Muker's church is stood on a hill in the middle of the village and is easily spotted. A first church was built here during Elizabeth I's reign but then expanded around 1650 and belongs to the group of four Swaledale churches managed from the vicarage in Reeth. It is mostly famous for its stained glass.
The Farmers Arms is just opposite the bus stop in Muker which is very convenient. Especially as they have a terrace where you can sit and watch the world go by with a pint whilst waiting for the bus. At the bus stop is the sign on my intro page :)))
Muker lies just where the scenic road across the Buttertubs Pass to Wensleydale and the town of Hawes starts. Therefore it is a place you are likely to pass by when travelling around and why not stop for lunch.
Muker is not easy to get to without a car but it can be done. Dales & District buses go between Richmond and Keld a few times a day and you can combine Muker with half a day in another Swaledale villlage if you plan your visit. Just make sure the buses don't terminate in Gunnerside rather than Keld as then you are stuck unless you have the time to walk the three English miles between Muker and Gunnerside to get back. See the website below for current times.
Easily spotted along the main road is a great place for those of you looking for anything with Swaledale sheep whether that be paintings or cushions. If I had known how to get it all home, I would have bought loads. And yes, that is a sheep on the roof. You can see a close-up of it in the second picture.
Swaledale Woollens is a place where your average knitted sweater or cardigan costs quite a bit more than at Poundstretcher. To justify this, you get little tags on each garment, telling you who actually knitted it and what yarn she used! It could say something like "Mrs Robinson of Richmond knitted this on murano wool" for instance. Not that all the wool is local - a lot of it came from Wales. They also sell flat hats and some other things and are very proud to have been visited by Prince Charles once :)))
What to pay: Sweaters can cost 80 pounds...
Yorkshire is famous for its brass bands, often tied to local mining communities, and Muker is one of the most famous in the Dales with its Silver Band. You can buy CD's in the Swaledale Woollen shop and listen to the band during the Muker show and other occasions. They also play in Richmond frequently and have been known to tour northern Europe. Have a look at the website below to learn more about them.
From Muker, you can walk to Keld or Gunnerside and it is incredibly tempting to start walking there and then when you stand at the upper part of the village, looking towards the footpath winding its way towards the fell...Just bear in mind that you need proper clothing, water and maps and preferably also tell someone that you are out there as the weather is very changeable.
Favorite thing: Whatever you do, make sure you leave the main street and walk uphill past the village post office to where the village ends up there. You will be rewarded with the start of the footpath into the fells and great views both of Dales and of these sheep stonewalls for photos. Up there are also some of the interesting buildings I have in the travelogue below.