The Bull Inn, West TanfieldThe village of West Tanfield stands on the banks of the Ure, the place the fells and moors of Wensleydale soften to the undulations of the Vale of Mowbray. The Bull Inn was a ferryman’s cottage earlier than the bridge was inbuilt 1734, and boasts one of many best riverside beer gardens in Yorkshire, with fantastic views of the stone arches spanning the gently flowing river. Simply upstream is Marmion Tower, the Fifteenth-century gatehouse to a long-vanished fortified manor. The image-perfect scene was sketched by JMW Turner in 1816. Cask ales embrace Theakston’s and Black Sheep; the native brews are from Masham, three miles upstream. Bridge Inn, East Witton {Photograph}: Mark ReidThis Seventeenth-century inn stands proper beside the historic bridge throughout the Cowl, close to its confluence with the Ure in decrease Wensleydale. There was a river crossing right here since maybe Roman occasions. At one time, the primary stagecoach route from London to Richmond, North Yorkshire got here this manner, as did drovers’ roads throughout the dales and hills. This conventional pub continues to thrive and oozes character, with an inglenook fire, beamed ceilings and wood settles; it’s famed for its ham and eggs, and beneficiant parts. Outdoors, the engaging beer backyard results in the banks of the Cowl, mentioned to be the hang-out of a “kelpie”: from the turbulent waters this horse-like creature from Celtic folklore lures the unwary into driving on its again, solely to vanish beneath the waters with its sufferer. Falls Lodge, Leyburn {Photograph}: Mark ReidThis historic pub was as soon as generally known as the Palmer Flatt Lodge, because it stands on the location of a medieval hospice for pilgrims getting back from the Holy Land: they might carry again palm leaves folded right into a cross, so turned generally known as palmers. The current constructing dates from the 18th century and is in an impressive spot simply above Aysgarth Falls, a triple flight of waterfalls the place the Ure cascades over limestone ledges amongst historic woodland. The lodge is famend for its meals, and its giant rear terrace affords stunning views throughout the sweep of Wensleydale in direction of the Carperby Moor. Open Fri–Solar till 17 Could, aysgarthfallshotel.comLister Arms, MalhamDating from 1723, this outdated teaching inn overlooks the inexperienced within the centre of Malham. The surroundings round Malham is among the greatest in England, with magnificent glaciokarst landscapes together with Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Watlowes dry valley – a wonderful day’s climbing. The Lister Arms serves pub classics finished effectively – a favorite is beer-battered fish, do-it-yourself chips and mushy peas, giant portion after all. It has been awarded an AA Rosette for its meals and there’s a fantastic choice of hand-pulled Thwaites beer on faucet. The entrance of the pub is a sun-trap, the place you possibly can watch quacking geese from close by Malham Beck and the occasional tractor. There’s a sheltered terrace on the rear. Arms, Appletreewick {Photograph}: Mark ReidThe Craven Arms dates from the sixteenth century, when the unique farmhouse developed into an alehouse. Inside, there are a number of small rooms, stone-flagged flooring, fuel lighting, a beautiful cast-iron vary and nice native ales, together with Hetton Pale from Darkish Horse Brewery (Hetton is simply down the highway) and Theakston’s Previous Peculier, drawn from a wood cask. The meals is prime notch, too. On the rear of the pub is a heather-thatched cruck-framed barn, which was inbuilt 2006 however seems a number of hundred years outdated; solely a handful of buildings are nonetheless thatched with heather within the Yorkshire Dales. The terraced beer backyard to the facet affords views throughout Wharfedale in direction of the darkish gritstone crags of Simon’s Seat. The Craven Arms is known as after native lad William Craven, Yorkshire’s personal Dick Whittington, who travelled to London within the sixteenth century, made his fortune and ultimately turned Lord Mayor of London. Lion, Burnsall {Photograph}: Mark ReidBurnsall sits on the western financial institution of the Wharfe, whose waters sweep in a sinuous loop beneath the brooding, darkish crags of