Our latest homes in Skipton are launching in the next few weeks, and we can’t wait to show you around! In the meantime, we thought we’d give you a little tour of the town itself…
Welcome to our hometown! We’re proud to call Skipton home and very excited to be building again in a town that is often ranked amongst the happiest in the UK and rated one of its best places to live. It’s known as the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales and it really is the perfect base for exploring ‘God’s own country’, whether you’re taking in the waterfalls at Gordale Scar, walking Elslack Moor or paying a visit to the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The picturesque waterways of the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, including Skipton’s own Springs Branch, also run through the town itself.
The area is historically significant as well as naturally beautiful. Skipton prospered as a market town thanks to its history of trading sheep and woollen goods; in fact its name translates as ‘sheep town’, and a sheep fleece features on its coat of arms. The town’s eponymous castle dates back to the 11th Century and there’s more local history to discover at East Riddlesden Hall, Cliffe Castle and the striking ruins of Bolton Abbey and Priory. Broughton Hall Estate, which will be forever linked to St. Stephen’s Place thanks to the Tempest family, has also been revitalised by its current custodians, with an on-site wellbeing centre, bistro and more.
The location of St. Stephen’s Place could hardly be more convenient, thanks to its close proximity to notable schools, useful amenities and excellent transport links. St. Stephen’s Primary School is just next door, with Water Street Primary, Ermysted’s Boys’ Grammar and Skipton Girls’ High School all within a couple of minutes’ walk. Several major supermarkets have a presence in Skipton alongside many independent shops (Keelham Farm Shop, located further up the road towards Gargrave, is a particular highlight) and a bustling market still takes place several days a week. Skipton train station is a short walk away and has regular connecting services to Leeds, Carlisle and beyond. York, Leeds and other major towns and cities are within easy reach via road, as is Leeds Bradford Airport.