The Yorkshire Dales are rife with traditional pubs, some which have stayed true to their roots and others that have successfully combined contemporary flair with their original structures. Every village seems to have at least one pub, with others located along the way of many hiking trails. If you’re looking for the very best traditional drinking dens, here are five of the best inns in the Dales.
Tan Hill Inn, Swaledale
Possibly the best known pub in the Yorkshire Dales, thanks to its status as the highest inn in the British Isles, the Tan Hill is popular with hikers, providing overnight accommodation for those walking longer trails. Dating back to the 17th Century, the inn was originally used as a place to rest for the local coal pit workers and although it has changed hands many times over the years, it has retained its charm. During the winter months the fire is always lit, providing a cosy spot to sit and rest with a pint of ale while making friends with like-minded folk.
Tan Hill Inn, Long Causeway, Richmond +44 1833 628246
The Lister Arms, Malham
Malham is always heaving with visitors thanks to its popular walking trails, and the Lister Arms provides a welcome place to sit and rest following a strenuous walk. It may seem to be constantly busy, but the bustling atmosphere is always warm and welcoming. An impressive selection of local ales, hearty pub grub and plenty of seating both inside and outside help to make this pub so popular with both locals and visitors.
The Lister Arms, Malham, Skipton +44 1729 830444
Station Inn, Ribblehead
There aren’t many pubs located on top of the moors, making the Station Inn one of the most impressively placed inns in the whole of the Dales. The views of Pen-Y-Ghent and Ingleborough to either side, and the dramatic sight of the Ribblehead Viaduct snaking behind the pub, are reason enough to visit, but the local real ales and delicious food will also draw you in. Its location ensures that plenty of thirsty walkers are constantly passing, so always expect the inn to be busy.
Station Inn, Ribblehead, Low Sleights Rd, Carnforth +44 15242 41274
Green Dragon, Hardraw
This quaint 13th century inn is one of the most charming pubs in the Yorkshire Dales. Standing at the entrance to the impressive Hardraw Force, visitors to the waterfall must first pass through the Green Dragon, many of them returning for a couple of pints after the walk. Inside, it is dark and cosy with low-beamed ceilings and open fires taking you back in time. Home-cooked food and local beers are on offer behind the bar, friendly bar staff serving the many walkers that pass through its doors.
Green Dragon, Bellow Hill, Hardraw, Hawes +44 1969 667392
The Crown, Hawes
Located right in the centre of the village, the Crown is the beating heart of Hawes. Boasting not one but two beer gardens (one out the front and the other at the back, looking out over spectacular views) and cosy fireside seating indoors, this is the perfect pub whatever the weather. Local residents, hikers and bikers all mingle here, sipping pints together at the bar and sharing tips for exploring the local area.
The Crown, Market Pl, Hawes +44 1969 667212