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About Gayle

The picturesque village of Gayle is found amidst the glorious scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is on the passage of the Pennine way, close to Hawes and the National Park Centre. The village is surrounded by stunning fell scenery, Dodd and Wether Fell lie to the south and to the north lie the Butter Tubs Pass, Lovely Seat and the interesting town of Thwaite.

Gayle boasts traditional mellow Yorkshire stone properties and a peaceful atmosphere. One of its memorable sights is the Durley Beck which rushes over shelving rock to course through the village where it is crossed by an ancient stone bridge. A vista of wilderness country unfolds around Gayle, making it idyllic for walkers and strollers who appreciate perfect peace and a myriad of fells and becks.

Gayle Mill, a building of 1776, was built as a waterwheel-powered cotton mill. It is now regarded as an important survivor of a time when there was a small number of these mills working in this part of the Yorkshire Dales. Therefore, the mill has recently been the subject of much restoration, it is designated to be open to the public by Easter 2006 when it will stand as a remarkable tribute, not simply to the great Yorkshire cotton industry but to the loyal band of people who worked tirelessly to ensure its future preservation.

Interestingly, these dales were the beloved haunt of James Herriot of "All Creatures Great and Small" fame, today these parts are known affectionately as Herriot Country and are mentioned in his books. He is said to have visited Gayle the day before his marriage, and returned the day after with his new wife Helen.

It would be difficult to imagine a centre more suited for exploring the great outdoors of the Yorkshire Dales than the idyllic village of Gayle.

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

(0.5 miles, 0.8 km of Gayle)

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...


Bainbridge (11 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of North Yorkshire

(3.9 miles, 6.3 km, direction E of Gayle)

Bainbridge is the epitome of a typical Dales village, it comprises of picturesque old stone cottages, with a lively, well quarried stream running through it...

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Muker (38 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of North Yorkshire

(6.0 miles, 9.7 km, direction N of Gayle)

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...

Grisedale Tarn, Cumbria

Grisedale (3 Pictures) in the county of North Yorkshire

(6.7 miles, 10.7 km, direction NW of Gayle)



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

(7.8 miles, 12.5 km, direction NE of Gayle)

This is an attractive village lying at the heart of a landscape made famous in the TV series "All Creatures Great and Small"...

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Yorkshire Dales National Park (266 Pictures)

(4.9 miles, 7.9 km, direction S)

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Aysgarth Lower Falls, Easter weekend 2007. Yorkshire Dales

Aysgarth Falls (49 Pictures)

(9.4 miles, 15.1 km, direction E)

These magnificent falls, although not the highest in the land are certainly one of the most picturesque sights in Yorkshire. The.....

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Bolton Castle (62 Pictures)

(10.1 miles, 16.3 km, direction E)

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Malham Tarn, North Yorkshire

Malham Tarn & Moor (4 Pictures)

(13.8 miles, 22.2 km, direction S)

Malham Tarn is a lake in the Yorkshire Dales National Park which inspired English novelist Charles Kingsley to write the classic.....

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Malham Cove (30 Pictures)

(15.6 miles, 25.0 km, direction S)

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Gordale Scar (8 Pictures)

(15.7 miles, 25.2 km, direction S)

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Janet's Foss. Malham, North Yorkshire

Janet's Foss (6 Pictures)

(16.0 miles, 25.8 km, direction S)

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