Information on Embsay, Yorkshire

Embsay, together with its neighbour Eastby form the civil parish of Embsay with a total population of 1,758. The village sits to the South of Embsay Crag and Barden Moor, which is popular with walkers and those participating in grouse shoots. It’s also the location of two high isolated reservoirs Upper Barden and Lower Barden. Embsay station is the home of The Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. The line was part of the former Midland Railway route from Skipton to Ilkley which closed in 1965 and today runs over a  distance of 4 miles (from Embsay via Draughton Sidings, Holywell and Stoneacre Loop to Bolton Abbey station. The railway owns a number of steam locomotives, the oldest being ‘Annie’ built in 1908, and Steam train rides are available to the public every Sunday, with increased Summer services up to 7 days a week.

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