Grinton (green pasture in old English) grew up around the bridge, the first place above Richmond where the river Swale, reputedly the fastest-flowing in England, could be forded.  Blackburn Hall, next to the church, dates from 1635, although the first reference to a village here was in 1086.

St Andrew’s Church, known as the Cathedral of the Dales, was for centuries the only church in upper Swaledale, with bodies being carried from updale along the “Corpse Way” for burial.  It is now often used for concerts, alongside traditional worship, and refreshment is close at hand at the Bridge Inn opposite.


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Courtesy of Leni Hatcher and the National Trust's Outdoor Nation Project