Keld & the surrounding area
The picturesque village of Keld lies at the head of Swaledale. The village derives its name from the Norse word 'Kelda', meaning spring or stream. It is a dale of fast flowing streams and impressive 'waterfalls. The river Swale flows through Keld, into a limestone gorge, surrounded by woodland before it meanders through some of the most pristine, unspoiled meadows in England.
The former literary institute and school have been transformed into the Keld Resouce Centre (KRC) (hyperlink) The centre has a small museum and a programme of events such as guided walks, craft demonstrations, exhibitions and lectures. Next to the KRC is the pretty United Reform Church chapel, which is open each day. Just beyond the church is the Well Being Garden.
From Keld you can head off on many wonderful walks, from gentle strolls by the river to more strenuous hikes over the local hills and moors.
To the East of Keld are the villages of Thwaite, Muker, Gunnerside & Reeth, all offering a variety of pubs, tea shops, shops, galleries and outlets for local crafts
There is a particularly excellent volunteer ‘Little white’ bus service which go up and down the dale and passes through Keld at regular intervals. For example you could take the bus to Gunnerside, six miles away and walk back to Keld, or even do it the other way around
Another suggestion would be to walk to The Tan Hill Inn, England's highest pub, which is only 4 miles away to the North.
We always keep a good selection of walking guides and would be pleased to you organise your trail for the day.
The Yorkshire Dales
The Dales are rich in history and culture, and can boast some of the most spectacular scenery to be found anywhere in England. Whether you like getting your boots on and walking the hills or visiting castles, country houses, exploring market towns, or heading underground into limestone caverns, it can all be done easily from Keld Lodge.
Some of our personal highlights with easy driving distance are: The market town of Hawes which holds a thriving market every Tuesday and has many attractions including;
- The Wensleydale Creamery the home of the world famous Wensleydale Cheese, with its excellent Visitors Centre.
- Outhwaite Ropemakers, traditional Ropemaking is always in progress and there is a well stocked gift shop The Dales Countryiside Museum tells the fascinating story of the The Yorkshire Dales and has a full program of events and exhibitions Gayle Mill ..Just along the road from Hawes, this fully restored and working saw mill
- has guided tours and holds many special events
Just over 20 miles miles down the Swale valley Richmond is The Gateway to Swaledale has a wealth of things to see and explore;
- The unique Georgian Theatre Royal, Britain’s most complete 18th theatre
- The Green Howards Museum, telling the story of this illustrious regiment
- Richmond Castle, the best preserved of England’s Norman Castles with breathtaking viewsalong the River Swale
- The Station Food, film and art - all under one historic roof.
- Richmondshire Museum houses a large collection of local and folk history
Well worth a day out in Richmond !!
White Scar Caves – On the road between Hawes and Ingleton White Scar is the longest cave tour in Britain
Bolton Castle A 14th Castle still owned by the original family. Mary, Queen of Scots was once imprisoned here. A variety of events each day including archery, birds of prey display, and wild boar feeding
Leyburn – A thriving market town with an excellent selection of shops and The Forbidden Corner, The Wensleydale Railway, Constable Burton Gardens and many other attractions