We take a break to a new location and we want to explore, but it is so hard to tear ourselves away for a full day from our relaxation schedule. The Holiday at Home team has pulled together our top picks within a 30-minute drive of our luxury Yorkshire holiday cottages. The perfect way to experience the area from the Dales to the Moors, and only a morning away from your perfect rural retreat.

Our ready-made guides…

If you are looking close to many of our Swaledale homes, start at local market town Richmond. With the 100-foot high tower at Richmond Castle there are breathtaking views over Swaledale and the Yorkshire Dales. Sitting high above the River Swale on a rocky promontory, the great castle of Richmond is among the oldest Norman stone castles in Britain, built by William the Conqueror’s cousin. A good route to follow is in the footsteps of Richmond’s legendary disappearing drummer boy.

For a breath of fresh air make sure to stroll across the Yorkshire Dales National Park with small local trails from Reeth down to Masham and all that lies to the West beyond, while for the walkers among you who prefer a plan make sure you have your map in hand. For 360-degree awesome views of the North Yorkshire Moors, zip up the dog-friendly trails to the summit of Roseberry Topping, not far from Osmotherley and Helmsley. Here, on a clear day you can see all the way across to the Yorkshire Dales!

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If you prefer to experience the outstanding scenery with a leisurely drive through the Dales then head over to Wensleydale and the main town, Hawes, with the Hardraw Force and Aysgarth Falls waterfall both of which film loves will recognise from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.

Masham is also a must-visit market town with traditional shops and buildings that have endured over the years, from its butchers, bakers and sweet shops– there are no candlestick makers as of yet! For those that love a tipple, Masham boasts three breweries including the famous Theakston’s headquarters and the Black Sheep Brewery, as well as an independent gin distillery at Corks and Cases.

While there are some excellent pubs in the local market towns, the best find is almost always in the small surrounding villages. As you’ve chosen to come to Yorkshire, you’ll find most of the drives as well as the walks have some excellent lunch spots along the way! Here are some of our eating and drinking favourites…

For a day out for all the family head over to Middleham, a hub for horse racing and history. Visit Middleham Castle which was once home to Richard III before heading to the famous Middleham stables and gallops. With children in tow make sure to visit the Forbidden Corner – it’s well described as a labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies, and surprises you will love to get lost in, created in a four acre garden in the heart at Tupgill Park.

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