Brompton Lakes sits on the edge of Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, close to the tiny, picturesque village of Easby, famous for Easby Abbey, a much-visited and well-loved historical landmark founded by Premonstratensian monks in 1152. The Abbey ruins are free to visitors and make a short but pleasant detour when walking into Richmond along the banks of the River Swale.
Richmond itself is a charming Georgian market town best-known for its impressive 11th century castle as well as being an eclectic melting pot of historic buildings, cobbled streets and ancient treasures. You’ll find a good choice of pubs and plenty of places to eat, as well as shops to stock up on essentials and gifts, and of course, miles and miles of the best walking and mountain bike country in England.
As well as the grand castle – set in the heart of the town - there’s further evidence of Richmond’s Roman and Norman history at every turn with illustrated historic trails throughout the town. The Market Place is the central point from which to explore the meandering cobbled streets and nearby river walks dominated by high views of the castle walls, dating back to 1080 and said to be the oldest remaining walls in Britain. Architectural history abounds – such as the popular and recently-restored Georgian Theatre and Museum (the oldest of its kind in Britain) and Scollards Hall, one of England’s most ancient domestic buildings.