The Easingwold area is the ideal, peaceful and central location in North Yorkshire in which to stay whenever you wish to visit the amazing and historic City of York or tour the many wonders of our two large National Parks.
Like the many places that you can visit during your stay, there are also many things right here on your doorstep to keep you busy, both during the day and well into the night!
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The Easingwold & Villages Area is a walker's paradise with a wide network of well maintained public footpaths. Here we have the lovely Howardian Hills along with gentle pathways that will lead you through forests and lakes, over rolling hills and valleys and along beautiful rivers and streams.
The walking is easy on the legs, gentle underfoot and a feast for your eyes. The views from any hill are far reaching, over to York and across to the Dales (over 40 miles away) and the North York Moors. Quite simply it will take your breath away!
We have a range of specially selected circular walks, details of which are available at our Tourist Information office. Come in and browse!
If you would like to join the locals in a longer walk, everyone is warmly welcome to join with the Easingwold Wayfarers for a walk in the area every other Sunday during the year except August. Walks are generally 10 miles in length and of reasonably easy going. The group meets at the Easingwold Market Square at 9:30am. A nominal £3.00 is requested if sharng a lift with another driver to help with fuel costs.
Download the 2010 program of Easingwold Wayfarers activities
Here you will also find one of the major riding areas in the north of England. Many notable trainers are based here and quality livery is widely available. We have a comprehensive network of bridleways on which to enjoy yourself, most of which have wonderful views and are well away from traffic.
In our area we are also lucky to have one of the largest riding 'supermarkets' in the UK. Make sure you visit Rideaway Saddlery and Country Clothing for everything associated with riding and equestrian activities imaginable and much more besides - a day out in itself!
If you have yet to realise your horse-riding ambitions then you can find a number of farms in our area who can offer a riding experience for those both experienced in the saddle and family groups. If you just fancy a taster session one afternoon or indeed a week's holiday in the saddle then both Bilsdale Riding Centre and Boltby Pony Trekking and Trail Riding Centre will help you and are both easily reached from Easingwold.
See nine Yorkshire Racecouses wthin easy reach of Easingwold!
There are many opportunities for cycling - for example enjoying our quiet, almost forgotten, country lanes while travelling through our delightful villages where rush hour is a tractor per day.
Easingwold is on the National Long Distance SUSTRANS Trail and we see many a cycling party from Holland or Norway along our well marked routes. Alternatively savour the exciting prospect of mountain biking along challenging forest trails with streams, jumps and steep slippery slides! You decide whether you want a days fun or a week in the saddle - its up to you! Call in at Easingwold Tourist Information for further details.
Touring by car
From your base in the Easingwold & Villages area, you now have a wealth of touring opportunities in our wonderful countryside with your car.
For a real treat why not use a local company who can offer you the chance to drive a truly classic car for the day. Click here for further information
Take a drive from Easingwold to Coxwold via the hamlet of Oulston, then to Byland Abbey, Oldstead, Yearsley & its Forest, Brandsby, Crayke and back to Easingwold.
Alternatively, try going south from Easingwold to Alne, Tollerton, Aldwark, Linton-on-Ouse, Newton-on-Ouse, Benningborough & its famous Hall (National Trust), to Shipton by Benningborough. Cross the A19 towards Wigginton, then turning north towards Sutton-on-the-Forest, Huby, Stillington and back to Easingwold.
These and many other routes can be very enjoyable and offer many points of interest en-route. For individual help with a route drop in to our tourist information office where our local volunteers will only be too pleased to help.
Enjoying our Food and Drink
Yorkshire food is well known across the UK - we have the famous Yorkshire Pudding and Yorkshire Tart of course, but nowadays our cuisine is of a standard equal to any, and surpassing many, restauarants in the UK (including those in York!) We have the AA 'Pub of the Year 2007/8' right here in Crayke village, while we can also boast the Yorkshire Life magazine's 'Dining Pub of the Year' and North Yorkshire's best tea-rooms! Most villages in our area have at least one restaurant offering its own character and fine food.There is one thing for sure during your stay - you will not go hungry!!
In addition, we have a fantastic selection of award winning delicatessans and food shops where many locally produced food products can be found on sale. Deli No.1 in Crabmill Lane, Dooleys and Alternatives in Chapel St., are all just off, or in, the Market Square while Fine Foods from Yorkshire is located just a short stride away in Long Sreet.
If you can visit us over the August Bank Holiday, you can attend our now well-established Galtres Festival of Food & Drink - held in the lovely Village of Crayke, near Easingwold.see their website for details of an amazing weekend of music, food and a beer festival second to none!
Much of Easingwold's entertainment takes place at our own Easingwold Galtres Community Centre. A brand new entertainment centre for the surrounding area will be created this year together with a brand new Sports Hall.
The venue will hold even more entertainment, plays, music & concerts, talks on local life and history and many other shows. Presentations by well known celebrites all happen here together with Craft Fairs, Art Festivals etc. etc. There is normally always something going on - and after September then we expect this to increase in number and in quality!
See our Events page for further details.
Why not drop in to the Galtres Centre on Tuesday evenings and get to know the locals in a game of bridge? Easingwold Bridge Club meets throughout the year in the Functions Room, upstairs in the Galtres Leisure Centre which is located in the Easingwold Market Place. Play starts at 7:15pm so arrival at 7pm is recommended. Duplicate bridge is normally played.
