Local Information for Guests
Welcome to the Abbots Thorn local information pages. Here you will find lots of
useful information on the attractions, services and amenities of the immediate
local area. Please bear in mind Yorkshire is a big county, relatively sparsely
populated, so if times and distances are important to you, be sure to ask your
hosts for specific details.
Please click on underlined words to visit the attraction websites.
Monday: Darlington, Skipton, Thirsk.
Tuesday: Bedale, Hawes.
Wednesday: Masham, Northallerton.
Thursday: Richmond* (indoor), Ripon.
Saturday: Richmond*, Northallerton, Skipton.
Early Closing Days
Wednesday:Catterick, Darlington, Hawes, Leyburn, Richmond, Ripon, Thirsk.
Thursday:Bedale, Masham, Northallerton.
(Although during the summer most shops stay open)
* A disc parking scheme operates in Richmond, Northallerton and Bedale, please
use the disc provided, but return it for the next guests. Extra discs are
available from the Tourist Information Centres and some local shops.
If you are looking for 'High Street' retailers, the nearest shopping centre is
Darlington. There is a factory shopping outlet at Lightwater Valley, near Ripon.
The Country Code
Please follow the Country Code, if you are out and about.
ENJOY the countryside and respect its' life and work.
GUARD against all risk of fire.
FASTEN all gates.
KEEP your dogs under close control
KEEP to public paths across farmland.
USE gates and stiles to cross fences hedges and walls.
LEAVE livestock, crops and machinery alone.
TAKE your litter home.
HELP keep all water clean.
PROTECT wild life, plants and trees.
TAKE special care on country roads.
MAKE no unnecessary noise.
If you bring a dog with you to Abbots Thorn we offer the following advice:
Dogs must be kept on a lead throughout the village and surrounding areas, farms
have open gates, and sheep are easy to access - especially for curious dogs. To
give your dog a good run, visit Middleham Low Moor, after 1pm (the racehorses
will have finished their gallops by then), we'll give you directions.
Eating and Drinking
We have many good, traditional, Yorkshire pubs locally, many serve excellent
food, whether you are looking for a gourmet meal or a quick lunch time snack,
you'll be spoilt for choice. Please let us know your experiences so we can pass
them onto others (pick us up a menu if possible). Here is a selection of eating
places and pubs we have either visited ourselves or have had recommended. Please
note that most establishments do not serve meals after 9pm.
Coppice Tea Rooms, rear of Aysgarth Falls National Park Visitor Centre. Wonderful lunches, delectable cakes even those on gluten free diets can indulge here.
Giovanni's, Leyburn. Italian food at it's best, right here in Leyburn, opening times vary, please ask.
Wensleydale Heifer, West Witton. Speciality fish restaurant.
Queens Head, Finghall. Delicious home-cooked food and a warm and friendly atmosphere.
George & Dragon, Aysgarth. Good food and an imaginative menu.
Bolton Arms, Redmire. Very friendly pub with newly renovated dining room and excellent food.
Street Head Inn, Newbiggin. Country pub with good, home-made food and an excellent vegetarian menu.
Castle Keep Tea Rooms, Middleham. A traditional English tea room, for light snacks or an indulgent cream tea.
Fox and Hounds, Carthorpe. Superb Sunday lunch, (You will need to book) Very good menu including vegetarian treats. Well worth the drive.
Bolton Arms Bistro, Leyburn. Good food and reasonably priced.
The Freemasons Arms, Nosterfield. Quaint old pub with good food, try their fish and chips!
Cover Bridge Inn, between Middleham and East Witton. Traditional Yorkshire cooking and a friendly atmosphere, famous for its ham and eggs.
The Sandpiper, Leyburn. Good evening meals, wonderful bangers and mash at lunchtime. Ideal for that special occasion meal.
Brymor Ice Cream Parlour on the Middleham to Masham road. The place to enjoy ice cream made on the premises, also hot and cold snacks. Open all year.
How Stean Gorge, near Lofthouse, Nidderdale. Comfortable restaurant in unusual surroundings, really good lunches, teas and early dinners.
Local Services Guide
Hospital: The Friarage, Northallerton, Northallerton 779911
Doctor: Brentwood, Leyburn, 01969 622391
Dentist: The Surgery, Wensley Road, Leyburn, 01969 622132
Vet. Surgery: Hollin Rigg, Leyburn, 01969 623107
Chemist: Market Place, Leyburn.
Optician: 1 Richmond Road, Leyburn, 01969 623001
Tourist Information: Railway Street, Leyburn.
Banks: Barclays (with cash machine), Market Place, Leyburn. HSBC (with cash machine), High Street, Leyburn.
Petrol: Leyburn: Harmby Road (A684) towards Bedale. Middleham.
Car Repairs: Raymond Brown, Carlton.
Post Box: 2 in the village, one left, one right from our door.
Post Offices: Railway Street, Leyburn. Key Centre, Middleham.
