Bainbridge in Wensleydale, just four miles east of Hawes, goes back to Roman times, and probably beyond, with traces of these times still visible with a roman fort, the outline of which can be seen even though the stones are now covered, and a track leading over Stake Fell to the high ground in Wharfedale, running for some eight miles, can be enjoyed as a bridle way.
Known then as Virosidum it now gets its name from the River Bain, the shortest river in England with its source at the magnificent Semer Water. More modern times sees stocks erected on the green, a chapel and a 15th century pub. Today children enjoy the newly built play area in a corner of the large village green, there’s a tea shop, not to be missed, a butcher’s, a boutique hotel where all are welcome for delicious meals.
Of course, Aysgarth Falls is a just a few miles further down the dale, along with West Burton, Askrigg, Aysgarth, Thornton Rust, Carperby and on to Bolton Castle and Redmire. Walk the endless footpaths, do take you OS map and wear stout footwear, tour the dale or just sit by the green watching the world go by.
Hawes, to the west, with the Dales Countryside Museum, Wensleydale Creamery, Ropemakers, pubs and restaurants, cafés and shops where you can quite easily pass an enjoyable day, don’t forget it’s market day on Tuesday. Want to take public transport? The Little White Bus passes through Bainbridge quite regularly, check their website for travel details.
If you’d like to stay in Bainbridge and there are just the two of you we have Lion Cottage. Lion Cottage is located on The Newkin, a tranquil lane a few yards from the main village green, full of character but well equipped and very comfortable.
Written By Nadine Bell