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Out and About

The towns of Harrogate, York, Knaresborough and Ripon are all in close proximity and provide a variety of options for recreation and entertainment. Harlow Carr and Valley Gardens in the very centre of Harrogate, the Jorvik Centre at York and a walk amongst the famous ruins of Fountains Abbey near Ripon are a few worth exploring. For the slightly younger at heart, Lightwater Valley theme park, the Harrogate Hydro and night-life of York and Harrogate are all worth getting to know!

If it's sport you want, as well as fishing and boating, golf, bowling, numerous horse racing venues, walking and horse riding are all close to hand.

This only scratches the surface in terms of what there is to see and do.

So whether you're looking for peace and quiet or want a busy time exploring the area, you won't be able to stay away.

Ripon Cathedral

Ripon - For over 1300 years people have been coming to worship and pray at Ripon. The Cathedral building itself is part of this continuing act of worship, begun in 672 when Saint Wilfred built one of England's first stone churches on this site.One part of Wilfred's church has survived intact throughout the last 1300 years - the Crypt.

Tel: 01765 602072 or 01765 603462
Website: www.riponcathedral.org.uk

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden

Ripon - Wander among the most complete remains of a Cistercian abbey in BritainExplore over 10 historic buildings in superb settings through the changing seasonEnjoy the sight of 500 wild deer in the medieval park. Fountains Abbey is a World Heritage Site.

Tel: 01765 608888
Website: www.fountainsabbey.org.uk

Jorvik Viking Centre

In historic York, the past is all around you. Only at the Jorvik Viking centre is the spirit of the Vikings held captive for all time. At the world famous Jorvik centre you'll embark upon a journey of discovery, deep below the streets of York. On this very site, archaeologists uncovered what Viking life was really like. Now you can see where the Vikings lived and traded when Erik Bloodaxe was King.

Info Hotline (24 hours): 01904 643211
Advanced Booking: 01904 543403
Website: www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk

Jeff Metcalfe Fly Fishing Instruction, Osgoodby Lake, near Balk

Osgoodby Lake can be found just outside Balk on the road to Kilburn. Coaching is available by the hour, half day or full day and all ages are catered for with the equipment being provided. The lake is also available for general Fly Fishing.

Coaching enquiries: Jeff Metcalfe 01347 838794

General fishing enquiries: Allen Fawcett 01845 597601

Website: www.tek2flyfishing.co.uk

Eden Camp

Malton - A visit to Eden Camp will transport you back to wartime Britain. You will experience the sights, the sounds, even the smells of those dangerous years. This is no ordinary Museum - Not another Military Museum - Not a glass showcase Museum - We have reconstructed scenes using movement, lighting, sound, smells even smoke machines to transport you back in time, to make you feel that you are there taking part in history.

10am to 5pm, try to arrive before 2pm
Tel: 01653 697777

'Fox & Hounds'

The Fox and Hounds Inn is located in the picturesque village of Sinnington on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.

This 18th Century Coaching Inn is now a well established country inn with a restaurant and en suite accommodation. Special bed and breakfast rates available midweek. This small hotel is situated on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors close to Castle Howard, North York Moors Railway and between the little market towns of Pickering and Kirkbymoorside. Just a further short drive away is the town of Helmsley and the village of Thornton le Dale.

http://www.thefoxandhoundsinn.co.uk/

'Grantham Arms'

Following major refurbishments the Grantham Arms is proud to unveil and re-launch an entirely new concept of fine dining in Boroughbridge. Our relaxed environment with sumptuous velvet seating will make any occasion feel special. The contemporary bar offers a diverse selection of drinks including exotic cocktails and our Gin Bible. These two key components are complemented by seven boutique style, en-suite bedrooms.

Professional Masterchef finalist Dan Graham heads an impressive kitchen team. Dan's training at Le Gavroche under the famous Michel Roux Jr means we have one of the finest chefs in the country.

Locally sourced produce forms a contemporary British menu with a European twist. Classic French cooking techniques are used to create a modern, fresh plate that will surpass many expectations.

Reservations are strongly recommended at this fantastic addition to the North Yorkshire dining scene.

We look forward to welcoming you to a very distinctive destination that is the Grantham Arms.

http://www.granthamarms.co.uk/

Ripon Cathedral

Ripon - For over 1300 years people have been coming to worship and pray at Ripon. The Cathedral building itself is part of this continuing act of worship, begun in 672 when Saint Wilfred built one of England's first stone churches on this site.One part of Wilfred's church has survived intact throughout the last 1300 years - the Crypt.

Tel: 01765 602072 or 01765 603462
Website: www.riponcathedral.org.uk

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal
Water Garden

Ripon - Wander among the most complete remains of a Cistercian abbey in BritainExplore over 10 historic buildings in superb settings through the changing seasonEnjoy the sight of 500 wild deer in the medieval park.

Tel: 01765 608888
Website: www.fountainsabbey.org.uk

Trees of Treske

Thirsk - Treske furniture has been made in thirsk for over
25 years, using naturally cured hardwoods from sustainable sources. This unique combination of a working furniture factory and an award-winning visitor centre is housed in a historic maltings building with many original features. Treske is a member of the Thirsk furniture trail.The factory will not be working at weekends

Tel: 01845 522770
Website: www.treske.co.uk

The World of James Herriot

Thirsk - This £1.4 million development combines history, humour, nostalgia, science and education in a unique tribute to Alf Wight, the author of the James Herriot novels. Situated in the actual 'Skeldale House' at No 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, Hambleton district council's millennium project explores veterinary science, takes visitors on a journey back to the 1940's and even allows you to take part in your own TV series!

Tel: 01845 524234
Website: www.hambleton.gov.uk

National Railway Museum

York - For a fun-packed, family day out, where children under 17 and adults over 60* go free, come along to the national Railway Museum in York to experience the incredible story of the train as you've never seen or heard it before.

Info: 01904 621261
Website: www.nrm.org.uk

Out and about in Yorkshire

The National Trust Founded in 1895, is Britain's largest independent conservation organisation. As a registered charity, not a Government body, we rely almost entirely on voluntary contributions to care for the best of our history, tradition and glorious countryside for you and future generations to enjoy.For more information about National Trust attractions in Yorkshire, see the website or pick up the phone.

Info: 020 8315 1111
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

White Horse of Kilburn

Visible for miles around, this well-known landmark is carved out of the hillside above Kilburn. The horse, 314ft long and 228ft high, was the work of the local school master in 1857.

Falconry UK Ltd

Nr Thirsk - Eagles, Hawks, Falcons and Owls are all part of the daily flying displays. Then browse around our new animal touch farm to complete a great day out.

Tel: 01845 587522
Website: www.falconry.co.uk

Monk Park Animal Centre

Balk - Enjoy a visit to a working farm with modern and rare breeds. Indoor and outdoor viewing and feeding areas.

Tel: 01845 597730

What's around us?

In days of old Boroughbridge proved a popular stop over for travellers of road, river and canal. Today the network of waterways and nearby lakes provides excellent entertainment with boating and all types of fishing. The nearby stately home Newby Hall, is not only a "Must see" attraction with a fantastic adventure playground for children - but from here you can also cruise the beautiful river Ure.

Locally, Boroughbridge boasts some excellent pubs, with the Black Bull (shown on the front cover) serving quality food in a welcoming, cosy environment. With Fish and Chip, Indian and Pizza takeaways every palate can be catered for. Should you prefer more classic cuisine then the excellent Dining Room Restaurant is a ten-minute walk from the Park.