Swaledale and the neighboring Arkengarthdale are considered to be some of the most picturesque landscapes in England, with there traditional hay meadows, dry stone walls, field barns and charming villages dotted throughout the rugged windswept valley. Traditional farming methods and lead mining have both led the two dales to be the way they are today, many former mining tracks are now public rights of way.
Photos of recent expeditions down some of the many lead mines in the area can be found on the bar walls in the pub, and if your lucky enough to get chatting to the landlords father Chris (who is in some of the pictures) he can tell you all about the lead mines in the area.
In fact if you get chatting to any of the staff or indeed locals in the pub you will be able to find out a great deal of information about the local area including fishing, bird watching, walking, and cycling.
Fishing can be enjoyed all over Swaledale, and daily fishing permits are available to buy from the Bridge, along with possible rod hire and extensive advice on the best places to get a good catch. For more info visit the RADAC website.
Cycling is another past time enjoyed by many people visiting the Dales, and we are now lucky enough to have the Dales Bike Centre just up the road from the Bridge, they can organise bike tours, hire bikes, or just give you some detailed info about the best cycle tracks around.
The Yorkshire Dales National Parks boasts some of the finest walking trails in Northern England, and the majority of the visitors here take advantage of the 2100km of footpaths and bridleways.
The most famous of these are The Pennine Way and Alfred Wainwright's Coast to Coast. Another walk which is becoming more popular is Mark Reid's Inn Way, this is a brilliant way to see the area and it has a good selection of pubs to visit along the way.
For something different to do through the day why not visit the local Hazel Brow Farm, a beautiful organic working farm with lots for children and adults to do. Other ideas for brilliant days out include The Forbidden Corner, and White Scar Cave.
For more information and ideas visit the following websites:
A locals own website with more information on the area and upcoming events, 2Dales
The Swaledale Festival is one of Swaledale's largest events and is something not to be missed, visit their Website to find out more details.