First celebrated in the Doomsday Book, the picturesque market town of Bedale remains one of the highlights of the Yorkshire Dales. From the famous Saxon Church and the charming cobblestone market square, to the eccentric 'Leech' House, Bedale is brimming with heritage and character. Dip into unique shops, quaint tearooms and traditional country inns, or head for the rolling hills of the nearby Dales.
Local history and nature
Widely regarded as one of Britain's finest churches, St.Gregory's is a perfect introduction to Bedale's colourful history. Step inside this Saxon landmark and you'll be rewarded with some of the North's finest religious relics, Viking art and Gothic architecture. Then, head for Bedale Museum and a taste of local life in the 18th century.
With scenic views in every direction, Bedale is an ideal spot for ramblers and mountain bikers. Nature lovers will also want to visit the nearby Thorp Perrow Arboretum. With one of the finest collections of trees and shrubs in the UK, ornamental gardens, lakes and a popular birds of prey centre, it's the perfect place to ease into the gentle 'ebb and flow' of Dales' life.
At the Big Sheep and Little Cow farm visitor centre you can experience life on the farm, first hand. Feed lambs and calves, cuddle the goats, see Britain's smallest cows and even pet the pigs. Then, grab a coffee, while the children go wild in the 'woolly jumpers play barn.' Why not treat the whole family to Bedale's freshest dairy ice-cream too?
Red House Interiors, to those already converted, provides enjoyable foraging for its visitors with new finds arriving every week. There's always something new to discover for yourself; to surprise and delight, there's often a story behind everything we sell. Neither a traditional antique shop nor a modern gallery, our eclectic collection offers inspiration and ideas on how to successfully mix old and new pieces in your home.
Thorpe Perrow Arboretum
Thorp Perrow offers the ultimate family day out with birds of prey, meerkats, wallabies, reindeer, Marlon the Llama, pygmy goats amongst other wildlife providing the enjoyment of hands on experience for all the family in the finest collection of trees and shrubs in the country set in 85 acres of beautiful woodland and lakes with new equipment in the children's playground.
The Forbidden Corner
Find the hidden temple Indiana Jones would feel at home in the Forbidden Corner, an extraordinary folly in North Yorkshire. Statues blink at you, paths lead corner-nowhere, skeletons lurk in underground chambers and a temple hides behind artful landscaping. Your job is to work your way through the maze. Unique, and just scary enough to give everyone a thrill.
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