Heather moors, tranquil valleys and bustling market towns are all on the doorstep of Ravensworth holiday cottages. This welcoming village lies in the unspoiled Richmondshire district, five miles north of the historic town of Richmond. Wandering into the centre of Ravensworth, you’ll cross an ancient stone bridge over a gentle beck, where kingfishers, dippers and herons are often spotted. Surrounded by beautiful listed buildings, Ravensworth’s 17-acre village green lies at the heart of the community, with the stone base of a 15th century obelisk. With its cobbled patio, hanging baskets and fine selection of Yorkshire ales, the Bay Horse Inn is a lovely spot for a pint and a good place to get to know the locals. On the outskirts of the village, the remains of a 14th century castle stand in a rambling 200-acre park, with a crumbling tower and gatehouse intact.
Self-catering holidays in Ravensworth are perfectly located for exploring the Yorkshire Dales. A short drive southward from your holiday cottage in Ravensworth, Richmond is an enchanting market town with elegant Georgian architecture, a cobbled marketplace and a Norman castle. Reserve an afternoon for exploring the pretty streets in the town centre, where independent shops, museums, galleries and many of the region’s best cafes and restaurants can be found. Perched precariously on a hilltop overlooking the town and visible for miles around, Richmond Castle is undoubtedly one of Yorkshire’s most impressive. Nearby, the stunning monastic ruins of Easby Abbey can be found on a tranquil riverside. If you fancy an evening out, see what’s on at the tiny Georgian Theatre Royal, the country’s oldest surviving Georgian playhouse, with a variety of drama, music and comedy on offer.
On Ravensworth’s doorstep, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is a paradise for walking, horse-riding, water-sports and wildlife-watching. Expect windswept heather moorland, rugged hilltops and lush, green valleys, crisscrossed by picturesque footpaths.