Local Things To Do

Located near the A1 and between the Dales and North Yorkshire Moors National Parks, the area around Hunton offers numerous leisure and sporting activities.

Local Attractions

Jearvaux and Fountains Abbey

North Yorkshire is rich in history with many interesting sites both in the country and the historic city of York. Of particular local interest are two famous Abbeys, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal has been designated a World Heritage site, the only one in Yorkshire and is about 20 miles distant. More local is Jearvaux Abbey. This ruined abbey is about 7 miles away and is ideal for a relaxing country walk, ending with a site of historic interest. Tea rooms/ Garden Centre.

Middleham Castle

Middleham is an historic market township in Lower Wensleydale and standing on the River Ure. Twinned now with Agincourt, Middleham has an historic castle which was once the hunting lodge of Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Later crowned Richard the Third & killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Richard's remains were recently found in a well publicized archaeological dig in Leicester.

The township hosted the first Richard the Third weekend July 5 to 7 2013 to coincide with the recent discovery of Richards remains & the 530th aniversary of his coronation.  It is planned to hold the festival annually as Richard lived a great deal of his adolecent life in Middleham Castle & some of his later years with his wife Queen Anne & his son Edward of Middleham.

Just a few miles away in the next dale is Bolton Castle, originally owned by Richard's Chancellor and later one of the sites Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner when travelling to London and her execution.



Middleham, the North’s leading racehorse training centre

Middleham's contemporary fame is as the largest race horse training centre in the North of England. There are numerous stables in and around the town and horses are trained on both Middleham Low Moor immediately outside the town and on Middleham High Moor approximately 2 miles outside the town. Middleham High Moor is just below Penn Hill & looks down into Swaledale and over to Bolton Castle.

The town has held an annual Stable Open Day on Good Friday for over 25 years to raise money for Racing and local charities. The majority of stables are open from old well established third generation family trainers to the largest and one of the top three training yards in the UK.

Horse racing can be watched throughout the year locally at Catterick Bridge. Thirsk, Ripon & York offer top class flat racing throughout the summer with several weekend evening meetings at Catterick, Ripon & Thirsk. Wetherby, a leading National Hunt track & both Sedgefield & Newcastle can be easily accessed from the nearby A1.

For the true enthusiast we can arrange a morning visit to the gallops & a stable visit. Visitors to Middleham High Moor galllops in Spring 2013 would have been treated to the site of a locally trained horse that would finish third in the Derby &, having been sold to new owners leave Middleham for the last time to contest the Irish Derby as a leading contender. This was one of the outstanding Derby performances from a Middleham trained horse since Dante, trained on the same gallops won the 1945 Derby. As the 2014 flat season gets underway the stable charity open day will be Friday 19 April. Will another classic contender be on show?

www.middlehamonline.com  www.johnweymesracing.co.uk

The Forbidden Corner

The unique folly and adventure garden of The Forbidden Corner, 2 miles outside Middleham with extensive views towards Penn Hill, Coverdale and into Swaledale.


Tennants Auction House Leyburn

Probably the largest regional auctioneer, & the fourth largest auction house in the UK, Tennants offer a frequent & specialist range of sales. The auction house is a easy 4 mile drive from The Countryman's. Whenever the sale why not attend the viewing day, stay, relax, enjoy dinner, a leisurely breakfast & a short drive to the sale.


Masham Brewery Tours

The famous Theakstons and Black Sheep Breweries and visitor centres are nearby in Masham. See the beers being made!

Wensleydale Railway

Steam train rides through Wensleydale are available from several local stations, Bedale,( 5 miles) Fingall (2 miles) and Leyburn (5 miles). Check operating dates with Wesleydale Railway

Dales Festival of Food & Drink: Leyburn

Held Annually on May Bank Holiday weekend this celebration of dales food & drink & farming will be held on 3, 4 & 5 May 2014. The Festival is just 4 miles from The Countryman's. Why not stay & relax for the weekend whilst enjoying both The Olive Tree & the variety of exhibitors at the festival?



Hunton Steam Gathering

The famous local gathering for steam enthusiasts from around the country. Held annually in on the second weekend in September. Camping available at rear of pub £30 per pitch per weekend. Contact the pub for details.

Masham Sheep Fair

Famous Sheep Fair and Agricultural show in the ancient market town of Masham, also famous for its brewing heritage. Held in September each year, on the 27 & 28 September 2014 its a quieter but. still pleasant time to enjoy the Dales & its special attractions.

The Yorksire Dales Millennium Trust Charity for 2014

2014 is the Diamond Jubillee of the founding of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in 1954. To mark this anniversary we will contribute £1 per on line booking made between 01 Apil & 31 December 2014 to The Yorksire Dales Millennium Trust tree panting scheme. The YDMT has planted over 1 million new trees in the national park since 1997 & each tree costs £15! The YDMT works hard to maintain the unique landscape, community & economy that is the Dales National Park. Stay at The Countryman's , enjoy the Dales & at the same time help preserve the beauty of this unique rural idyl.



Participative Sports

For the more active, the area boasts 4 local golf courses as well as extensive fishing and other country sports facilities. Of course the main attraction is the surrounding countryside, lending itself to incomparable walks, horse riding and cycle rides in the Yorkshire Dales.


Le Grande Depart 2014

As has been well publisised,  Yorkshire will host Le Grand Depart for Le Tour de France on 4/ 5 July 2014. Much of the first 2 days riding will be in North Yorkshire, including Lower Wensleydale. The race will pass approximatley 5 miles from The Countrymans! Our rooms are already booked up for Le Weekend of 4/5 July but why not visit anyway? The Olive Tree restaurant here at The Countrymans is planning a celebration of French cuisine to coincide with the big weekend! We can also offer "Traditional Camping" in the garth to the rear of the pub at £45 per tent for a minimum 2 night stay & additional nights at £15 per night. Contact Tony at the pub direct on 01677 450554 to discuss details & facilities.



Local Cities & Towns, Bedale, Leyburn & Richmond

Easily accessed by the nearby A1, Leeds & Newcastle offer excellent shopping facilities. York & Harrogate offer both shopping and a number of local attractions. The historic market towns of Richmond and Leyburn are only 6 miles away. Amongst the many attractions of Richmond is the Castle, Easby Abbey, The Station (with 2 screen cinema and cafe showing the latest featured films) Friary Gardens, and the famous Georgian Theatre Royal.

www.richmond.org/events  www.bedaleonline.co.ukwww.leyburnonline.co.uk

YDMT – Dales Woodland Restoration

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) is a small charity doing big things to support every aspect of life in the Yorkshire Dales. YDMT has been creating woodlands in the Yorkshire Dales since 1997. Along with our partners we have helped to plant over 1 million native broadleaf trees to date.
We can only continue our work with the support of individuals and businesses like The Countryman's Inn, who care about the environment and are passionate about the Yorkshire Dales. The Countryman's Inn supports woodland restoration in the Dales by donating £1 for every booking, helping to create beautiful new broadleaf woodlands with native species such as oak, downy birch, rowan and alder. You can also support YDMT by dedicating a native tree in the Dales, visit www.ydmt.org/dedicate-a-tree to find out more.
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