Promoting the Gateway to the Dales. Skipton, North Yorkshire.
Published October 2nd 2012
When it rains in Skipton, just about everyone's mood drops. Why? Because in Skipton we like a little sun. Because in Skipton we don't quite know what to when our park and canal walks are out of bounds. Well of course there not out of bound; do we really want to walk through puddles large enough be considered floods and downpours heavy enough we may as well get out a bottle of shampoo? The answers probably no.
Of course to get around this we could pull on the waterproof trousers, pull on the wellies and boring blue waterproof coat and avoid being soaked to the skin. But Skipton won't do this, Skipton won't deny fashion in itself.
So if we're refusing to get wet and refusing to commit social suicide with terrible fashion then what do we do I hear you ask?
Well, we have probably about as many coffee shops as London; a slight exaggeration, so this makes a quick dash in between showers worth while to get a warm, sweet coffee in your grasps. Of course if a quick dash between showers just isn't possible, humble Skipton has more to offer. Much more.
How about a trip to the historical Skipton Castle - over 900 years old and once belonging to the Cliffords. This is a great way to escape the rain, especially being locked away in the dungeons. Don't worry though, it's for a quick time only. Just enough to get the feel of being locked away under the 900 year old castle.
If history isn't your thing what about 'The Plaza', Skipton's film house, with stall and circle seating this film house has the old comforts feel to it, although with the latest film released to Skipton, slush puppies and pop corn you can't go wrong relaxing away from the rain in Skipton's film house.
For food, instead of a picnic try one of Skipton's many pubs; again probably just about as many as London, and you will not be dismayed.
So if you're fancying a day trip to Skipton and realise it's raining don't be put off, come along and enjoy a coffee, visit 'Skipton Castle', watch a film at 'The Plaza' then enjoy a traditional Yorkshire meal, perhaps something with Yorkshire puddings?
Don't let a rainy day put you off!
After all, without all the rain in the Yorkshire Dales, we wouldn't have the beautiful greenery surrounding us.