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Leyburn, Lower Wensleydale

This fine Dales market town is an excellent centre for exploring the eastern Dales. The town itself, pleasantly situated on a low ridge above the River Ure on the edge of the Dales, offers a good choice of local shops, restaurants, cafés, and even a cinema. As well as its celebrated Friday market, the town hosts a superb annual Festival of Food & Drink every May, offering a wide range of organic food, drink and home-grown produce from throughout the region.

There are superb walks from the town, none lovelier than the stroll up to the summit of Leyburn Shawl, a long low ridge covered with pine woods, which gives extensive views along the Dale to Pen Hill and beyond. Keen walkers can continue to Preston-under-Scar, Redmire, Castle Bolton and even over Apedale to Grinton and Reeth.

A prime reason for staying here is that Leyburn is an increasingly excellent transport hub. Now back on the rail network thanks to the Wensleydale Railway (website opens in new window) line between Leeming Bar, Bedale, Leyburn and Redmire, the town is also easy to access from TransPennine Express trains on the East Coast main line railway at Northallerton via the 73 bus from Northallerton to Bedale, which connects with buses 156 and 157 to Leyburn. Service 156 then continues along Wensleydale to provide days out and walking opportunities in West Witton, West Burton, Aysgarth, Thornton Rust, Bainbridge and Hawes, whilst the 157 service covers the north of the valley to Redmire, Castle Bolton, Carperby, Askrigg, Bainbridge and Hawes.

In addition there’s a valuable north-south 159 bus service which travels southwards to Middleham, East Witton, Jervaulx Abbey, Masham and Ripon and northwards to Swaledale and Richmond, giving a huge choice of places to visit without the need for a car.

On Summer Sundays there are bus links from Leeds and Ripon provided by Eastern Dalesman DalesBus 820, and a link to Reeth on Northern Dalesman DalesBus service 831.

Bus times can be checked on the Dalesbus website (link opens in new window).

Local services: accommodation, cafes, shops, pubs, toilets, TIC


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