Monday, December 17, 2007

The best walk in the Dales?
Probably the inter-valley walk between Upper Wharfedale and Littondale via Kettlewell, Starbotton, Old Cotes Moor and Arncliffe. Great views, wonderful villages, superb pubs and contrasting terrain. The Falcon at Arncliffe is one of the finest pubs in the Dales and certainly the most authentic. Did this walk last Sunday in crisp, cold and frosty conditions with a soft, misty sky and not another soul to be seen all day.

The best pub in the Dales? Well, there's plenty to choose from and depends what you're looking for. I prefer the traditional Dales inn ... stone flagged floors, open fires, low beams and good local ale. Falcon at Arncliffe is probably top of the list, with the Red Lion at Langthwaite, White Lion at Cray, Sportsman at Cowgill, George at Hubberholme, Queens Arms at Litton, Farmers Arms at Muker, Green Dragon at Hardraw... the list goes on.

What are your favourites?


  1. I agree with your choice of the Falcon as being a great pub as this was mine also.

    I say was because now my number one is the Thwaite Arms at Horsehouse - you feel like you're sat in the living room (probably was) and the view and tranquiliy from the beer garden at the back is very hard to beat!

    Oh and the cheese and onion toasties on offer after the long walk there are more than welcome.

  2. thanks for your comments boozywalker. You're right, I missed this off my list. The Thwaite Arms is indeed an unspoilt, unpretentious Dales pub and one of the most remote, tucked away in the upper reaches of Coverdale. this pub is the lunch stop on day five of my 'Inn Way to the Yorkshire Dales' route.

    Here's some more... Crown Hotel at Middlesmoor, Victoria Arms at Worton, Craven Arms at Appletreewick, Fox & Hounds at Starbotton, George at Hubberholme... It's all down to warmth of welcome, quality of the beer/food and character of the place.