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Please visit:

The Black Bull and Kings Arms - Just 100 metres from Leeside

Local Pubs and Restaurants

Reeth has some great eating options - all within a short walk of Leeside Cottage.  Here are some of our favourites.  All serve a selection of real ales, good food, and most are dog friendly to boot:

The Black Bull - On Reeth Green - only 100 metres from Leeside Cottage. Always popular with visitors and locals alike.  Black Sheep and Theakstons and guests always on.  Famous for the upside down sign and it's home made pies.  www.theblackbullreeth.co.uk/

The Kings Arms - Next to the Black Bull. A roaring fire in the winter, and good food - some unusual dishes too.  Regular beers include Black Sheep, Old Peculier, and always plenty of guest beers.  Good wine list too. Recently under new management, by a friendly couple and definitely worth a visit. www.thekingsarms.com/

The Buck Inn - At the Head of Reeth Green.  A range of real ales, good wines and a very good menu - they even do pizzas from a real italian oven.  Watch out for the chili cheese topping - flaming 'eck!   They have recently established a reputation for live music - including performances by Dr Feelgood and Fairport Convention.  Check their website to see if any gigs are planned.  www.buckhotel.co.uk/

The Bridge - located in Grinton.  The food here is exceptionally good and always a selection of Jennings real ales and guest beers.  Dogs are allowed in the bar but not the restaurant.  www.bridgeinn-grinton.co.uk/

Burgoynes Hotel - Fine Dining.  Highly Recommended but reservations advised (note - no dogs in the dining room). www.theburgoyne.co.uk/

The Kings Head in Gunnerside.  This place has a new couple at the helm - they are really making a go of it as a great pub with excellent food.  The menu is relatively small but the food is always fresh and delicious. http://kingsheadgunnerside.co.uk/

The Tan Hill Inn - world famous as the highest pub in the country and a bit eccentric, but that makes it all the more worth a visit.  Good food and real ale.  Also watch out for the regular live music events featuring local and national artistes.  Even the Artic Monkeys have played here! www.tanhillinn.co.uk/

The Farmers Arms at Muker was recently nominated for Yorkshire's best pub and has got through to the top 10.  Who knows they might win - pay them a visit to see if they did! http://www.farmersarmsmuker.co.uk/

We are often asked about the CB Inn in Arkengarthdale and The Punch Bowl in Low Row.  Both have the same owners and a great reputation for food, but as they don't allow dogs we haven't been!

Please see below details of some of the local attractions

Arklemoor Riding Centre -
a small equestrian centre just outside Reeth providing riding opportunitues for experienced and novice riders alike.

The Forbidden Corner - "The Strangest Place in the World" - Middleham nr Leyburn
Ideal for those with children or adults young or old, this is a special place for everyone. Take a picnic to enjoy a day out in the middle of the Dales. Walk through secret gardens and castles - look out for little suprises which might be lurking around the next corner.  Please note that you need to book in advance.


An historic market town, with Norman castle, Georgian architecture, cobbled market place, monuments and abbeys, the fast flowing river Swale, and breathtaking scenery. A town that inspires painters and poets, past and present.

Swaledale Folk Museum - Reeth

It is a treasure house of over 500 objects connected with life and work in the dale.  The Museum is only a few yards from Leeside Cottage.

Reeth Show - Held Annually in August
A traditional dales show in picturesque surroundings, Reeth Show in Swaledale, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is a great day out for the whole family, with entertainments, trade stands and a chance to see some of the best livestock on display. A real treat for everyone, whether you live in the area or are here on holiday.

Yorkshire Museum of Carriages - Aysgarth

Deemed to be the largest collection in Europe and most diverse of horse drawn carriages and waggons/commercial vehicles. Housed in an ex-water powered cotton mill 3 storeys high, a grade two listed mill of local historical interest (built 1784). All vehicles in their original condition, an insight into travel 100 years ago.

Aysgarth Falls

Near the village of Aysgarth the River Ure tumbles over a series of broad limestone steps which are known as Aysgarth Falls. Although not particularly high the waterfalls are one of Wensleydale's most famous beauty spots (having been featured in the Kevin Costner film "Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves"), with a pleasant riverside walk linking the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls.

Wensleydale Potteries
- surrounding area
A wide range of local shops all within 20 mile radius from hand knitted jumpers produced from local wool to handmade pottery, there is something for everyone.

Wensleydale Creamery                                                                                                                     
Situated in the market town of Hawes in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The only makers of Real Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese. The Visitor Centre incorporates a museum, viewing gallery, specialist cheese shop and fully licensed restaurant. The Creamery have produced a short video of Wensleydales top sights and attractions which can be viewed from their home page:

Barnard Castle

Barnard Castle is a historic thriving market town, which developed in the protective shadow of Bernard Balliol's castle. Built on a fine defensive site in 1125, the castle is in the care of English Heritage and is open to the public.

Whitby's skyline is dominated by the ruins of St. Hilda's Abbey, high on Whitby's East Cliff. Spreading below Whitby, a maze of alleyways and narrow streets run down to the busy quayside. From the old town of Whitby, 199 steps lead up to the parish church of St. Mary, whose churchyard on Whitby's East Cliff gave Bram Stoker the inspiration to write his world famous book, Dracula .

Cycling in the Dales

There are great opportunities to explore the Yorkshire Dales by bike, both on its network of minor roads and for mountain bikers on the byways, bridleways and ‘green lanes’ that cross the area. The Dales are known as one of the UK’s finest adventurous mountain biking areas. There are over 800 km (500 miles) of bridleways, byways and green lanes to explore, often taking you up into remote moorland. Tough climbs and technical descents, all in remote, unspoilt countryside Opportunities for road cyclists range from short routes along the valley bottoms which are suitable for most families with some cycling experience to the 210 km (130 mile) Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way which will challenge even the most hardened rider.

Bikes can be hired nearby from "Dales Bikes"

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