The Inn South Stainley Pub with rooms in South Stainley, North Yorkshire

Prices from:
£85 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Seafood Pub’s Yorkshire outpost
  • Stylishly revamped in 2017
  • Crowd-pleasing menu; great seafood
  • Fab rooms above the inn
  • Garden rooms; simpler, dog friendly
  • Main road can be noisy.

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Overview

The Inn South Stainley South Stainley, North Yorkshire, HG3 3ND

The personal touch

Joycelyn Neve and her thriving Seafood Pub Company ventured into Yorkshire for the first time in early 2017 when she snapped up this timbered roadside pub in a cracking location between Harrogate and Ripon. After a six-month refurbishment, the doors were pushed open in August 2017 to reveal a stylish inn with a smart contemporary look in the open-plan bar and adjoining dining/function rooms – banquettes, grey painted wall panelling, chunky dining tables, wood-burning stoves – and twelve comfortable bedrooms split between the Inn and the revamped lodge in the garden. The two spacious dining rooms can become a private function area with its own bar – weddings are popular at the Inn. The main A61 may be a busy road but good soundproofing throughout, especially in the rooms, shuts out most of the road noise. The Inn is a very comfortable base for exploring the surrounding area, with so much to see and do, from enjoying some retail therapy in Harrogate or a day at Ripon Races, to visiting the ruins of nearly Fountains Abbey, the glorious gardens at RHS Harlow Carr, and walking or cycling in the Yorkshire Dales.

Sticky fingers

Kids are welcome throughout the pub; they have their own menu (proper food), plus they will love to tuck into one of the wood-fired pizzas on the main menu. Most rooms can take an extra bed (z-beds £15) and cots are available (free).

Muddy paws

Expect a big welcome for your canine companion; there are dog beds, treats and water bowls in the bar and all the Garden Rooms are dog friendly as all have French doors and access to the pub grounds.

Alfresco

The decked front terrace is popular spot for summer sipping, although it is noisy due to the proximity of the main road. The spacious and tree-shaded side terrace has picnic benches and is set a little further back from the road.

 

What’s the Damage?

12 doubles/twin £85-£150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar, restaurant & Garden Rooms
  • Parking

 

Sleep

The Inn South Stainley South Stainley, North Yorkshire, HG3 3ND

Do not disturb

Rooms are split between the Inn (four rooms) and the converted ‘Play Barn’ (8 rooms) in the garden, and they blend traditional and contemporary furnishings, just like the pub, ensuring high levels of comfort and excellent facilities to enhance your stay. Inn rooms offer oodles of space and expect to find beautiful bed linen, fat mattresses and luxurious textiles and calm, soothing colours. Bathrooms are a big feature – no expense has been spared – they’re all rather glamorous (with Orla Kiely smellies) and one or two are absolutely stunning, with free-standing baths and huge walk-in showers. The eight garden rooms are smaller and similar in décor and style, with a distinct cabin feel with plank walls, good fabrics, modern tiled bathrooms with thick towels and big walk-in showers, and French doors leading out onto a small terrace (table & chairs) and direct access to the garden – all are dog friendly. Gun cabinets can be found in each room – this is a big shooting area.

 

What’s the Damage?

12 doubles/twin £85-£150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar, restaurant & Garden Rooms
  • Parking

 

Eat & Drink

The Inn South Stainley South Stainley, North Yorkshire, HG3 3ND

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £4.95-£6.75; Main Courses: £9.75-£22.50; Desserts £5.25-£8.95)

The Neve family have been fishing since 1840 it’s no surprise that those years of passion, experience and expertise are reflected in the menu, with the day’s catch highlighted on the chalkboard in the bar. Expect the likes of chilli and lime marinated hake, langoustine, Singapore seafood laksa, rice noodles, chilli and beansprouts, and harissa monkfish, chorizo, stuffed baby squid, red pepper and olive couscous and rocket pesto. Give head chef Lee Unthank 24 hours’ notice and he’ll conjure up a magnificent seafood platter for you. There’s not just fish though – they’ve a wood-fired pizza oven, so try the handmade American pizza – BBQ pulled pork, pepperoni, caramelised red onion and mozzarella. Lee’s monthly menus make good use of local produce and may feature veal kidneys on toasted brioche with brandy cream and pancetta or chargrilled asparagus with crispy duck egg and roast tomatoes among the starters, with fish pie, venison burger, haddock and chips, and Goan prawn and monkfish curry popular main course choices. The 28-day dry-aged Lancashire rib-eye steak served with roast field mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and proper chips is a fabulous plate – best tackled after a bracing Dales walk. At the bar, choose from Saltaire Blonde or Timothy Taylor Landlord on tap, peruse the gin and cocktail list and be tempted by premium wines served by the glass thanks to the excellent Coravin system.

