Skipton & Yorkshire Dales - 29th April

Route Number 4    Due back: 20.00    £13.00


Skipton is derived from the Anglo Saxon words 'sceap' (sheep) and 'tun' (town) and is recorded in the Doomesday Book as Scepeton and has been the economic centre for the Craven and Southern Dales from this time.
The strategic location of the castle enabled the town to grow in importance and in 1204 a Charter was granted allowing a weekly market trading in sheep and woollen goods. Even today, nine centuries later, a market continues to be held on the High Street.
During the English Civil War, a royalist garrison was situated at Skipton Castle under the command of Sir John Mallory. It was the last remaining royalist stronghold in Northern England until its honourable surrender on 20th December 1645, after a three year siege.
The magnificent Skipton Castle has been well served by the woods that surround it. Its natural resources were the main source of fuel, building supplies and food for hundreds of years. The waterways running through the woods powered local wool, corn and saw mills for centuries. Today the woods can be enjoyed for their beauty and quietude, as you enjoy a gentle walk with few inclines. Expect to see Wildlife a-plenty - bats are particularly enamoured with the woods' dead trees and rock fissures, perfect for roosting. Plants, trees, grasses, and ferns flourish here, including rare orchids.
With the advent of the Industrial Revolution the economy of Skipton boomed as the town benefitted from the construction of the Leeds-Liverpool canal during the 18th century.
Skipton continues to celebrate its sheep connections today. There is a lively and busy auction mart where farmers still come from miles around to buy and sell sheep and each year in the summer holds a fascinating 'Sheep Day'.....YOU'LL LOVE SKIPTON
The dales offer a varied choice of walking so come and join us for a wonderful day out in Yorkshire. Book early to avoid disappointment.