Location & History
Grassington is a picturesque village in
Wharfedale, North Yorkshire. It is about 9
miles from Bolton Abbey and is surrounded by
limestone scenery. Nearby villages include
Linton, Threshfield, Hebden, Conistone and
Often described by local people as a village,
it is really a small town, as indicated by its
name and the fact that it was granted a
charter for a market and fair in 1282, which
continued to be held regularly until about
1860. A change in land use from the early 17th
century, when lead mining began to assume more
importance, brought some prosperity, but
Grassington's heyday arrived during the late
18th and early 19th centuries. The opening of
the Yorkshire Dales Railway to Threshfield in
1901 brought new visitors, many of whom
settled, some finding work in Skipton or in
the developing limestone quarries.
Today Grassington is the main residential and
tourist centre in upper Wharfedale. Centred
around its small cobbled square is a selection
of shops offering food, clothing and gifts,
alongside small cafes, restaurants and hotels.
Dales National Park information centre
is located on Hebden Road.
Three miles north of Grassington at Kilnsey
is the dramatic, glacially carved overhang of
Kilnsey Crag. Lower Grass Wood, a large area
of ancient woodland including an Iron-Age
fort, is situated just over a mile north-west
of the village.
For a map showing the precise location of Yew
Tree House visit Bing.
Grassington has good transport links to the rest
of the country:
Skipton is a 10 mile/30 minute car journey to
the South of the village.
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