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As Seen on the Big Screen

Take a cinematic tour of the Dales

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

The film: The penultimate tale of ‘The boy who lived’ needs little introduction. After 6 films and hundreds of millions of dollars in ticket receipts, the Deathly Hallows part 1 features Harry and co. on the run.

The scene: Following a fight with Ron, Harry and Hermione camp out in the wilderness as they hide from the evil Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters.

The setting: The amazing limestone pavement at Malham Cove provided the backdrop for this sequence. Though they may look like a special effect, the pavement was actually formed over thousands of years by flowing meltwater. The pavement also stands on a cliff face that’s nearly 300 feet high, and though you’ll witness incredible views of Malhamdale, the more discerning wizard would probably favour a holiday cottage over camping at the top!


Calendar Girls

© 2003 Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.

The film: Based on the true story of a group of Yorkshire women who attempt to raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in a very unique way. The film was a feel-good sleeper hit in 2003.

The scene: The actions, and subsequent popularity of the calendar, ruffles a few feathers and changes the lives of the ladies and the village they live in forever.

The setting: Though the real life story took place in the village of Rylstone, the film’s producers used the village of Kettlewell for most of the exterior on-location filming. This gorgeous little village in Upper Wharfedale features small stone bridges criss-crossing becks, lovely pubs, a summer scarecrow festival and the Swaledale sheep – a sight so typically ‘Yorkshire Dales’ that it features on the National Park logo.

Robinhood: Prince of Thieves

The film: It might be remembered more for the Bryan Adams song that was number one for almost 4 months in 1991(!) but the Kevin Costner starring take of Robin Hood was also a huge hit, making nearly $400,000,000 at the global box office.

The scene: : Robin of Loxley meets Little John in a fairly unique way: by fighting him with a stick in the middle of a river.

The setting: Not only do the falls at Aysgarth showcase the wild natural beauty of the Dales but they also allowed filmmakers the opportunity to stage a unique fight sequence that took in several stages of the River Ure’s journey down the broad limestone steps. Even without its connection to the ‘Prince of Thieves’, Aysgarth Falls is an undeniable regional highlight.


Wuthering Heights

© 1992 United International Pictures (UIP)

The film: One of many adaptations of Emily Bronte’s classic Gothic novel. This version, starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche, was made in 1992 and takes in some of the Dales’ most glorious locations.

The scene: Much of this classic tale of repressed passion unfolds at the Wuthering Heights farmhouse with additional sequences focussing on the wild surroundings of moorland and waterfalls.

The setting: Wuthering Heights itself was a set built just outside of the lovely village of Grassington. Though you won’t find much evidence of filming today, you will find a host of tearooms, boutique shops and a warmer welcome than you might find from Heathcliff. Incidentally the landscape around Malham and Aysgarth Falls also featured in the film, so a round trip will allow you to tick off 3 locations!

The Woman In Black

The film: Another Daniel Radcliffe starrer, this Hammer Films adaptation of the modern supernatural classic used the remote Yorkshire landscape to chilling effect.

The scene: Widowed lawyer Arthur Kipps is summoned to the eerily quiet village of Crythin Gifford to arrange the sale of the spooky ‘Eel Marsh House’. Once there he finds a frosty welcome and a community living in fear of the curse of the Woman in Black.

The setting: The remote hamlet of Halton Gill in Littondale is the perfect place to find a little peace and quiet on a holiday in the Yorkshire Dales. The filmmakers used this to great advantage to create Crythin Gifford, augmenting the village with props, dressing and computer effects to create an unsettling period location.

© 2012 Momentum Pictures