Popular Days Out
Big Sheep Little Cow, Bedale
Situated just outside of Bedale, this farm makes a great day out for family visits. As well as guided tours to meet the animals, there is an indoor play barn and go cart arena. Contact: 01677 422125 or visit: www.farmattraction.co.uk
Black Sheep Brewery, Masham
Established in the early 90’s, the family-run Black Sheep Brewery is situated in Masham at the gateway to Wensleydale. Guided tours give a fascinating insight into the art of traditional brewing. Visit: www.blacksheepbrewery.com
The Forbidden Corner, near Middleham
The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden on the Tupgill Park Estate near Middleham. The temple of the underworld, the eye of the needle, a huge pyramid made of translucent glass, paths and passages that lead nowhere, extraordinary statues - at every turn there are decisions to make and tricks to avoid. This is a day out with a difference which will challenge and delight adults and children of all ages. Visit: www.theforbiddencorner.co.uk
Hazel Brow Farm, Low Row
This traditional family run organic farm is located in the middle of Low Row village, in the heart of Swaledale. Farm tours allow you to get up close to the animals and nature trails take you through the surrounding pasture land. There is also a visitors’ centre, tea room and small children’s play area. Contact: 01748 886224 or visit: www.hazelbrow.co.uk
Lightwater Valley, near Ripon
One of the leading theme parks in the UK, Lightwater Valley has over 40 rides and attractions for all the family, including Europe’s longest rollercoaster - The Ultimate. Located in the grounds of Lightwater Valley Theme Park, there is also a Birds of Prey Centre and shopping village. Visit: www.lightwatervalley.co.uk
Millgate House Gardens, Richmond
The garden at Millgate has been featured in publications around the world. Although a small garden, its situation overlooking the River Swale with the waterfalls in the background and the intensive planting make it unique and very special. The garden was selected out of 3200 in 1995 for the R H S/Daily Mail National Garden Competition's First Prize. It is open daily from April to October and is located at the bottom of the market place as you turn into Millgate. Visit: www.millgatehouse.com
The Station, Richmond
This award-winning conversion of Richmond’s old railway terminus is one of the area’s most popular social venues and tourist attractions. Under one roof, it houses a café/restaurant, ice-cream maker, two cinema screens, a craft bakery, an artisan cheese-maker, a micro-brewery, a fudge maker, purveyor of preserves and chutneys, an art gallery and Heritage Centre - complete with videos, old posters and railway memorabilia.
There is parking on site but The Station is only a short walk from the centre of Richmond. If you are looking for a longer excursion then The Station is conveniently placed at the start of a picturesque circular walk to Easby Abbey which follows the River Swale. You can also walk to The Station from the other direction directly from Brompton Lakes. Ask at reception for details of the route. Visit: www.richmondstation.com
Thorp Perrow, near Bedale
Just south of Bedale, Thorp Perrow Arboretum is one of the finest private collections of trees and shrubs in the country. Spread over 85 acres, there are tree trails, a nature trail and a children's trail, a large lake, picnic area and children's play area. There is also a tearoom and bird of prey and mammal centre. Tel: 01677 427755. Visit: www.thorpperrow.com
Situated 9 miles west of Scotch Corner on the edge of the A66 in beautiful Teesdale, Thorpe Farm is centred around an 18th century Peel House. As well as a coffee shop, restaurant and farm shop, there is a walled garden, woodland walk, trampolines and play area. A falconry centre operates throughout the summer months. Visit: www.thorpefarm.co.uk
The Wensleydale Railway
The Wensleydale Railway is an authentic heritage railway that offers a car-free day out in the Yorkshire Dales with lots to see and do along the way. Timetabled services run over the 16 miles from Leeming Bar to Redmire (for Bolton Castle). The route takes in the market towns of Leyburn and Bedale and there is a vintage 1960’s bus link to Asygarth Falls. Visit: www.wensleydalerailway.com
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