The village bursting with vitality and community spirit in the heart of the Dales

North Yorkshire’s small communities all share the DNA that makes them recognisable as part of ‘God’s Own Country’, but they all have unique features, which create individuality, and Reeth is no different.

The community may be small, but it is bursting with vitality and the community spirit, which has helped the county through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Before the pandemic, Reeth had a history of rising to the challenge of helping family, friends and neighbours.

When the village, and surrounding areas, were hit by flooding in 2019, locals got on with getting themselves back on their feet.

That meant setting up a base at the Memorial Hall to co-ordinate work and provide practical assistance for those who found their homes washed out.

Farmers provided the muscle to rebuild a landscape left vulnerable to the effect of further deluges and, of course, the authorities and organised volunteer organisations also stepped in to help.

When Covid-19 struck, the response from the public was predictably similar.

The Friday market never stopped operating and steps were taken to ensure those vulnerable to the effects of isolation were well cared for.

That spirit of kindness underpins what is already a very appealing village.

The centre has a unique blend of independent shops and food outlets which, North Yorkshire Councillor Yvonne Peacock says, makes it a popular place to visit.

“The centre of Reeth really is a little hub, there are many small businesses, a museum and pubs.

“It is an interesting place, just to have a walk around. It is the community which really does make it special,” she said.