The new TV series of All Creatures Great and Small has been excellent. Many of the locations that are used in the series are best visited as a collection of James Herriot walks.
Most of the original series was filmed in Wensleydale and Swaledale to the north of the Dales whereas the present series uses the southern dales, particularly around Wharfedale.
I have listed below the best James Herriott walks that include iconic locations in both the present and original series.
The small market town of Grassington is used as base for much of the filming. The Stripey Badger and cafe and the small square were used for a lot of the filming and Skeldale House interior is a separate location in the village.
In Episode 1 James gets off the bus for the first time at Malham Lings/Streetgate, near the shoreline of Malham Tarn. Its his first experience of the Dales…and a good one.
James is in the lovely waterfall at Janet’s Foss for his own Mr Darcy moment.
Some of the most spectacular views of the Dales are filmed in Littondale where the true beauty of the area can be seen. Unspoilt and one of my own personal favourites. Arncliffe was used for scenes in the Darrowby Show.
Whereas the Devonshire Arms in Grassington was used for the outside pub shots, the Green Dragon at Hardraw near Hawes was used for filming inside. The church at Hardraw was used as Darrowby Church.
The beautiful exterior of Yockenthwaite Farm was filmed as Helen’s farm. Look for the pack horse bridge and iconic red post box at the entrance. Now the farm produces its own delicious granola.
A few miles south of the Yorkshire Dales Oakworth train station is used. The same station was the focal point 40 years ago in the Railway Children.
The pack horse bridge at Bardon is used in two scenes where cars get stuck coming in opposite directions. Imagine James and his love rival!
Mrs Pomfrey and Trickie Woo lived in a grand house and the best around is Broughton Hall! There is a great cafe on the estate.
The village of Askrigg was much used for filming in the original series. Skeldale House is a working B and B named after the original vet’s building and the King’s Arms was used for external and internal pub scenes.
The remote roads that wind their way in to the high Dales near Reeth and above Langthwaite are used in the famous opening sequence of the old series. If anything showcases the Dales these do.
Many of the market scenes in the first series were filmed at Hawes.
This is where the real James Herriot and Helen spent their honeymoon. Look for the plaque on the door of the Wheatsheaf pub. They regularly took the walk to Aysgarth Falls
Finally who am I to argue with Siegried when he named the view from Sutton Bank ‘the finest in England’
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