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LOCATION

Riverdale Lodges is located in the middle of nature, yet at walking distance from the village of West Tanfield and easy accessible thanks to its location close to the A1. Scroll the map to zoom in or out on our location. You can also see the exact position of our 4 lodges filmed from the air in this video>> (opens in a new window).

 

Although West Tanfield is just a small - and beautiful! - Yorkshire village, it has all the amenities you need. Two award-winning pubs - The Bruce Arms (pub with fine dining) and The Bull Inn with its riverside beer garden. There is a well stocked Village Store ready to take your orders, there are tennis courts, a playground, a few quirky shops, and plenty of picturesque settings for photographs. The medieval Marmion Tower certainly adds some historical flavour to it!

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IN THE MIDDLE OF NATURE,
YET CLOSE TO THE VILLAGE

You will find Riverdale Lodges tucked away at a secluded location, right on the banks of the River Ure. It's a very quiet and peaceful spot, where only the sound of the River will break the silence, and with beautiful views all around. Yet it is very close to the scenic village of West Tanfield, just an 8 minutes walk along our private drive or a 15 minutes walk along the river. Have a look at our video to see it from the air!

West Tanfield is close to the A1, right in the heart of Yorkshire, with good connections in every direction. You can take a look at Riverdale Lodges on Google Maps (as above, our postcode is HG45JG) and zooming in with satellite view you can see how it looked a year ago, with just 2 lodges finished. If you zoom out again, you will see how strategic our position is to easily access everything that makes Yorkshire such a special holiday destination.

Click here below any of the bold green names of attractions and favourite places to visit to follow the link to more information. 

The Yorkshire Dales are right at your doorstep, while The North York Moors and the Vale of York are only a short drive away. Lightwater Valley Theme Park, just 2 miles away, is home to Europe's longest rollercoaster (and another 40 challenging rides!), plus an interesting Birds of Prey center. And Thorpe Perrow Arboretum (just a few miles in the other direction) is always a big success with young and old, be it the extraordinary gardens, or the Wallabies, meerkats, and adventure trails for the kids. The market towns of Ripon, Masham, Bedale, Thirsk and Richmond are all within an easy 15 - 25 minutes drive, so there is so much to see and to do! If you are staying for more than just a day or two, you certainly should take the time to visit Harrogate or the vibrant city of York. Other beloved attractions within 25 minutes from West Tanfield: you can visit the Chocolate Factory, meet & greet the cows that bring you the famous Brymor Icecream, explore The Forbidden Corner or visit the James Herriott Museum, or the Workhouse Museum in Ripon. That's just a little excerpt from a much longer list of Yorkshire's treasures, all within easy reach from our strategic location! And not to forget 4 great golf courses within a 15 mins drive, or a day at the races at Ripon Racecourse with some special family days.

Riverdale Lodges is a WALKER’S PARADISE. The perfect starting point for all your walks in the Great Outdoors of Yorkshire, with stunning scenery in all seasons and great walks right from your doorstep. From just a stretch a leg to some nice walks of an hour, or two. Or the real stuff with day-long walks: directly from the lodges you have access to the track of the famous Ripon Rowel Walk, one of Yorkshire's most interesting long-distance walking routes (and dog-friendly all the way: dogs allowed off the lead if under control). The route will take you (2-3 hours one way) to the enchanting Hackfall with grottos and glades, temple ruins and spectacular waterfalls (also described in a recent article in The Yorkshire Post). If a day’s walk is too much, then park there (just a 10 minutes drive) and explore Hackfall from that side. Also within such a close distance: The Himalayan Gardens, the Forbidden Corner, and The Druid's Temple.
Other strong favourites among our guests, that require just a quick hop in the car, are Brimham Rocks (a stunningly beautiful drive of 35 minutes), Studley Royal/Fountains Abbey (20 minutes by car) where especially the Seven Bridges Valley Walk is highly recommended. And, of course, the historical railways are worth a visit: The Wensleydale Railway (with its stations Leeming Bar and Bedale just 20 minutes away), and to the other side of the A1, around one hour away, there is the North Yorkshire Moors Railway with a number of interesting walks linked to its stations. The steam train from Pickering to Whitby (dog-friendly) is an interesting way of visiting the coast. But a day trip to the highlights of the Yorkshire East Coast, simply by car, is also a must if you can find the time for it. The scenery is stunning, climbing the North York Moors, with some nice ‘touristy’ villages for a stop on the way.