Picturesque market town Leyburn is the perfect eastern gateway into the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It’s an ideal base from which to walk and tour the Swaledale and Wensleydale areas of the National Park, home to magical beauty spots like Aysgarth Waterfalls. Whether you’re looking for specialist shopping heaven or a great Dales walking base, Leyburn in Wensleydale is the perfect choice.
Around the central Market Place you’ll find numerous unique independent gift, home interior and craft shops, stylish cafes, traditional inns with plenty of outdoor seating and fine restaurants. One of the Yorkshire Dales’ most popular farmers’ markets takes place on the fourth Saturday of each month in Leyburn’s central Market Square. The town also hosts a popular weekly market on Fridays.
Attractions & Things to Do
Leyburn is a station stop along The Wensleydale Railway, a charming vintage railway running for 22 miles along the old Northallerton to Garsdale line. Themed events are throughout the year on the railway, and you can pick up the vintage bus service from Leyburn station, a 1960s single-decker bus running into the heart of the Dales, stopping at Redmire, Aysgarth Falls, Hawes and Garsdale!
Don’t miss a visit to one of England’s best preserved Medieval castles, Bolton Castle near Leyburn, with on-site tearoom, gardens and regular events. The unique four acre garden site of The Forbidden Corner with its quirky network of tunnels, follies and chambers is also nearby just south of Leyburn. Beautiful walks are direct from the town up to The Shawl escarpment for spectacular panoramic views across Wensleydale. The ruins of 12th Century Cistercian Jervaulx Abbey are just 5 miles to the South East.
Where to Stay
Places to stay include award-winning B&Bs, luxury boutique guest houses and pet friendly cottages in the surrounding Wensleydale and Swaledale countryside. Right in the Market town’s centre you’ll find a superb selection of fine restaurants with rooms and heritage inns with B&B accommodation serving hearty locally sourced food and the best Yorkshire real ales.
Easily accessed off the A1 and the perfect touring base for the Yorkshire Dales and the nearby North York Moors, Leyburn offers one of the best choices of quality accommodation around the Dales border, with a warm friendly welcome assured. Find Leyburn accommodation online now and book!
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.