it’s rumoured to be the home of Jennet, Queen of the Fairies. On the footpath you’ll see tree stumps full of ‘lucky pennies’ – if you add a coin and make a wish, maybe Jennet will look favourably on you.

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Gordale Scar, Malham BD23 4DG

An immense gorge, created by Ice Age melt-water: a huge cavern was carved out by the water and eventually collapsed, creating the gorge and spectacular waterfall. It’s yet another limestone landscape and you’ll see ‘tufa’ on the stone, formed by calcium carbonate-rich precipitation.

Walking

www.yorkshiredales.org.uk

As you might expect, the Yorkshire Dales is a fabulous place to walk. There are lots of downloadable short walks on the website, including a number close Linton and Grassington. The long-distance walker is also spoiled for choice: the Dales Way starts at Ilkley and finishes at Bowness-in-Windermere in the Lake District, following riverside routes as far as possible. The challenging Yorkshire Three Peaks takes in the summits of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Lady Anne’s Way runs 100 miles from Skipton to Penrith, while the Pennine Way is 270 miles of dramatic and beautiful scenery, stretching from the Peak District National Park through the Dales, up into Northumberland, across the Cheviots and into the Scottish Borders. And there are more – this is definitely a walkers’ paradise.

Cycling

www.yorkshiredales.org.uk

There are some great roads and trails for those on two wheels too. The Dales’ network of minor roads is a joy, and there are more than 800km (500 miles) of byways, ‘green lanes’ and bridleways to entice the mountain biker. Some trails include sections of Roman roads, monastic highways, mining tracks and ancient driving routes. There’s a wide variety of surfaces to make things interesting, and plenty of places to hire a bike or get advice. Some of the climbs are challenging, but the views are fantastic and make all the effort worthwhile. If you’re a road cyclist, there are some flat family-friendly valley-bottom routes; otherwise, tackle the challenging 210 km (130 mile) Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way.

Events

In May you’ll find the Skipton Waterways Festival — a free family-friendly shindig based around the Leeds-Liverpool canal. The Dales Festival of Food & Drink is on the first May bank holiday weekend. The Swaledale Festival involves walks and driving tours, and a varied programme of about 60 top-quality events, spread over two weeks in May. The Dentdale Music & Beer Festival is a weekend of live acoustic music, from folk and blues to jazz to country, usually held on the last weekend of June across a choice of venues throughout Dentdale. North Yorkshire Open Studios also takes place in June, when artists and makers across North Yorkshire invite the public into their studios. The Grassington Festival is 15 days of music and arts in June.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Linton is signposted off B6265 between Skipton and Grassington, 8 miles north of Skipton

By Rail: Skipton is a an easy taxi ride away

Address:

, Linton-in-Craven, North Yorkshire, BD23 5HJ

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