As you'd expect, the views from the top of the crag are stunning. J.M.W. Turner enjoyed visiting in 1816, recording his view in this sketch. Tennants Arms pub sits in the shadow of the crag, a traditional pub serving excellent quality food.
Close by is the entrance to Kilnsey Park, an award-winning attraction that was originally focused around the fishing ponds which you can see from the road, and which now features children's activities, fun fishing, opportunities to get close up to farm animals, cafe and a programme of activities. Owners, Amy and Jamie Roberts are passionate about helping visitors to enjoy and understand Yorkshire Dales nature and wildlife, and have a red squirrel breeding programme. The Holy Smokery is now run by chef Jake Buchan who uses trout caught on the Kilnsey Park Estate to produce smoked fish, and a range of charcuterie.
The name of the smokehouse refers to Kilnsey's connections to the Fountains Abbey estate. Alice de Romillie, heiress of Skipton Castle gave a large piece of land at Kilnsey to the monks at Fountains Abbey. It's thought that the Old Hall in Kilnsey was once an administrative centre for Fountains Abbey monks who used the ancient spring wells and bred fish at Kilnsey Park, as well as farming enormous flocks of sheep.
Kilnsey's history goes back even further, to Roman times, with the creation of Mastiles Lane, a Roman marching road which then became an important drovers' route to take sheep from Fountains Abbey to summer pastures. It's now a much loved walking route.
Kilnsey Show has been delighting visitors since 1897. It takes place on the Tuesday after the August bank holiday and has remained true to its original aims to promote and showcase farming in the Yorkshire Dales. The 1.5 Kilnsey Crag Race is a tricky and very competitive race up and down the crag.