All Creatures Great and Small: The pubs, shops and other locations that feature in the new Channel Five series

Channel Five's new adaptation of the James Herriot books begins tonight.

Their version of the classic 1970s/80s family series All Creatures Great and Small was also filmed on location in the Yorkshire Dales - but many of the sets are different to those used in the first incarnation.

In the original series, Askrigg was used to stand in for the fictional village of Darrowby, where country vet James Herriot is based. This time, both Askrigg and Thirsk - the market town where author Alf Wight lived and worked in real life - were both discounted because the A roads surrounding them detracted from the historic character necessary for convincing 1930s locations.

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Instead, producers and location scouts set their hearts on Grassington, in the southern part of the Dales. The village is very much on the tourist trail and is less remote than the Upper Dales.


Filming took place last autumn and winter, and several buildings and businesses were transformed into 1930s shops and pubs.

The production team have commented that they did not need to search hard for suitable period properties in the area, as its character has remained relatively unchanged since the early part of the 20th century.

Two pubs were used to represent the fictional inn The Drovers Arms. Exterior scenes were shot outside The Devonshire in Grassington, and interior filming took place at The Green Dragon Inn at Hardraw.

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Alf Wight's old surgery, Skeldale House in Thirsk, is now a James Herriot museum, so a private home in Grassington was used instead as the veterinary practice where Herriot also lived.

The Devonshire appears as The Drovers ArmsThe Devonshire appears as The Drovers Arms
The Devonshire appears as The Drovers Arms

Local bookshop The Stripey Badger stood in for greengrocer's G F Endleby, and the neighbouring coffee shop, which is owned by the same family, was used by the cast and crew during breaks.

Ladies' shoe shop Helen Midgley, which is based at the farmers' market, was dressed as Handleys Booksellers. The local bakery and chocolatier, Walker's, became Darrowby Cycles.

The Rustic Rabbit gift shop was transformed into Higgins Bakers.

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The scene in which Herriot disembarks from a bus as he arrives in Darrowby was filmed at Malham Lings, and there are also shots of him swimming in the waterfall pool Janet's Foss at Malham.

The Rustic Rabbit became a bakery and Walker's appears as a cycle shopThe Rustic Rabbit became a bakery and Walker's appears as a cycle shop
The Rustic Rabbit became a bakery and Walker's appears as a cycle shop

The stately home that features as Mrs Pumphrey's house is Broughton Hall near Skipton, which is often used for TV filming. Some other scenes were also filmed on the estate.

The period railway station that appears is Oakworth on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, a heritage line that is one of the few locations outside the Dales to be included in the series.

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James Herriot takes a dip in the pool at Janet's FossJames Herriot takes a dip in the pool at Janet's Foss
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