Yorkshire Dales guide to Grassington


Grassington is a popular Wharfedale village, just under 10 miles north of Skipton and 8 miles north-east of Bolton Abbey in the Southern Yorkshire Dales National Park. Its nearby villages include Linton, Threshfield, Hebden, Conistone and Kilnsey. Kettlewell, made popular by the 2003 film ‘Calendar Girls’, lies 7 miles up the Dale and Malham with its Cove and Tarn of scientific interest is just under 12 miles to the east by car, or closer by foot.

Grassington lies next to the River Wharfe and Linton Waterfalls, which offer plenty of opportunities for scenic walks and fishing. Fly fishing is particularly popular and fishing permits can be purchased from the Grassington Post Office.

There are plenty of walks to suit all choices, including over 80 miles of footpaths on the Bolton Abbey Estate. Find pony trekking at Kilnsey and rock climbing at Kilnsey Crag and Malham Cove. Wharfedale has become well known with cyclists after featuring on the 2014 Tour de Yorkshire Route with the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway passing close to Grassington.

There are a number of local cafés and pubs in Grassington for a drink and good food after your day out exploring Wharfedale. Throughout the year there is a variety of events and entertainment with drama and Grassington Movie nights at the Octagon Theatre. Grassington Festival is held for two weeks annually in June and early July. In September the Grassington 40s Weekend offers tea dances and an opportunity to stroll up the High Street and enjoy the 1940's costumes. In December, enthusiastic locals dress up again for the annual Dickensian Festival.

Grassington Folk Museum in the High Street offers a fascinating window back to Dales life as it used to be. Those wishing to catch up on the latest in Dales Agricultural life will enjoy a day out at Kilnsey Agricultural Show which is held every year at the end of August and offers a chance to see the best in Dales livestock, country crafts and baking, plus fell running and sheepdog trials.

Grassington Festival Grassington Bridge, by Tim Green
  • Wharfedale Cottages

    Cottages in 2 of the best loved villages of Wharfedale - Manna Cottage, sleeping 2, lies in the historic village of Grassington with The Sycamores, sleeping 6, in the quaint riverside village of Burnsall.

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  • Craiglands Guest House

    A short walk from picturesque Grassington, this elegant Edwardian house offers all the modern conveniences of a 4 star B&B, as well as off-road parking, secure cycle storage and free Wi-Fi internet access in all the rooms. Free guest tickets are available for local trout fishing on a private stretch of the river Wharfe.

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  • Wood Nook Caravan Park

    A small secluded caravan park in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales just two miles from the picturesque village of Grassington. An ideal base for walking and touring the dales.

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  • Wharfedale Lodge

    Sleeping up to 20 people in 10 twin bedrooms with 2 lounges, games room, individual bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen and extensive grounds. Located in the heart of the Dales between the pretty villages of Grassington and Kettlewell

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  • Cosy Cottages - Sunnyside

    Sunnyside Cottage is a beautiful barn conversion with enclosed garden. Quiet location with lovely south facing garden yet only a minutes walk from Grassington village in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, close to Le Tour de France Route. Suitable for couples and can sleep 5/6 when required. Dogs are welcome.

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  • Bridge End Farm

    Bridge End Farm offers delightful B&B accommodation at a traditional riverside cottage just below the bridge by the popular Dales village of Grassington. Cosy lounge with log fire. Guests can enjoy private trout fishing with boating for children.

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  • Oak Cottage

    A few minutes walk from the main street and market square of the picturesque Dales town of Grassington, the cottage sleeps 3 and is ideal for couples holidays. It has a beamed sitting room with wood burning stove and views across Wharfedale. Free Wi-fi

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  • Grassington Bunk Barn

    Ideally situated for exploring Grassington and the Yorkshire Dales and with spectacular panoramic views of the Wharfedale, Grassington Bunk Barn is a splendid spot offering comfortable budget accommodation for groups of up to 34 people.

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  • Lavender & Dales Cottage

    Lavender Cottage is a cosy woodbeamed cottage just 10 minutes walk from the popular Dales village of Grassington. There is a wood burner with logs freely supplied. An outside seating area overlooks the village green and an outhouse provides secure bike storage. Short breaks available. Lavender Cottage sleeps 3 in Threshfield and Dales Cottage sleeps 6/7 in Linton Falls. There is under a mile between them.

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  • North Barn Hebden

    North Barn B&B is located in the village Hebden, a centre for walking and cycling in Upper Wharfedale. The Dales Way passes Hebden along the banks of the River Wharfe offering you a chance to visit some of the beautiful Dales villages like Appletreewick, Burnsall, Thorpe, Linton and Grassington which are all within walking distance.

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    Activities and Adventure

  • Kilnsey Park

    Kilnsey Park offers fly fishing in spectacular surroundings near Grassington in Wharfedale. 2 lakes are well stocked with hard fighting Rainbow, Blue, Brown and Golden trout from 2lb to 20lb+. There is also a Farm Shop, a Nature Trail, Fun for the Kids and Red Squirrel enclosures.

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    Agricultural Shows

  • Kilnsey Show

    Held under the famous Kilnsey Crag, Kilnsey agricultural show offers dry stone walling, produce, handicrafts, horticulture, equestrian events, fell races and harness racing. Kilnsey is close to Grassington in Upper Wharfedale and the agricultural show is held every year at the end of August.

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  • Grassington Folk Museum

    Grassington Folk Museum has fascinating objects from Dales life of yesteryear. Find exhibits of lead mining, agricultural, domestic and craft tools, period costumes, world war memorabilia and the days of the Yorkshire Dales Railway recalled.

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