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About Askrigg

In 1587, Queen Elizabeth II granted a charter to this lively little village and in the 20th-century Askrigg claimed its place in history as the setting for the T.V. series based on the James Herriot stories of a vet's life in the Yorkshire Dales. Through many decades Askrigg has remained largely unaltered and the place we see today is very much as it would have been when James Herriot and his collegues learnt their craft.

Once a premier Upper Wensleydale town, Askrigg was noted throughout the north for the work of clockmakers, among them - James Ogden and Mark Metcalfe. It could be said that in Askrigg, clockmaking was almost a cottage industry, for all the major works of an Askrigg clock were made either in, or around the village. another cottage industry was knitting.

In the market square stands the market cross so often seen in the fictional village of 'Darrowby' in the T.V. series, opposite is the lovely old church of St.Oswald which dates from the 15th-century. It is a beautiful church that contains many treasures of its historic past and interestingly, the gravestones in the churchyard proclaim the occupation as well as the name of those whose last resting place this quiet corner is. The town shows handsome Georgian properties and The Kings Arms, built 1767 was a former coaching inn. It was built by John Pratt, a local who had made a fortune as Jockey. In the leafy lanes surrounding the village there are attractive cottages interspersed by vast farmlands, peacefully grazed by cattle and sheep.

There are some famous beauty spots in these parts and Askrigg lies close to Whity Gill and Semer Water with the Hardraw Force Waterfall at the base of the magnificent Buttertubs Pass. The Penine Way passes nearby Hawes and the National Park Centre. This is a magical area of great charm and beauty. It is ideal walking counry that is littered with enchanting old towns, villages and hamlets. A perfact place to tarry and rest awhile, it is unhurried, a world away from todays otherwise, reckless pace of modern life.

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Bainbridge (10 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of North Yorkshire

(1.1 miles, 1.8 km of Askrigg)

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Aysgarth (56 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of North Yorkshire

(4.3 miles, 6.9 km, direction SE of Askrigg)

The ground rises sharply as you head towards this high upland village which is dominated by what are renowned as the prettiest falls in Yorkshire. It is also famous for the.....


Gunnerside (7 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of North Yorkshire

(4.5 miles, 7.2 km, direction N of Askrigg)

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Wensleydale near Hawes, North Yorkshire

Hawes (108 Pictures) a Historic Market Town in the county of North Yorkshire

(4.8 miles, 7.8 km, direction W of Askrigg)

This is a thriving, friendly market town at the heart of Wensleydale, it shows beautiful old stone properties, quaint shops, galleries, craft workshops and cafe's arranged around winding cobbled streets...

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Muker (38 Pictures) in the county of North Yorkshire

(5.0 miles, 8.0 km, direction NW of Askrigg)

Apart from having a place in the history of the Yorkshire Dales, Muker is a walkers paradise and a wonderful relaxing place to stay whilst discovering the beauty of the area...

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Aysgarth Falls (49 Pictures)

(4.7 miles, 7.6 km, direction E)

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