Dark Skies image kindly provided by Matthew Savage
Cambridge House, our luxury countryside guest house, bed and breakfast, Reeth, is ideally located for exploring the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire and Teesdale or as a base for your walking holiday or cycling holiday.
From Cambridge House, you can chose to mooch about the Yorkshire Dales market towns of Richmond, Leyburn. Bedale, Grassington or Hawes or stroll round the pretty villages of Reeth, Muker, Keld or Middleham; Barnard Castle and the beautiful Teesdale valley are a short drive away.The area has a rich heritage and is steeped in history with many museums, country houses and castles to visit. York, is a 75 minutes drive away as is the Victorian coastal town of Saltburn by the Sea.
For those feeling a bit more energetic, Swaledale, Arkengarthdale and Wensleydale offer a wealth of paths and trails to follow over vast open moors whether walking or cycling. You can park your car at Cambridge House and forget about it for the duration of your walking holiday or cycling holiday, helping you escape the stresses of everyday life.
As James Herriot wrote "........on the empty moors, with curlews crying, I have been able to find peace and tranquillity. It is a land of pure air, rocky streams and hidden waterfalls."
Richmond: A short trip along the valley is the Georgian market town of Richmond, where you will find Richmond Castle, the Georgian Theatre Royal, Easby Abbey, the Green Howards Museum and The Station, where you can sample local produce and enjoy a tasty meal. Follow the route of The Drummer Boy for an easy walk in Richmond. Near to Richmond is Kiplin Hall, once the country seat of the founder of Maryland, U.S.A.
Richard III country: The area is steeped in history boasting of not one but three castles linked to Richard III, Middleham, Barnard Castle and Raby castle and all are within a 25-45 minute drive away.
Wensleydale: A short drive over Grinton Moor is Leyburn, a thriving Yorkshire market town with shops, tea rooms and Tennants the renowned auction house which hosts exhibitions and concerts and is a great place for lunch or afternoon tea. Attractions in Wensleydale include the White Rose Candle Workshop, Bolton Castle, Aysgarth Falls, Wensleydale Creameries, Hawes, Jervaulx Abbey and Brymor Ice Cream.
Teesdale: Spend the day in Barnard Castle and The Bowes Museum or Raby Castle then drive along to High Force, the most spectacular waterfall in England.
Dark Skies: The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a dark sky area so an ideal location from which to do some star gazing; Tan Hill, a Dark Sky Site is a 20 minute drive up Arkengarthdale and a great place from which to see the Milky Way, meteor showers or even the Northern Lights!
Adventure seekers: Those looking for excitement could be thrilled by Yorkshire Trike Tours and see the Yorkshire Dales on a 3 seater Boom Mustang motor trike or book an experience with Alfresco Adventures including canoeing, kayaking, archery, gorge walking and more!
Nature: Visitors can explore the landscapes and habitats of the northern dales; Wensleydale is home to the elusive red squirrel which can be seen at Snaizeholme near Hawes; a shuttle bus runs from the YDNP centre to the nature reserve.
Needing more inspiration, then visit www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/visit-the-dales or DalesBound, where you can find hundreds of exciting activities in the area.