Granville House is on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, voted the best National Park in Europe! Best National Parks
In the kitchen you will find a vast collection of leaflets and some reference folders full of information helping you to plan your day trips. We also provide you with some history about Granny House and Bell Busk.
Bell Busk adjoins the Coniston Hall Estate with opportunities for swimming, spa treatments, archery, falconry, off roading, clay pigeon shooting, fly fishing or just eating and drinking in the bars and restaurants, relaxing next to the log fire looking out over the lake.
You can walk or cycle from the door, The Pennine Way is just a few hundred yards to the North. Granville House is at the heart of the Pennine way on the very pretty gentle section from Gargrave to Malham.
Gargrave is a 2 mile walk along a very gentle pretty lane or a 5 minute trip in the car. You will find an excellent Co-op with good bread and fine wines, an award winning Indian restaurant, excellent fish and chip shop, 4 antique shops, 2 gastro pubs, the Pennine way and remains of our Roman road submerged by the river but clearly visible. The local post office and pharmacy are there too.
Try some of the best hill walking England has to offer on the 3 peaks Ingleborough, Pen Y Ghent, Whernside or Pendle Hill, we provide a Malhamdale walk book, a Dales walk book and an OS map that offer a variety of easy to difficult walks.
You can wander round the picturesque villages of Aireton, Linton, Hetton, Grassington, Malham, Kettlewell, Haworth, Hawes, Kirkby Lonsdale, Clapham, Ingleton, Pateley Bridge and Embsay. We shall tell you where our favourite pubs and tea shops are once you are here. If you are coming to shop, then do it in style in our local towns; Skipton, Settle, Ilkley and Clitheroe, or try our beautiful Yorkshire cities; Harrogate, Ripon, Leeds and York.
For nature lovers, we provide you with bird seed so you can sit and watch our visitors with ease, we can lend you our bat detector too and if you want to see the salmon leaping then come and visit in September and October, they leap up the Ribble at Stainforth Force
For geologists we have an example of just about every geological feature within a 20 mile radius, there are coral islands, faults, basins, hills, valleys, glacial moraine, erratics, caves, mines, quarries ,rivers and waterfalls, the last ice age was here.
For the archaeologists we have collected some leaflets that will guide you on local walks and we recommend a visit to the Hoffmann Kiln at Langcliffe.
For those of you interested in Victorian mills and towns, we have the finest example of its kind at Saltaire, just 40minutes in the car.
If trains are your thing, then look no further, there is a steam train that runs from Embsay to Bolton Abbey. There are a lot of steam trains on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, so take a ride up to Haworth to have a look at where the Brontes lived. The nearby village of Hellifield provides the gateway station for the famous
Settle to Carlisle Railway, described as the most beautiful train journey in England. The famous Ribblehead viaduct is not far away. Sometimes the steam engines puff along over the little Bell Busk viaduct while you are watching from the comfort of your armchair. The famous Metcalfe cardboard railway model kits are made in Bell Busk.