The Coniston Hotel

Coniston Cold, Skipton, BD23 4EA, United Kingdom
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Skipton or Settle

by doofus

Want to spend a week in June in the area. Can someone suggest where is best to stay Skipton or Settle. A main priority is access to a railway station- which both have.

Re: Skipton or Settle

by puerto_lover

I think Skipton because it is also linked to other rail lines easily. Obviously depends on where you are aiming for. Settle is quite modest and Skipton has more to offer - it's also near Ilkley Moor but wear a hat if you go. And has a nice castle with an interesting history.

Re: Skipton or Settle

by ricky52

I agree with Skipton.
There is a lot more to do see near Skipton.

Re: Skipton or Settle

by ricky52

Who knows, if you come to Skipton a small VT meeting could be arranged.
There is a little clump of us up here who regulary turn out for such events.

Re: Skipton or Settle

by Britannia2

Settle is nice but very small. Skipton has a train to Leeds or Bradford every 30 mnutes (trains north are OK but not so frequent) and a good shopping centre. Also as I guess you are using public transport the buses from Skipton are good too.
As someone said the castle is excellent - one of the best in the north of England.

Re: Skipton or Settle

by doofus

Thanks for all your comments. I'd hate to be one Ilkley Moor bar t'at!

Yes, we will be using public transport amlost all the time if we can. I have also noticed there is a canal running through Skipton where one can hire narrow boats etc.

So Skipton it is then and I will book a place that is rented overlooking the canal that i found about a little while back.

Thanks.

Re: Skipton or Settle

by Britannia2

I don't really think you need a car - most places are accesable by public transport - do you want some suggestions?

Re: Skipton or Settle

by doofus

Had a great stay in Skipton. My wife and I loved the place. Definitely will go back one day.

Re: Skipton or Settle

by Britannia2

How did you find it without a car?

Re: Skipton or Settle

by doofus

We actually drove to Skipton but didn't use the car at all after that other than driving back home. We stayed just a stone's throw away from the railway station. We used the trains a lot. On a couple of evenings took the train to Ribblehead for a couple of pints in the Station Hotel there and got the last train back at 9pm. Buses were easy to get about on as well.
In Skipton itself a car was definitely not needed at all. Two large supermarkets were nearby as well. A short walk along the beautiful canal saw us smack dab in the middle of Skipton.

Plenty of great pubs and what a fish and chip shop they have by the bridge, Bizzie Lizzie's, absolutely fantastic. the Narrow Boat pub and its great selection of Real Ales at reasonable prices. The markets were great as well. The Castle was magnificent too. I cannot really fault Skipton at all!! Wouldn't mind living there ourselves!

Travel Tips for Skipton

Sir Mathew Wilson Baronet

by mickeyboy07

Was an English landowner and politician who sat in the house of commons various times between 1842 and 1846.He became a J.P.at the age of 22 and became the longest serving magistrate in Skipton's history at the time of his death aged 88.
He married,June Louisa Emerson Amcotts,only daughter of Sir Wharton Emerson Amcotts of Kettlethorpe park,Lincolnshire on 15th June 1826.They had a son Mathew(1827-1909)who succeeded to the Baronetcy,June died in 1833 and many years later Wilson married Frances Pedler.
There is a statue of Wilson in Skipton town centre located on the High St.

Springs Branch Canal

by tim07

The canal is half a mile long & goes from the canal basin through the town & behind the castle, here it acts as a moat.

The area at Mill Bridge is really picturesque. The footpath here takes you along the canal & behind Skipton Castle, it goes all the way to Skipton Woods. I just walked the stretch behind the castle. A relaxing & peaceful area that provides great views of the castle.

Take a stroll!

by jayhawk2000

About three miles north of the priory, the valley narrows and the river is squeezed through a dramatic rocky chasm called The Strid. No matter how narrow the gap may appear, on no account try to jump the river here as many people have drowned trying. Instead, you can cross the river at one of the several bridges or via stones stacked in the water.

About another mile north of The Strid is a ruined castle called Barden Tower where you can take tea at the restored 15th century Priest’s House.

Bolton Abbey sits at the southernmost fringe of Yorkshire Dales National Park, just off the main road between Skipton and York. If you strike out from Harrogate it is 15 miles west on the A59, about 6 miles before you get to Skipton. Follow the signs north from the intersection and park near as you can to Bolton Abbey Village. If nothing is available here, there is an over-spill parking area alongside the river further along.

Parking costs 3 pounds per car, but otherwise there is no admission charge for accessing the grounds. The estate is open daily.

Other attractions in the area include the handsome market town of Skipton, Embsay Steam Railway and of course all of the Yorkshire Dales.

Flock to Skipton

by Myfanwe

Skipton takes its' name from the Medieval derivation of 'Sheep Town' and to commemorate this fact there was a rather unusual exhibition on show around each and every corner when we were there. The Skipton Flock are 26 individually designed sheep statues which sit amongst the tourist attractions; some in places you wouldn't expect to find them. They are all numbered and have a humourous name/slogan attached to them. we picked up a leaflet in the Craven shopping centre which included a helpful map giving the location of each sheep. If you manage to find all 26 I would say you've pretty much see all there is to see in Skipton. We didn't have time to find all 26 but while admiring this beautiful town we found quite a few.

Unfortunately the 'flock to Skipton' exhibitin runs from 21/8/10 - 14/11/10. It's such a shame that it isn't a permanent feature although the bright pink one in front of the Gatehouse of the Castle could do with being moved to the right a bit (See main pic of Castle tip)!!

Walk To The Strid

by nickandchris

After visiting Bolton Abbey Priory and it's ruins and crossing the stepping stones, we moved on and parked at the Strid carpark. I wanted to walk to the Strid, a famous part of the river Wharfe where the river narrows right down and the fast flowing water rushes through the small gap, carrying the whole river on it's way.

From the carpark, it's about a fifteen min. walk through the woods, the trees showing their autumnal colours and looking splendid in the gloomy light. There are different walks from all three carparks, all joining up with each other. A new Sculpture Trail has recently opened, but I have to admit, we only came across a few of these creations and which we found a little wierd!!!

Suddenly you drop down to the river and walk a little to the left and you have reached the famous Strid. Not having rained for a good few days, I suspect we weren't viewing at it's most spectacular. Even so, it was difficult to believe that the whole river was flowing through this narrow gap. Just closeby, you'll notice pot holes in the rocks, one large enough for Philip to stand in. Formed by nature's forces, it's an impressive place. People have jumped across here in former times, believing it's an easy stretch across. Lives have been lost as they missed their footing,were swept under the torrent and became caught in the holes and caves beneath. Not a nice way to go. I was petrified one of us would slip on the moss covered, extremely lethal rocks but we survived to tell the tale!

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Address: Coniston Cold, Skipton, BD23 4EA, United Kingdom