Information on Thwaite, Yorkshire

Thwaite is a tiny village in Swaledale at the foot of Buttertubs pass, the road leading from Wensleydale.  The name “Thwaite” comes from the Old Norse word þveit, meaning ‘clearing, meadow or paddock’ and the village was the birthplace and home of Richard and Cherry Kearton, who were pioneers in wildlife photography at the end of the 19th century. The Kearton name lives on in the Kearton tea rooms and Kearton Country Hotel in the village.

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