Yorkshire Dales Market Towns
Sitting in lower Wensleydale, Bedale is a market town offering easy access to the rest of the Dales situated as it is just a mile from the A1 and along the route of the Wensleydale Railway which offers a variety of year round services along its scenic route.
Bedale market cross
Tracing its history back to Saxon times Bedale was granted a market charter by Henry III in 1251 and still holds a lively outdoor market every Tuesday along either side of the town's main street.
The derivation of Bedale as a place name is particularly apt as it comes from the Anglo Saxon Bedas Halh, meaning a "secret corner" or "retreat" belonging to someone called Bede.
The north end of Bedale is dominated by St Gregory's Church towering above surrounding buildings. The early 14th century tower has been described as one of the best examples of a fortified church tower in the country.
Bedale has much to offer visitors with many unique shops and its own museum and golf course. For one weekend every summer the towns-folk quite literally rock as up and coming bands take to the stage in the annual "Bedale Rock" event.