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Grassington is one of the most popular of the Dales villages, a great place to visit on a cottage holiday, and is particularly favoured by walkers and ramblers thanks to its superb, scenic location in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park, where the delights of both Wharfedale and Nidderdale are on the doorstep. The village itself is picturesque and friendly, with a good range of amenities, including plenty of lovely independent shops, pubs, and coffee shops.
The village trail starts at the cobbled Market Square and meanders through the pretty centre with its flower-filled buildings, church and ancient coaching inns, many of which date back as far as the seventeenth century. Visit the Upper Wharfedale Folk Museum to learn about the Dales life of by-gone times. The village holds an annual festival in June, a showcase for local arts and music, whilst three weekends in December each year are given over to the celebration of all things Dickens in the town’s Dickensian Festival.
Nearby, visit the massive limestone slab of Kilnsey Crag; climbers can often be seen tackling different sections of its lower reaches, and the famous Stump Cross Caverns, where some six kilometres of underground caves wind deep beneath the Dales. Those keen on fishing can fly-fish on the River Wharfe, or visit the working trout farm at Kilnsey. There is a new skate park for older children in Grassington, whilst a host of outdoor pursuits, from pony trekking to mountain biking to hot air ballooning, can be readily arranged. Malham, with its famous limestone pavement, cove and tarn are close by, and the impossibly picturesque village of Kettlewell, setting for much of the award-winning 2003 film Calendar Girls, with its all-star female cast, including Dame Judy Dench and Julie Walters, is just a short drive further on into the delightful countryside of Upper Wharfedale.
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