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Above are some of the places you can visit in The Dales.

Spring Bank House, an ideal location for Walking, Cycling, Motorcycling, and exploring the Dales and beyond.

Spring Bank House is ideally located for all walking activities, long distance, and short rambles, you choose. Hawes is an excellent centre from which to explore the Yorkshire Dales, we have a wide range of books and map’s for our guests to read and plan your day’s walking. Looking North from Spring Bank we have Stag’s fell, this can be as short or as long a walk as you wish with many options for distance, along the way you can visit Sedbusk, Hardraw Falls and Simonstone Hall and stop for refreshments. Our Southern aspect looks out onto Wether Fell and Yorbugh Fells, these lead over into Raydale with Semer Water at its heart. Again you choose the distance to match your capabilities.

We are located on the Pennine way, Herriots Way, Lady Anne’s Way, and within range of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, Great Shunner Fell and during your stay why not explore the local waterfalls, Cotter Force, Hardraw Falls, and Aysgarth Falls amongst others. The ever changing scenery includes a mixture of surfaces from grassland, heather moorland and woodland with paths of all descriptions. Leave your transport at Spring Bank or take a drive out the Dales have everything a walker could wish for.
Boot cleaning and clothes drying available.

Spring Bank House is a can be used as a base for all manner of cycling days out, we have secure lockable storage, with facilities for cleaning and bike maintenance, with a small selection of tools available. The Yorkshire Dales offers some of the best riding England has to offer, Cyclists can choose their routes and stay in the lovely Valley bottoms or try some of the more challenging climbs the Dales. Emulate the stars of the Tour De France and take on the stages from 2014.

These include The Buttertubs pass, Oxnop Pass, Fleet Moss, Park Rash and the Coal Road, the options are endless. Ride to Tan Hill Britain’s highest Pub and soak up the views whilst taking in refreshments. Bridleways can be used to discover the Dales using Mountain/off road bikes, trails have a mixture of surfaces, stone tracks, heather moorland, limestone and grassland. Get close to nature and explore the many our winding roads which pass through stunning picturesque villages whilst riding by dry stone walls, field barns, open pastures which come to life with wild flowers during the summer. Ride up onto the high fells and take in the views.
Cycle hire available in Hawes.

Use our Garage for safe, secure and dry Bike storage, tools available for any minor repairs. The options for exploring by Motorbike are limitless, the whole of the Yorkshire Dales, The North Yorkshire Moors and the East coast all within a day’s ride out from Hawes. Past guests have even toured the Lake District and returned to Hawes for a good night’s sleep after taking in the many pubs and eateries Hawes has to offer. The “B” roads take you everywhere and are a wonderful way to explore, with many hundreds of miles of routes to choose from. Just ride and take in the stunning scenery and breath-taking landscapes.

Out around and near Hawes.

Hawes in Wensleydale is truly the heart of the Dales. An ideal base for exploring the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park.
We are ideally situated for touring The Dales or walking, exploring Wensleydale, Swaledale, Wharfedale and further afield.

There are many walks from Hawes, right from our front door, to suit all levels of ability, from gentle ambles to more challenging higher levels, such as Shunner Fell, easily accessible from Hawes and a good days walk.

The rugged and majestic limestone Karst scenery with its unusual features such as the 'Buttertubs', deep and strangely shaped sink holes on Buttertubs Pass North of Hawes, (made more famous recently as a major climb on the Tour De France, or the Yoredale series, layered limestones interspersed with shales and sandstones causing the unique "stepped" landscape of the Upper Dales.

Other features well worth seeing are Wensleydale's waterfalls. The highest unbroken waterfall in Britain, Hardrow Force at The Green Dragon Inn at Hardraw, 100 feet high, an easy walk from Hawes. Further down the Dale are Aysgarth Falls, three of them, Upper, Middle and Lower.

Semerwater, is a lake formed by glacial action from which flows into the shortest English river, the river Bain, hence the village of Bainbridge. The walk around the lake is quintessentially outstanding and was visited by Turner.

A few miles to the South West (10mins drive on the beautiful Hawes to Ingleton road) is the famous Ribblehead Viaduct, made up of twenty-four arches built 1870 - 1874, 440 yards (400 m) long, which carries the Settle to Carlisle railway across Batty Moss, made famous by being saved from closure in 1989. Surrounded by the three peaks, Ingleborough, Pen-Y-Ghent and Whernside, truly it is a sight to behold with high and lower level walking around the area, or just an amble to experience The Viaduct and The 3 Peaks.

The town of Hawes offers a good selection of shops, cafe's, pubs and restaurants, the Wensleydale Creamery, Rope makers and Countryside museums as well as Gayle Mill. Watch Richard Fawcett, a world famous sheep dog handler, sheep dog trials, every Thursday at 6.30pm in t' Summer just after Haylands Bridge, one mile North of Hawes, fish for trout or simply walk in the peace and tranquility across the beautiful North Yorkshire hills and Dales and enjoy the relaxation.

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