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Embsay is located in North Yorkshire
 Embsay shown within North Yorkshire
Population 1,758 
OS grid reference SE011533
   – London 185 mi (298 km)  SSE
Civil parish Embsay with Eastby
District Craven
Shire county North Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SKIPTON
Postcode district BD23
Dialling code 01756
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places

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Embsay is a village in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England., and is situated about 2 miles (3 km) north-east from Skipton. The village and the neighbouring village of Eastby form the civil parish of Embsay with Eastby, which had a population of 1,758 in 2001.[1]


At the foot of Embsay Crag, a rock formation north of the village, is Embsay Reservoir. The crag marks the start of Barden Moor, an expanse of open moorland which is open access land and used by walkers. There are two reservoirs on the moor: Upper Barden Reservoir and Lower Barden Reservoir. The smaller reservoir is the headquarters of Craven Sailing Club.


Embsay Village Hall events include film nights, pantomimes, bowls, and jumble sales.

The village has a newsagents on the main road. The dedicated post office closed; a counter in a newspaper shop now serves as a post office. Other businesses in Embsay are a hairdresser and an arts and crafts store. Embsay has two public houses: the Elm Tree Inn and the Cavendish Arms. The Elm Tree Inn and Elm Tree Square take their names from a tree that stood there for many years. It was replaced in the late 20th century because of Dutch elm disease, but in 2006 that replacement was also taken down. A further replacement was planted in 2007.[citation needed]

The village has a Church of England voluntary controlled primary school which receives pupils from Embsay, Skipton and farther away. It was ranked the 141st best primary school in England.[citation needed]

Embsay railway station was built in 1888,[2] and is the terminus of the heritage Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. There is a bus service between Embsay and Skipton four times a day.

The village has a cricket club which competes in the Craven League; its second team was, in 2006, the first second team in the league's history to play in the first division.[citation needed] The village also has a football club. Both clubs play at the same ground on Shires Lane at the north of the village. The club grounds are named the 'Robinson Memorial' after a local family who supported the club. Also at the north of the village is a recreational ground with a climbing frame and small football pitch.[citation needed]



  1. "Parish Headcounts: Embsay with Eastby CP" Craven (Non-Metropolitan District), Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 September 2009
  2. "North Yorkshire - Days out: walks, trains and horses". BBC Home. 4 July 2002. Retrieved 19 June 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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