Punters forced to sleep at Britain’s highest pub as Storm Arwen leaves them stranded


Fifty pubgoers at Britain’s highest boozer, the Tan Hill Inn, were trapped behind 5ft of snow and had to bed down in the Yorkshire Dales public house overnight

Drinkers had to kip overnight in Britain's highest pub, the Tan Hill Inn, due to Storm Arwen trapping them behind 5ft of snow
Drinkers had to kip overnight in Britain’s highest pub, the Tan Hill Inn, due to Storm Arwen trapping them behind 5ft of snow

Punters slept at Britain’s highest pub after Storm Arwen’s icy blizzards trapped them behind 5ft of snow.

Around 50 customers were forced to bed down overnight at the Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales as snow swept in and buried their vehicles.

Many had travelled to the remote boozer in Richmond to watch an Oasis tribute band called ‘Noasis’ perform on Friday night.

But by 9pm it became clear that nobody would be able to make the journey home and many had to sleep in makeshift beds on the floor of the bar.

When they awoke on Saturday morning the pub – which is 1,732ft above sea level – was buried in parts under snow drifts.

The pub is Britain’s highest public house at 1,732-feet above sea level which sits on a peak of the Yorkshire Dales

When they awoke, the pub was buried in snow

Local roads have become impassable and the guests were still being advised to remain in the building at lunchtime on Saturday.

Tan Hill Inn owner Mike Kenny said: “We recommended anyone in the pub to stay out rather than endanger life on the snow covered moors.

“No one is going anywhere yet. The police advised we all stay out for now. Our snowplough is snowed in!”

The owner said police advised them to stay at the pub overnight

The 17th Century pub is around 10 miles from the nearest main roads, but the lanes leading to it had been blocked by snow or fallen power lines.

Tom Rigby, 32, a freight train driver from Bishop Auckland, County Durham, visited the pub with his girlfriend and was booked into a B&B room for the night.

He said: “We set off around 6pm and the roads were OK but I knew the forecast.

All the punters’ cars were covered in thick snow

“Every time we looked outside the snow got deeper and deeper. Before we knew it around midnight it was a couple of feet deep in the doorway!

“The staff are all working together and making sure everyone is kept informed and happy, fed and watered. To be honest, they’ve been a credit to the pub.

“The road from Reeth is blocked with snow, but also has a powerline down over the road. The road from Kirby isn’t gritted either.

Punters were still being told to stay put at midday today

“Staff have advised people to definitely not travel that direction, and those that have tried have got stuck.
“I have heard that mountain rescue are aware of them. The road isn’t a priority I suppose although the council have been told people are stranded.”

Tom told how one couple had to be rescued after attempting to camp outside in a tent.

He explained: “I went out with them around midnight, pulled out all his sleeping bags and mattress.

“The poles of the tent were all snapped – there wasn’t much tent left. There was snow inside it also. We brought it straight in by the fire to dry.”

While relatively content where he is, Tom says the people trapped there have been advised to keep bags packed in case a plough makes a path so they can try to escape.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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