Green Dragon, Hardraw

North Yorkshire
01969 667392

Not many pubs have their own waterfall, but behind the Green Dragon is the spectacular Hardraw Force which at 100ft is England’s highest unbroken waterfall (photo 3). The pub is an attractive 18th century ivy covered building in the tiny village of Hardraw, just under a mile from the town of Hawes in Wensleydale (photo 1). Outside is a 19th century CTC (Cyclists Touring Club) “winged wheel” plaque which was used to indicate that the pub welcomed cyclists (photo 2). They’re still welcome today of course! The popular folk music sessions which ended a few years ago are set to return in 2023.

The characterful bar has oak beams, stone walls and a flagstone floor and is used as the interior of the Drovers Arms in the new series (2020) of All Creatures Great and Small, the Channel 5 drama about a vet in the Yorkshire Dales. The exterior of the Drovers is the Devonshire in Grassington, and if you remember the original 1980s series, the Drovers, both inside and out, was the Kings Arms in Askrigg.

Both the painter JMW Turner and the poet William Wordsworth stayed at the Green Dragon when they were visiting the waterfall. And Hardraw Force featured in the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves where Robin uses the waterfall to take a shower. A brass band contest which started in the 19th century and was revived in 1989, is held at the falls every September. To get to Hardraw Force you no longer have to go through the Green Dragon, but through a cafe behind the pub. There is a fee which at the time of writing is £4.

The pub serves beers from Theakston Best Bitter and two changing beers from local breweries like Wensleydale and Yorkshire Dales. The pub no longer serves food. Eight en-suite bedrooms are available, plus a bunkhouse.

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