Guests are spoilt for choice around here for things to do with the kids. There is more to do and to see than can fit into one week, or even two weeks. Our guest were surprised how much there is and how easy within reach from our strategic location. That’s what we heard (you can read it in the reviews), and many of them booked again because they have a lot of favourite ‘to do’- things still on their list.
And indeed, it’s not only a LOT to do or see, but there is a good variety of things too. Have a brows by clicking all the links (in green).
If you think 'big entertainment park' then there is Lightwater Valley (2 miles away) with the largest roller coaster in Europe and another 40 or 50 similar attractions. If you are thinking more nature orientated, there is Thorpe Perrow Arboretum (5 miles away) with not only breathtaking gardens and a famous tree collection but also a park with meerkats, and wallabies the kids can feed, and 'discovery trails' or ‘treasure hunts’ during school holidays. Also just around the corner is Camp Hill Estate with adventures such as 'Aerial Extreme' (tree-top adventure trails and zip wires), quad bike adventures and other daunting experiences. There are 3 birds of prey centers within 20 minutes (Thorpe Perrow, Lightwater Valley and Thirsk Birds of Prey Center) where there are special activities to let the kids take part and experience what it’s all about. Our guests treasure the picture of their kid with a huge bird landing on his arm! He was proud! Bolton Castle (Wensleydale) has not only a birds of prey display, but also archery demonstrations, where the children can take part.The Wensleydale Railway with its steam trains into the heat of The Dales is a favourite with young and old and has its starting point nearby (Leeming Bar and Bedale, both just 15 minutes away). A short drive into The Dales there is Middleham (20 minutes away) where you find 'The Forbidden Corner' for a challenging day out. In Leyburn (30 minutes) you can see how chocolate is made at The Chocolate Factory or visit even closer to home (on the way up into The Dales) the irresistible Brymor Ice Cream, where the cows that do the most important part of the job are treasured. Another favourite for a day out with the dogs and the kids is Studley Royal with the deer herds and its famous Seven Bridges Walk (dogs on a lead). The James Herriot Museum (World of James Herriot) in Thirsk and the Workhouse Museum in Ripon appeal to the children as well as their grown-ups!
But a visit to Yorkshire is not complete without visiting some of its geographical wonders, such as Malham Cove, Aysgarth Falls, and Brimham Rocks, or the caves close to Pateley Bridge (Nidderdale), all within 30-40 minutes distance. And if you are still searching for more ideas, then The Yorkshire Dales National Park has listed a few more for you here: YDNP things to do.
There is so much to see and do around here that we would almost forget our ‘own’ beautiful lake , just a few hundred yards away, Tanfield Lodge Lake, if you fancy a day of fly fishing on brown trout! And then after all the adventure, return to Riverdale Lodges, and find an oasis of calm and quiet. The kids, if they still have some energy left, have all the space to play around the lodges safe and undisturbed (far away from any traffic or public access) and you can splash out on a luxury lounger, listening to the sound of the river.
Well connected, by road and train
We are very lucky to be at a unique spot that feels like “in the middle of nowhere” but actually is well connected. No long narrow country roads that take ageas just to get out of the place, if you want to go and see/do things. Our 3/4 mile long private drive brings you straight on the A6108, the main road that connects the A1 to the heart of The Yorkshire Dales. And just to the other side of the village there is the B6267 leading you to the North York Moors. Harrogate is just half an hour by car and very much worth a visit too, if you'd like to see a bit of 'city' and the famous Betty's Tea Rooms. Even York is no more than 45 minutes away by car, although a hop on the train (Thirsk, 20 minutes) is also a good way to get quickly into the heart of this vibrant city. And should a family member need to attend to business matters in the City of London during your stay, then we are excellent connected by rail. From Thirsk Railway Station (15 minutes) there is a direct connection 4 or 5 times a day to Kings Cross Station and the journey takes just over 2 hours, so the early train gets you to the board meeting in time!