The gateway to the Yorkshire Dales, Skipton is a beautiful market town with an award-winning High Street and market, as well as a 12th century castle. Picturesque walks head towards Gargrave village, or if you're feeling energetic why not ride the Aire valley towpath route, which passes by the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
Address: Coach Street car park, Coach Street, Skipton, BD23 1LE
Visit time: half a day
Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
Parking: There are several pay & displays in the town. Coach Street car park, Coach Street, BD23 1LE is next to the canal
Toilets: Public toilets can be found in Coach Street car park
A brilliant destination to soak up the history and sit and people-watch at the many eateries overlooking the waterside
At over 800 years old, Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and best-preserved medieval castles in England
A hire boat base, so you can watch people setting off on their holidays!
Country pub and restaurant
Pub and restaurant
Canal side pub
Motored boats for hire (daytime), Boat trips - public, Boat trips - charter, Boat trips - education / community, Boat trips - restaurant
There are some benches dotted along the canal
The Earl of Thanet, who once lived in Skipton Castle complained about the noise from the canal! Is the canal still a noisy place today? Try this trail to find out.
You may see:
In the heart of the town, swans and ducks are regulars around the water's edge and you may catch a glimpse of a Grey Heron