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Accommodation Details The Station Inn
Ribblehead CumbriaLA6 3AS
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Comments by walkers who stayed at The Station Inn in Ribblehead on The Dales Way
This Hotel is very tired and needs updating and looks a bit grim on arrival. Rooms were clean and on suite was new and bed comfortable with superb views across the moors. Food choice and ales are very good Staff were friendly and welcoming.
John, left on 14 May 2015
All the staff were friendly and gracious. Couldn't be more helpful. Alan does a wonderful job of running the place, and has a good sense of humour. It could use some updating, and I hear that is coming, but the staff and the friendly atmosphere made up for any shortcomings!
thank you,

Mary Hartle(Collins), left on 12 September 2012
The food and the drinks were good. The shower at the end of one of the beds was a little odd! Beautiful view of the Ribblehead viaduct. Nice lift up to the start of our walk for the next day. Nice packed lunch.
Different to the other places we stayed at en route but clean and welcoming at the end of a wet day.
Mary & Shelley, left on 15 August 2012
Stayed at the Station Inn on night 3 of our dales way walk and was greeted on arrival by the landlady who took us upstairs to our room.
The room was quite small, but clean and warm, with a good powerful shower.
The beer and the food were excellent, and Alan the landlord was telling us about the refurbishment, due to take place in the autumn which will improve all the facilities.
Overall a good place to spend a night with a hearty full english to send you on your way in the morning
Richard Fox, left on 10 July 2012
Comfortable but a bit tatty, we had room 7 witrh a water bed. A bit wierd but not uncomfortable. Still needs upgrading but for one night its ok. Good food. Stayed 28 May 2012
Gary & Pauline, left on 05 June 2012
Whilst the rooms at the Station Inn are on the small side and a tad tired, they are warm and comfortable and have all the facilities that a tired and damp walker needs. The food is excellent, as is the selection of well-kept beers. The biggest plus at the Station Inn, however, is the welcome from the Landlord and Landlady, exemplified by the ready, unsolicited offer of a lift back to the start of the following leg of the Dales Way. The bar was lively with a great mix of interesting customers. This was my third stay at the pub, spread over a period of many years and successive Landlords: I hope to visit again.
Steve W, left on 24 April 2012
Whilst the rooms at the Station Inn are on the small side and a tad tired, they are warm and comfortable and have all the facilities that a tired and damp walker needs. The food is excellent, as is the selection of well-kept beers. The biggest plus at the Station Inn, however, is the welcome from the Landlord and Landlady, exemplified by the ready, unsolicited offer of a lift back to the start of the following leg of the Dales Way. The bar was lively with a great mix of interesting customers. This was my third stay at the pub, spread over a period of many years and successive Landlords: I hope to visit again.
Steve W, left on 23 April 2012
Comfortable room. Evening meal and breakfast good. Very obliging landlord gave us a lift to the start of the walk in the morning. Caters well for walkers.
John Francis, left on 24 October 2011
Stayed in one of the bunk houses as the hotel was full and no where else to stay for miles.
Was horrible...plastic covered mattreses, facilities falling apart as well as the door.....and for only £13 cheaper than a normal room for two.
On a bright side, food was great. Please dont stay in the bunk houses!
Andrew & Michelle, left on 29 July 2011
6 ladies arrived on the 15th June we were supposed to stay 4 in one room and 2 in another Nick very kindly let 2 of the ladies stay in single rooms at no extra charge, we would all recommend this inn
Anne heaton, left on 25 June 2011
The Station Inn web site bears little resemblance to reality. Prices are higher, rooms are scruffy and dated, poor choice of beer that didn't taste as it should. An extensive wine list was displayed, but very few wines in stock.

I'd suggest visitors pay deposit by credit card, in case the place closes down before you get there.
Geoff, left on 21 June 2011
Stayed here 18 June 2011. best thing about the pub is the web site, now sadly out of date. Beers – 3 Skipton 'Copper Dragon' like you've never tasted before (or would want to again)! Extensive wine list, but no wine of note.
Tired rooms, tired food, tired (and bored staff). prices charged are higher than advertised or confirmed on booking.