Time to eat

Breakfast: 7.30am – 10am

Food all day: 12 noon – 9.30pm (10pm Friday & Saturday; 8.30pm Sunday)

Time at the bar

7.30am – 11pm

What’s the Damage?

12 doubles/twin £85-£150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar, restaurant & Garden Rooms
  • Parking

 

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.

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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.

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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?

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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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Mulberry Factory Shop, Swinegate, York YO1 8AZ

Mulberry make handbags. If you know this, then the idea of their factory shop will be quite exciting. They're a leading 'lifestyle brand' and famous for luxury leather craftsmanship that mixes traditional skills and creativity with modern design.

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Pyramid Gallery, 43 Stonegate, York YO1 8AW

Right in the heart of the city, this lovely 15th-century building is home to Pyramid, where you'll see a fantastic selection of British-made contemporary jewellery, crafts and original prints. Expect work by many leading designers and makers in ceramics, glass, metal and wood.

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York Glass, 34 Shambles, York YO1 7LX

Tucked into a beautiful listed building in the middle of the Shambles, this little shop sells handmade glass jewellery, spun glass, crystal, Murano beads, fused glass... you name it. Some of the objects are made on the premises and you can sometimes see glass artists at work.

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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.

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Rasmus Design, 32 Commercial Street, Harrogate HG1 1TY

Rasmus is all about sophisticated Scandinavian-inspired contemporary design, and it promises to bring 'a combination of practicality and aesthetic beauty' to your home. Expect stylish lighting and classic furniture designs, as well as home accessories.

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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'.

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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.

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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.

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Love thy Interiors, Kirkgate, Thirsk YO7 1PQ

A fine art gallery with a great reputation, where visitors to Thirsk can view and purchase a wide range of work by local, national and international artists. There are monthly changing exhibitions, featuring all manner of artists, media and subject matter.

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Rural Arts, Thirsk YO7 1QS

Thirsk’s former Courthouse & Magistrate’s House is home to Rural Arts, an arts centre with regular exhibitions, children’s activities, workshops, performances, and film screenings. there’s a café, gallery and shop on site

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Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk YO7 1PQ

A fine art gallery with a great reputation, where visitors to Thirsk can view and purchase a wide range of work by local, national and international artists. There are monthly changing exhibitions, featuring all manner of artists, media and subject matter.

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Harrogate Antiques Centre Leeds Road HG3 1EW

At Harrogate’s largest antique emporium, situated on the outskirts of the town, you’ll find more than 60 stalls featuring vintage furniture, collectables, curios and jewellery.

Places to visit

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Settle to Carlisle Railway BD24 9EJ

More like a cleverly designed visitor attraction than a vital lifeline serving countless communities in the wilds of Cumbria and North Yorkshire, the Settle-Carlisle Railway offers a constant backdrop of fells and moorland. Make a day of it and jump off at any number of stops en route.

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Bronte Parsonage, Haworth BD22 8DR

The former home of the Bronte« sisters opened as a museum in 1928. This is where Bronte« fans get a feel for the daily lives of these extraordinary sisters and how they applied themselves as writers. If you feel like a walk while you're there, trek across the Pennines to Top Withins, thought to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights.

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Jorvik Viking Centre, Marygate, York YO1 9WT

A futuristic time capsule will transport you around this cutting edge, ground-breaking museum, showing you what living in Viking York was really like, right down to the sounds and smells. Built on the site of the Viking settlement unearthed by archaeologists between 1976 and 1981, the results of the excavations can be examined at close quarters with hi-tech audio and visual displays

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York Minster, York YO1 7JN

York's cathedral is one of the biggest in Northern Europe, a stunning example of Gothic, Perpendicular Gothic and Early English building styles, and the Great East Window, finished in 1408, is the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world. The place really is vast, and full of treasures, fascinating architectural details and 'the best views in York' (if you climb the 275 steps of the Central Tower to the highest point in the city). A great interactive exhibition in the Undercroft explores 2,000 years of history.

