Classic Gems to the Modern Revival of the popular Tv series All Creatures Great and Small

"All Creatures Great and Small" holds a special place in the hearts of many television viewers. The iconic series, based on James Herriot's beloved books, has delighted audiences for generations. With its unforgettable characters, heart warming stories, and breathtaking Yorkshire landscapes, the show has become synonymous with gentle rural charm. Whether you are a fan of the original series or the recent revival, this blog will take you on a journey through the captivating world of "All Creatures Great and Small" and the enchanting places featured in the show.The Classic Series:The original "All Creatures Great and Small" series aired from 1978 to 1990 and captivated audiences with its witty writing and endearing cast. It starred Christopher Timothy as James Herriot, Robert Hardy as Siegfried Farnon, and Peter Davison as Tristan Farnon. Set in the stunning Yorkshire Dales of England, the series showcased the picturesque village of Grassington, Thirsk, and other breath taking locations. Fans of the classic series can still visit these places today and immerse themselves in the world that inspired James Herriot's stories.

1. Grassington:Nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Grassington served as the main filming location for the fictional town of Darrowby. This quaint village with its cobbled streets, charming stone buildings, and cosy cottages perfectly captures the timeless essence of the series. Visitors can explore the picturesque Market Square, where the iconic Drovers Arms pub, known as the Skeldale House in the show, still welcomes guests. Stroll along the idyllic lanes, admire the breath-taking scenery, and relive the magic of the classic series.



2. Thirsk:Thirsk, a market town in North Yorkshire, provided the inspiration and backdrop for many of "All Creatures Great and Small's" memorable moments. Fans can visit the World of James Herriott Museum, located in Herriot's original veterinary surgery, to learn more about the author and his life. Explore the exhibits, meet the resident animals, and gain insight into the rich history behind the series. Don't forget to take a stroll through the town to discover charming streets filled with independent shops and delightful cafes. 

The Modern Revival:In 2020, a new adaptation of "All Creatures Great and Small" hit the screens, bringing the heart warming tales of James Herriot back to life. Starring Samuel West as Siegfried Farnon, Nicholas Ralph as James Herriot, and Rachel Shenton as Helen Alderson, the revival series continues to celebrate the beauty of Yorkshire's landscapes and the joys of country life.

Malham Cove and Janet's Foss

Malham Cove, the iconic limestone formation was featured in several episodes, including the opening credits of the show. Janet's Foss is said to be home to Janet, Queen of the Fairies. Used in the scene where Helen catches James Herriot swimming in the woods.

Janet's Foss

Photo credit: Jan Manuel

3. Bolton Castle

An enchanting location featured in the new series is Bolton Castle, a medieval fortress near Leyburn. The castle's grandeur and rich history make it a must-visit for fans seeking to immerse themselves in the world of the new adaptation. Explore the impressive halls, climb the battlements, and revel in the surrounding scenic beauty. This medieval castle was occasionally used as a backdrop for exterior shots, especially for scenes involving the Farnon brothers. Bolton Castle was captured in the original series 1978-1990.

Bolton Castle

Bolton Castle

4. Richmond:Our very own Richmond, located in the heart of North Yorkshire is another breath-taking setting that provides a backdrop for the new series. This historic market town features a magnificent Norman Castle, cobbled streets, and charming riverside walks. Enjoy a stroll along the River Swale, soak up the town's ancient charm, and discover picturesque locations that transport you to the world of "All Creatures Great and Small.

River Swale Waterfall

Photo Credit: Moulton View

These are just a few of the many filming locations used in both the original and remake series of "All Creatures Great and Small." The beautiful landscapes and villages of Yorkshire played a significant role in bringing James Herriot's stories to life.
Whether you're a fan of the classic series or have fallen in love with the modern revival, "All Creatures Great and Small" offers a captivating journey into the charming world of the Yorkshire Dales. From the timeless landscapes of Grassington and Thirsk to the majestic Bolton Castle and the beauty of Richmond, each place mentioned in this blog provides an opportunity to experience the magic of the television series. So, grab your coat, dust off your walking boots, and explore the idyllic locations that have contributed to the enduring appeal of "All Creatures Great and Small" across the years.
If you are looking for a place to stay whilst you explore the amazing Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire and see some of the locations used in both the old and new series of All Creatures Great and Small, then get in touch with Moulton View Holiday Cottage. We are dog friendly and not far from places like leyburn, Bedale, Thirsk, Askrigg, Bolton Castle and Janet's Foss.
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Here are some links to take you into the world of All Creatures Great and Small. Enjoy!

The Cast of All Creatures Great and Small

Filming locations

Season 4

James Alfred Wright (pen name James Heriott)



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