The village of Embsay lies on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and it is the home of the Embsay Steam Railway.
Rockwood house enjoys fine views of Embsay Crag and surrounding countryside. Pleasant walks are on the doorstep.
Facilities of the house include :-
Centrally heated rooms
All rooms en suite
Tea and coffee tray in rooms
Family rooms available
Ground floor room
Easy and convenient parking
Full English breakfast cooked to order
Vegetarian food and continental
Guests are able to come and go at
The Gateway to the Dales
Skipton is a country market town, up in the Pennines, at the southern base of the Yorkshire Dales. It's a small, friendly town with a population of around 16,000. It has history, a castle, cobbled streets, ducks and canal boats. It's a pretty town to walk around, and gets thousands of visitors.
The name Skipton comes from the Saxon word for sheep - the town really began as a trading centre for sheep and wool. The canal came and went, the mills came, and now it's a big tourist centre for people passing through to see the Yorkshire Dales. The biggest employers in Skipton nowadays are Kingsley Cards, and the Skipton Buiding Society.
Skipton 'The Gateway to the Dales' was probably originally just a sheep farm, back before the Norman Conquest. In Airedale, the settlement commanded the Craven Gap, the best passage through the Pennines, and so grew in importance to become the main market town of Craven, and a major trading post for livestock.
The town of Skipton was granted to Robert Romillie after the Norman Conquest, who built the first Skipton Castle, and some parts of the building are still original.
Skipton supported the Lancastrians in the Wars of the Roses, and was on the Royalist side in the Civil War. After the battle of Marston Moor in July 1644, Skipton was the only Royalist stronghold left in the north. The castle was under siege for over a year until December 1645, when a surrender was negotiated.
Over 900 years old, Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and well preserved medieval castles in England. The castle is fully roofed and has a beautiful early Tudor courtyard inside. Conduit Court in the heart of the castle holds a yew tree planted 1659. Open to the public daily.
It's on 4 days a week: every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Stalls line the High street, on the cobbled areas either side. In summer, market days can get quite busy.