Helwith Bridge Inn, the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Carol, Paul and their staff welcome you to the Helwith Bridge Inn, a traditional, independently owned, free house, real ale pub. Set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, you can look out to Pen-Y-Ghent, the first ascent on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge.
Backing on to the River Ribble and the Settle to Carlisle Steam Railway line, the Helwith Bridge Inn is the perfect place to stop off or make as your base whilst you enjoy the many activities and scenery of Ribblesdale.
The pub is an haven for amongst others; walkers, cavers, climbers, cyclists and campers; as well as being a meeting place for the locals of Helwith Bridge and Horton in Ribblesdale. You will be assured of a warm and friendly welcome.
Just 5 miles from the bustling market town of Settle, 10 miles from Ingleton and only a couple of miles from both Stainforth and Austwick, the Helwith Bridge Inn is close to civilisation, yet is positioned in one of the most beautiful and scenic areas of the Yorkshire Dales and indeed the UK.
Things To Do
There is no shortage of activities for you to enjoy in the Yorkshire Dales. Whether you are young or old, the Yorkshire Dales and Ribblesdale have an array of choices to either test or challenge you, or simply allow you to relax and take a rest from the hustle and bustle of every day life.
The Helwith Bridge Inn is the start and finish of the annual 3 Peaks cycle race and hosts an annual biathlon. It is also close to many mountain bike routes and the National Cycle Network.
The Inn is the meeting place for numerous caving and climbing clubs that frequent the many local crags and caves. The Yorkshire Subterranean Society have their headquarters and bunk house just 50m from the Helwith Bridge Inn. Across from the Inn is the Helwith Bridge Fly Fishery.
Getting Here and Staying Here
Helwith Bridge can be reached from Leeds, Bradford and Manchester in little over an hour by car. There are no direct motorways or fast A roads that take you to Helwith Bridge or into the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is this factor that has meant that the area has not become a victim of over commercialisation that some parts of the Lake District and Peak District now suffer from.
For those of you travelling by road from the south then most of you will arrive via the A65. Plan your journey so you can take your time and arrive here safely. If you get stuck behind a lorry or caravan then keep in mind why you are making the effort. Before you know it you will be enjoying the beauty, the solitude and the fresh air of the Yorkshire Dales and forgetting the city and work.
Alternatively you could arrive by train and travel on the historic Settle to Carlisle Railway. There are stations at Settle, Horton-In-Ribblesdale and the Ribblehead viaduct. There is also a limited bus service that takes you from Settle to Helwith Bridge.
For those of you who want to stay over, there is accommodation to suit most tastes. Most of the hotels, guest houses and pubs with rooms are independently owned and run and therefore vary in quality. Most people who stay a little longer do so in a traditional Yorkshire Dales Holiday Cottage.
For those of you who want to do your own thing or spend a little less, there are a number of caravan and camping sites and bunk barns throughout the area. The Helwith Bridge Inn offers basic camping facilities as well as a basic bunk house (Hotel Paradiso) that sleeps 4. Next to the Helwith Bridge Inn in the old School there is the Yorkshire Subterranean Societies headquarters, which includes bunk facilities for up to 40 people. Non-members and group bookings are welcome.
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