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Where is All Creatures Great and Small filmed?

Your complete location guide for Channel 5's All Creatures Great and Small, which is set in the Yorkshire Dales.

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Published: Tuesday, 21st December 2021 at 2:39 pm

Channel 5's reboot of All Creatures Great and Small returned for a second season earlier this year, set in the late 1930s in the Yorkshire Dales.

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What's more, All Creatures Great and Small season three is in the works, according to showrunner Ben Vanstone.

Based on James Herriot's real-life memoirs, the second season follows Herriot (Nicholas Ralph) as he grapples with whether or not to leave Darrowby, in Yorkshire, for a new job in Glasgow, at his old mentor's practise.

Chief among the deciding factors was his slow-burn romance with Helen Alderson, played by Rachel Shenton in the All Creatures Great and Small cast.

Anna Madeley, Samuel West and Callum Woodhouse are also among the returning cast, and after you've watched the second season there's still plenty to look forward to – the second All Creatures Great and Small Christmas special airs on Christmas Eve.

But is Darrowby a real place? And where exactly is the Channel 5 series filmed? Read on for everything you need to know about All Creatures Great and Small filming locations.

Where is fictional village Darrowby filmed? 

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Darrowby, All Creatures Great and Small (Channel 5) Channel 5

While the original 1970s series used Askrigg as its stand-in for fictional village Darrowby, Channel 5 set their sights on Grassington, in the southern Dales.

Various period buildings at Grassington were perfect for the show's 1930s setting, including local pub The Devonshire, which stood in for the exterior of the fictional The Drovers Arms.

Local bookshop The Stripey Badger was also utilised in the show for scenes featuring greengrocer's GF Endleby.

Rachel Shenton, who plays Helen Alderson, said: "It was the willingness of the people and enthusiasm of the people which helped so much. We couldn’t have wished for more.”

And Siegfried Farnon actor Samuel West told journalists that he hoped that "if this [the show] is a success it can bring some tourism their way" at filming locations like Grassington.

Grassington
Grassington in northern England stood in for the fictional Darrowby (Getty)

"I hope you can tell what a happy time we all had and that wouldn’t have been nearly as true if we hadn’t been living in the heart of the place," he continued.

West later added: "Grassington is the most delightful place, and for the first couple of weeks I made sure I bought plenty of wine from the wine shop and books from the bookshop. But actually going back in February this year, just after we'd wrapped and just before lockdown, it was like returning to - being a prodigal son. They threw open the doors and said, 'How are you – and when are you coming back?'"

Is Skeldale House a real place?

In real life, Alf Wight (who went by the pen name James Herriot) ran his veterinary practice from 23 Kirkgate in the village of Thirsk – and in his books he reimagined it as "Skeldale House" in the the village of "Darrowby". That original building is now home to a museum, The World of James Herriot.

So to film the Channel 5 series, producers used the exterior of a private house in Grassington. Meanwhile, the interiors were created inside a studio.

Ahead of the Christmas special, Nicholas Ralph told journalists at a Q&A: "When we walked onto the set for Skeldale House and it was all decked out for Christmas - the Christmas tree was up, the decorations were everywhere, Tristan was hanging up about 50 bits of mistletoe. So yes, the Christmas feel was all around us."

Is The Drover's Arms a real pub?

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The interior of The Drovers Arms is filmed in the Green Dragon Inn, a 13th century pub found in the Yorkshire village of Hardraw.

Where is the Chapman's cottage filmed?

Dave Hill and Chloe Sylvestre play Bert and Anne Chapman in All Creatures Great and Small
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In the 2020 Christmas special, James and Helen paid a visit to Bert and Anne Chapman (played by Dave Hill and Cleo Sylvestre) after their dog Suzy gets intro trouble during labour. The elderly couple live in a tiny, cosy cottage – and surprisingly, this was all shot on location rather than in a studio.

"We were based in Skipton, but we drove miles and miles - I mean it was really well up in the Dales," Sylvestre told RadioTimes.com. "It was so remote, this farmhouse, I didn't really catch where it was! But it was absolutely beautiful... it was brilliant and quite muddy!"

Where was Mrs Pumphrey's house filmed?

Broughton Hall, a Grade I listed Georgian property located near Skipton, has often been used in the past as a filming location for projects like Netflix's The English Game.

Channel 5 utilised the property for the home of wealthy local resident Mrs Pumphrey (played by the late Dame Diana Rigg in series one and Patricia Hodge from series two onwards), whose spoilt dog Tricki-Woo demands only the utmost attention from James Herriot.

Some scenes were also shot on the estate - Broughton Hall's park dates back to the 18th and 19th century, and was no doubt perfect for period shots.

Where was the bus stop scene filmed?

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When James Herriot first makes the perilous journey from Glasgow, Scotland, to the deepest depths of the Yorkshire Dales in episode one, he accidentally jumps off the bus to Darrowby at the wrong point - and is forced to walk the remainder of the way on foot.

The scene, while showcasing just how much Herriot has to learn, also highlights the vast expanse of the countryside - with not a soul or dwelling to be seen.

The picturesque shot of endless fields was filmed on location at beauty spot Malham Lings in North Yorkshire.

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Nearby Malham is also used later in the series for the scene where Herriot swims in the waterfall pool, Janet's Foss, at Malham.

The general area, including Malham Cove, has been used for multiple film and television projects, including The Trip and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1).

You can order James Herriott's All Creatures Great and Small from Amazon. If you're looking for more to watch, check out our TV Guide.

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