Sowerby is a peaceful village in North Yorkshire’s Hambleton district. It sits in the Vale of Mowbray directly south of Thirsk, in the heart of Herriot Country. With the North York Moors and coast to its east and the Yorkshire Dales to is west, it is perfectly positioned for exploring the wild countryside, villages and market towns of rural Yorkshire. On the doorstep of holiday cottages in Sowerby, you will discover heather moors, flat-topped hills and green valleys scattered with drystone dykes and farms in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The North York Moors National Park is a rugged stretch of heather moorland with a famous heritage railway, while the North Yorkshire coast is home to deserted bays and classic seaside resorts such as Scarborough and Whitby.

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A short drive eastward from your holiday cottage in Sowerby, Helmsley is a medieval market town where a tangle of narrow streets leads to a marketplace with antique shops, tearooms and welcoming cafes, restaurants and pubs. Watch a show at the renowned arts centre, explore the stunning gardens and stately home at Duncombe Park and don’t miss ruined Helmsley Castle, once a lavish Tudor mansion on a hilltop overlooking the town.

Self-catering holidays in Sowerby are a leisurely walk from Thirsk, a pretty market town with graceful Georgian architecture, a Norman church and a cobbled marketplace where a bustling market is held on Saturdays and Mondays. Visit the James Herriot Museum where the life of author of All Creatures Great and Small is recalled, watch a film at the independent cinema or enjoy a delicious meal prepared with the finest local ingredients at one of the town’s many restaurants. For a day in the city, head south to York where you will find a range of independent shops, acclaimed eateries and some of England’s most impressive architecture.