THINGS TO DO
There are scores of places in the local area that are worth visiting, and we are more than happy to help you to plan a day out, give you directions and recommendations. We can even make you a picnic lunch. Furthermore there is a guide to the attractions in the local area provided in each room. There are simply too many places of interest to list them all, but if you tell us what you like, we’ll do our best to give you an itinerary.
PLACES OF SCENIC BEAUTY
If places of outstanding natural beauty are your idea of heaven, then a day or two scouring the dales with their medieval dry-stone walls and barns will be right up your street. By contrast, the moorland above is as wild and open as it comes. There are several spectacular waterfalls, from the very popular and well known Aysgarth Falls and Hardraw Force to the more secluded but no less beautiful waterfall at West Burton. On clear days a drive to the top of Wensleydale, Wharfedale, Coverdale or Swaledale will reward you with some truly breathtaking views Brimham Rocks are quite amazing examples of erratics, giving you some idea of the awesome power that the glaciers that created the dales possessed. Thousands of years of erosion have worn away the different types of rock at different rates, leaving some bizarre and precarious creations!
PLACES OF ARCHITECTURAL INTEREST
Fountains Abbey offers a spectacular insight into the workings of an active monastery in the middle ages, which came to an end during the religious turmoil of the 16 th century. Our local abbey, Jerveaux, is pleasantly sited in parkland by the road to Middleham. Bolton and Riveaux Abbeys can be the focus of a longer trip from the Buck Inn. Ripon Cathedral with its charming carvings under the seats of the choir is well worth a visit. The Georgian Theatre, the cobbled market-place and castle on the hill characterize the hilly town of Richmond. Henry IV’s Middleham Castle and Bolton Castle in Wensleydale also make for a thoroughly rewarding visit.
POPULAR LOCAL TOWNS AND CITIES
- Masham is just a 10 minute drive from The Buck Inn, and a beer-lovers utopia. The Black Sheep and Theakstons breweries lie literally adjacent to one another, both offering excellent tours, but the Black Sheep brewery has the added advantage of still being fully operational, and using both new and old techniques and equipment giving the visitor a large amount of insight into the development of the brewing process over the years.
- Middleham has historically been associated with horse racing, and is where many of the best horses, riders, trainers and owners can be found. It is, like Masham, skin care also a beautiful and historic market town in its own right.
- The spa-town of Harrogate is only a 35 minute drive away, offers classy boutique shops, an annual 2 week music festival, and a range of small and intimate bars and night clubs. Its attractive sophistication is beguiling rather than imposing.
- Many of our guests include a day out in the beautiful City of York . The magnificent Minster, The Shambles, the Yorvik Centre, Railway Museum, Castle Museum and city walls are just some the major attractions to choose from. York is also an excellent shopping centre for those of you in search of a bargain.
GARDENS AND WILDLIFE
- Thorpe Perrow Arboretum is less than a five minute drive away and their aviary is home to an impressive selection of birds of prey.
- Studley Royal deer park and internationally important water gardens is connected to Fountains Abbey near Ripon
- Newby Hall house and gardens with its famous herbaceous border. A favourite attraction among plant-lovers and children alike due to its miniature railway and adventure playground.
- Constable Burton Hall and Gardens famous for its spring display of tulips is only around 10 minutes from The Buck Inn
- Forbidden Corner in Coverdale is full of hidden surprises making it a children’s favourite.
- Light Water Valley Amusement Park is home to one of the longest roller-coasters in the world “The Ultimate”. Last year the “Eagle’s Claw” ride was opened which will satisfy the needs of the hardened thrill seekers among you. There are many other rides to chose from pirate ships to water splash rides and a good selection for younger children too. Unlike some of the larger theme parks in the UK, Lightwater Valley is moderately priced and still offers all that you would expect from a fully equipped modern theme park.
- The ever growing Wensleydale Railway was one of the branch lines closed in the sixties and has recently been re-opened. It has proved a great success and is currently expanding its services with Bedale station opening in the near future.
- Brymor Ice-Cream is an award-winning local ice-cream maker who have their own herd of jersey and Guernsey cows to provide them with the freshest and tastiest raw ingredients. It is well worth dropping in on when you’re on your way back from a day out exploring. Alternatively you can just order some at The Buck!
- Teapottery is one of the more quirky local attractions making and selling teapots in designs and shapes you would never think possible, and certainly never consider practical. Their factory is open to the public so you can see their unique creations being hand crafted.
- Wensleydale Creamery – home to the cheese that Wallace and Grommet made internationally famous.
- North York Moors Railway – 18 miles of live steam action. Impressive selection of locomotives including a Mallard class engine.