Population: 14313 Grid Reference: SD993516 53 58' North, 2, 1' West

The Canal, Skipton

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Skipton

Skipton is a modest sized town situated near the southern tip of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Here, at the most northly point of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and with good road and rail links, not to mention it is not far from Leeds-Bradford Airport, Skipton is indeed the Gateway to the Dales.

Shopping in Skipton Like any other town of it's size, Skipton as a good range of shops and supermarkets as well as a sizable market which takes place on Saturdays.
Craven Court is a Victorian shopping arcade and Rackhams has a branch in Skipton. Morrisons and Tesco have supermarkets in the town. There are also a good number of outdoor shops.

Shopping in Skipton

Named after the Anglo Saxon Word for sheep, Skipton probably started life as a sheep farming community and only began to grow with the arrival of the Normans. Situated in the Craven Gap, an area of lowland between the Yorkshire Dales and the Southern Pennines, Skipton became a stragetically important town and supported the Lancastrians during the Wars of the Roses and the Royalists during the English Civil War.
The arrival of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in the late 18th century brought great prosperity to the town at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and today Skipton is a thriving town of 16,000 that has retained much of it's character and cobbled streets.
Springs Branch, Skipton

Springs Branch, Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Skipton Castle

Skipton Castle from the Springs Branch

Skipton Castle dates mostly from the 14th century although parts are Norman in origin. It was a Royalist stronghold during the English Civil War during which it endured a three year siege before eventually falling to the Parliamentarian Roundheads. The roofs were removed on Oliver Cromwell's orders after it's surrender in 1645.
The cliffs to the rear of the castle are a sheer drop down to Eller Beck where it flows into the Springs Branch of the Leed and Liverpool Canal. Boat trips along the branch and under the castle walls can be taken.
Skipton Castle is open daily (except Christmas Day) and can be visited on it's website at:

Bizzie Lizzies Chip Shop, Skipton There are a number of fast food shops and takeaways including Indian and Chinese as well as the more traditional fish and chip shops. Busy Lizzies is an award winning chip shop on Swadford Street where you can eat in as well as take away and it is open all day. It even runs a childrens' club and organises events around Skipton. Often mentioned on Fresh A.M. Radio.
Telephone: 01756 793189

Busy Lizzie's

Skipton Tourist Information Centre

Craven Court,
High Street,
North Yorkshire,
BD23 1JH.

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