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Twenty things to do

  1. Take a gentle stroll on Leyburn Shawl.
    One of the most breathtaking viewpoints in the Dales, with nearby children’s play area. For more invigorating walking, Leyburn is in the heart of Wensleydale and on the perimeter of the Dales National Park.
  2. Taste genuine Local produce.
    Campbells of Leyburn
    Richmond Station
    The Little Chocolate Shop
    Brymor Ice Cream
    Real Yorkshire Wensleydale Cheese
  3. Discover timeless villages.
    Taste tantalising local ales in their character pubs and watch the world go by.
  4. Indulge yourself at one of the award winning restaurants.
    Swinton Park, Masham (15 mins)
    Sandpiper, Leyburn – (2 mins walk)
    Blue Lion, East Witton – Dining Pub of the Year three times in the past decade
    Wensleydale Heifer, West Witton – AA Rosette
  5. Sample traditional Yorkshire afternoon teas.
    With fat-rascals, curd tarts or the customary combination of Wensleydale cheese with rich fruit cake.
  6. Loose yourself in beautiful gardens.
    Constable Burton Hall (5mins)
    Thorpe Perrow Arboretum and Birds of Prey (20 mins)
    Aysgarth Rock garden (10 mins)
    Newby Hall gardens (30 mins)
  7. Children will have fun at the Forbidden Corner
    A unique combination of follies, tunnels and surprises (10 mins)
    They will also find plenty of excitement at the Lightwater Valley Theme Park (25 mins)
  8. Soak up the atmosphere of an area steeped in history.
    Explore the castles, abbeys and churches.
    Castle Bolton (spectacular setting, Elizabethan garden) (10 mins)
    Middleham Castle (Yorkshire home of Richard III) (5 mins)
    Richmond Castle (15 mins)
    Jervaux Abbey (10 mins)
    Easby Abbey (15 mins)
    Mount Grace Priory (35 mins)
  9. Combine a walk with a ride on the Wensleydale Railway back to Leyburn station (2 mins).
    You can even take a driving lesson on a train. Could this be the fulfilment of a lost childhood dream?
  10. Bid for an antique at the prestigious Tennants auction house. (5 mins walk)
  11. Visit Richmond’s Georgian Theatre.
    Its not only the performances that absorb you into another world… Guided tours also available.
    Georgian Theatre Royal (15 mins)
    Swaledale Festival
  12. Rise early and watch the racehorses training on Middleham gallops. (5 mins)
    If this has proved inspirational, pony trekking is available in Coverdale and Masham (both 15 mins).
    Some of our visitors have brought their own pony, as livery can usually be arranged in Middleham.
  13. For distinctive souvenirs follow the craft trail through the unspoilt villages and landscape of Wensleydale and Swaledale.
  14. Watch a film at Richmond Station Cinema (15 mins)
  15. Experience the “wow” factor at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, a World Heritage Site. (NT) (35 mins)
  16. Absorb ambience of a distinctive Country HouseNewby Hall (30 mins)
    Raby Castle (30 mins)
    Kiplin Hall (25 mins)
    Castle Howard (70 mins)
  17. Historic towns and Cities in the region can make a memorable day trip.
    Durham (50 mins)
    York (60 mins)
    Harrogate (50 mins)
  18. A rainy day could be a museum day:
    The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle resembles a French chateau, but placed in a Durham market town – contains European fine and decorative arts; has an inspiring exhibition programme.
    The World of James Herriot inside his original home and surgery in Thirsk (35 mins). Excellent interactive displays.
    Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes (25 mins)
  19. For those wanting adventure;
    Canoeing, windsurfing and sailing at Lake Semerwater in Wensleydale (25 mins)
    Tree-top assault course Aerial Extreme (25 mins)
  20. Amble around attractive market towns.
    Masham (15 mins)
    Richmond (15 mins)
    Bedale (15 mins)
    Hawes (25 mins)
    Ripon (30 mins)
    Thirsk (35 mins)
    Barnard Castle (30 mins)
    Skipton (45 mins)
    Sedbergh – a “Book Town” (40 mins)And of course saving the best ’til last – LEYBURN – 2 mins walk and you are in the centre of this very relaxed, working market town full of shops, pubs, cafes and weekly market.