Austwick near Settle North Yorkshire LA2 8AZ 01524 251 021
The location is really handy – on the road between Settle and Ingleton – and Dalesbridge also goes out of its way to appeal to all budgets, since it's a combined B&B, bunkhouse and campsite set in the grounds of what was once a convalescent hospital. Bed and breakfast is in the main house, where the nurses used to live, with country-pine en-suite doubles and family rooms that look over the grounds and fields. There's an outdoorsy feel, so no one much minds boots and walking gear, and Dalesbridge has good contacts with local activity operators, from caving to mountain-biking. But really active families, bikers and hikers tend to go for the en-suite bunkhouse cabins, set apart from the main house – configured to sleep four or six, they are fairly utilitarian and well-worn but do have all you'll need for a camping-without-a-tent experience (there's a lot more room, and a full kitchen in the 6-bed cabins). Of course, if you've got a tent, then the big field in front is the cheapest space for the night at Dalesbridge – there are toilets, showers and wash-up rooms, and a pub and a shop in the nearby village of Austwick. Ten acres of grounds means there's plenty of room for children to zoom around on foot and bike, but the whole of the western Dales is on your doorstep too.
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Places to eat & drink nearby
Brasserie in the Courtyard
The Courtyard A65 Settle BD24 9JY
Part of a boutique retail outlet near Settle, the Brasserie fits right in.
The Lion at Settle
Duke Street Settle North Yorkshire BD24 9DU
Latest incarnation of Settle's traditional coaching inn is a light and welcoming bar-restaurant.
Old Hill Inn
Chapel-le-Dale Ingleton North Yorkshire LA6 3AR
A very charming rustic retreat where the food is a real draw.
Horton-in-Ribblesdale North Yorkshire BD24 0HE
Walkers' café par excellence – the most welcome sight you'll see at the end of any day out in the hills hereabouts
Ye Olde Naked Man Café
Market Place Settle North Yorkshire BD24 9ED
The arresting name has attracted generations of curious visitors.
Things to see & do nearby
Station Road Settle North Yorkshire BD24 9AA
England's most scenic railway is the claim – and who would say they're wrong?
White Scar Caves
Ingleton North Yorkshire LA6 3AW
Join a slickly organised guided tour into the heart of Britain's longest underground show cave.
- Camping Available
- Independent hostels
Dalesbridge is situated on the main A65 cross-Pennine route between Ingleton (6miles) and Settle (5miles). It's close to the village of Austwick but the entrance is from the main A65 road.