Hill Top Cottage

Hill Top Cottage: The Local Area

Grassington is set in the heart of Wharfedale in The Yorkshire Dales National Park, home of the recent All Creatures Great and Small.

Dales scenery is diverse, from windswept rugged fells across limestone hills to green river valleys with thriving market towns, delightful villages and tiny farming hamlets. It is a haven for walkers and outdoor enthusiasts with The Dales Way passing Hill Top Cottage and many other walks from the door leading into the beautiful rolling countryside. The Pennine Way and The Coast to Coast walks are close by. Walking possiblities range from The Three Peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen Y Ghent to gentle riverside strolls, often to welcoming pubs!

The market town of Skipton with its Medieval Castle, canal walks and large supermarkets and shops is within driving distance. Amongst many pretty villages nearby Bolton Abbey offers riverside walks and picnic areas. The historic city of York is an hour away by car, and Brönte enthusiasts will enjoy visiting The Parsonage at Haworth, possibly on The Worth Valley scenic railway. The beautiful town of Harrogate is about 45 minutes by car.  Why not visit the famous Betty's Tea Room for afternoon tea.

Grassington also has a comprehensive website, maintained by The Chamber of Trade which offers a weath of local information. You can see the site here.

There is also a Tourist Information Centre. Grassington has a frequent local bus service, both up The Dale and beyond and down to Skipton, which has a rail link to Leeds, Bradford and London.

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There's always something to do in Grassington.

Grassington Festival is the premier arts event in The North of England, hosting a wide variety of events in the last two weeks of June every year, in venues as diverse as local pubs, churches or the town hall. In September Grassington goes back in time for it's popular 40s weekend. In the first two weeks of December Grassington’s Dickensian Festival offers festive cheer and entertainment 


Grassington festival - Normally runs for two weeks in June. See website for more info.

Dickensian festival - Running for two weekends in December.

Grassington Folk Museum - Housed in two 18th century miners cottages - a must see.

Grassington is surrounded by many miles of paths and trails which criss-cross the area. This combined with the beautiful scenery makes for an ideal location for both relaxing and more challenging walks.

Hill Top Cottage has a wide range of information, books and maps to help you make the most of your holiday. You will never tire of exploring the beautiful Yorkshire Dales!


Grassington has a variety of high quality shops, tearooms, restaurants and pubs, as have many villages in the surrounding area. The opportunities for dining out are endless! Additionally Grassington offers a small recently refurbished supermarket, Newsagents, Post Office, Hairdressers, Pharmacy, Bakers and Delicatessan within a short stroll of Hill Top Cottage. The butchers is located at the Spar Petrol Station in Threshfield (about a 5 minute drive away).


Grassington Pubs - See website for details.

Grassington Tea Rooms / Cafes - See website for details.

Grassington Restaurants & Takeaways - See website for further details.