At the heart of Wensleydale lies the gateway market town of Leyburn, only a short drive from Sun Hill Farmhouse and Lodge Barn, set amid some of England’s finest countryside, unusual local shops and cafes, traditional pubs and a weekly market which takes place every Friday and includes an array of stalls selling everything from fresh fish to hand crafted ornaments. Leyburn is an ideal base for exploring, hiking, cycling and sight-seeing for all ages.
Leyburn has a number of great walking routes, however if you want to give your legs a rest and travel in style then why not hop to a train on the Wensleydale Railway. This heritage line has a station in uses diesel locomotives with the occasional steam services running.
Hop on board at Leyburn and take a scenic route to Redmire, where you will find Bolton Castle, one of the country's best preserved 14th century medieval castles, with over 600 years of fascinating history to explore. Look out for the sword fighting demonstrations and falconry displays.
If you like antiques, Tennants Auctioneers has been running since the late Victorian period and is the largest auction house outside of London, holding over 100 auctions of fine art, antiques and specialist collectables each year across three salesrooms, a viewing area and a mezzanine gallery for specialist sales.
Fun loving families should look no further than the nearby Forbidden Corner, a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises, created in a four acre garden, for a day out with a difference that will challenge and delight children of all ages.
When you are ready to rest your legs, take a break with a slice of homemade cake at Serendipity, a fantastic tea room and interiors shop in the centre of town, or enjoy a local ale in the cosy bar at The Sandpiper Inn which also serves quality local food. Thirteen is another option for great British food with a list of excellent wines with a warm relaxing atmosphere.
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