Gunnerside Gill is an almost 600 metre high fell which you can walk up or around. You start along the beck in the middle of Gunnerside and follow it and then signs. The website below gives you a very good account on what it is like, and the waterfalls and abandoned lead mines you can see up there. As always, wear sensible clothes and bring map and water...
The old smithy has been working for 200 years and for a small fee you therefore get to see a working blacksmith's place, complete with everything needed to carry out various work. It also has a small kiosk and acts as a National Park information point which means it is connected to the bigger visitors centres and can give you information on the area.
One of the nicest little pubs I have visited. This is because at the time of our visit, it had a nice and social landlord which is a must for the atmosphere. He also keeps his beer very nicely and as it is a Black Sheep kind of a place, the best experience is to sit outside, watching hikers along the Coast to Coast whilst supping your pint of said ale. In winter, the place is closed daytime as only locals come here and then evenings are enough and not much money is made. In summer, it is heaving with hikers and other tourists bringing in the money, and can get quite crowded but is still nice as it is such a melting pot of people out to enjoy the scenery. This place is so nice I'll even forgive them the horns on that helmet on the pub sign. Vikings never had horns contrary to public belief, but it is appropriate that Gunnerside still has a viking king on its sign and no other regent. Oh, and don't think you're drunk if a flock of sheep suddenly come running towards you along the main road. They know full well what field they should head for and all is as it should be in Gunnerside.
Favorite Dish: Black Sheep :)
Gunnerside has a pub and a tearoom and that is it. Therefore, it is a nice surprise that the tearoom also works as a bistro in the evenings. We only tried it as a tearoom but then we had a lovely morning in the garden outside, overlooking the lower slopes of the Gunnerside Gill with its sheep and houses. The tea is as lovely as ever here and we picked Gunnerside cakes to go with it which was a sweet but nice experience. There are also fruit cakes, flapjacks and similar.
Favorite Dish: Gunnerside cake because I know I cannot get it anywhere else.
There are 4 buses a day (Monday to Saturday) from Richmond to Gunnerside, run by local firm Dales & District on service 30. This route uses converted minibuses, so please check with them beforehand if you're travelling in a large group!
During the summer season (in 2012, that's 6 May to 21 October) there are also buses on Sundays and bank holidays. Routes vary from one year to another, but in 2012 there's one from Darlington and Richmond on to Hawes and Ingleton in the morning, then back in the afternoon, and another from Lancaster, Ingleton and Hawes on to Richmond in the morning, and back in the afternoon.
There are 4 buses a day from Richmond (Monday to Saturday), run by local company Dales & District using converted minibuses - check with them beforehand if you're travelling with a large group!
During the summer season, there are also buses on Sundays and bank holidays. In 2012, that means 6 May to 21 October. Routes vary from one year to the next, but for 2012, there's one bus that start from Darlington and runs via Richmond to Gunnerside then on to Hawes and Ingleton in the morning, retracting its steps in the evening, and another bus that starts from Lancaster and runs via Ingleton and Hawes to Gunnerside then on to Richmond in the morning, retracing its steps in the evening. These buses form part of the Dalesbus network, and are run by Arriva North East (from Darlington) and Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire (from Lancaster)
The picture here shows your view as you get off the bus in Gunnerside. There are few buses a day but I am surprised that there are any to be honest so I am pleased. They run between Richmond and Keld so it is perfectly possible to spend a day or just a few hours here even without a car. Check the times at the site below.
Lead mining which has existed in Swaledale since Roman days, was very big in Gunnerside in the 18th and 19th centuries even if nearby Reeth was a bigger hub. Along the footpath by the beck through the village is this resting place in the form of an old mining trolley with tools as a remainder of the old heritage.
Gunnerside is a major hub for ramblers and hikers from all over Britain to stop for lunch. Along the Coast to Coast or just doing shorter Swaledale treks, people meet outside the pub. Make sure you get Ordnance Survey maps, a Coast to Coast book or books from the National Park visitors centre and set off. There are shorter walks to for instance Keld if you don't want to walk for days.
Equipment: Since the weather is not always reliable, bring a backpack with refreshments and some rain gear and do wear sturdy walking boots in this old mining area.