Local area – attractions & amenities


Kelbrook has a population of just over 1,000 and borders Lancashire, North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

Our lovely village offers visitors the best of both worlds. Within a few minutes’ stroll you can be surrounded by miles of unspoilt countryside, yet in the other direction are bustling towns and great transport links to the rest of the region.

It boasts two pubs – the Craven Heifer contemporary gastro pub right in the centre of the village and the Stone Trough Inn a 10-minute walk away.

At Kelbrook Fisheries chippy overseas visitors can sample England’s national dish of fish, chips and mushy peas, and there is also a Texaco filling station with ATM cashpoint and minimart which stocks essentials, plus a children’s playpark.

Another larger playpark with football pitch, skate ramps, bowling green and free tennis courts is a 10-minute walk away in the neighbouring village of Sough.

If you fancy your hand at clay pigeon shooting the Kelbrook Lodge Shooting School is a fabulous fun day out.

And if you would like to take home a souvenir from your stay in the village then a visit to Kelbrook Pottery  or the Studio 22b art gallery at Soughbrigdge Mill might be in order.

See below for some of the attractions in our towns nearby.

And here are some ideas if the English weather turns bad and you have children:

Embsay Steam Railway  near Skipton (20 mins drive)
Keighley and Worth Valley Steam Railway (30 mins drive)
The Green Playhouse, Barnoldswick (5 mins drive)
Bancroft Mill Engine Museum, Barnoldswick (5 mins drive)
Thornton Hall Farm Country Park (5 mins drive)
Hesketh Farm Park, Bolton Abbey (20 mins drive)
Laser Tag at Prestige Karting, Colne (10 mins drive) – for over 4s
Giddy Kippers soft play, Nelson (15 mins drive)
Billy Bob’s Ice Cream Parlour and Play, Bolton Abbey (20 mins drive)
Barlick Arts and Crafts drop-in, Barnoldswick (5 mins drive) – you can book children’s parties (pottery etc)
Earnie’s Roller Rink, Colne (5 mins drive)
Skipton Canal Cruises, (20 mins drive)
Skipton Castle (20 mins drive)
White Scar Cave, Ingleton (40 mins drive)
Stump Cross Caverns, Pateley Bridge (40 mins drive)
Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, (1 hour drive)
Leeds City Museum (1 hour drive)
Eureka National Children’s Museum, Halifax (1 hr drive)
Manchester Museum (1 hr drive)

Skipton (8 miles north)

Photo courtesy of Skipton Castle, North Yorkshire

This historic market town is known as “The Gateway to the Dales” and is home to Skipton Castle – a 900-year-old medieval fortress.

Photo courtesy of Skipton Castle, North Yorkshire
Skipton attracts thousands of tourists every year – perhaps because it has been crowned the Best Place to Live in Britain (Sunday Times 2014)Britain’s Happiest Place (The Independent 2017), the Most Courteous Town (National Campaign for Courtesy 2016), the Best Small Outdoor Market and Best Large Speciality Market (NABMA The Voice of Markets 2017 and 2018)!

The market is located right on the High Street and is held on the cobbled “setts” on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. You can take a cruise on the Leeds-Liverpool canal.

There is also Aireville Park and Craven Leisure Centre with facilities including a swimming pool, 14-hole pitch-and-putt course, zipwire, wheelpark (skateboard, BMX, rollerblade), the Raven Tree Top Adventure, a playpark and multi-use games area.

Skipton is also home to all the major banks, high street chain stores, a Marks and Spencer Food store, Morrison’s, Tesco, and Aldi supermarkets.

If you fancy a night out, Skipton has a variety of traditional pubs and trendy gin bars, as well as Kooky nightclub. There are three theatres – the Mart Theatre (which doubles up as the cattle market during the day!), the Little Theatre and a further venue at the Town Hall.

Barnoldswick (2 miles west)

barlick squareThe lovely historic mill town of Barnoldswick is just up the road with a regular market plus lots of boutique shops, cafés, restaurants and pubs. It’s home to the famous Rolls-Royce aircraft engine factory and the headquarters for Silentnight beds.

The town has two supermarkets (a Co-op and an Aldi), two parks (Victory Park and Letcliffe Country Park) and two banks (Lloyds and Barclays), although opening hours are restricted.

It plays host to Barlick Beach, when the seaside comes to town every year for the whole of August.

Other attractions include: West Craven Swimming Pool and Sports Centre, Bancroft Mill Museum – with its working steam engine, Weets Hill (1,302ft), Mario’s Italian Restaurant and take-away and Greenberfield Locks – the highest point on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.

Earby (1.5 miles north)

Amenities include: a Post Office, Co-op Mini Market with ATM cashpoint, Madras Indian Restaurant and Jade Palace Cantonese Restaurant and take-away.

Salterforth (1 mile west)

Attractions include: a playground with sandpit and playing field, the Anchor Inn historic pub (1655 – has stalactites and stalagmites in cellar!) and lovely walks along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.

Foulridge (2 miles south)

IMG_0318Attractions include: the Four Elephants contemporary Indian Restaurant, Foulridge Canal Cruises including Mile Tunnel and Foulridge Wharf, a sailing club at Burwain Lake, The Wharfe cafe, the New Inn and Hare and Hounds pubs and shops including a butcher, baker, hairdresser, Chinese takeaway, and beauty salon.

Colne (3 miles south)

Amenities and attractions in this busy market town include: a Sainsbury’s, Tesco Express, Aldi, Lidl, Matalan, TK Maxx, Boundary Mill Stores factory outlet, a train station, Swimming Pool, Wycoller Country Park, Hippodrome Theatre, Colne Muni – theatre and concert venue, Prestige Go-karting and Earnies Roller Rink for rollerskaters.

The town also hosts the annual Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival

Barrowford ( 6 miles)

This small town has a lovely park, plus lots of boutique shops, cafes and pubs. One of the original toll houses, dating from 1804–05, can still be seen at the junction with the road to Colne, complete with a reproduction of the table of tolls which were paid. The toll house was restored in the 1980s and is owned by the trust which operates nearby Pendle Heritage Centre

Barley (8 miles)

This is the closest village for walking up the spectacular Pendle Hill (1,827ft), famed for its witches and magnificent panoramic views. There are several pubs in the village.

Thornton-in-Craven (3 miles north)

Home to animal petting and fun activities at Thornton Hall Farm Park.

Elslack (4 miles north)

Has the lovely Tempest Arms pub.

Embsay (10 miles north)

Home to Embsay Steam Railway, Embsay Crag and reservoir.

Bolton Abbey (15 miles north)

A lovely place for a day out, with spectacular historic ruins, lovely riverside walks with seasonal themed trails, animal petting and lots more at Hesketh Farm Park and Billy Bob’s Parlour (Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Factory) and playbarn.

Ilkley (18 miles north)

This lovely town is the inspiration behind the song On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘At with it’s magnificent views and rocky outcrops called the Cow and Calf rocks (cafe and pub nearby). There is a fabulous playpark, riverside walks, great shopping and eating out, Lido (open air swimming pool) and bluebell woods.

Harrogate (30 miles north)

A spa town with restored Turkish Baths, and great food, drink and shops. Home of the famous Bettys Café Tea Rooms, there are also the beautiful Royal Horticultural Society Harlow Carr Gardens. It is the location for the Yorkshire Event Centre which hosts many large events including the Great Yorkshire Show, and the Harrogate Convention Centre for shows and festivals.

Nearby are the amazing Brimham Rocks and Stump Cross Caverns.

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