Skipton Wanderings.

Sometimes I love to revisit places on my blog and Skipton is no exception. On Friday a friend and I took a bus over the Yorkshire border to this pretty market town, often known as The Gateway to the Dales. With its 900 year old Castle, cobbled shopping streets and beautiful woodland walks, Skipton makes for a grand day out. πŸ™‚

As my friend had never visited Skipton Castle, we decided to head there first. The incredibly thick walls of this formidable fortress held off a three year siege in The Civil War. Visitors can explore the many rooms including The Great Hall , the Muniment Tower and the charming Conduit Court. In the grounds Spring brings a glorious display of dancing daffodils.

After aquainting ourselves with the Castle, we felt a bit peckish ! This tasty pie selection in Farmhouse-Fare was to much temptation. Pies bought, we ambled toward Skipton Castle Woods ……. in search of sculptures.

Skipton Castle Woods is a rare ancient woodland with over a thousand years of history. It’s diverse wildlife includes dippers, kingfishers, woodpeckers, deer, bats, badgers and bluebells. Paths follow Eller Beck , meandering through a green carpet of wild garlic leaves. We used the Mill Bridge Entrance to access the woods.

Spirit of the medieval hunter.

Since my last wander in Skipton Castle Woods two beautiful willow sculptures have appeared, both looking incredibly natural in their forest surroundings. Other new installations include an Eller Beck Information Board and a gorgeous kingfisher carved bench.

The stalking Horse.

After our walk and nosy round the shops we finished our day off with cake. πŸ™‚

My favourite place to go for tea and cake in Skipton is the colourful and Quirky Cakeole in the Craven Court Arcade.

Yorkshire Curd Tart, anyone?

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35 thoughts on “Skipton Wanderings.”

  1. Looks like a great day out, I love the huntress and the horse sculptures. I’ve been back to St. Annes today, discovering some gardens I hadn’t known about until recently – I’m just now sorting out the photos for my Monday walk post tomorrow, although I very much suspect it won’t be published until Tuesday πŸ™‚

  2. The sculptures are very beautiful . Every woodland should have some. πŸ™‚
    Bet it was lovely in St Anne’s.
    We made it to Entwistle Reservoir yesterday , so need to write that post. X

  3. Lovely Shazza & although we visit Skipton a few times on each trip to UK, both the castle & woods are on our to-do list for our next visit. Kate showed the sculpture trail on her blog once too & I was overawed by it all. My S-i-L once suggested I open a quilt shop in Skipton (giggle)…a lovely dream. Thanks for sharing, have a good week & take care.

    1. A short walk. We headed through the church yard, past a pub ( might have been called The Castle) and there is a sign for Skipton castle wood walk on the bridge below. Follow the signs up the beck , passing the waterfall. You walk through some buildings to get to the entrance…and the willow huntress sculpture is near the entrance. X

  4. I remember Skipton well even though it was pouring with rain when we visited. Your account makes me want to visit the town again when we visit our son later on this month. Super photos too! I love the sculptures particularly the horse and hundreds, they are mysterious.

  5. What wonderful pictures it looks as if you had fabulous weather too! Those willow sculptures are incredible, the way they capture the movement is so captivating! they must be really amazing to see up close!

  6. When I was in Skipton I wanted so badly to see the castle but being July I was too intimidated by the throngs of tourists. I should have gone into the grounds. It looks really lovely!!

    1. The sculptures are fairly recent and yes the castle can get busy. There was a school trip there when we went and it was hard to avoid them. We definitely ended up doing the route round in a higgledy piggledy fashion…

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