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Fairfax House, York YO1 9RN

With a fair claim to be the finest Georgian townhouse in England, Fairfax House is a delightful 18th-century building with fantastic stuccowork. The richly decorated interior was designed by York's most distinguished architect, John Carr, and contains the Noel Terry (of Terry's chocolate fame) collection of 18th-century furniture, clocks, paintings and ceramics, giving the house a lived-in feel and a real sense of the period.

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Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington YO41 4AU

The largest original World War II RAF Bomber Command Centre open to the public. More than 40 planes can be seen, including the Halifax Bomber and modern jets such as the Harrier and Tornado. Special events include Thunder Days when you can see some of the aircraft in flight.

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National Railway Museum, York YO26 4XJ

This is one strictly for steam fans. In the Great Hall you can wallow in nostalgia, marvel at some of the biggest and best-known locomotives and encounter history makers and record breakers. The museum is based near Bishop Auckland.

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York Castle Museum, Eye of York, York YO1 9RY

Hundreds of years of York's history in one place, which includes a fascinating collection of social history such as the famous recreated 'Kirkgate' Victorian street with its shops full of once-common items. The museum is housed in a Grade I-listed former debtors' prison and the adjoining former women's prison, on the site of York Castle.

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York Museum Gardens, York YO1 7FR

Ten acres of botanical gardens right in the heart of the city, around the Yorkshire Museum, the Gardens were established in the 1830s by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society. They're famous for their collections of trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs, and you can explore the ruins of the medieval St Mary's Abbey as well as the corner tower of the Roman fortress built here in 70AD.

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Castle Howard, Malton YO60 7DA

Still privately owned and home to the Howard family for more than 300 years, this splendid 18th-century house is set in 1,000 acres of fabulous landscape in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are collections of paintings and furniture, and beautiful gardens to explore.

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Brimham Rocks HG3 4DW

Fascinating and fantastical, Brimham Rocks is a dramatic collection of rock formations and a great place to explore, whether you want to climb or just admire the scenery. There are wonderful views over Nidderdale, while a labyrinth of paths leads you through heather moorland and beautiful woods.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sutton Bank National Park Centre, Thirsk YO7 2EH

The Sutton Bank Centre provides the ideal starting point for exploring the North York Moors. All kinds of cycling routes and walking trails for all abilities begin here, including a walk to the famous White Horse of Kilburn. There's an interactive exhibition explaining the natural landscape, while and a feeding station (complete with camera) lets visitors watch the birds. In spring, a live webcam lets you see nesting kestrels and barn owls.

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The Mouseman Visitor Centre, Kilburn YO61 4AH

Born in Kilburn in 1876, Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson was a furniture maker who specialised in handcrafted oak pieces, many featuring the signature 'mouse' that gave him his name. He was part of the revival of interest in craftsmanship in the 1920s that was inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement. The Centre includes a joiner's and a blacksmith's shop as well as a cottage furnished with original Mouseman pieces. Furniture is still made and sold here.

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The World of James Herriot, Kirkgate, Thirsk YO7 1PL

No. 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk was James Herriot's home as well as where he worked, and the living quarters and veterinary surgery appear as they did in the 1940s. There are sets from the BBC TV series All Creatures Great and Small, an interactive children's gallery and three rooms exploring the history of veterinary medicine.

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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.

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East Riddleston Hall Riddlesden, Keighley BD20 5EL

This fascinating building, once the home of a cloth merchant, offers many artefacts and items of oak furniture dating from the 17th century. There are also exquisite embroideries and award-winning gardens.

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Ripon HG4 1DD

This graceful cathedral city is one of Yorkshire’s little known gems. Its greatest landmark is Ripon Minster, surrounded by narrow streets and quaint alleyways, and a short walk from the rectangular market square with its medieval Wakeman’s House, where the wakeman or night watchman lived. The tradition of a horn-blower sounding a forest horn daily at 9pm continues to this day.

Walking

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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

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cyclethedales.org.uk

The Yorkshire Dales National Park offers the cyclist great variety and flexibility – from a range of easily manageable local routes to the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway, a 130-mile circular route taking in most of the main Dales. Again, the accent is on flexibility and the trail, which starts and finishes at Skipton, can be divided into sections to suit your fitness.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Set beside the A61 between Harrogate and Ripon, 6 miles north of Harrogate

By Rail: Nearest railway station is Harrogate, a 6-mile taxi ride away

Address:

Ripon Road, South Stainley, North Yorkshire, HG3 3ND

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