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Apr 2015+

scēp (a) sheep Anglian + tūn Old English farmstead, settlement.

Population - 8,470.

Wetherspoon™s - The Devonshire : Former name of inn (1/5).

Skipton Coat of Arms

This fine, North Yorkshire town is named from the old word for sheep, of course, and not a reputation for the locals rummaging around in the refuse...

Skipton - High Street

'Have you seen Harry?'
Aye, he's in t'skip!
'Harry? he's skip t'in?'

Not that you'd be inclined to, there's a famously good value market here most days where you can buy a competitively priced shirt and\or 100 metres of tin foil.

That makes it one of the few commodities that's actually quicker to run than unravel.

 
The Beer Engine (Albert Terrace)

It might look like someone's front room but these guys are genuinely 'crafty'. As far as this pair are concerned, there are no other pubs in Skipton now.

What is noticeable is just how Northern this place is. We hail from even more north of here but found them practically unintelligible...

'What's that Skipp(ton)y? There's been an explosion at t'brewery and boss is up to his oxters in Fosters?'

Just glad to hear he's OK and he didn't 'top his clogs'.

 
Aagrah Kashmiri Restaurant (Waterside Court)

A popular chain in these parts and a modern take on the conventional curry in what could be a nightclub. See also  Akbar's if you're from even more north.

This is very much canal country. There's a branch that takes you along to Skipton Castle and where this meets the main Leeds & Liverpool, there's a nice towpath-y vibe.

Skipton - Canal Towpath Skipton Castle Skipton - Canal Towpath - Royal Shepherd Inn

There are guided, watery tours here with one offering 'rib-tickling' recorded commentary by none other than Lancashire's  Dave Spikey. Pushed for time, the invite had to be declined opting instead to just watch the busy waterway for a while. One of the skippers, gingerly attempting a reverse mooring needed a guide in...

'Ow am I thur?'
You're a foot in front![1]

Yes, it looks like a difficult manoeuvre but there's no need for that kind of language!

[1] © None other than Lancashire's Dave Spikey.

 
Copper Dragon Brewery (St Paul's Road, Keighley)

They used to have a small 'tap' with tours available but then they moved to Keighley and now they don't. They used to, still might?, have it on in the Rendezvous, see below, where it managed to travel the 200 yards well.

They're still a staple in Skipton but keep a lookout for them in your local.

The old cotton mills are long since defunct but rather than lament their demise[1], they've been converted for the retail and the residential.

Despite hailing from near Doncaster, legendary Yorkshire cricketer Fred Trueman adopted Skipton as his home. There's a bronze statue in his honour near here but just like one of fiery Fred's fast, full tosses, didn't even see it.

Skipton - Victoria Mill

'Aye, I'll sithee.'

[1] Looking at you  Sting and Jimmy Nail re: The River Tyne.

 
Rendezvous Hotel (Keighley Road)

Family run, excellent value and unexpectedly-good canalside dining. Pre-dinner drinks saw a bathrobed couple who'd clearly been on the sauce all day. Saucy it got until all were just a flannelette's width away from a full floor show.

'Bit awkward that...' said the barman, 'We've a wedding tomorrow and she's t'bride!'