"farmstead on a shelf or ledge", Old English scelf (with Scandinavian sk-) + tun.
"A Dictionary of English Place-Names", Oxford University Press
Skelton is strung out along a narrow road which follows the bend of the Ouse. All the houses have nice views of the concrete wall which protects them from the swirling river.
The Hull to Doncaster railway crosses the river at Skelton via the huge Goole Swing Bridge. As with all the villages around here, the roads are a pleasure to cycle along. They are usually free of traffic and surrounded on both sides by trees.