Preston under Scar

On the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Preston under Scar is a small welcoming village with no through traffic, it's south facing position on the slopes of the Dale enjoys magnificent views over to Penhill and the rich vista of Bishopdale, Wensleydale and out towards the Vale of York. The village grew around the once rich lead mines whose remains and ruins are still evident in the landscape. The houses too reflect the mining history as well as agricultural roots with quaint stone terraces and cottage gardens nestling to form a tranquil haven on the hillside.

Many footpaths crisscross the village so there is plenty of opportunity for walking. Stroll down the hill to Wensley Station and savour real Yorkshire Tea and home baked cakes in a perfectly restored vintage caravan. Alternatively walk to Redmire and catch the train to Leyburn on the Wensleydale Railway and walk back along the Shawl, a route made famous by Mary, Queen of Scots. A couple of miles away, on the same escarpment, is the stately Bolton Castle where Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1568, here you can explore the castle ruins and wander around the Medieval Gardens.

Just a short drive away in Wensley watch candles being made at The White Rose Candle Workshop. In Leyburn you will find Tennants auction house with a sale most Saturdays; the Little Chocolate Shop; the Tea Pottery and Campbells Grocers, a must for those special foodie treats, plus for the child in everyone there is also The Forbidden Corner in Coverdale.

Preston under Scar is also in a prime location for visiting Hawes to the west and Masham, Ripon and Harrogate to the east.