Things to do in Askrigg, North Yorkshire
Askrigg is a pretty village in Upper Wensleydale, part of the scenic Yorkshire Dales.Hawes, the home of tasty Wensleydale cheese.
At the latest poll, Askrigg had just 411 residents, making it a small and friendly local community with a great deal of history.15th century fortified manor house.
It was built in 1459 by John Metcalfe and has two towers. The taller tower has slit windows and a spiral staircase topped by a crenellated parapet.
Like many villages in the Yorkshire Dales, Askrigg's main street is lined with stone cottages and tea shops around the cobbled market square.
The square has an 1830 market cross, a stone pump and a huge metal ring set in the cobbles. This was where a bull would be tied and then baited with dogs.
Askrigg has several historic pubs including the Crown Inn, dating back to the late 18th century.
The Kings Arms was built in 1767 as a coaching inn by John Pratt, a local jockey and racehorse breeder.
Things to do in Askrigg
The proximity of the Yorkshire Dales National Park makes Askrigg an excellent base for walking, cycling, horse riding and scenic drives.
The tiered falls at Aysgarth are just four miles away and the historic church there is also worth visiting. Semerwater is also nearby and is the largest natural lake in the county.York offers museums, the Shambles and the magnificent York Minster.
History of Askrigg
The name of Askrigg dates back to Viking times and there is evidence of old Norse farms in this area and possibly even earlier settlements.13th century and the 14th century, the area was used by the Cistercian monks for grazing their sheep, but this ended with the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century.
By 1587 Askrigg had a charter for a market, which was held on Thursdays. During the Industrial Revolution Askrigg was at its zenith, producing textiles and knitting from its local mill.
Various other clockmakers moved to the area and the village became the home of some of England's finest clockmakers including James Ogden, Mark Metcalfe and Christopher Caygill.
Cringley House was the vet's surgery and the King's Arms pub was used as the fictional Drover's Arms.
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