• Wensleydale
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park
  • York Minster
  • Fountains Abbey
  • Victorian Quarter
  • Askrigg

Local Area

The jewel in the crown of the Blue Lion Inn is the landscape that surrounds it.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is one of the most breathtaking areas of Northern England. With its rolling green hills, iconic stone walls and fabulous market towns you’ll wish you had booked a longer stay.

There’s something to see and do for all ages and interests within easy reach of the Blue Lion. From a family day out to the Wensleydale Creamery home of Wallace and Gromit’s favourite Yorkshire cheese to tea, scones and delectable cakes at Betty’s Café Tea Rooms in York or Harrogate.

If English history is more your thing, then we are only a stone’s throw from the outstanding English Heritage run Middleham Castle, childhood home of King Richard lll.

Alternatively, make a short car journey to the World Heritage National Trust Site, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Gardens to explore 800 acres of beautiful English countryside, with its 12th century abbey ruins and surviving corn mill.

For the more active and adventurous the Yorkshire Dales is home to the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks. The twenty four and half mile walk takes in the summits of Whernside, Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough with some walkers aiming to complete it within twelve hours or undertake only part of it at your leisure. With awe-inspiring views and fabulous coffee shops to be visited it certainly is a Yorkshire jewel not to be missed.

There’s every reason to remember to bring your camera and binoculars with you when you come to stay at the Blue Lion. Spotting Red Squirrels at Snaizeholme or enjoying the architecture of the Dales’ famous market towns such as Hawes or Leyburn will leave you with memories you’ll never find elsewhere.

Travel a little further afield and the historic city of York is around an hour’s drive away. Home to York Minster, Clifford’s Tower, The City Walls, the famous Shambles and the Jorvik Viking centre to name but a few the city is steeped in history. Whilst you’re there the small independent boutique shops are well worth browsing through and there’s no end of amazing coffee shops to enliven the weary shopper.

If you’re looking for a little bigger than York then Leeds is a little over an hour away with its Victorian Quarter and not to be missed is the truly wonderful spa town of Harrogate where the vast sways of nodding daffodils in the Spring is a sight to behold.

Should you fancy some activities closer to home, then look no further than our membership of the East Witton Tennis Club, with its newly refurbished court, or even our private licence for fishing on the River Ure. Both of these are just a short walk away from our front door; ask reception for booking details.