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Crakehall, Bedale & North Yorkshire
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“Lovely cottage & garden. Lovely location. Thanks!”
Franklin Family, East Yorkshire

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“A wonderful relaxing week in a delightful cottage. Thanks!” Barbara & Eddie Higgins, Aylsham, Norfolk

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“Thankyou for a lovely welcome. The house is beautiful and cosy. Best wishes for 2011.”
Mann & d’Andilly Family, East Yorkshire

CrakehallCrakehall, in the world-renowned Yorkshire Dales, is a delightful, thriving community, with its own shop cum garage and ancient village pub just off the village green and cricket pitch. It is no mere tourist attraction preserved in aspic but it is a very good example of historic Yorkshire architecture and breath-taking scenery. Local walks offer an introduction to other villages and nearby countryside. Take a look at to discover more about it.

Our visitors report that there is “not enough time to see everything” and many return year after year. For some it is “.. the perfect escape from everyday life” and for others “a fantastic location… from which to explore the Dales” . Everyone has discovered their own favourite restaurants, attractions, and walks. Everyone agrees that the locals are very friendly and welcoming, so you may never want to leave us!

Neighbouring Bedale is a popular market town with character-filled local shops and galleries, particularly at the newly restored station from which the historic Wensleydale railway also runs a train to Redmire in the Upper Dales.

Bedale station is home to several craft and design outlets, and also a new community bakery, which bakes fabulous artisan bread and cakes from locally sourced and ground flour. It was recently featured on BBC’s “Country File” and will be the subject of a forthcoming documentary on the same channel.

The town has many independent local retailers and one or two pubs, coffee shops, and eateries. Like so many of the Dales towns and villages it combines historic charm with modern convenience. You need go no further if you need to stock up on essential or luxury food-stuffs.

The Yorkshire Dales
The 'Yorkshire Dales' is an area of hill country with such character and beauty that it is one of England's most cherished National Parks. Shaped by ice and time, the landscape of each distinct area of the Yorkshire Dales tells a different geological story and the area is rich in wildlife and spectacular sights such as waterfalls or limestone cliffs. Click here for a more detailed overview.

North York Moors
A distinctly different landscape to the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors present an altogether more dramatic and mood influencing National Park. At times desolate and forbidding, at others exhilarating and exciting, these vast open spaces stretch across to the North Sea coast and incorporate picturesque coastal towns such as Staithes and Robin Hood's Bay. A full guide can be found here.

Other Yorkshire attractions

York, with its numerous historic attractions is slightly further away, as is Whitby, with its world famous Dracula connection and renowned sea-food restaurants, and Scarborough with its beautiful coastline and Edwardian seaside splendour.
Beamish museum in County Durham is an hour’s drive away, and Alnwick Castle, with its magical gardens, water features and tree house restaurant (and Harry Potter connection) is only a little further afield in Northumberland.

More info

Each cottage is stocked with brochures and leaflets with everything you need to know about the many local attractions. The Tourist Information Office in Bedale is also excellent. The Dales are so brim-full of things to do and see, that you will only scratch the surface on a first visit. You will however begin to understand why North Yorkshire is regarded as one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions.