| Skipton is a town in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England. An open-air market is held four times a week on the high street (Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday). It lies along the River Aire and Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The town slogan is "Gateway to the Dales" (meaning the Yorkshire Dales). Skipton is twinned with the Bavarian town of Simbach am Inn. Skipton is the home of one of the best preserved medieval castles in England dating back to the 12th century.
As well as a comprehensive secondary school, there are two single-sex selective grammar schools.
Skipton is on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway. There are regular services to Leeds and Bradford. Nearby towns and villages include Bradley, Kildwick, Stirton, Carleton, Gargrave, Embsay, Cononley, Lothersdale and Farnhill. The north section (A65 & A59) of the £16.4m Skipton Bypass opened in December 1981. The rest of the six-mile bypass (A629) opened in October 1982, to much reduction in journey times to the Dales.
Skipton is served by Airedale NHS Trust.
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