Pack up the car and drive through Yorkshire’s most scenic countryside before arriving in the village of Osmotherley. The North York Moors surround the picturesque holiday cottages in the village, with the Hambleton Hills to the South of the village and the Cleveland Way to the North. Here we’ve selected our top things to do near Osmotherley.

Paddock View is the perfect escape for couples, families, and friends alike, looking to spend time together, reconnecting with people and nature, whilst exploring acres of unspoiled Yorkshire countryside and finding plenty of family-friendly adventures along the way.

We have created a guide with help from a local expert, showing you the finest spots nearby and finding the most insta-worthy photo opportunities en route. Whether you are happiest relaxing with a local ale or heading into the hills on a long walk, there is something for everybody near Paddock View, our idyllic Osmotherley holiday cottage…

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Before arriving at Paddock View holiday cottage for a weekend in Osmotherley, make a stop in Northallerton to stock up with some flavoursome food and drink for the weekend. Dropping into the famous Betty’s Tea Rooms for afternoon tea and a selection of cakes to treat yourself with!

Now that you are fully stocked up for your weekend away, make your way to Osmotherley Village, only 6 miles from Northallerton. A warm Yorkshire welcome awaits you at this rural retreat, make sure you look out to introduce yourself to the neighbouring horses grazing in the opposite field on arrival.

Head to the top of the village and take a left turn, pass the pubs (if you can resist) and enjoy a gentle stroll (which takes no longer than an hour) to Cod Beck Reservoir, which is a popular beauty spot with calm waters surrounded by attractive woodland and moorland scenery.

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Head back into the village for some dinner at one of the three great local pubs. One of the locals’ favourites is The Golden Lion, offering roaring log fires to keep warm in the cooler months as well as outdoor seating looking over the market cross on the village green in the warmer summer months.

The pub offers fine dining as well as classic Yorkshire food such as Chicken Kiev and Steak Pie, using only local produce, all expertly cooked to enjoy alongside a local ale or two before your short stroll back to the cottage.

Eat and Drink…

Rievaulx Abbey


Within a half-hour drive across the ever-changing colourful Yorkshire Moors is the beautiful market town of Helmsley, which has plenty to offer all its visitors.

From a 900-year-old castle with a 250-year-old Walled Garden to the National Centre for Birds of Prey, with its daily flying demonstrations, or the impressive ruins of one of England’s most powerful Cistercian monasteries, Rievaulx Abbey, you can always find something new to explore or see. Enjoy a spot of shopping in the interesting local shops, galleries and boutiques before enjoying some food in any of the mouth-watering eateries and a local ale in the towns very own brewery. We suggest popping in for a glass of rosé and a slice of homemade cake at Mannions.

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After your exploring, stop off at another of our favourite local pubs closer to home, The Owl at Hawnby, surrounded by acres of glorious Yorkshire countryside, where you can lose yourself for hours in the majesty of the Moors with oven-fired pizzas alfresco on a sunny day or a more extensive menu indoors in front of the fire on offer.

Put your feet up back at your cottage at the end of a day exploring North Yorkshire and have a family game of table football in the games room or watch a movie in the snug with the fire roaring before sampling some ‘award winning’ fish and chips from the chip shop in the village or get the BBQ going outside, whilst admiring the uninterrupted views across acres of lush fields and horses grazing nearby.

More Adventures…

York Minster


Sunday is the best day to get dressed up in your best country attire and get involved in the local antics. Only a short walk from the cottage is Thimbleby Shooting Ground, one of the country’s premier shooting grounds, which is set within an impressive picturesque rural setting, perfect for trying your hand at some clay shooting or simply pop in for a coffee or a light bite and enjoy this day out with a difference.

If you enjoy walking, you might enjoy the circular walk around Osmotherly, which visits the reservoir, Arncliffe Wood and the medieval Mount Grace Priory. The Lyke Wake Walk starts from the car park so this is a good option if you’d like to continue your walking in the North York Moors. The Cleveland Way also passes nearby. You could follow the trails to nearby Arncliffe Wood or head south to the reservoirs on Thimbleby Moor.

If you would prefer to travel further afield, the thriving town of York is within an hours drive of this gorgeous cottage with everything you could need for a shopping trip with plenty of good food and drink on offer as well as the Jorvik museum which is a firm family favourite to witness the reconstruction of the Viking City. If you fancy a day out at the seaside, Yorkshire also has plenty of stunning coastline to discover, with white sands, arcades and award-winning fish and chips to impress, all within an hours drive of Paddock View.

More Walks…

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Where to Stay

A gorgeous cottage offering a relaxing rural retreat for up to eight guests in one of the most sought-after villages in Yorkshire… Osmotherley! Sited on the of the North York Moors, the location is excellent whether you want to explore on foot or use it as a base for exploring the National Park and Yorkshire Coast… Also, two dogs are welcome in this cottage.

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