Cononley, North Yorkshire

Cononley has lots to offer throughout the year including Beer Festivals, Annual Gala and Scarecrow Festivals.  To see what's on during your holiday please visit the village website.

New Inn

Run by Timothy Taylor this historic little inn, with its low ceilings, is a real 'local' but also known for its excellent  fine cask ale" 


Cononley Park was completely transformed in 2011 and boasts equipment to suit all ages from the sandpit to the tall climbing frame.  There is also a skate-park area situated alongside the park.

The Railway

Further down the Village than the New Inn is the Railway.  Called for obvious reasons that it is situated next to the Railway.  This is also across from the Park.

Also serves food.



The local Village Institute offers a variety of events throughout the year including a Beer Festival, a Village Crafts Show and frequent fund-raising coffee mornings.

Sports Club

Cononley Sports Club is open most Saturdays with football or cricket matches taking place weekly.  There is a licensed bar and a pool table.

St John's Church

St John's Church holds a service each Sunday at 11am.  There is also a Toddler Praise group that meets on the second Monday of each month at 2pm.

The Railway station is on the Airedale Line and offers direct trains to Leeds, Bradford Forster Square, Frizinghall, Shipley, Saltaire, Bingley, Crossflatts, Keighley, Steeton & Silsden, Cononley, Skipton.  Skipton is also joined on to the Settle-Carlisle Line offering trains to various locations including Morecambe.

This picture of the Station shows High View Holiday Cottage in the background.

Village History

By 1851 the population had grown to 1,272. In the later 19th century many villagers were employed in two textile mills. Cononley was then in the West Riding of Yorkshire but is now in the modern county of North Yorkshire.


The census in 2001 recorded a population of 1,060. Although farming is still very significant, and there are a number of local businesses, the number of people employed in industry within the village has declined rapidly over the last twenty five years.

The relatively limited extent of housing development in the 20th century was due to a lack of economic growth but, as a result, the predominantly stone built village is one of the most popular places to live in the district. An increasing proportion of the working population commute, not just to Skipton and Keighley, but over considerable distances. In part this is made possible by a frequent service of electric trains to Leeds and Bradford.

Amongst other facilities, the village has a joint Anglican-Methodist church, a primary school, two pubs and a post office.


David Gulliver, Parish Counsellor

Surrounding Area

As Cononley is situated at the Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales there are a variety of picturesque Towns and Villages within a short distance.

Skipton (nearest big town), 4 miles

Crosshills, 1.5 miles

Sutton-in-Craven, 2 miles

Lothersdale, 1.5 miles

Carleton, 2 miles

Bolton Abbey, 10 miles

Ilkley, 11 miles

Haworth (Bronte Country), 11 miles

Malham, 15 miles

Bradford, 16 miles

Leeds, 25 miles

There are some beautiful walks available within the Village for all abilities.  You might wish to wear your trainers or flipflops for a leisurely stroll round the River Aire.  Alternatively, you may wish to pull on your hiking boots and set off up the hillside.  There is a footpath right at the bottom of the Cottage's drive offering a handy route!