Placed as we are in the lovely Dale of Danby I use both villages of Castleton and Danby equally, it seems we have all elements covered here.
Danby Health Food shop is a little gem of a place, run by The Collings Family. Mum and 2 daughters who have brought back that old fashioned way of personal service, polite good humour and they are so obliging. Their shop is packed …Organic Vegetables they make up box orders, Organic Wholefoods, Local Produce, Speciality Teas & Coffees, Herbs and Spices, Nutritional Supplements, Essential Oils, Natural Toiletries, Quality Ice Cream and Beverages, Baking Ingredients, Chilled and Frozen Range, Wheat- & Gluten- free products. 01287 669200

Just behind Danby Health Food Shop you will find:-
Yum Yum! Welcome to Stonehouse Bakery A gorgeous little tea room, cafe and artisan bakery. Established over 20 years Ian and Fiona Clacherty’s Stonehouse Bakery is a small craft bakery producing high quality craft breads and bakery products. Every day a wide range of products are handmade using natural ingredients without the use of artificial additives or preservatives and the result is deliciousness! They have a big following locally and further afield in Yorkshire. 01287 660006

Generally speaking I wouldn’t get too excited about The CoOp!! but our little CoOp shop in Castleton is brilliant. Small but beautifully proportioned it seems to stock everything. A one stop shop that stays open, 7 days a week, 7 til 10. Friendly local staff, I can catch up on all the local news and views in here!

ESCA Hair Spa Beauty 20 High St Castleton. This is your holiday too, so if you fancy a pamper day or afternoon of relaxing treatments, perhaps the opportunity to have your nails done while Dad takes the children for a walk on the moors, this is the place for you. Hannah, Rachel, Lesley and Pam offer Treatments and Holistic Therapies, Aromatherapy Massage, Indian Head, Hot Stones, Reiki, Reflexology, Facials, Manicures, Pedicures, Waxing, Tanning. 01287 660457

Newly opened this week in Castleton is Castleton Tea Rooms a gorgeous 1871 Wesleyan Chapel conversion in the centre of the village (just opposite the CoOp). The family business of Angela and Steve Weldon and son Jack. I had delicious cake and coffee and the views are to die for looking south over the picturesque village Bowling Green and straight up the Dale of Danby, and yes, you can see Crag House Farm from there. This is the perfect stop on the circular walk from the barns. The south facing terrace garden is not completed yet but it will be ready in time for Easter. I will report back then with more photos, you can see just how glorious it is now but when spring is on the moors it will be a little bit of heaven with cake.