St Mary's, Greenhow Hill



  Post Code: HG3 5JQ

Welcome to St Mary’s, Greenhow.

Videography courtesy of Martyn Sheard


At around 1400 feet above sea level, St Mary’s, Greenhow is reputedly the highest parish church in England. It lies in the heart of the rugged Dales village of Greenhow and was built in 1847 for the thriving community of lead miners living on the hill.  

Whilst the exterior of St Mary’s is similar to many churches, the interior has several features which create a simple yet distinct ambience, the visible stone of the west wall in contrast to the adjoining smooth cream plastered walls, the recently restored light coloured wooden ceiling contrasting with the dark wooden beams and the beauty of traditional church pews, choir stalls (sadly no choir here anymore) and altar.

Seeking to offer a different style of worship, St Mary’s provides the parish with a monthly Celtic Communion, in the style of the Iona Tradition. The beauty and simplicity of this service has drawn a faithful regular congregation to gather and worship God quite literally from the top of the hills.

Whilst visiting St Mary’s, Greenhow why not visit the magnificent walk-in sculpture at Coldstones Cut with a spectacular 360 geg. view over the Dales and beyond. Or why not explore the renowned Stump Cross Caverns which also has a superb café?

Services: 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 6:30pm


Vicar: Reverend Darryl Hall,

The Vicarage,
New Church Street,
Pateley Bridge.
HG3 5LQ  
Telephone: 01423 711414

Churchwarden:   Doreen Prince  01423 711387