Rookhurst Country
House Hotel
North Yorkshire

The Surrounding Area…

Discover the Yorkshire Dales… a land of stunning contrasts. High fells and lush meadows, whitewashed farms and stone built cottages, dramatic waterfalls, wild flowers and wonderful birdsong.

The famous dales ofWensleydaleSwaledale and Wharfedale are all within easy reach from Rookhurst.

Or why not forget your car and explore on foot… paths leave in every direction from Gayle.

Nearby… old market towns such as Hawes and Leyburn…Castles (Castle Bolton & Middleham), walled gardens, disappearing streams, lush farmland…

Further afield… Bolton Abbey and Fountains Abbey, the spa town of HarrogateSkipton Castle, historic Richmond… and lots more.

Hardraw Force, one of the highest waterfalls in England is only a few miles walk away and the intriguing White Scar Caves near Ingleton are well worth a visit.

For those who like to sample the locally brewed ales, a trip to Masham is well worth it to visit the Black Sheep and Theakston breweries.


The Village of Gayle, originally a Celtic settlement, is divided by Duerley Beck and boasts two beautiful waterfalls – Gayle Force and upstream Aisgill Force. Downstream the sawmill, built in 1783, originally a cotton mill, and later a woolen mill & saw mill. Duerley Beck flows on past the Wensleydale Creamery, famous for its cheese, then on to Hawes and the River Ure.

At the head of the dale it bears the title of the capital of Wensleydale. Its market charter was granted in 1699 by William III. It continues to be the major livestock centre and claims to be the second highest market town in England. Hawes today is a prosperous tourist centre for the Yorkshire Dales and owes much of its success to its unrivaled central position in the Dales.

There’s something for everyone in this beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales…whatever the weather!


Castle Bolton
Aysgarth Falls
Wensleydale View from Hawes
The Home of Wensleydale Cheese

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