Holy Trinity, Melbecks

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In Upper Swaledale, perched on the fell side, is a small, simple, mid 19th century church - Holy Trinity - which still keeps its old parish name of Melbecks. There is a steep ascent, part path and part steps. The surrounding magnificent countryside is visible through the clear glass windows. Visitors report a strong sense of peace and presence.

Standard opening times: Open every day. Eucharist 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at 11 am.

A visitor comments: The atmosphere is very peaceful and conducive to prayer and meditation. We sent an e-mail to say we were coming and the hospitaller met us and showed us round. There are good information boards and photographs on display.


Low Row, Upper Swaledale, Richmond, Yorkshire, DL11 6PF, United Kingdom


Grid reference: SD 986 984
By car - On the B6270 - the Dale road - 4 miles from Reeth going west; next to the Punch Bowl Inn. Parking is usually available opposite.
By public transport - infrequent buses from Richmond.
By cycle - Many cyclists use local roads (and off road).
On foot - Low Row is on the Coast to Coast walk.


Disabled access difficult, up a steep path with steps.
Comfortable prayer area with resources; self-service refreshments in porch. Home-made jams, marmalade and chutney for sale. Booklet about the church, the parish, its people and its history available.
Toilets at Punch Bowl Inn next to church.

Hospitaller/Contact Person

Joan Graveson


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