Burnsall fell; “wharfe” means “winding river” in Previous Norse. The sleek, five-arch stone bridge throughout the river dates from 1609, paid for by native man Sir William Craven (see the Craven Arms, Appletreewick). The Pink Lion stands proper subsequent to this bridge, courting from at the least the sixteenth century, when it was a ferryman’s inn. As we speak it’s a pub of nice character and appeal, and its riverside terrace affords views throughout Wharfedale – of the river, inexperienced fields and heather-clad fells. There are simple walks alongside the river to Grassington or Appletreewick, or you possibly can simply loosen up on the terrace and hearken to the oystercatchers _ unusually, they breed inland round right here – flying throughout the pastures when you take pleasure in a pint of Wharfedale Brewery Blonde, brewed at Ilkley, down the dale. Inn, Arncliffe {Photograph}: Mark ReidA pub of immense character, with an unaltered inside and beer nonetheless poured from a jug, the Falcon Inn is in a nook of Arncliffe’s giant village inexperienced. It was used as the unique Woolpack of TV’s Emmerdale Farm within the early Seventies; certainly, Arncliffe is among the 4 settlements forming Littondale, which was referred to as Amerdale. The crowning glory of this pub is its setting, within the deep, glaciated valley of Littondale, with steep slopes sweeping as much as moorland heights, framed by limestone crags. Sit on a bench exterior the pub overlooking – or on – the inexperienced along with your pint of Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker and hearken to the distinctive name of lapwings and curlews. It is a quiet and exquisite nook of the Dales. Inn, Linton in CravenLinton Beck flows via the village of Linton, with a powerful selection of crossings – highway bridge, packhorse bridge, clapper bridge, ford and stepping stones. Stone cottages wanting throughout the big inexperienced embrace the whitewashed Fountaine Inn, named after native man Richard Fountaine, who made his fortune in London and left cash in 1721 for almshouses to be constructed. The end result was Fountaine Hospital, an imposing classical-style constructing that also gives lodging for six folks of the parish. There are eight benches on the entrance of the pub. The Fountaine is famend for its meals – attempt the “3 Nibbles for £12”, resembling roasted cauliflower cheese croquettes, halloumi fries, marinated anchovy bruschetta or beer-battered onion rings. & Dragon, HudswellThe George & Dragon turned Yorkshire’s first community-owned pub when it was rescued from closure in 2010, and has gone from power to power, including a group store, library, allotments and beehives. It has received many Camra awards, together with Nationwide Pub of the 12 months 2016, and the present licensees are within the means of transferring their microbrewery from Reeth to the farm constructing subsequent door. Home made pies are topped with shortcrust pastry and served with gravy, chips or mash, and mushy peas or purple cabbage. The crowning glory of the George & Dragon is its giant, terraced beer backyard, providing panoramic views throughout wooded Swaledale. There’s a quoits pitch within the beer backyard, too. Swan Lodge, RavenstonedaleThe boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales nationwide park attain far to the west, into what was the historic county of Westmorland, now a part of Cumbria, to the hauntingly stunning Howgill Fells. Ravenstonedale lies on the northern foothills of this compact vary of rolling hills, and it’s a stunning village of stone cottages, two nice pubs and the stays of a Gilbertine priory within the churchyard. The Black Swan has received many awards, together with AA Pub of the 12 months, and boasts two AA Rosettes for its meals (mains embrace onion and mushroom tart with asparagus, blue cheese and poached egg; or entire roasted mackerel with lentil dal, pickled carrot, cucumber and dill raita). Outdoors, there’s a sheltered courtyard for outside eating or a pleasant beer backyard for drinks beside Scandal Beck, full with free-range hens. The Bull Inn, Craven Arms, Cowl Bridge Inn, Lister Arms, Black Swan and Pink Lion all have lined areas exterior.Mark Reid is a mountain chief, outside teacher and writer of the Inn Method guidebooks