Kirkbridge is a sleepy hamlet in the world-famous Yorkshire Dales. The village consists of no more than ten houses and farms in a very picturesque setting. It is an unspoiled traditional working village surrounded by true rural tranquillity. There are safe road and country walks from the doorstep.
Crakehall is the nearest village, ¾ mile or a brisk 15 minute walk from the cottages. It is a delightful thriving village with its own general store, garage and pub set around the village green and cricket pitch. It is a typically quaint Yorkshire village where the locals are friendly and welcoming. The pub provides good food and atmosphere with a warm welcome for pets.
Bedale is a nearby bustling market town retaining the market town features. The town atmosphere benefits having all the shops and services needed to serve both the local community and tourists. There are pubs, coffee shops and restaurants in the town, with a range of galleries and craft shops nestling with all the everyday services needed to support a community. Bedale station is a main stop on the enthusiast-operated Wensleydale Railway, running between Leeming Bar and Redmires. The community bakery which featured in a recent BBC documentary is located at the station. The town retains its historic charm while remaining a bustling market town. At two miles from the cottages, it is only a brisk country walk away.
The Dales is an area of the country that is recognised worldwide for its natural beauty and charm. There is an unmatched wealth of wildlife, geological interest and history to be found wherever you visit in the Yorkshire Dales. The scenery in the Yorkshire Dales National Park is truly spectacular with a wide variety of rugged hills, slipping into tranquil valleys, with waterfalls, rocky outcrops and spectacular limestone cliffs.
North York Moors is another National Park recognised for its natural beauty. While sporting moors and dales of a different character to the Dales, the Moors are no less spectacular than those found in its neighbour. There is scenery that can be dramatic and haunting as it stretches into the horizon. You can travel through this spellbinding scenery on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway running from Pickering to Whitby through Heartbeat Country throughout the year. Enjoy the scenery while enjoying a romantic meal. The historic and picturesque North Sea cost with its coastal towns form an exciting Eastern boundary to the Park.
There are many towns and villages offering a wealth of charm and history within a short distance of the cottages: Richmond, Hawes, Leyburn, Thirsk, Ripon, Harrogate, Knaresborough and Skipton to name a few. Of course it is not possible to visit the area without exploring York which overflows with history and other attractions like the National Railway Museum. Modern history is not lost with the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington and quirky Eden Camp near Malton. The rich ceremony, history and excitement is to be found in abundance in Yorkshire with famous racecourses with easy distances. Catterick, Thirsk, Ripon, York, Wetherby, Beverley, Pontefract, Redcar, Sedgefield and Doncaster offer everything from exciting meetings with National classics to simple relaxing family entertainment. On a drive through Yorkshire you will see horses in training on the gallops every day of the week and you may be fortunate to visit some of the many stables.
Further afield, yet still within an easy drive, you can experience the history of Durham City, the modern history of the open air museum at Beamish, Newcastle, with its shopping and riverside attractions to the North. Leeds and West Yorkshire to the South and even the Lake District are all within an easy drive for a full and eventful day.
More information and details of a wide range of attractions are to be found in each cottage. There are local Tourist Offices in Bedale and Leyburn which can provide supplementary detail to that stocked in each cottage. There is so much to see and do in the Dales, Moors and surrounding area you will never be without interesting entertainment all year round.