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Harmby and Spennithorne, villages near to Leyburn in Wensleydale


Perhaps a little mention about Harmby and Spennithorne in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales, I talk about them both together as they are small villages just east of Leyburn about half a mile apart. Some of the walks on my blog take you through the villages but not a mention otherwise.

Harmby nearest to Leyburn is built mainly on a steep hill with lovely views across to Middleham and west further into Wensleydale. If you find yourselves here then do walk to the waterfall, especially after heavy rain. It’s such a surprising find, completely hidden in a little wood and only visible when you reach it. But well worth seeking out! Further down the hill there is a footpath going towards Leyburn which is a mini nature reserve, a must see in spring at the very least! Continue down the hill past the village hall and venturing further east along the quiet road to Spennithorne but as you go along before leaving the last houses in Harmby look to your left to find the cemetery with chapel. In the left-hand corner of the cemetery peek over the wall to see the grave of Thomas Farrow. Caused quite a sensation and was the talk of the dales when the head stone was placed with its sculpture of his beloved Mercedes on top.

Continue along the road and you’re soon in Spennithorne. For such a small village there are so many large mansions, I have often wondered why. Wander into the church yard and have a look at St Michael’s and All The Angels a Grade I listed building. My friend Denny, who used to live in Spennithorne when she was a little girl, tells me she used to climb to the top of the spire, I am quite sure that it would not be allowed now though. Do walk the footpath through the graveyard and you’ll find a narrow snicket, you can imagine the giggling that would be going on in there in past years! In the 1970s and 1980s Spennithorne church featured in the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small.

Both villages have a pub, the Pheasant and The Old Horn, but personally I haven’t been in either for many years so can say no more.

Do follow the links to the Wikipedia listings to find out more, especially about the church, St Michael’s and All The Angels, in Spennithorne.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spennithorne https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmby

Don’t forget to have a look on our website for cottages nearby and for availability or call me, Nadine, or my daughter Joanne on 01969 663559 for friendly help and advice. Hear from you soon!

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Written By Nadine Bell

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