PLACES Town life locally brewed beer or G&T in the sun. Explore Skipton from its wide tree lined high street; starting at the top next to the immaculately preserved Skipton Castle you can wander through the town’s large market before peeling off into the side streets to discover independent boutiques and pavement cafés and bars. Skipton’s Lindsey Hebden is responsible for the strategic management and delivery of Great Place: Lakes and Dales, a programme aiming to retain and attract younger people to the area. Best thing about living and working in Skipton? businesses and ventures feeds my passions with Ebru Evrim yoga studio, Elsworth Kitchen, Steep and Filter, Clubhouse Coffee, Craven Arts studio, Skipton Tennis Centre and the Hinterlands International Rural Film Festival. The choice of beautiful walks is endless, but Skipton Woods and Sharphaw are old favourites. RETAIL THERAPY A slower but more focused pace of life. I love the walk to work past canal boats, people, trees and wildlife. I meet so many creative, hardworking people, too. The highlights of Wharfedale include the glorious Hedgerow in Threshfield where you can sip coffee amongst the freshly cut blooms, plants and gifts. Kilnsey Park Estate offers a different artisan food experience, bringing together a nature reserve inclusive of alpacas and a red squirrel sanctuary with some of the best fresh water fishing lakes in the country. Catch your own or visit the shop or café to try its award winning smoked and fresh rainbow trout. Artists and independents to look out for in Grassington include the Wishbone Gallery, Stripey Badger Bookshop, Ragdoll Interiors and Burnt Rock. Robert Bunney and Helen Midgley, established in 1965 and 1970 respectively, also lay claim to influencing five decades of country style. If you are a collector of vinyl, Skipton’s Sound Bar is the place to browse. Developed from a 16th century theatre, Skipton’s Craven Court arcade with its enclosed glass ceiling is home to 28 shops. The likes of FatFace, Joules and Hawkshead nestle in amongst several independents, including Present Planners toy shop, the Sweet Emporium and Out of the ORDinary. Overlooking the canal on Coach Street, From the Source sells a selection of Fairtrade clothes, bags, jewellery and crafts direct from the producers. Time out? The surge in new independent shops, covered terraces overlooking the Leeds & Liverpool canal. There’s a raft of independents working hard to offer good food and drink from the heart, such as the Mess Room community bar in Skipton. CAFÉ & COCKTAILS With the new emphasis on al fresco dining, preferably with patio heaters on standby, Grassington House Hotel is a favoured spot in Wharfedale. It has even invested in The Pod, a unique, covered outdoor enclosure, perfect for shielding family groups. Alexander’s grand café in Skipton also presents an idyllic inside-outside drinking and dining experience for cautious customers, with heated, LOOK OUT FOR… welcometoskipton.com and grassington.uk.com will bring you up to speed with what’s on and coming up. Also look out for Grassington and Wharfedale on Channel 5’s All Creatures Great and Small. N Yorkshire Life: October 2020 79
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