Embsay holiday cottages are surrounded by windswept heather moorland and flat-topped hills. This sleepy village lies on the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, in the Craven district of Yorkshire. From a distance, it is little more than a huddle of stone homes, nestled at the foot of Embsay Crag. Beyond the crag, Barden Moor is a stretch of open moorland which is popular among walkers. It is a steep ascent to the summit of Embsay Crag, but the views across the Dales are well worth the effort. There are three reservoirs on the moor, one of which is home to Craven Sailing Club. Follow the banks of a gentle beck into the village centre from your holiday cottage in Embsay and you will discover a variety of family-run businesses, including a grocery and an arts and crafts shop. There is also a post office, a church and a village hall where pantomimes, film nights and other community events are held. The Elm Tree Inn is a historic pub, serving a range of delicious Yorkshire classics, and the Cavendish Arms is a great place to meet the locals over a pint of local ale. Embsay is known for its graceful, stone-built architecture, including the listed Manor House, which dates back to 1635.
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At the southern of the village, Embsay Railway Station is the terminus for the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, and served as the station in the TV series, Emmerdale. The railway runs regular journeys through some of the region’s most picturesque scenery, in beautifully preserved Victorian and Edwardian carriages. Self-catering holidays in Embsay are popular among visitors who want to discover the mysterious landscapes and idyllic villages of the Yorkshire Dales. The market town of Skipton is a five-minute drive away, with a medieval castle, theatres and an award-winning market. Skipton is a base for various activities, with guides offering horse-riding, cycling and cruises on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. The city of York is home to some of the country’s most remarkable architecture, while Leeds is known for its excellent shopping and food scene.