The Troller's Ghyll Barghest is a legendary monstrous black dog with huge teeth and claws said to frequent Troller's Ghyll. It's rumoured to be the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's mother lived not far away in the Yorkshire Dales.
The nooks, caves and crannies of Troller's Ghyll are also said to be the home of trolls and unpleasant beings lying in wait for the unsuspecting rambler... But don't let that put you off your walk...!
In 1692, Adam Barker was the last person in Swaledale to be fined for sticking to the local tradition of burial in linen, breaking the law which required bodies to be buried in wool. His daughter, Ann, is buried inside Grinton Church, and a stone slab records the £5 fine he was forced to pay.
In common with many bridges of the same name, legend holds that at the Devil’s Bridge in Kirkby Lonsdale, the Devil appeared to an old woman, promising to build a bridge in exchange for the first soul to cross over it. When the bridge was finished the woman threw bread over the bridge and her dog chased after it, thereby outwitting the Devil.