Welcome to The Tan Hill Inn - World Famous as Great Britain's Highest Inn.......... Near Reeth & Richmond in Swaledale and the North Yorkshire Dales National Park
Mike and Tracy welcome you and invite you to discover Great Britain's highest Inn - "Tan Hill Inn is an oasis from the daily grind of life and well worth a detour from the beaten track." We hope you enjoy our website.
Of course it's no substitute for the real thing - so we look forward to seeing you at Tan Hill soon. We host what could be Great Britain's highest WiFi Hotspot for FREE Internet and e-mail access and we are the highest Public House also providing Accommodation, Weddings and Civil Ceremonies in Great Britain.
For more details or to book accommodation please contact your hosts, Mike and Tracy. The Bar at Tan Hill is an experience not to be missed.
Cask conditioned ales from Theakston and Black Sheep, complimented with a selection of Premium Lagers, Fine Wines and Spirits. Home cooked food is available daily with no need to book.
We also cater for Weddings, Stag and Hen Parties, Birthdays and other Special Occasions. Accommodation can be found in one of our well appointed en-suite rooms, all of which enjoy stunning views across the surrounding moors.
In addition we can offer the 'Drover's Rest' - a family sized self-contained holiday flat.
For Latest News and Events, please select the top menu for the 'COMING EVENTS', 'LIVE MUSIC EVENTS', 'TRACY'S TAN HILL DALES DIARY' and 'EVENTS ARCHIVE' pages for details of these events and more.
ANIMALS AND PETS AT TAN HILL
I tell you, this place gets more like a Zoo every day! So to introduce the Tan Hill family of pets..... first of all there was 'Tan' the Lamb! - Yes, that's right, a LAMB!! One of the first additions to the Tan Hill family in 2006, Tan was born an April fool, the runt of a litter of three. Tan initially lived in the bar and was hand-reared with substitute Ewes milk formula (every 4 hours!). He is a Lincoln and Swale Cross Mule. Izzy was Tracy, the landlady's 2007 lamb.
Tan and Izzy now live at our Knapp Farm venue in Somerset during the winter months. Izzy and possibly Tan, will be returning soon. Izzy is pregnant and Tracy is planning for her to give birth in the Bar, probably in April!! Tracy collects animals and every year seems to adopt an orphaned lamb.... but in 2008 she adopted THREE, Misfit, Tommy and Sooty, who live at Tan Hill with the rest of the menagerie! In fact Tommy may become a national celebrity soon, as he may be undergoing a knee joint replacement operation... but at a cost of £1000!!! It was Izzy, Misfit and Tommy who greeted James May and Oz Clarke in the Bar on television in 2009.
'Sherbet' the Dog - Fire Monitor! So named because of her dubious heritage! She's a wire haired Dachshund Jack Russell cross. By the way, that is HER seat next to the fire and she will get cross if you try to move her. You have been warned! Sherbet has been mothering Tan the Lamb and taking him for walks. Both however appear to more concerned with keeping their coveted places next to the fire.
There are always cats at Tan Hill and many of you will remember 'Minty' the Cat - our V.C.O (Vermin Control Operative). Minty was very elusive and also a very efficient killer! Proud of his work too, it was always nice to be presented with a half eaten mouse at the back door with Minty looking proud as punch! Sadly, Misty was found dead on the moor with a pellet in his head! Toronto the Cat (toe-toe for short ) was named after the city of Toronto in Canada where Mike visited on tunnelling business. Apparently, the bed wasn't warm enough for Tracy without Mike....even with one cat 3 ducklings, a dog and a lamb to keep her company at that time! He's a cute little grey tabby but has now moved to our Knapp Farm venue to keep Tan and Izzy company. However, Toto's two grey kittens now rule at Tan Hill. They were born on 21st October 2008 and are called Bubble and Squeak! Mike was midwife to Squeak, but Bubble was too big and had to be delivered by Cesarean.
The Ducks, our Egg Production Unit. We have about 12 Ducks at the last count. They're free agents and come and go as they please. Usually coming when we feed them and going when they 'want to be alone'! We do have fresh free-range duck eggs for sale at the bar (subject to availability).
There are also hens and chickens... including one called 'Cockaleekie'!
And we must not forget 'Gypsy', 'Betty' and 'Star' from 'Swaledale Ponies' some of our other regular visitors to the Tan Hill Inn. Local Western riding school owner and character Martin 'Django' Kiss often frequents Tan Hill with his horses. Visit his website at www.swaledaleponies.com for information about a ride out to Tan Hill Inn including lunch and a drink and the bar.
Upper Swaledale and Arkengarthdale are highlights of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Here you will find Nature at its best. There are high mountains at the head of these valleys whose evocative names such as Blea Barf, Great Shunner Fell and Rogan's Seat echo the voices of the Vikings who settled here over 1,000 years ago.
Sparkling moorland streams cascade down the valley sides through pastures touched by a thousand shades of green. The River Swale, England's fastest flowing river, threads its way through a maze of fields dotted with stone barns. Over generations the people of these Dales have shaped the landscape and left a legacy of history, folklore and legend. The language of the Vikings can still be heard all around in the local dialect and the village place-names.
The hills tell a tale of a lead mining industry that began with the Romans. There are ruined monastic buildings, ancient churches, packhorse bridges, attractive villages and old-fashioned country pubs. It is the people who live and work in the dales that add depth and character to these valleys.
So, spend some time exploring Swaledale and Arkengarthdale to discover the true romance of these beautiful valleys. If you scratch deeper than the surface you will certainly find a truly wonderful place that lies at the heart of the "good things in life".
Other places of interest in Swaledale: Swaledale Museum, Reeth Swaledale Outdoor Club, Swaledale Festival, Swaledale Cheese, Hazel Brow Farm and Swaledale Woollens (Some information courtesy of www.swaledale.net. Please visit their site for all the information you could ever need about Arkengarthdale, Swaledale and the surrounding area. Some text copyright of Mark Reid, author of The Inn Way...series of walking guidebooks).