So that's the accommodation sorted? Holiday Cottages it is. Yes? Good. Now what are you going to do when you get here?
What ever the weather, your interest, age or energy level there is something here for you. This list is by no means exhaustive and we are always adding to it. We have visited most of the places listed here ourselves so if you have any questions just ask, likewise If you have stayed at the cottages before and have visited somewhere great that isn't listed here then please let us know about it.
Nestled between the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors , Bedale, North Yorkshire is so easy to get to just ten minutes off the A1.
Superb walks, golf courses, racecourses, historic cities, World Heritage sites, ruined abbeys, and castles, rock formations, and who can resist a trip to York, are all within an hour's drive.
Bustling market towns, sleepy farming villages, castles, the Victorian Spa town of Harrogate with its acclaimed shops, the small and quaint city of Ripon with its splendid cathedral, beautiful Fountains Abbey and the brooding rock formations at Brimham Rocks are all within easy reach.
The seaside town of Whitby, made famous by Bram Stoker's Dracula is a pleasant one and a half hours' drive away.
Bedale is a thriving market town, with a wide range of independent shops, welcoming pubs, cafes, restaurants and tearooms. There is a small market on a Tuesday. A large popular car boot sale is held at Bedale Hall each Saturday (March to October) with craft market and tea and cake available in the church hall just over the road. There is a local museum and tourist information centre with knowledgeable volunteers at the top of the High Street, and a lovely park with play area and skate park.
Sample the local ales in the many pubs, or visit the Black Sheep or Theakston's brewery's in nearby Masham, where you can take a tour and learn how the famous brews are made.
Explore the beautiful arboretum at Thorpe Perrow with its falconry centre (the flying displays are fantastic) and a walk through animal park with meerkats and wallabies. No it isn't just trees, it is fantastic parkland with lakes, beautiful grounds full of wild flowers and displays with different trails throughout the year. To entertain the children the Halloween trail and fairy days are very popular and there is a fantastic play area. The café has home made cakes and snacks and is not expensive.
Everyone loves the wackiness of Forbidden Corner. (Don't forget, you need to book in advance)
The magical Hackfall Woods near Grewelthorpe is a hidden gem as is the Druids Temple walk.
Enjoy thrills for the whole family at Lightwater Valley Theme Park or Flamingoland.
The popular farm attraction Big Sheep Little Cow is a hands on, animal experience and has indoor play fun area for children and adults, so ideal if the weather is not being kind.
Buy a ticket to ride on the Wensleydale Heritage railway, from Bedale or Leeming Bar which travels to nearby Leyburn and has special services such as the afternoon tea or the gin train.
Have a day at the races at Thirsk, Catterick, or Ripon,
Horse riding at Masham
Golf courses at Bedale, Northallerton and Leyburn.
Fishing at West Tanfield, Carlton Minniet and Northallerton.
Bird sanctuary’s at Nosterfield, West Tanfield, Catterick and worth a ride over to Bempton Cliffs near Bridlington in April/May for the return of the beautiful puffins.
See snowdrops - (Kiplin Hall and Thorp Perrow). Daffodils - (Farndale). Tulips - (Constable Burton Hall). Bluebells - (Roseberry Topping Woods)
You See - there really is something for everyone and there’s plenty more. We are on hand to help you make the most of your stay so please ask for suggestions.
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For those not wanting to visit the attractions you can always cut your own path. Go for an explore and find your own gems. The cottages are situated in open countryside a ten minute walk from the village of Exelby where you will find a welcoming traditional country pub, with an open fire, beer garden and locally sourced seasonal menus. All of which can all be washed down with beer brewed in nearby Masham or a forever changing choice of craft beers.
The market town of Bedale is two miles away. There is a good range of shops, pubs and cafes as well as a leisure centre with swimming pool. Bedale is the gateway to Wensleydale with its attractive countryside and market towns of Leyburn, Middleham, Bainbridge and Hawes.
High Grange is an ideal base for touring North Yorkshire. Centrally situated between two National Parks and with easy access to the A1. Travel west into the Yorkshire Dales or travel east to the North Yorks Moors and the coast. Alternatively visit Yorkshire's historic and picturesque cities. Walk the walls at York, have a boutique shopping experience in Harrogate or visit the historic market at Ripon.