Hid­den gems

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Just a small se­lec­tion of the places to visit in the heart of our re­gion

Head north from the Har­ro­gate area and it will not be very long be­fore you no­tice a change in the scenery. Al­though the coun­try­side around the spa town has much to rec­om­mend it, nev­er­the­less it is only when you get into the Dales ‘proper’ that the real beauty of York­shire re­veals it­self.

Nid­derdale, Wens­ley­dale, Swaledale are names in­deli­bly as­so­ci­ated with that price­less com­bi­na­tion of bar­ren moor­lands, lush river val­leys, sparkling lime­stone and pic­ture-post­card vil­lages.

And while there is more than enough beauty in this big­ger pic­ture to sat­isfy the sight­seer, it is still worth scratch­ing a lit­tle be­low the sur­face to find some hid­den gems of at­trac­tions which can add ex­tra en­joy­ment to a day out in the Dales.

Stand­ing in grounds slop­ing down to the banks of the River Swale, just to the east of Cat­t­er­ick, Ki­plin Hall is a Ja­cobean man­sion, built in the 17th cen­tury and fur­nished with a fas­ci­nat­ing col­lec­tion of fur­ni­ture, por­traits and paint­ings be­long­ing to the own­ers and their fam­i­lies, col­lected over the past 400 years.

From April 8 to 26, younger vis­i­tors are in­vited to be­come Easter Eg­gsplor­ers, search­ing the woods around the house for clues to track down a strange new crea­ture – and to win some choco­latey prizes!

Boast­ing won­der­ful views across lit­tle­known Coverdale, the Sad­dle Room is a su­perb venue for a wed­ding, a lux­u­ri­ous break or sim­ply to en­joy a meal cre­ated from fine lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. Nine bed and break­fast units and five cot­tages com­prise the ac­com­mo­da­tion, while Bell Barn can host up to 110 guests for a wed­ding.

If you have mar­riage in mind, then make a date with the Sad­dle Room Wed­ding Fair on Satur­day, May 6, and ex­pe­ri­ence the unique set­ting and fa­cil­i­ties for your­self.

Hid­den from the road be­hind high walls, Jer­vaulx Abbey com­prises dra­matic ru­ins in a tran­quil river­side lo­ca­tion, where wild flow­ers flour­ish and vis­i­tors are free to ex­plore the ro­man­tic nooks and cran­nies.

The abbey– a Cis­ter­cian monastery dis­solved, like so many oth­ers, in the 1530s – is pri­vately owned by the Bur­don fam­ily, who have sen­si­tively de­vel­oped the site to in­clude a tea­room and wed­ding venue, with a car­a­van site along­side.

Any­one look­ing to stay for a while can­not fail to be im­pressed by Bell­field, an el­e­gant Vic­to­rian coun­try house, on the out­skirts of Masham, con­verted into a range of self­ca­ter­ing apart­ments full of pe­riod fea­tures and char­ac­ter.

The apart­ments com­prise one to three bed­rooms, two are suit­able for guests un­able to man­age stairs, and there are ex­ten­sive gar­dens with plenty of room for younger guests to play.

Qual­ity ac­com­mo­da­tion is also part of the of­fer at The Wood­man, a coun­try vil­lage inn at Burne­ston near Bedale, well­lo­cated for trav­ellers on the A1, which has five re­cently-re­fur­bished bed­rooms with en-suite fa­cil­i­ties.

The fam­ily-run free house also of­fers whole­some tra­di­tional food, in­clud­ing Sun­day lunch, a good se­lec­tion of cask ales from lo­cal brew­eries and of­fers buf­fet-style cater­ing for par­ties of up to 25 peo­ple. It also has its own taxi ser­vice.

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