Top 10 things to do in Wharfedale

Dales Trail's selection of the top 10 things to do in Wharfedale.

Here’s our top 10 things to do in Wharfedale. As in our other lists, the Airedale top 10 list and Top 10 things to do in Ribblesdale they’re in no particular order. If you think I missed something, just let me know.

1. Have a barbecue and paddle at Bolton Abbey

It might cost £8.00 to park but when the sun is shining, surrounded by family and friends, the barbecue smoking, a day next to the river at Bolton Abbey is hard to beat.

2. Visit Grassington and Linton Falls

Wander round Grassington, have a coffee and cake, stand on the bridge at Linton Falls and, maybe, walk towards Burnsall. Perfect.

3. Walk through Grass Woods

Take a trip up to the ancient Grass Woods near Grassington, visit the iron age Gregory’s Fort and return along the river.

4. Beat Buckden Pike

Buckden Pike is the 2nd highest peak in the Dales. It’s a challenge getting to the top but the views are worth it. And you’ll get to see the Memorial Cross and pay your respects to the fallen.

5. Take a trip on the Embsay Railway

Always a favourite – relive the past with a trip from Embsay to Bolton Abbey. Then walk the 1.25 miles to the village and steep yourself in the history of Bolton Priory.

6. Catch a fish at Kilnsey Park

Drive to Kilnsey and enjoy the Crag before heading to Kilnsey Park to try your hand at fishing, see the red squirrels, wander round the farm shop or have something in the restaurant.

7. Have tea at Betty’s in Ilkley

Enjoy the experience of a traditional English tea shop at Betty’s. You can get a full afternoon cream tea, but there is plenty more, whether you are looking for just a cup of coffee or a full meal. But be prepared to wait – there’s always a queue.

8. Walk on Ilkley Moor baht’at

Enjoy the Cow and Calf rocks, watch climbers practice their skills up the rock faces and then walk across the moor, with or without a hat.

9. Visit Parcevall Hall Gardens

The hidden treasure of Parcevall Hall Gardens is 24 acres of formal and woodland gardens rising 200 feet up a hillside at Skyreholme, near Appletreewick. It’s £7 to get in, children under 12 are free.

10. Visit Hubberholme church and look for the Mouse Man’s carvings.

The historic and picturesque Norman church at Hubberholme famous for it’s carvings of Richard Thompson, “The Mouse Man of Kilburn” on the pews. It’s also famous as the last resting place of the author J B Priestley.