This linear village, with its old market cross and the impressive Parish Church of St Oswald, which can be found at the end of a long main street of lovely eighteenth and nineteenth century houses, was once celebrated for its clock makers. There are several fine examples of their work on display in our Dales Countryside Museum in nearby Hawes.
In later years the village corn and then textile mill was powered by the Mill Gill stream, which flows through a narrow wooded valley to pretty Mill Gill Falls – a favourite walk from the village.
One handsome house in Askrigg enjoyed television fame in the 1970s and 1980s as Skelldale House – home of the fictional Dales vet James Herriot, whilst the King's Arms became the setting for the Drover's Inn.
There are many footpaths around the village with which you could create a short walk - the climb up Mill Gill is a local favourite. Those wanting more of a challenge could walk further along the valley to Hawes or eastwards to Carperby, Castle Bolton and Redmire.
Askrigg is well-served with two pubs, tea rooms, bakery and a little shop. It makes a great base for visitors with several well-reviewed B&Bs as well as other sorts of holiday accommodation. Contact our National Park Centre in Hawes for details.