Bed and Breakfast – Ripon, North Yorkshire

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9North Yorkshire is a beautiful county of contrast with a rich historical heritage, a proud rural community, breathtaking countryside and the area around the The Old Coach House is exceptional. Within an hours drive you could be on the heather bound North Yorkshire Moors, enjoy a seascape picture post card view at Whitby or Scarborough.

10Or you could enjoy the delights of a steam locomotive (which in summer) runs the whole length of the line from Pickering to Whitby or a brisk walk or rambling on the stunning Yorkshire Moors if you are looking for panoramic views, why not visit Sutton Bank in the Hambleton Hills – it’s absolutely awesome!.

11Not very far away is the famous Wensleydale, in The Yorkshire Dales with its rugged windswept landscape, the well known Creamery at Hawes and a host of rural crafts waiting to be discovered. Aysgarth Falls is a must to see as well as the market towns of Leyburn and Masham (Masham boasts not one but two breweries). Middleham with its famous Castle and Jewel (now residing in York Museum) along with the racing stables of top trainer Mark Johnston.

Tea rooms, bistro’s, restaurants, shops, public houses, craft centres and much much more can be found throughout these picturesque dales offering plenty to do and see. Experience the warmth and hospitality Yorkshire has to offer. Coverdale, Swaledale, Wharfdale, Arkengarthdale, Langstrothdale are but a few places to visit if you want breathtaking scenery, wonderful walks and plenty of fresh air.

8Don’t forget the awe inspiring Nidderdale, classified as an area of outstanding natural beauty with its deep green lush valleys contrasting with the beautiful market town of Pateley Bridge, which is definitely worth a visit.

Ripon, steeped in history and Cathedral City of The Dales is only a ten minute drive away and there’s a whole host of things to do and see.

12The impressive 11th century cathedral dominates the skyline, there’s a market square, with its traditional farmers market,  Ripon racecourse (known as England’s Garden Racecourse), a host of shops, boutiques and an interesting array of historic buildings, waiting to be discovered. For more details visit www.ripon.org.

26Why not visit the beautiful market town of Thirsk, home to the famous James Herriot Television series and books, it has a historic market place and many local craft shops. There’s also Northallerton with its beautiful parade of shops and independent retailers, Boroughbridge and its Elizabethan architecture and lovely riverside walks. Historical York and cosmopolitan Harrogate are only a 40 minute drive!

There’s a host of visitor attractions in the area and lots to do and see. Visit Lightwater Valley (which is only 5 minutes away)

if you are looking for family fun or shopping, there are country hostelries dotted around this part of the world and award winning restaurants all within an easy drive.

25If its history you are looking for, this part of the country has a rich heritage including castles, abbeys, country estates and even an award wining arboretum! Visit www.ripon.org or telephone the Ripon Tourist Information Centre. Fountains Abbey, Jervaulx, Rievaulx, Snape Castle (Home of Catherine Parr) are all within easy driving distance. You really need to contact the local tourist information centre because there’s so much to choose from!

Picture post card villages with their village greens, babbling brooks, chocolate box cottages adorn this wonderful county – it’s just waiting to be discovered.