Yorkshire's highest pub the Tan Hill Inn is nearly cut off by snow

A snow plough at work at the Tan Hill Inn today
A snow plough at work at the Tan Hill Inn today
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Heavy snowfall has left the owners of Britain's highest pub almost cut off from the outside world.

The 17th-century Tan Hill Inn near Keld in Swaledale has been blanketed by snow overnight.

The pub can be seen in the distance from the Pennine Way footpath

The pub can be seen in the distance from the Pennine Way footpath

At 528 metres above sea level, it's not a surprise that the world-famous pub has received more than a dusting.

This is what it's like to run Britain's most isolated pub
Strandings are not unheard of at the inn - in 2009-2010, revellers who had celebrated New Year's Eve at the hostelry were trapped alongside staff for more than three days when heavy snow fell.

In June 2018, the pub's new owners, Mike Kenney and Andrew Hields, announced major renovation plans which included stargazing pods and a carvery in the barn.
Mike took these photos of the pub in today's snow - and joked that while they aren't quite stranded just yet, they do have Waitrose on speed dial!

Former Tan Hill landlady Louise Peace describes the infamous winter of 2009-10

The pub's snow plough has been hard at work

The pub's snow plough has been hard at work

“When it starts you can be knee deep in two hours, but that year was particularly bad. I had gone out to help rescue stranded drivers and ended up being snowed out of the pub. There was no way I could get back and the next morning was no better. We had 60 guests up there and just two members of staff. I rang them up and said: ‘Right there is no way you can deal with them on your own’. I told them to get five of the guests together and set up a working party. That’s what they did and they had a whale of a time for three days.

“Another time I was snowed out there was only a chicken and a cat in the pub. I thought: ‘That’s a food chain right there’. When I finally got back in I was prepared for a bloodbath, but they were just cuddled up next to each other.”