Askrigg is in upper Wensleydale, north of the River Ure, about 5 miles east of
In 1086, Askrigg was recorded in the Domesday Book as Ascric and formed part of the land of Count Alan of Brittany, whose estate was centred at Richmond Castle.
Askrigg started to grow into a small town. Its present church dates from the 1440s while a charter granted in 1587 saw it holding markets near the market cross.
The population grew until the building of a new turnpike road south of the river in 1795 which by-passed Askrigg on its way to Hawes, which started to develop as a more important market centre.
From 1878, Askrigg had a station on the Wensleydale railway line which provided a direct connection to the towns and villages of upper Wensleydale from other parts of Yorkshire, avoiding long and winding journeys by road. However, the section of the line through Askrigg was closed in 1964 and the tracks lifted.
Today, Askrigg remains off the main routes but it is well worth a detour or walk to see or stay in this peaceful village with its pleasant cake shop cafe, its tea room, local inns and nearby waterfalls.
Askrigg was a filming location for scenes of Darrowby in the BBC TV series "All Creatures Great and Small" which was on TV from 1978 and through the 1980s. The King's Arms in the village featured in the series as The Drovers Arms.
Askrigg is in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The village is near to the River Ure.
Askrigg has a choice of pubs.
Askrigg has a village store.
Askrigg has part-time Post Office services.
The village has tea-rooms.
Places to stay in Askrigg include guest house, inn accommodation.
Askrigg has a village hall.
Askrigg has a school.
Place of worship: Anglican - St Oswald's Church.
Bus travelThe village has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.
Road travelAskrigg is reached on minor roads from the nearby A684 .
Places to visit
Bolton CastleCastle Bolton, near Redmire, North Yorkshire
One of Britain's best-preserved medieval castles was built as one of the finest homes in the land and is still in the ownership of a descendant of the castle's original owner. With a commanding view over Wensleydale, the castle is situated near Redmire, about 5 miles west of
More information at the
Bolton Castle website.
Find on map:
The Wensleydale Railway
A railway service into the Yorkshire Dales running from Leeming Bar, near the A1(M) towards Bedale, Finghall, Leyburn and Redmire, at the edge of the
Further information at the
Aysgarth Falls have been a much-visited Wensleydale beauty spot and a tourist attraction for more then two centuries. The River Ure falls down a series of rocky steps near to the village of
Hardraw ForceHardraw, near Hawes
Situated about a mile north of
Details can be found on the
Dales Countryside MuseumStation Yard, Burtersett Road, Hawes
The Dales Countryside Museum is located at the former Victorian station in
Find out more at the
Yorkshire Dales National ParkThe western half of Richmondshire is all within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Emergency servicesNorth Yorkshire Police
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Civil parish councilAskrigg and Low Abbotside Parish Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website
Richmondshire District Council
Richmondshire district council is one of the seven large district authorities within the county of North Yorkshire. It covers 509 square miles of the mainly rural area of the north west of North Yorkshire with its administrative centre in
Much of the district is within the
Up to 2019 the council was made up of 34 councillors representing 24 wards, each electing between 1 and 3 councillors. After Boundary Commission review the number of seats from the 2019 election is down from 34 to 24. Councillors are now elected across 16 wards: 1 with three councillors, 6 with two councillors and 9 with one councillor. The whole council is elected every four years.
There are also 54 Parish or Town Councils and 26 Parish Meetings within the Richmondshire district.
Richmondshire District Council website.
The political composition of the council after the May 2019 election was:
County authorityNorth Yorkshire County Council
Includes Richmondshire and six other non-unitary districts of North Yorkshire.
Police and Crime CommissionerPolice and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire
Covers the county of North Yorkshire and City of York.
Fire AuthorityThe North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service was previously governed by the North Yorkshire Combined Fire Authority made up of elected members from across the broad areas of North Yorkshire and City of York councils which it serves. Following a ministerial announcement in June 2018 the governance of the fire service was transferred to the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire from 15 November 2018.
Further information at the