Who We Are
St Andrew's Church is now the only Place of Worship in Gargrave. We are an Anglican church within the newly formed Diocese of Leeds. The parish is part of the Archdeaconry of Richmond & Craven, within the Episcopal Area of Ripon.
Gargrave is a large, friendly village on the River Aire, four miles from the market town of Skipton.
The ecclesiastical parish of Gargrave, with a population of around 2,000, extends over a large area, six miles to the north and three to the west of the village. The Northern half of the parish falls within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and includes hills and moorland up to 400m as well as several small hamlets. It comprises several civil parishes including Flasby with Winterburn, Eshton, Bank Newton and Gargrave.
The village itself is attractive, with extensive greens by the river, stone-built houses along older streets and a view across to the nearby hill of Sharp Haw (the summit of which is the destination for the annual fell race at the Gargrave Show). The map shows the boundaries of both Gargrave and the much smaller Coniston Cold parishes.
The busy A65 to the Lake District runs through the centre of the village which together with the river, the Leeds to Liverpool Canal and the railway from Leeds to Carlisle and Morecambe provide a strong East-West axis. This is supplemented by the Pennine Way and a Sustrans cycle route which run through Gargrave North-South. These facilities, together with the large village greens, attract many visitors during the summer, bringing business to the local cafes and pubs. The Dalesman Café, together with the Co-op convenience store, is busy all year round with cyclists and walkers.