Places to Visit
North Gate House is in the neighbouring villages of East Witton and Middleham – there’s loads to see and do in the area that will appeal to all ages.
In Middleham you’ll wake up to the sound of horses going up the hill – the Middleham area is famous for its racing stables and if you’re interested in horses, have a look at which trainers are holding open days (these are usually around Easter time). If you go up to Low Moor in the early mornings you’ll see the race horses being exercised on the Gallops. If you’re feeling inspired, there’s pony trekking available in Coverdale and Masham, both just 15 minutes away.
Very close by to North Gate House is Middleham Castle, a fortified castle that was the childhood home of Richard III. The castle has a great and fascinating history and is definitely worth a visit.
This is also an area very popular for shooting, many of our guests use the cottage as a base to shoot in the area or to take advantage of the fantastic fishing on the River Ure.
Jervaulx is certainly worth a visit to to to the Abbey, the waterfalls at Hardraw Force, near Hawes, (where you have to go through The Green Dragon pub) are extremely beautiful, as are Aysgarth Falls. Those with families or who like a bit more of an adrenaline rush could have a fun day out at Lightwater Valley Theme Park (home to Europe’s longest rollercoaster).
East Witton once featured in All Creatures Great and Small, and the breathtaking scenery in this area will be familiar to fans of the series. You can even visit the show’s pub, which in real life is The King’s Arms at Askrigg. You could even visit The World of James Herriot museum (inside the vet’s original home and surgery in the market town of Thirsk).
Walkers will enjoy the Pen Hill circuit (or parts of it), taking in amazing views from Pen Hill (Yorkshire’s answer to Table Mountain) as well as the gallops on Middleham High Moor. And if it’s more adrenaline fuelled pursuits that you’re looking for, you’ll find canoeing and sailing at Lake Semerwater in Wensleydale and a tree-top assault course at Aerial Extreme. The Forbidden Corner is also worth a visit – it’s a magical theme park with a difference, full of fairytale mazes, conundrums and extraordinary entertainments.
The nearby market town of Leyburn, with its shops, pubs, cafes and weekly market is certainly worth a visit. While you’re there, why not take a look at Tennant’s Auctioneers and perhaps make a bid on some antique furniture or jewellery …