Cracoe

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Devonshire Arms, Cracoe
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Cracoe is an idyllic hamlet located around five miles north of the market town of Skipton and around six miles south-west of Grassington.

Even if you have never been in the area before you may have heard of Cracoe and its neighbouring village Rylstone as they are the homes of the real life Calendar Girls, a group of women that gained national media coverage when they produced a nude calendar in aid of leukaemia research in the late 1990s. Their story was turned into a hit movie starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters and it has also been replicated as a stage musical.

Cracoe is currently home to just 150 people, but many cyclists visit because the hamlet was featured on the route of the Tour De France during the summer of 2014. It also lies on the Way of the Roses, a coast-to-coast cycling route opened in 2010 which runs between the seaside resort of Morecambe on the Irish Sea and Bridlington in East Yorkshire.

Between Cracoe and Burnsall lies the Cracoe Reef Knolls, a collection of low lying limestone hills which contain the remnants of a pre-historic ocean which once covered the land.

Walkers and cyclists heading to the hills above the hamlet will come to Cracoe Fell. At its summit they will see a large war memorial dedicated to those that died during the First World War.

Heading west across the fell will take them the Rylstone Cross, a giant crucifix perched a cliff face. It was originally erected in wood to commemorate the Treaty of Paris in 1885, but had to be continually replaced due to the weather taking its toll. The stone monument has been in place since 1947.

Cracoe is very close to the village of Linton which is home to the stunning limestone Linton Falls. It is one of many small waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales, but it is quite possibly the only one which has an observation bridge running in front of it.

When the water is low, visitors can also walk over the river using an ancient course of stepping stones close to the village church.

In nearby Grassington tourists can visit the Folk Museum which is housed in two miners cottages and features many exhibits and artefacts on village life through the ages.

There are also regular events and gatherings in the town, including a Dickensian festival running during the three Saturdays leading up to Christmas and a 1940s-theamed weekend. A village festival including concerts, dances, theatre and comedy takes place for two weeks each June.

Grassington is home to crafts shops and places selling outdoor equipment but those looking for a more varied shopping experience will be drawn to Skipton, which has a large high street with well-known stores and a much-loved market.

Skipton is perhaps most famous for its medieval castle which open to visitors all year round.

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