Skipton is a market town in North Yorkshire of about 14,000 people, although this increases on market days. These are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday when the wide High Street has market stalls down either side. Apartr from market stalls this little town has many shops, lots of them local. The town centre has many places for snacks or main meals to cater for tourists and market day visitors.
The Leeds-Liverpool canal, with many canal boats and boat trips, running through the town adds to its attractiveness. There is also Skipton castle at the top of the High Street.
Skipton is easily reached by road from Leeds or along the A65 from the M6. It is also on the Leeds-Carlisle railway.

Skipton was one of The Times' top 30 places to retire to in Britain 2013

Starting at the railway station opposite the car park is Herriot's Hotel. Coming out of here turn left and walking towards the town past Morrisons supermarket a first right turn is made, just before the road goes over the canal, to go down Cavendish street. At the end of this street is The Railway and opposite it is The Craven Hotel.
  Travel up, Cross Street, between these two pubs, onto the main road (Keighley Rd) and turn left towards the town. Just over the bridge is The Fleece. Now cross the road to the right hand side and walking on you arrive at the roundabout at the foot of the High Street. Follow the road around and as you leave the junction you approach The Devonshire (a Wetherspoon's pub). Across the road is the boutique hotel 25 and it's eating place Nosh. The side entrance has a small seating area and sells beer. Coming back onto the main road follow this round on to Otley Rd to find The Cross Keys.
  Otley St is opposite the Cross Keys and half way along it is The Albion. Continuing along this road (though roads are now becoming lanes) brings you to the High Street. Turning up to the right there is The Red Lion. Around the corner from The Red Lion is Les Bistro des Amis.
  Going back up the High Street the right exit at the roundabout is Skipton castle and The Castle (pub) is down the left hand exit. Have a quick look just past this to see if the Royal Oak has reopened. If not, then cross over and return to the High Street and walk down to The Black Horse. Keep walking down the High Street to find The Wooly Sheep.
  Continue round, off the High Street into Belmont Street and walk onto The Cock and Bottle. Leave here, continuing along, and turn quick right into Coach Street. Along this street is The Yorkshire Rose. Continue on looking for Victoria Street on to your right (this is actually an alley found before you reach the canal.) Up here you find The Narrow Boat. Return to Coach Street and walk on towards the canal and turn down Canal Street rather than cross the canal. On this street is The Royal Shepherd.


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When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.

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 The Royal Shepherd cannot quite take advantage of being by the canal side, however, It does its best with ouside benches and some tables at the side. Two roomed pub with both acting as lounges. Home cooking. Friendly staff.

Have one here
real ale : Scotts 1816, Golden Pippin (both Copper Dragon of Skipton), Landlord
bitter : Bodingtons, Tetley Cream Flow
Lager : Carlsberg, Stella, Becks
cider : Strongbow Guinness

The Narrow Boat has 8 real ales and none of the usual lager brands. Porticoed with seating outside by lane. Inside the bar counter is to the left and includes a tabled seating area. To the right is a large room with wooden tables and benches.Upstairs is a gallery looking over the bar and access to a function room. The pub has received seven CMRA Pub of the Season awards since 1999.
Variety of ages for clientel although leaning to the naturally balding gentlemen. Dogs on leads are welcomed. Food everyday with music on Monday and quiz on Wednesday. Part of the Market Town Taverns group. 
They still laugh at the customer wanting to know where to get a pint of Carling!
The Good Beer Guide 2013-16 (CAMRA); The Good pub Guide 2013
Have many
real ale : Always 8 including - Black Sheep, Challanger (Copper Dragon), Samba (Leeds) Landlord, Mary Jane and Ilikley Summer (Ilkley), Pale Rider (Kelham Island) Dark Bee and Arizona (both Phoenix) , Weavers Ginger (Moorhouse), Aviator (Dent), Cromwells Pale (Marston Moor)
Lager : Kaltenberg Hell, Warsteiner, Erdinger, Thornbridge Versa
cider : Apall Cyder Timmermands Strawberry Beer
NO Guinness but Marston's Oyster Stout

The Rose and Crown now called The Yorkshire Rose has three large seating areas with variety of seating; dining tables and chairs; well padded seating around sides, comfy chairs and tables Large severy against back wall, staright ahead from entrance, with stools for sitting at counter ,Large area around the bar for standing purposes. Food served daily and entertainment some nights. Lot of outside seating to left.
have a half pint
real ale : Doombar; Silver Fox; tetleys
bitter : John Smiths
Lager : Carling, Stella, Carlsberg
cider : Strongbow Guiness

The Cock and Bottle  is a long narrow pub with windows into the cellar from the road and from inside the pub. Lounge at front then the long serving area and slightly raised area with seating beyond. Lots of pictures of locals enjoying themselves. Very friendly staff. Outside seating almost in back yard of Rose & Crown. Quiz on Wednesday.
Have a couple here
real ale : Usually 4 including - Golden Pippin (Copper Dragon of Skipton), Strongarm (Camerons), Tetleys, White Gold (White Rose), Hereford Pale ale (Wye Valley), Summer Lightning (Hop Back), Flying Scotsman (Cottage)
Lager : Fosters, Stella, Becks
cider : Strongbow Guinness

The Wooly Sheep is a recently refurbished Timothy Taylor pub offering comfort, very good food and large outsdie area. Front lounge served from side bar - an evening couple room. Then through to main serving area with some seating which leads raised dining area. Finally a large covered outside area. The food and service are excellent.
The Good Beer Guide 2013-2016 (CAMRA); The Good Pub Guide 2013
Have one here
real ale : Best Bitter, Golden Best, Ram Tam, Landlord and Dark Mild (all Timothy Taylor),
Pheasant Plucker (Fuzzy Duck)
Lager : Amstel, San Miguel, Carling, Freedom Pilsner, Peroni
cider : Stowford Press Guinness

The Black Horse is a big pub with the bouncers outside early at the weekend. The lighting, or lack of it, makes it very dark. Bar at front then room widens out leading to a very large drinking/dining area with another bar. This then leads through to a patio overlooking the canal. Very busy on weekend nights.
Shame about the big banners hanging outside the building.
Have a half here
real ale : Best Copper Dragon of Skipton)
bitter : Tetley smooth
Lager : Carling, Heinekin, Grolsch, Stella
cider : Strongbow Guinness

Ritchie Blackmore - both in the Savages in 1962

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