Arkengarthdale, together with neighbouring Swaledale, which it joins at the popular village of Reeth, is one of the most northerly of all the Yorkshire Dales, and an ideal place to visit on a cottage holiday. In the valley of Arkle Beck, Langthwaite is the principal settlement in this tiny dale, which is a collection of remote communities and hamlets dotted amongst a scenic, pastoral landscape. Once important in the lead-mining industry, Arkengarthdale ends at the famous Tan Hill pub.
The tiny settlement of Langthwaite, the main community in Arkengarthdale, is most recognisable as the opening scene of the famous British television series, All Creatures Great and Small. Most visitors pass through the hamlet to get a glimpse of the famous location for themselves, but those who stay will find some very scenic walks leading from the village into the stunning Dales countryside in which Langthwaite nestles, and walkers, cyclists and passing visitors alike will find fine food, good beer and a warm welcome in the hamlet’s two hostelries, although the most famous local inn is a few miles from village on the moorland high above. Travel on from Langthwaite to Tan Hill, where you will come across the country’s highest pub.