Telephone Box: Turn right out of our door 150 yds on the right.
Police Station: High Street, Leyburn.
Churches: Anglican, Carlton, Horsehouse, Middleham and Leyburn. Methodist,
Carlton, Melmerby and Leyburn. Roman Catholic, Leyburn. Society of Friends,
The Cat Pottery: A hidden waterfall, alpine garden and a picturesque village green, an ideal way to discover these ceramic cats. West Burton, 9 miles west of Leyburn off B6160. 01969 663273
Little Chocolate Shop: Watch delicious chocolates being made by hand. Business Park, Leyburn
Georgian Theatre: The oldest theatre in the UK surviving in its original form, incorporating a museum with original scenery, playbills and interactive displays. Victoria Road, Richmond. 01748 823710
The Ropemaker: Watch traditional ropemaking and see how the twist is put in at this open plan factory. Has a well stocked rope and gift shop. Town Foot, Hawes. 01969 667487
The Teapottery: Watch craftspeople making and decorating unique and collectable teapots at this open plan factory. Has a well stocked teapot shop and of course a tea shop. The Business Park, Harmby Road, Leyburn. 01969 623839
Wensleydale Cheese: Visit the Wensleydale Cheese Visitors Centre, discover the history of cheese making in the museum and the sample the real thing in the cheese shop and restaurant. Gayle Lane, Hawes. 01969 667664
White Rose Candles: See how all sorts of different candles and other wax products are made, and maybe buy some to take home. Wensley Mill, Wensley, Leyburn.
Green Howards Museum: Over 300 years of regimental history set in a 12th century church. Centre of Richmond Market Place. 01748 822133
Dales Countryside Museum: Tells the story of the Yorkshire Dales and its people and landscape dating from 10,000 BC. Station Yard, Hawes. 01969 667450
T & R Theakston: Traditional Yorkshire brewers since 1827, beers include Old Peculiar, XB and Best Bitter, visitor centre and shop. The Brewery, Masham. 01765 689057
Black Sheep Brewery: Traditional independent brewer, with excellent visitor centre, guided tours, tastings, gift shop and bistro. Wellgarth, Masham. 01765 689227
Nidderdale Museum: Pateley Bridge - a fascinating insight into times gone by.
The Bowes Museum: Once seen never forgotten situated at Barnard Castle.
Craft Trail: The list goes on and on and on - such a wide range of crafts are produced in this area that it is impossible to list them all, so please browse through the leaflets in the hall. There really is something for everyone.
Middleham Castle: The 12th century home of Richard III, on the A6108, 2 miles south of Leyburn. 01969 623899
Easby Abbey: 12th century ruins on the banks of the River Swale. 1 mile south-east of Richmond.
Richmond Castle: Built by William the Conqueror in the 12th century, the castle dominates the town of Richmond. 01748 822493
Bolton Castle: Preserved 14th century castle with tea rooms. Signposted off the A684 at Wensley. 01969 623981
Jervaulx Abbey: Secluded ruins of a Cistercian abbey set in 120 acres of parkland, tea rooms. On A6108 between Masham and Middleham. 01677 460391
Skipton Castle: Classic 12th century castle set above a wooded gorge it is one of the best preserved and most complete mediaeval castles in England. Situated at the top of the High Street.
Bolton Abbey: The ruins of Bolton Priory set in the majestic sweep of the River Wharfe. The estate has over 75 miles of footpaths including the famous Strid Wood Nature Trails. Off the A59 Skipton to Harrogate Road.
Fountains Abbey: Yorkshire's premier National Trust property and parkland, Ripon.
Thorp Perrow Arboretum: 85 acres that includes trees from all over the world. Outside Bedale on the B6268.
Aysgarth Falls: A spectacular series of waterfalls where the River Ure descends over limestone steps. Signposted.
West Burton Falls: A hidden waterfall in a dramatic setting. West Burton.
Constable Burton Hall: A large romantic terrace garden with extensive borders, garden, woodland walks and garden trails. Constable Burton. 01677 460225
White Scar Cave: The longest show cave in Britian with underground waterfalls, streams and thousands of stalactites. One mile from Ingleton on the B6255 road to Hawes, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Ingleton Waterfalls: A four and a half mile natural scenic walk is a must for anybody who appreciates the beauty of the Dales. Good walking boots or strong shoes are advised. Ingleton village on A65 Settle to Kendal road.
How Stean Gorge: Spectacular limestone gorge amid Nidderdale's lush green pastures - also known as Yorkshire's little Switzerland. Restaurant and tea room. Near Pateley Bridge (7 miles), Masham 10 miles.
Leyburn Shawl: Just a short walk from the market place - breathtaking views along a grass terrace which has associations with Mary Queen of Scots.
Forbidden Corner: A recently created grotto with dramatic surprises, outstanding views, recommended for the young at heart. Tea rooms. Between Carlton and Middleham.