Gargrave Autoharp Festival - Accommodation 2014
This year, 2014, the Gargrave Autoharp Festival, June
2014, is part of the Yorkshire Festival, the programme of cultural events
building up to the Grand Depart of the Tour de France, July 2014...
Gargrave Autoharp Festival
Weekend of Friday June 27, Saturday June 28 , Sunday June
29 , 2014
Gargrave is a pretty
village, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, not far from the market
town Skipton. The main road through the
village is the A65. The Pennine Way,
long distance footpath, comes down to the village, before climbing to
Malham. The Leeds & Liverpool Canal,
one of the 3 trans-Pennine canals, goes through the village.
Gargrave has its own railway station, on the
Leeds-Morecambe line - which also connects with the Settle-Carlisle line. But do note that Gargrave Station is a little
halt, no facilities, no taxis, and a bit of a trudge to the centre of the
The local large and busy station is Skipton, with many
taxis, ten minutes drive away from Gargrave.
Remember that the Gargrave Village Hall is the main venue...
Kath and Keith Bradley, very helpful and supportive.
Rooms available for our weekend...
The Old Swan Inn - pub and B&B
Old coaching inn, in the centre of Gargrave, now run by
Kevan Lawson and Amy Dalgleish. Refurbished
and open for business.
There isn't a web site, but they do now have a Facebook
Rooms available for our weekend...
Masons Arms - pub and B&B
John Baker, the landlord, is very helpful and supportive.
However rooms at the Masons seems to be fully booked on
Friday June 27. Saturday and Sunday some
The Premier Inn is on the western edge of Gargrave, where
the A65 crosses the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. It shares a site with the Anchor Inn, a
Brewers Fayre pub restaurant. There is a
safe walk to the centre of the village, along the towpath.
Do remember that with hotel chains like Premier it really
pays to book ahead through the web site...
Generally caravan and camper van people have their own
contacts and lists. But, briefly, Eshton
Road Caravan Park is quite small, on the eastern edge of Gargrave, next to the
Leeds & Liverpool Canal. There is an
easy walk into the village, along the canal towpath.
A possible alternative, but ONLY for members of the
Camping & Caravanning club, is the club's gathering for our weekend on the
Gargrave football pitch. Details are in
the club members part of the web site and in the club's magazine.
Own sanitation essential - there are no toilet or shower
facilities. Arrive on the Thursday, any
time after 4, and check in with the steward.
There are many other Camp and Caravan sites nearby, in
Skipton and in the Yorkshire Dales generally.
Skipton is nearby, and has very many hotels and B&Bs,
of every standard... See
...and many other web sites.
Gargrave is about 10 minutes drive from the centre of
Skipton. There is a Travelodge on the
Gargrave edge of Skipton, on the Skipton by-pass - so 5 minutes drive. Again, with hotel chains like Travelodge, it
pays to book ahead through the web site.
If you do book accommodation in Skipton make sure that
the parking problem is solved. The more
established hotels, like Herriots Hotel and the Rendezvous, have their own car
parks. Otherwise, parking in Skipton is
annoying and/or expensive.
Near to Gargrave, but NOT walking distance, are other possibilities
- depending on budgets. For example
All of the villages and towns around Gargrave, especially
within the Yorkshire Dales, have hotels, B&Bs, camp and caravan sites. There are also many holiday cottages, but
they are usually let through agencies/web sites, and usually by the week. Weekends are sometimes available.
For those in an extravagant or adventurous mood it is
possible to hire a canal boat in Skipton, or nearby, bring the boat up the
locks and moor in Gargrave. But canal
boat hire is not cheap.
For those who want to experience the most beautiful
stretch of canal in England... I will be
bringing my boat down from Barnoldswick (pronounced Barlick) to Gargrave a few
days before the Gargrave Autoharp Festival, and we can take about 8 passengers. The journey takes a whole day by boat, 20
minutes by car.