We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.


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.

General information

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

Free visitor guide

Great for

A brilliant destination to soak up the history and sit and people-watch at the many eateries overlooking the waterside

  • Dog Walking
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Canoeing


At over 800 years old, Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and best-preserved medieval castles in England

Spot a boat

A hire boat base, so you can watch people setting off on their holidays!


Boat trips

Picnic spot

There are some benches dotted along the canal


  • Skipton Trail

    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:

  • Swans
  • Ducks
  • Bats
  • Kingfishers
  • Herons
  • Woodpeckers

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