Inside the UK's highest pub the Tan Hill Inn when a yellow snow warning hit

The Tan Hill Inn sits isolated at over 1,500ft above sea level and is often at the mercy of the elements. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees/Paul Kingston

The UK's highest pub in North Yorkshire took a battering of snow and high winds - and the morning after saw even the ploughs struggling to get by.

The Tan Hill Inn in Swaledale is known for its high altitude and often deals with heavy snowfall, sitting isolated at 1,732ft above sea level.

Last night, videos taken by an ITV Tyne Tees camera operator and correspondent who stayed at the pub overnight captured gales of up to 66mph.

Sub-zero temperatures in Swaledale were also recorded overnight, as powdery snow fell and drifted with the high winds.

A yellow weather warning was in place last night around the area, continuing into the rest of today (Friday 10 March 2023).

Early this morning, the scene looked like this, with the pub covered in snow:

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In some areas where the snow had been blown, the drift reached four feet tall - though other areas were left bare.

Nearby the Tan Hill Inn in Swaledale, a snowplough was pictured abandoned as it stood stuck in the snow.

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The Tan Hill Inn is no stranger to bad weather. Given its isolated position, it has been known for people to get stranded there for days at a time.

During Storm Arwen, 61 people got snowed in at the pub for several days, including Oasis tribute band Noasis.

This time around, ITV Tyne Tees spoke to people who had travelled there specifically to get stuck in the storm, including Kristina Kalmikoba and Jack Shepherd.

The pair had taken a tent to the pub and braved the elements overnight.

They said: "We were too warm for a part of it - we went for too many layers. But it was an experience with the wind and the snow.

"We definitely had all the elements outside the tent and it was literally rattling."

The pub's landlady Nicola Townsend said the weather was simply "business as usual".

She said: "We're just waiting for the snowplough to come and dig us out now as one of the roads was blocked with snow this morning."

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More updates on how the Tan Hill Inn has coped with the weather will be on ITV Tyne Tees tonight (Friday 10 March 2023) at 6pm.

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