Gargrave

North Yorkshire

Gargrave is a village in the Craven district of North Yorkshire.

The historic village, which has more than 40 listed buildings, is 4 miles north-west of Skipton.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park starts just beyond the eastern edge of the village.

Remains of a Roman villa, named Kirk Sink, were found in a field at the edge of Gargrave. They were initially discovered in the 18th century when a plough uncovered parts of a Roman mosaic. Excavations of the site around 50 years ago suggest the country house and farm buildings were occupied between the late 2nd and 4th centuries. Details of the excavations and some of the finds from the site can now be found at the Craven Museum and Gallery in Skipton.

Gargrave also has a Roman ford crossing the River Aire just downstream of its 18th century three-arched river bridge, where there are also attractive village greens at the riverside. Roman coins were found when the stonework of the crossing was discovered during a river clearance in the 1960s.

Construction of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal reached the north side of Gargrave in 1775, while the railway arrived at a station just to the south of the village in 1849.

Today the village, with pubs and places to eat, offers an attractive place to pause on the A65 road between Leeds, Skipton and Kendal, in Cumbria, which runs through the centre of the village.

 Village features


The village is at a bridge over the River Aire.
Gargrave is on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
Gargrave is close to the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The village has a historic Roman ford.
Gargrave has a choice of pubs.
Gargrave has a village store and local traders.
The village has a Post Office.
The village has a pharmacy.
Restaurant dining can be found in Gargrave.
The village has tea-rooms.
Gargrave has a fish and chip shop.
Places to stay in Gargrave include hotel, guest house accommodation.
There are public toilets in the village with limited hours of use.
Gargrave has a village hall.
The village has a community library with limited opening times at the village hall.
Gargrave has a school.
Place of worship: Anglican.

Travel

Bus travel

The village has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.

Gargrave station

Managed by: Northern
Operator/s: Northern -


Northern - Gargrave   Station and departure information at Northern website.

Gargrave station is about half a mile from the village centre.

Road travel

Gargrave can be reached via the A65 .


Places to visit

Changed Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions may mean that some of these attractions are again closed. Some also have seasonal closure during late Autumn and Winter. Many attractions may now require a timed ticket to be obtained before arrival. Clicking on the links to the attraction operator's own website will provide more specific and updated information.

If you need the latest official UK government information on Coronavirus (Covid-19), including links to NHS advice and to what you currently can and cannot do in England, it can be found at this  GOV.UK - Coronavirus webpage.


Yorkshire Dales National Park

Much of the Craven district is within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The National Park offers mountain peaks, beautiful river valleys, attractive villages with country inns, ruined abbeys and some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK with limestone pavements, dry valleys, potholes and underground caves. The area offers excellent hiking and walking territory with paths and trails for people of all abilities. It is a centre for potholing and caving, has mountain bike routes and offers plenty of opportunity to study its rich wildlife. For more information see our page dedicated to the Yorkshire Dales.

Malham Cove

Malham

Malham is a small village in a hill farming community in the Yorkshire Dales National Park which has for many years attracted tourists, walkers and geographers as the location of some of the country's most magnificent limestone scenery. Find out more about Malham.

Bolton Priory and River Wharfe at Bolton Abbey

Bolton Priory

Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire
The beautiful setting at Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales National Park is one of the most visited monastic sites in Yorkshire. Beside the River Wharfe are the ruins of Bolton Priory, where the nave of the priory church still survives as a parish church. The Augustinian priory was founded in 1154 and continued until the dissolution in 1539. The abbey has been carefully managed by the Devonshire family since 1755 and now has car parking, gift shops, tea rooms, restaurants and facilities for weddings and corporate events. There is an extensive network of footpaths around the estate and one ancient right of way is the 60 stepping stones across the River Wharfe. Other paths lead into the ancient Strid Wood beside the river. Bolton Abbey is 5 miles east-north-east of Skipton (7 miles by road) and 5 miles north-west of Ilkley.

