1. GRINTON, Bridge Inn, near Reeth DL11 6HH (01748 884224): Large hotel and pub on a corner of the Richmond-Reeth road, close to its crossing of the River Swale, popular with walkers. A public bar and games room is on a lower level than the main bar. There is also a comfortable lounge and extensive food menu.
2. GUNNERSIDE, Kings Head, Gunnerside,Nr Reeth, DL11 6LD (01748 886261): Small village pub in corner position on main Swaledale road with bar opened out to form single room with stone flagged bar. Reopened after lengthy period of closure on 17 October 2014 due to structural problems, now with a secure future. Internally there has been considerable refurbishment which has retained the atmosphere of this village pub. The main part of the bar is dominated by a magnificent stone fireplace.
3. KELD, Keld Lodge, Keld,Nr Reeth, DL11 6LL (01748 886259): In a tiny Swaledale village where the Pennine Way and Coast to Coast path meet, this former youth hostel opened at Easter 2007 to become Keld’s first pub in since temperence campaigners bought and closed the Cat Hole Inn in 1954. Offers B&B and a 40-seat restaurant with food 7 days a week and a conservatory-style terrace with stunning views across the hills, plus a tiny traditional style bar. Proving popular with outdoor enthusiasts who can arrange guided walks or transport though Brigantes Walking Holidays & Baggage Couriers. The remote location means it may close early, particularly in winter.
4. LANGTHWAITE (ARKENGARTHDALE), Charles Bathurst Inn (“The CB Inn”), DL11 6EN (01748 884567): Takes its name from Charles Bathurst, who owned the lead mines in the village, the remains of which are still clearly visible. Interesting pub, pleasantly refurbished with traditional bare pine floorboards and open fires and serving good food. 18 en suite B&B rooms.
5. LANGTHWAITE (ARKENGARTHDALE), Red Lion, DL11 6RL (01748 884218): 17th century free house of character in little village square just off the Arkengarthdale road. Featured in BBC tv’s “All Creatures Great and Small”. Bar snacks available every lunchtime.
6. LOW ROW, Punch Bowl Inn, near Reeth, DL11 6PF (01748 886233): Reopened in December 2006 after being closed for three years. Now owned by the same people who have the CB at Langthwaite, and considerably changed since its previous incarnation. Bar area is pleasant, featuring bare floorboards and menus for the good quality food written on mirrors. Continues to offer welcome R & R for walkers (provided muddy boots are removed) but no longer offers bunk barn budget accommodation.
7. MUKER, Farmers Arms, DL11 6QG (01748 886297): Welcoming stone-flagged bar split into various separate drinking areas and dominated by an impressive open fireplace. This is traditional Dales pub is popular with walkers, lying as it does on the Pennine Way, and there is a beer terrace at the front.
8. REETH, Black Bull, High Row, DL11 6SZ (01748 884213): Old inn of character known as “the bottom house”. Cosy bar area has old settles round an open fire; to the rear is a raised area with pool table. The pub sign was originally hung upside down following a widely publicised dispute between a previous licensee and the National Park Planning Authority.
9. REETH, Buck Hotel, DL11 6SW (01748 884210): Known as “the top house”, this comfortable one-bar pub is on the corner of the roads to Gunnerside and Arkengarth.
10. REETH, King’s Arms, High Row, DL11 6SY (01748 884259): The “middle house” facing the village green, the interior has two main connected drinking areas and is comfortably decorated.
11. TAN HILL, Tan Hill Inn, near Keld, DL11 6ED (01833 628246): Britain’s highest inn at 1,732 feet above sea level, this famous but isolated and exposed pub on the Pennine Way has a character all of its own. Fought a long and ultimately successful battle to be put back into Yorkshire after several years of releagtion to County Durham. Children welcome and it is now licensed for weddings. Bed & Breakfast and bunkhouse accommodation. Low beamed bar with stone floor and roaring fire; lounge to one side and games room to the other. Make sure you shut the door.
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