Top of the World @ Tan Hill Inn

Yep, the highest inn in the whole country, Tan Hill Inn, at 1,732 feet (528 m) above sea level ~ and off we went yesterday for lunch, after a sharp frost but in bright sun – yes glorious sun!  My first ever visit ~ just how could I have never been there?!

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Actually located only 28 miles from us here in Sedbergh, via Hawes over the Buttertubs Pass and up from Keld…. and only 26 miles back via Kirkby Stephen…

What scenery ~ the top of Wensleydale, Buttertubs, top of Swaledale and then Tan Hill itself ~ and what a destination!  Built in the 17th century as a hostelry for coal miners, and originally surrounded by miners’ cottages – now long gone, the Tan Hill Inn stands alone and proud, high up above the bleak moors and overlooking the Pennines in all directions. Views of the A66 at the back are amazing!  As are the chickens that crowd around, ever hopeful of something yummy to eat ha ha…

Had great tomato, stilton (and-something-else-that-I-can’t-remember!) soup, followed by coffee ~ and it don’t get much better than that!  And I bought 2 bottles of Tan Hill Inn Ewe Juice (made in Dent Brewery just up the road) for my real ale friends… can’t wait to try it too!

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