Non-members with partners are welcome without any pre-arrangement - just turn up on the night. If you do not have a partner, please ring the secretary and he will do his best to find someone to play with you!
Come, relax and enjoy a day fishing in our lovely surroundings.
We have a reputation to maintain for catching prize fish in our wide variety of rivers, ponds and lakes. Both coarse and game fishing is available by day ticket at a large number of both natural lakes and planned ponds together with fabulous fishing on the River Ouse and its tributaries, the Rivers Swale & Ure. Barbel, bream, roach and chub are found in the rivers while many lakes or ponds have some prize heavyweight carp attracting specimen hunters nationwide!
For the game fisher, we have many local waters stocked with trout and also nearby streams set in stunning countryside which hold some fine specemin trout and grayling.
Why not try something new and treat yourself to a day learning how to fish for trout with the fly? We are lucky to have an expert in our area who offers personal instruction at local venues. Contact Jeff via www.tek2flyfishing.co.uk. Jeff provides friendly and professional fly fishing tuition, casting instruction and guiding for wild brown trout, rainbow trout and grayling on the many Yorkshire rivers and still waters. Make your stay here one to remember!
Browse our many Antique Shops for that unusual purchase!
It is a little known fact that Easingwold has a concentration of antiques shops of various speciality. Furniture, general items, fireplaces and chandaliers - why not should vist one or two of them, for that present to remember. And unlike most gifts, antiques normally increase in value as time goes on! The following businesses are open to the public:
Easingwold Antiques for a wide range of China, Glass, Linen & Silver.
See Jane Fish at Easingwold's popular Friday Market
tel 01347 822642
Vale Antiques for a variety of Antique & Reproduction 18th - 20th century Furniture, China, Glass, Pictures & Colectables. Also David Leach for expert furniture restoration & french polishing.
Moor Acres, North Moor Rd., Easingwold, YO61 3NB
tel 01347 821298
Milestone Antiques for fine furniture, upholstered furinture and clocks.
101 Long st., Easingwold, YO61 3HY
tel 01347 821608
Old Flames, for Antique Fireplaces and Period Lighting
30 Long St., Easingwold, YO61 3HT
tel 01347 821188
Pond Cottage Antiques for the supply of good quality pine furniture, both antique and handmade, antiques, kitchenalia and collectables.
Pond Cottage, Brandsby Rd, Stilligton, YO61 1NY
tel 01347 810796
White House Antiques for architectural antiques, for both inside the house and in the garden. Supplier to Stately Homes and for that something really different!
Thirsk Rd., Easingwold, YO61 3NF
tel 01347 821479
Period Pine Doors. Ask Amanda Spencer about her stock of over 2500 antique doors and cupboards (Georgian, Victorian, 1930's, ledge and brace and more.) Externals and unusual sizes a speciality.
Helderleigh, Easingwold Road, Huby, YO61 1HJ
tel 01347 811728
Ivy Cottage Antiques & Pine
91 Long Street, Easingwold, YO61 3HY
tel 01347 821959
44 Long St. Easingwold, YO61 3HT
tel 01347 822710
Ward L.L. & Son
Bar Cottage, Brandsby, YO61 4RQ
tel 01347 888651
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Easingwold is well served with shops, both for your essentials needed during your stay, and for that special something as a personal treat or as a gift for the folks back home.
We have two branches of the Co-Op which satisfies your every household need and more, at great prices and also a branch of "Costcutters" which, as its name suggests,does not need a trip to the bank to visit. It is great for opening all hours, every day of the week!
We have an Alladin's cave in the guise of a local hardware / DIY shop which rivals B&Q, both in its assistance and experience, and in its range of products. Whether it be a pack of those special black screws, a Pyrex dish or even a TV aerial, Hutchinson's is the place to go for those in the know. Find them just off Chapel Street - or ask anyone remotely local!
Forgotten your radio or need some tapes for your digital video recorder? Craggs is the place to go to without a doubt! A member of the Euronics network, Craggs is popular with locals as their prices are often cheaper than the large stores in York. For anything electrical - pop in and see what they have to offer.
For that special piece of jewellery, you really ought to join people from Leeds to Newcastle who come all the way to Easingwold to visit Snowdens, a class designer and maker of bespoke Jewellery items to suit every budget. Find them on Long Street.
Easingwold holds a surprise for the unsuspecting vistor. Little do they realise that this peaceful Market Town is famous for its wide range of both mens and ladies clothing outfitters and shops.
The Easingwold area is a mecca for golfers with two great 18 hole courses and a pay and play 9 hole couse nearby.
Located close to the pretty market town of Easingwold, around 12 miles north of York, this beautiful 18-hole parkland course is one of the very best in the area.
Although the Hambleton Hills rise nearby to the north, the course itself is fairly flat. However, the rich expanse of varied woodland, together with an element of heathland, results in tight fairways, making for a challenging course.
This quiet and peaceful setting, enriched by abundant wildlife, provides a marvellous escape from life’s pressures for both members and visitors alike. The well equipped clubhouse and pro-shop ensure a warm welcome and cater for all golfing needs, from equipment or lessons to refreshments at the 19th hole!
Vistors are asked to contact the club before visiting the course to ensure that there are spaces free each day
Aldwark Manor is a tree lined parkland course with manicured greens. An easy-walking 6187 yards, par 72 set in the Vale of York with the River Ure meandering through the course coming into play on several holes. This coupled with other water hazards makes Aldwark a challenge to golfers of all abilities. Not a long course but a premium is put on accuracy.
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