One of the prettiest villages in both dales, Thwaite is the birthplace of Richard and Cherry Kearton, who produced the first nature book to be illustrated entirely with photographs.  The house where the brothers were born has a pretty decorative lintel over the door, with their dates of birth and initials carved there. The Kearton Country Hotel is named in honour of the brothers, where visitors can relax with a coffee or home-cooked meal and admire the views towards Kisdon hill.

From here you can take the stunning walk over Great Shunner Fell into Wensleydale, ending up at Hardraw (eight miles of amazing views!). Or three different footpaths to Muker, ending up with suitable refreshments at the Farmer's Arms or Muker Tearooms.

A few miles over the top towards Hawes brings you to the Buttertubs, a group of fluted limestone potholes, supposedly named from times when farmers would rest there on the way to and from Hawes market. They would lower their butter down into the potholes to keep it cool.


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