Mrs R. Lister,
Halnaby Hall Stables,
The Area – The Stables is set in idyllic countryside between the villages of Middleton Tyas and Croft-on-Tees. It is easily accessed from major road networks, being within 5 miles of the A1 (at Scotch Corner) and the A66 (at Darlington). Local attractions include:
Croft-on-Tees (2 miles) – childhood home of Charles Dobson (better known as Lewis Carroll) and former Spa. Lewis Carroll’s father was rector at St Peter’s Church in Croft and it is believed that a stone carving in the church (which appears to grin or frown as you stand or kneel in front of it) provided the inspiration for the Grinning Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland.
Richmond (8 miles) – a historic market town with a cobbled market place, river and castle (above). Richmond also provides a gateway to the stunning scenery and charming villages that Swaledale and Wensleydale have to offer. Nearby attractions include: Thorp Perrow Arboretum, the Wensleydale Railway, Big Sheep Little Cow Farm visitors centre, The Forbidden Corner, Mount Grace Priory and Kiplin Hall.
Barnard Castle (18 miles) – a charming market town with a cobbled market place, river and castle. Barnard Castle is home to the impressive Bowes Museum (above) with its stunning architecture and formal gardens and its mechanical silver swan display. Barnard Castle also provides a gateway to the beautiful scenery that Teesdale and Weardale have to offer. Nearby attractions include High Force Waterfall and Hamsterley Forest.
Harrogate (40 miles) – handsome historic buildings, verdant gardens, antique emporiums and café culture make this spa town one of Yorkshire’s most elegant destinations. Nearby attractions include Fountains Abbey, Ripon Cathedral and Newby Hall.
York (50 miles) – York just oozes history and character and is a mecca for tourists from all over the world. With its renowned Minster, the Jorvik Centre, and the National Railway Museum (to name but a few attractions) and great shopping amongst its old cobbled streets there’s no shortage of things to see and do. Nearby attractions include Castle Howard (featured in “Brideshead Revisited”).
The Northumberland Coast – another option for a day trip would be to take in the stunning Northumberland Coast. Attractions include Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle (above) and Holy Island (to name but a few).
Darlington (7 miles) – the birthplace of the first railway & home to George Stephenson. Attractions include the Railway Museum and the Brick Train sculpture. website
Northallerton (15 miles) – the county town of North Yorkshire. Northallerton is a beautiful market town (with regular markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays). Don’t forget to pop into the world famous Betty’s tearoom, and sample the impressive selection of fine foods at Lewis & Cooper.
Durham (30 miles) – Durham Cathedral (above) is undoubtedly the greatest Norman building in England, perhaps even in Europe, and together with Durham Castle it has been inscribed as one of Britain's first World Heritage Sites. Away from the castle and cathedral, why not hire a rowing boat to take in Durham’s beautiful river or simply lose yourself among its cobbled streets. Durham is simply a magical place – no wonder then that much of the Harry Potter movies were filmed here! Nearby attractions include Beamish (a fascinating open air museum which tells the story of life in the North East during Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times).
Newcastle (45 miles) – a shop-a-holic’s paradise with a vibrant, revitalized quayside, the impressive Tyne Bridge and cultural attractions such as the Baltic Centre. Nearby attractions include The Angel of the North and Hadrian’s Wall. website
The North Yorkshire Moors and Coast – for a day trip why not take a route over the stunning scenery of the North Yorkshire Moors to the North Yorkshire Coast. Visit the beautiful fishing village of Staithes and take in the gothic charm of Whitby (which inspired Bram Stoker to write his novel, Dracula). From there head in-land to “Heartbeat Country”. Visit the 1952 style North Yorkshire Moors Railway station at Grosmont (above) before heading to Goathland (better known as Heartbeat’s Aidensfield!). Visit the famous White Horse at Kilburn before heading back via the charming towns of Helmsley and Thirsk, with its links to James Herriot.