More information at  Bolton Abbey visitor website and at the  Priory Church website.
Find on map:  Bolton Abbey


Skipton Castle

Skipton Castle

The Bailey, Skipton, North Yorkshire
Skipton Castle is one of England's best restored medieval castles, standing between the town of Skipton and the top of a rocky cliff over the Eller Beck. The castle was first built as a Norman fort at the end of the 11th century, but was replaced in stone and in the early 14th century turned into a formidable stronghold after being granted to the Clifford family by King Edward II. Inside, the castle reveals how it was modified over the centuries, including a charming early Tudor courtyard with a yew tree growing at its centre. The castle was the scene of a Royalist last stand in the north during the English Civil War when it withstood a three-year siege until 1645. After the castle yielded, it was ruined by the Parliamentarians in the winter of 1648-9, but between 1657 and 1658 Lady Anne Clifford saw it carefully restored. The castle is open daily.

Find out more at  Skipton Castle website.
Find on map:  Skipton Castle

Embsay station

Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Bolton Abbey station Embsay, near Skipton, to Bolton Abbey station
Operates from Embsay, about 1.5 miles from Skipton, to Bolton Abbey station about a mile away from the attractive priory ruins and beauty spot beside the River Wharfe at Bolton Abbey. The railway runs trains on most days during the summer and at weekends at other times of year, except January. It also has a range of special weekend events, dining trains and footplate and signal box experience courses. Tank engines are the mainstay of steam operations on the line, but the railway also has a collection of historic diesel locomotives.

More information at the  Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway website.
Find on map:  Embsay Station

Ingleborough Cave

Ingleborough Cave

Near Clapham
This show cave about a 1-mile walk from the centre of Clapham village is one of the natural wonders of the Yorkshire Dales which has been attracting visitors over a period of 180 years. Underground tours along concrete paths in floodlit passages reveal a world of stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is open daily from mid-February to the end of October. Not to be missed if visiting the cave is Trow Gill, a short walk further up the valley from the cave entrance. The spectacular ravine was carved by the melt waters of the ice age.

More information at the  Ingleborough Cave website.
Find on map:  Ingleborough Cave

Kilnsey Park

Kilnsey Park

Kilnsey Park Estate, off B6160 at Kilnsey
The scenic Kilnsey Park Estate has a cafe, local produce shop and an activity centre centred around its trout farm, offering fly fishing and family fun fishing lakes. It also offers an insight into nature through its trout raceways, reserve of wildflowers, red squirrel enclosure, butterfly gardens and bee observation hive and has farm animals and children's play areas.

More information at the  Kilnsey Park Estate website.
Find on map:  Kilnsey Park

Stump Cross Caverns

Stump Cross Caverns

On B6265 Hebden Road, near Greenhow Hill
Situated around 5 miles west-south-west of Pateley Bridge, Stump Cross Caverns are show caves with some impressive stalactites and stalagmites among the limestone features reached by steps leading beneath the ground. A cafe with fine views across the nearby hills is also situated at the show cave entrance.

Find on map:  Stump Cross Caverns

Emergency services

North Yorkshire Police  North Yorkshire Police website.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service  North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service website.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust  Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust website.

Local government


Civil parish council

Gargrave Parish Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website  Gargrave Parish Council

District authority

Craven District Council

Craven District Council is one of the seven large district authorities within the county of North Yorkshire.

It covers more than 450 square miles of the western area of North Yorkshire with its administrative centre in Skipton.

It has boundaries with the Richmondshire and Harrogate districts of North Yorkshire, the Bradford district of West Yorkshire and with Lancashire and Cumbria, including parts of both counties which were formerly in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Much of the district is within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The council is made up of 30 councillors. They are elected for 4-year terms with one-third of the council elected each year in three out of four years. An election of one-third of the council due to be held in 2020 has been postponed to 2021.


Link to  Craven District Council website.

The political composition after the May 2019 election was:

151 Con Ind832 1
30 members

County authority

North Yorkshire County Council
Includes Craven and six other non-unitary districts of North Yorkshire.
 North Yorkshire County Council website.

Police and Crime Commissioner

Police and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire
Covers the county of North Yorkshire and City of York.
 Police and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire website.

Fire Authority

The 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  North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service website.
 Police and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire website.

National government region

Yorkshire and the Humber

Ceremonial county

North Yorkshire

Historic

-1974 In the West Riding of Yorkshire.


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