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With it’s charming cobbled Market Place, full of unusual shops, Bedale is well worth a visit!
Bedale is home to a host of unique shops offering everything from jewellery and antiques to custom-made furniture, women’s fashion, china and gifts. Recent changes have provided two shoe shops and a contemporary home store.
Foodies are also are well catered for. Wensleydale cheese is, of course, a local speciality, as is real dairy ice cream from Dales herds and Yorkshire beers. The town’s butcher is locally renowned and there is a delicatessen, bakery and greengrocer.
The weekly market on Tuesdays continues the food theme with the fishmonger, locally grown vegetables and plant stalls amongst the most popular. Shoppers of all ages also enjoy the Saturday morning car boot sale which brings visitors from far and wide to Bedale Hall between Easter and October.
And every 3 weeks there is an auction at the salerooms by the beck, where amazing bargains are to be had and some serious antiques.
Bedale Shops & Businesses with current offers are detailed below.
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Only 1 mile from the A1M, it is an ideal location with fast real and virtual communications. London is 3 hours away on the East Coast mainline or 236 miles; Edinburgh is 2 1/2 hours by train or 164 miles. More locally, Leeds is 46 miles and Newcastle 56 miles.
Bedale Hall is an excellent conference venue and has rooms for smaller meetings. It also has offices for rent, as do other properties in town.
Free wifi is available along the Market Place, so it is a great place to stop between appointments or use as a central point for meetings with colleagues.
Car parking is only £1 per day or there is 2 hours free parking in the Market Place, for which you need to display a ‘disc’. Discs are available free of charge from local shops and the Tourist Information Centre. For a quick snack or a meal, there is a range of eating establishments.
A market town since 1251, it has the only listed Leech House in the country and a harbour 70 miles from the sea!
The Tourist Information Centre is at Bedale Hall (DL8 1AA) and is well stocked with leaflets on local and regional attractions.
Bedale is a traditional Yorkshire market town mentioned in the Domesday Book. Its Georgian heyday is reflected in the elegant buildings lining the historic market square. The 12th century church, St Gregory’s, has been named as one of Britain’s best.
Today’s Bedale still has a market, unique shops, scenic local walks and attractions for all the family, making it an ideal day out. There is 2 hours free parking in the Market Place, using a disc obtainable from local shops and the Tourist Information Centre. The car parks are only £1 per day. (DL8 2AD)
The gateway to Wensleydale, Bedale nestles in some of Yorkshire’s finest scenery. From the town’s station, the Wensleydale Railway can take you to the heart of the dale.
The heritage trail is one of the best ways to understand the town’s history, taking in all the historic buildings including the Palladian Bedale Hall, the noted church and many of Bedale’s elegant Georgian buildings.
More rural walks display the area’s natural beauty. One of the most popular is the Bedale Beckside Footpath which follows the beck past the weir to what is known locally as the harbour. Originally built as a canal basin, it is a wildlife haven.
On the way, don’t miss the Leech House. The only one of its kind, this Georgian building was used by the local apothecary for storing leeches for medical use. None remain and the surrounding garden is a popular picnic spot.
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