Round and About in Bainbridge


Bainbridge is a picturesque village in Upper Wensleydale between the market towns of Hawes to the west and Leyburn to the east and lies at the confluence of the River Bain (England’s shortest river) and the River Ure.
The village is overlooked by the distinctive flat topped hill of Addlebrough - the site of an Iron Age fort and the route of a Roman road called ‘Cam High Road’ also leads from Bainbridge over Wether Fell in the direction of Ingleton. 
With it’s houses for the most part set back from the main road and with a large village green stretching from one end to the other, Bainbridge has a tranquil and easy going feel about it with residents happy to stop and chat. 
The village caters for most essentials with a shop, garage (which also stocks milk, newspapers, fuel and coal), butchers shop, Rose & Crown pub and a great cafe opposite Johnnies’s Cottage. Nearby Hawes offers a broader range of facilities including bank (Barclays), post office and Tourist Information Centre (housed in the Museum of the Dales).
Some great local walks start from the village and there is fishing available on the river.

Constable Burton HallAysgarth Falls

Regional attractions

  • Dales Countryside museum: Housed in the historic railway building in Hawes and sharing the stories of people & places of the Dales. Houses demostrations / events / exhibitions plus tourist information office.
  • Aysgarth Falls: A magnificent series of waterfalls in three stages spread over a mile and cascading over limestone ledges.
  • Bolton Castle: A dramatic 14th Century sandstone fortress where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned. Lovely gardens & grounds with fine valley views. Numerous events hosted here.
  • Whitescar Cave: The longest show cave in Britain which extends to over a mile underground and benefiting from knowledgeable & informative guides;
  • The Buttertubs Pass:  A great drive (or challenging (!) bike trip famed by Tour de France) from Hardraw over to Thwaite in neighbouring Swaledale. (The 20 meter potholes… not in the road (!)… are caused by slightly acid rain eroding cracks in the limestone and were said to be used to store butter)
  • Wildflower Meadows: In summer you will find both Wensleydale and particularly Swaledale between Keld & Reeth awash with colourful wild flowers.
  • Constable Burton Hall: Gardens are a delight and explode in colour between March - September. Noted for daffodils, snowdrops & tulips.
  • Thorp Perrow Arboretum: Explore 100 acres with internationally significant collection of trees & shrubs. Also bird of prey & mammal centre
  • ….and many many more….!

Food and Drink - Pubs and Restaurants

There is, in the immediate locality and further afield, a broad range of quality and characterful pubs, restaurants and cafes catering for all tastes and budgets.  The Dales are renown for locally produced foods and drinks and many of these you will find on respective menus. Some of the bigger producers open their doors to tours of their facilities and to sample their fayre including…

To list all the good pubs & restaurants would be a mammoth task…so here is just a cross section to wet your appetite…