Basically, avoid!
Geoff, left on 18 June 2011
The walk along the road up to the station inn was not as bad as some of the reviews we had read suggested. The pint and the welcome were very much appreciated however the four poster room was disappointing. The room was small with little space for our bags and wet clothes and the shower was small and mouldy. The food in the evening was good and so was the breakfast.
Andrew & Karen, left on 03 October 2010
We were looking forward to this - with kids staying in bunk room, atmospheric setting etc. Be warned! I'm with the stay away party. The pub
Tim Leadbeater, left on 07 June 2009
A walkers pub. Don't expect luxury. arrived soaked through. Room rather basic and cramped - more so when it had all our wet clothing draped everywhere. Had to share a bathroom and toilet wth all the other rooms, though the shower in in our room worked well. The staff were extremely friendly, and the evening meal and breakfast were very good. Waking up next to the Ribblehead Viaduct is great - trains going by very soothing. Accommodation in this area is sparse if you don't want to go on to Dent, and The Station Inn is fine for an overnight stay.
julian roberts, left on 31 May 2009
Very good pub accomodation despite needing renovation. Excellent bar food and breakfast. Landlord was very helpful in running us back to start of next day's walk, even though it was a very busy day for him.
Alan and Sue Hodgkinson, left on 08 May 2009
We were pleased to arrive here after the long, hard day over Cam Houses in the pouring rain.

Considering some of the excellent places we had stayed in previously we were a little shocked to find how shabby the Station Inn was. It is desperately, desperately in need of refurbishment. The filthy carpet and smell of vomit in main stairs really didn't add to the ambience of the place.

The staff were very welcoming though.

We had the room with the waterbed which has a great view over to Whernside. The room itself looked like it needed a good clean; more particularly, the toilet in the room hadn't been cleaned. We couldn't really see that attraction of the waterbed - the money would have been better spent on refurbishing the room.

We ate here too and plumped for something simple; fish and chips. The chips were overcooked to the point of being almost burnt, and the batter on the fish was very anaemic looking and could have done with another 5 mins in the fryer.

The saving grace, is that the full English breakfast was good.

Would we stay again?? No. In retrospect, we would have rather walked the additional 4 miles to Cow Dub in the rain and found accommodation there. This was, by far, the worst place we stayed in on the Dalesway, and additionally, would take some beating as being the worst place we have ever stayed in.

We're sorry to be so negative, but check out the Red Lion in Burnsall to see how it should be done!
The Bolton Daleswayers, left on 03 May 2009
Stayed here on 30th March 2009 with a friend whilst walking the Dales Way for charity. Made very welcome, and as we had had a very hard day, the range of ales were very welcome! Very nice room, and great evening meals. Huge breakfast set us off for the day. Very friendly hosts, highly recommended stopover
Ray Richards, left on 25 April 2009
It was evident from the moment we arrived that Alan and his staff were interested in the welfare of their guests. We'd heard pubs could be cold-hearted compared to B&Bs, but everything at the Station Inn was done nicely. Evening meal was tasty and generous, and the dessert…sticky toffee pudding…ah, so memorable! Should have had seconds!

Took time to walk out to the Viaduct the morning we left to continue on the Dales Way; an amazing structure and worth the time, especially since no one's up until 7 a.m. anyway.

Give them your business, they'll earn it.
Bill and Kathy Stormont, Oregon, left on 15 October 2008
This pub is a fair walk from the Dales Way path proper, however, it was worth the diversion. The setting is magnificent, right amidst Yorkshire's Three Peaks, and we spent an extra night here so that we could take a trip from Ribblehead station (practically next door) on the famous Settle to Carlisle railway. The room we were given had a kingsize bed squeezed into a rather small, but comfortable, room. The meals in the bar were delicious, and the selection of real ales was good - the packed lunch was also fairly generous. We found the staff friendly, and we were made to feel very welcome.
Rachel and Phil, left on 20 September 2008
Night of the trip for us. Great room (just refurbished), great welcome from all the friendly staff, good beer, fab food especially the local sheep/goat/Wenslydale cheese board and good choice of wine with dinner. Brilliant atmosphere - nutty locals playing pool and England whupping Croatia on the big screen.

Landlord couldn't do enough to help giving lifts to anyone who wanted taking back up to the start the next day and just generrally looking after everyone.

