Melmerby is a small hamlet sitting high on the northern slopes of Coverdale, a quiet, wide rural valley to the south of Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is situated at the junction of the high moor road that passes into Wensleydale via the flanks of Penhill and is a true rural, farming community.
Melmerby’s elevated position gives beautiful views over Coverdale, as well as to the Vale of York and North Yorkshire Moors to the east. Its proximity to open heath and moorland offers peace and tranquility and endless opportunity for walking and cycling, as well as easy access to the beauty spots and attractions of the Dales and Moors.
Just over half a mile away from Melmerby is the village of Carlton, which is the home of the our local pub, the Foresters Arms, which was saved from closure by the community and is now a thriving Inn serving the locals and visitors to Coverdale. For more information on the formation of the community pub please visit the Coverdale Community Pub website.
The historic town of Middleham, with its strong racing connections and castle is close by, as is the thriving market town of Leyburn, which boasts a local market, several hotels, restaurants and public houses, many small speciality shops and a livestock auction mart. Leyburn is well served with local transport links and buses connect to Richmond, Hawes and Bedale. The famous Wensleydale Railway passes through the town on its route from Leeming Bar to Redmire.
Close to market towns of:
Leyburn – 4½ miles
Middleham – 4 miles
Masham – 12 miles
Hawes – 15 miles
Richmond – 14 miles
Nearby Attractions: (click links for further information)
Yorkshire Dales National Park
The Yorkshire Dales has some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK, from crags and pavements to an undergrounds labyrinth of caves. Each valley or ‘dale’ has its own distinct character, set against expansive heather moorland tops.
Stone-built villages sit amongst traditional farming landscapes of field barns, drystone walls and flower-rich hay meadows, and show how the area has been shaped over thousands of years by the people who have lived and worked here.
Spectacular waterfalls and ancient broadleaved woodland contrast with the scattered remains of former mine workings and other rural industries which remind us of the area’s rich industrial heritage. Together, nature and people have created a special landscape of immense beauty and character.