Information on Appletreewick, Yorkshire

The tiny hamlet of Appletreewick is every bit as pictureseque as its name suggests. A single track road leads through the village which is situated a couple of miles along the road after crossing Burnsalls bridge. The village prospered from the 14ths century with lead mining on the hills surrounding the village and sheep farming being the main sources of income.. Charters for markets and a fair were granted and the latter remained important until the industrial revolution of the mid-19th century brought about mass migration to the nearby Cities of Leeds and Bradford.Stone houses line the steep, main street between High Hall at the top and Low Hall at the bottom, including the 16th century Mock Beggar Hall, a listed building reportedly haunted by a monk from Bolton Priory who was walled up in the house!. The Tudor-style High Hall was restored by Sir William Craven  who became Sheriff and Lord Mayor of London at the beginning of the 17th century and was born in a cottage in the village, one of a pair later converted into St. Johns church.. There are two traditional pubs, the Craven Arms and the New Inn and a campsite, Masons, by the river Wharfe. The Craven Arms has a heather-thatched cruck barn and various artefacts around the walls. Both pubs afford lovely views over the valley and are a great location to sit on a Summers evening with a pint of real Yorkshire ale.A 2009 survey named Appletreewick ‘Britain’s Friendliest Town to Drive Through’, though given the small amount of traffic it sees, that would be based on a pretty small survey!

A circular walk passing through Appletreewick

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