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Eat: Do as the locals do and share a calzone and a bottle of crisp Pinot Grigio at Olley’s Ristorante and Pizzeria – your slice of the Amalfi Coast in the heart of the Dales (complete with romantic candle lighting).
Drink: Pateley Bridge has its fair share of good, honest country pubs. Grab a pint of Black Sheep from the Masham brewery (just 15 miles down the road) in The Crown Inn then hotfoot it over the bridge to sample the rest of Yorkshire’s finest at the Royal Oak.
See: In an area known for its limestone, local residents arranged for a celebrated sculptor to create a life-sized streetscape in a disused quarry, and The Coldstones Cut went on to win national awards.
Do: Gorge walking, rock climbing, abseiling, caving, canoeing – explore the best of the local landscape at How Stean Gorge.
5 MILES AWAY
Eat: The Yorke Arms – yes, it’s the obvious choice, but the food is incredible, the views are spectacular and Frances Atkins is just about our favourite chef.
Drink: Heck, book yourself in for the night at The Yorke Arms and sample the wine flight too. With all that country air and some exquisite food in your belly, you’ll be begging to round the evening off with a malt whisky by the open fire.
See: Set over 400 acres, Brimham Rocks are an amazing collection of, you guessed it, weird and wonderful rock formations. Climb through, over or around to your heart’s content, but keep a watchful eye out for the Dancing Bear.
Do: Yorkshire has produced its fair share of Olympic cyclists and thanks to the Tour de France you’ll find many two-wheelers stretching their legs on the roads surrounding Pateley Bridge. But if you’re after that all-important yellow jersey, you’ll have to tackle the seven percent gradient Greenhow Hill first.
10 MILES AWAY
Eat: Ripley ice cream is something of a local delicacy. From a small outbuilding adorning the village store, you can sample all sorts of fabulous flavours from pistachio to blackcurrant crumble overlooking the 14th century castle.
Drink: If you’re going to have a day out in Grassington (and you must), make sure you pop into The Fountaine Inn in Linton on the way back to Pateley. This hidden gem serves refined pub grub (picture beef brisket slow roasted in ale) and has a very well-stocked bar.
See: This part of Yorkshire is home to the largest monastic ruins in Britain. Fountains Abbey dates back to 1132 and you can still see monks in full garb wandering around the flood-lit ruins (though these ones are tour guides). Visit in the summer months to enjoy the events programme which includes live entertainment, family bike rides and ornithology sessions.
Do: Did you know that Wilfred Owen, Lewis Carroll and Daniel Defoe all found inspiration in Ripon? Get your creative juices flowing as you walk the historic streets and explore the Medieval cathedral, which can be traced back to the seventh century.
20 MILES AWAY
Eat: Restaurant 92 showcases the incredible talents of young chef Michael Carr. Still in his early twenties, this local lad spent three years at Claridges of London with Gordon Ramsay and 18 months with Alyn Williams before returning to his native Harrogate.
Drink: Harrogate’s first micropub, The Little Ale House is run by a husband and wife team and offers proper hand-pulled ale and a cracking pork pie. Perfect. It’s dog friendly and even offers bar snacks for your four-legged friend.
See: Apart from Agatha Christie’s mysterious disappearance, Harrogate is probably most famous for its Georgian spa and the Mercer Art Gallery is housed in the town’s historic Promenade Rooms. It sells work from upcoming North Yorkshire artists and has a lively exhibition programme.
Do: Over 40 rides and attractions, wet ‘n’ wild rapids, a tree top assault course, falconry displays, a boutique shopping village and an 18-hole dinosaur-themed golf course – there’s something for everyone at Lightwater Valley.