Things to Do

Nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, there is an abundance of things to do within a stones throw of The Bolton Arms, where families and walkers can enjoy the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

The Forbidden Corner

The Forbidden Corner is full of strange things, a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park and the Yorkshire Dales.

The temple of the underworld, the eye of the needle, a huge pyramid made of translucent glass, paths and passages that lead nowhere, extraordinary statues - at every turn there are decisions to make and tricks to avoid. This is a day out with a difference which will challenge and delight adults and children of all ages.

Enjoy a day out in Yorkshire at The Forbidden Corner.

Bolton Castle

Spectacular castle in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales offering fun family days out and a truly unique Wedding Venue.

Bolton Castle provides a huge range of exciting things to do in Wensleydale, Yorkshire. From family days out to educational trips and historic tours you will find a raft of sights, sounds and smells which bring the castle to life and make for a truly memorable trip.

Bolton Castle is one of the country’s best preserved medieval castles; originally built as one of the finest and most luxurious homes in the land, the castle bears the scars of over 600 years of fascinating history.

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Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth Falls is a spectacular stretch of water in Lower Wensleydale. Aysgarth is best known for its triple flight of waterfalls, carved out by the River Ure.

The river stretches out along the valley and dramatically drops 30 metres.

The falls are a product of the Ice Age. Several thousand years ago, great rivers of ice ground down inside the valleys.

Nearby Bishopdale was ground deeper than Wensleydale and the River Ure had to drop a good distance to meet up with it, so the falls were formed.

Ure Salmon Trust

The River Ure is a superb river with a long and historic tradition of fly fishing and another Yorkshire Dales river where many of the techniques we use today were developed and practiced by the well known anglers of the past. Even today the River Ure is rightly famous for the quality of it's Brown Trout and Grayling fishing and many would consider the fishing on the River Ure as some of the best available in the Yorkshire Dales.

The Ure Salmon Trust (UST) was established to help increase the quantity of Migratory Fish (principally Salmon, Sea Trout and Lamprey) in the River Ure system.

If you want advice on how or where to fish for Salmon on the River Ure system please contact the Ure Salmon Trust for more information,.

Theakstons Brewery Tours

While we’d like to think our ales are legendary in their own right, many factors contribute to our reputation. To experience these you’ll need to visit our brewery in Masham, where you can taste the brews fresh from the cask! Our Visitor Centre has many other things worth experiencing too!

Follow the entire brewing process: from blending the ingredients, through to filling the casks, to the craft of the cooper as straight pieces of oak are formed into curved staves to create a perfect cask to hold a precise amount of beer.

The tours can be surprisingly thirsty work. So you’ll be invited to have a pint and enjoy the authentic taste of English beer at its best in the brewery tap, warmed by a welcoming real fire!

Black Sheep Brewery Tours

Experience brewing the Black Sheep way! Join one of our “shepherded” brewery tours around our traditional brewhouse and fermenting room and find out how to brew an award winning ale.

Our brewery tours are really popular therefore we advise you to pre-book to avoid any disappointment. Find out how we select the ingredients that produce the distinctive tastes and aromas of our ales. Learn about the science behind the brewing process.

Find out why we still use Yorkshire Square Fermenting Vessels which were developed over 200 years ago. The tour takes approximately 1 hour and at the end you can reward yourself with a glass of your favourite ale at our bar. Groups are always welcome but pre-booking is essential!

Wensleydale Railway

The 40 mile Wensleydale railway was built during the 19th century and connected the East Coast main line at Northallerton to the Settle-Carlisle line at Garsdale. It closed to passenger services in the 1950s-60s and re-opened in 2003.

Would you like to spend a day as a Train Driver? Full day including welcome & safety briefing, qualified instruction, supervised 'driver experience' on one of our diesel trains & refreshments, including welcome breakfast and buffet lunch.

Celebrate a special occasion, hire a train and let us cater for you while you watch the beautiful countryside roll by. We can cater for as few as 10 or as many as 100.

Wensleydale Creamery

Wensleydale Creamery is the home of the only Real Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese! Discover our delicious cheeses, lovingly handcrafted in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, and find out why the Wensleydale Creamery makes an unforgettable day out for the whole family.

The Visitor Centre is full of history, heritage, and heaps of Wensleydale cheese-fuelled fun! Take a trip back in time to where Wensleydale cheese-making began as you explore our museum, and see our master cheese-makers in action from the Viewing Gallery!

Or, why not pop into the Wensleydale Cheese Shop & Deli or Gift Shop before heading to the 1897 Coffee Shop for a refreshing drink and light bite? Or dine with us in Calvert’s restaurant where you can relax and take in stunning views over the Yorkshire Dales whilst you enjoy delicious homemade dishes.

Fabric of the Field

A New Weaver's Studio in West Burton in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

With a delightful country shop that will make you smile, selling contemporary, hand made Arts and Crafts, made by regional artisans. Products including bath & beauty products, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, woodcraft, wool & fibre and lots more!

Keep an eye on ITV!

For the 2013 Spring season of "The Dales" program with Adrian Edmondson... Featuring Us!