Very impressed, will definitely go back
Hank & Melissa, left on 14 September 2008
The only good thing we can comment on is the food, the landlord & the chef. Not such a warm welcome when we arrived from the landlady. We were wet through and asked straight away to complete the registration form whilst we were stood dripping with frozen fingers unable to write. Very basic accommodation in need of a total refurbishment. The breakfast was excellent - however we weren't sorry to leave.
Anne & Paul Langhorn, left on 08 September 2008
Excellent room with waterbed and fabulous views, the lift back to the route on the morning was a great extra touch. Sandwich for packed lunch huge. Best room for me on the route.
Jude, Phil & Lorraine, left on 02 August 2008
We booked our holiday very late and the only accommodation was in the bunkhouse which we had to ourselves. It was basic but the bedding was clean and we didn't need to go outside for the loo in the middle of the night! We arrived wet and we were very glad of the lovely warm pub where we could dry out. There was an additional charge for supper but it was good and we enjoyed the diverse company while watching football on the TV. After breakfast the landlord took us the couple of miles along the road to the start of the next section of the walk.
Stephen and Anne Wright, left on 27 June 2008
We enjoyed excellent hospitality, together with real ales and authentic pub food. The friendly host added to the occasion and kindly drove us the mile and a half to re-join the route in the morning. Lively, friendly and a great atmosphere.
9th May 2008
David Rawson , left on 16 May 2008
The Station Inn is definitely to be recommended. The landlord is very welcoming, the rooms are comfortable and well equipped, the water is hot and the beer and food are excellent. What more could you want- apart from a fascinating location if you are at all interested in railway history.
Helen James, left on 29 April 2008
The room was clean and bed comfortable if a bit basic. Stunning location though and very good local beers. We had a tasty and filling meal there. We got chatting to the chef and apparently the menu is about to be improved to include more local produce.
Katherine, left on 03 October 2007
A functional room – it was shabby but clean and the beds were very uncomfortable. We also had a shower in the twin room and were not sure how best to manage the logistics but fortunately the Inn was not busy so we were able to use the bathroom as well. The staff however were wonderful; helpful, friendly and very hard working and we had a tasty evening meal and a good breakfast. The place just needs some refurbishment to make it more comfortable. The walk to the Station Inn at the end of the day is hard but there is little alternative accommodation available and it didn’t seem quite so far the next morning! We rated this as 7.5/10. Linda and Angela (left 8/8/07)

Angela Richmond, left on 14 August 2007
Interesting pub especially for rail enthusiasts. Rooms pretty basic but reasonably priced. We arrived sodden and had nice welcome. The manager even put some things in the tumbledryer for us. Excellent beer from Copper Dragon Ales, we tried all five. Large platefuls of good food and good value.
Peter Speller, left on 20 June 2007
Don't be put off by adverse comments. This is a place with a chequered history. Yes, it could do with a coat of paint and decorating and it does look a bit run down, but the temporary manager was really excellent and so was the meal we had. Nothing was too much trouble and we felt they really tried to make our stay as good as possible. Give them a chance, it's worth it!
Della Russell, left on 15 May 2007
The Station Inn was a lovely night with a large room, with quite strangely a shower in the corner of our twin room, which we didn't really know how to react to but their was also a bath in the bathroom which was to be honest a relief.

Over all lovely night, just wish it was a mile down the road so it was on the dales way route. But due to the lack of any other places would say the walk was worth it (However we did do the mile extra in the sun, it might be a different story in the rain.
Mark Robinson, left on 05 May 2007
warm welcome (muddy boots & all) , very friendly, lovely comfortable, clean room, excellent evening meal and breakfast. All round excellent value and much to Steves delight, plenty of Black Sheep! Took the alternative route via craven way as done the usual route many times. Absolutely fabulous! much more scenic and peaceful than other route. Disappointed in Dent, no tea rooms open, Lady in Sun Inn very friendly and filled our water bottles but unable to supply much needed cup of tea. Finally found tearoom at end of village open (meadowside??) asked for cheese bun and received same full of onions and peppers - lady took exception when I said sorry I couldn't eat onion or peppers and said I shouldn't have asked for salad then (which I didn't!) will avoid this cafe in future!
the gloworms (kath and steve mardle), left on 25 September 2006
We stayed at Station Inn in June 2006. It was a little bit difficult to find as it is a ways from the Dales Way path. The room was very nice. The pub was a very welcoming place. Unfortunately, we did not really enjoy our dinner entries as the chicken (the special) was very overcooked and dry.
Peter and Alixandra Brevig, left on 24 August 2006
Stayed on 11th April. The food was good and the beer excellent. Also very friendly welcome. If you decide to take the Craven way to Dent be prepared for deep ruts from trials bikers.
Phil and Ravi, left on 16 April 2006
The Station Inn was a friendly, clean place to stay, although the decor is starting to look a bit drab. The veggie breakfast was nice and the alternative route over Whernside gives better views than the walk around the valley.
clip and clop, left on 26 July 2004
Most enjoyable evening spent in the company of Neil and members of the Rescue Team during our recent overnight stay. Fine food and drink and to top it all, we beat them at Pool! Memorable occasion and ranks highly among our Dales` Way experiences.
Stewart Smith, left on 06 May 2002
My sister and I stayed at the Station Inn on 24 and 25 October 2000. We found the accommodation very comfortable with a warm welcome for walkers and an efficient drying room. No boots in the bar, but I don`t blame them for that. The food is excellent, far better than the only guidebook to mention the Station Inn suggested; the Theakston`s Old Peculier is very well kept by an enthusiast. In all, highly recommended.
Cecilia, left on 27 November 2000


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