A land of summer nostalgia heavily peppered with golden-yellow meadows, Muker is one of the Dales’ many hidden gems – one that’ll have you feeling escapism by the bucketload if you visit at the right time of year. Which just so happens to be right now.
A small attractive Swaledale village surrounded by rolling hills, Muker comes alive with a rainbow of wildflowers each and every Spring/Summer – with stunning blooms such as the vibrant yellow Flatweed, pretty yellow sprays of Lady’s Mantle, purple Geraniums and fuchsia-toned Melancholy Thistles.
Taking a walk North of the village towards the famous Crackpot Hall is quite possibly one of the most rewarding walks you could choose, not only because of the curious sights of the former farmhouse and lead mine but because of the natural, untouched beauty that certainly can’t be found just anywhere. It really is a reminder as to why the Dales are so deserving of its National Park status.
Crossing through the valley into the vast, dramatic countryside – it’s hard to believe that Muker (and Swaledale as a whole) is less popular than its Southern counterparts, Malham and Grassington – but it makes for a bit of a bonus if you’re looking to avoid the crowds at the Cove and Linton Falls.
On the same note, due to Muker’s rural nature, the village is home to just one watering hole – the Farmer’s Arms, alongside a quaint teashop and village store for your walking essentials.
In addition to Crackpot Hall, guests can explore the Dales highlights such as Buttertubs Pass, Kisdon Force and Wain Wath Force nearby, alongside the farm that Amanda Owen calls home – Ravenseat Farm.
The Muker to Crackpot Hall walk through wildflower meadows is an absolute must whether you’re a hiker, or just love beautiful things. Once you’ve completed the nature walk, why not head over to the highest pub in England, Tan Hall Inn for some grub and a nice pint?
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