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Craven District Council

Visit Craven

The scenic splendour of Craven provides some of the best walking and mountain biking opportunities in Britain, with miles of footpaths and bridleways to explore, including many long distance routes.

Amongst this scenery are picturesque towns and villages, steeped in history yet offering up to date facilities and services, waiting to be enjoyed.

Choose your own pace here in Craven; a challenging outdoor activity, a gentle stroll, visit an art gallery or museum, spend time shopping, from favourite household names to original artisan crafts and local produce you'll be spoilt for choice.

Enjoy a walk, bike ride or drive through open countryside. Taste the delights of cafes and pubs specialising in homemade treats, try a pint of local brewed ale. We know you will want to return again and stay.

A short break or holiday will give the opportunity to explore even more of Craven. We have comfortable accommodation waiting to welcome you whatever your budget.

Skipton and Airedale

The landscape of Airedale is a mixture of hardy moorland, green pastures and dramatic outcrops, and is very popular with walkers. The Pennine Way long distance footpath passes through this part of Craven. The main town is Skipton with vibrant shopping areas, with loads to see and do.

Grassington and Wharfedale

The river Wharfe gives this dale its name. Picturesque villages are dotted along the length of Wharfedale.

Gargrave and Malhamdale

The spectacular scenery around Malham continues, as it has for centuries, to inspire writers, artists and photographers; many artists and craft workers sell in local outlets.

Gargrave village, four miles north-west of Skipton, sits astride the River Aire, only seven miles from its source at Malham.

A unique feature are the five village greens that give access to the riverside and stepping stones. The Leeds - Liverpool canal passes through Gargrave.

Settle and Ribblesdale

Famous as the starting point of the Settle - Carlisle Railway, regarded by many as one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world.

Settle is a picturesque, bustling and ancient market town surrounded by delightful villages, ideally situated between the scenic Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


Ingleton and The Three Peaks

Outdoor enthusiasts love the challenges this area provides along with its ease of access from the cities of the North West and West Yorkshire.

The dramatic limestone scenery draws you to explore and discover hidden gems that give Ingleton its unique character. An ideal base for exploring the Yorkshire Three Peaks area with popular routes for walking, cycling, climbing and caving surrounding this cosy village with its welcoming pubs and cafes.


Bentham and the Forest of Bowland

Bentham, where the Yorkshire Dales meet the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.