We are fortunate at Abbots Green to be situated right next to the dramatic landscape of the North Yorkshire Moors with its rich heritage and bustling market towns. There is so much to explore right on our doorstep: it really is a perfect spot for walkers, cyclists, families, and visitors just looking to soak up and enjoy this inspiring scenery.

If you visit us for a short break, or choose Abbots Green for your own luxury holiday home, here are our top recommendations of things to do within five miles of the front gates.

Explore Thirsk

You really are in Herriot country in this vibrant, traditional market town. It was the home of renowned vet and popular author James Herriot. You can explore his 1940’s house and surgery where he wrote his best-selling books which later were made into the tv series ‘All Creatures Great and Small.’

Visit the local pubs, cafes and restaurants to enjoy regional dishes with a big emphasis on local produce.  The cobbled medieval market square is surrounded by speciality shops and cafes, or explore the tucked away alleyways and little side streets for independent clothes and furniture shops.

Abbots Green is just a stone’s throw from Thirsk – you can walk there in about 40 minutes, cycle in about 15 or just take the car for the 3 mile trip.  Our Park Managers are always more than happy to offer advice on the best routes!

Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Sutton Bank is one of the most spectacular inland cliffs in Britain and is popular for walking, cycling and climbing. It’s a great family day out, allowing you to take in the White Horse of Kilburn and the fabulous views. At the National Park Centre, you can discover how this breathtaking landscape was formed, watch the birds at the bird feeding station, visit the tea room with courtyard seating, explore the natural play area for children, watch the gliders and admire the impressive back drop.

Monk Park Farm

For a fun family day out, why not explore the nearby Monk Park Farm?  Home to all the usual animals you would expect to find on the farm, plus a few surprises including alpacas and wallabies. There are indoor and outdoor feeding areas and children will love the adventure playground and play area. You can take an exhilarating barrel ride around the farm and get up close to see lots of the animals.  The hay barn with big bales and ropes to climb and swing on is popular too – not to mention the pedal go karts, pedal tractors, a zip wire and swings.

Yorkshire Outdoors

For an exhilarating adventure, Yorkshire outdoors offers quad biking, 4×4 off road driving and clay pigeon shooting under expert supervision. Whether you are a complete beginner or have experience, it’s sure to be an adrenalin-fuelled day out. We recommend taking to the segways for a family-friendly activity, or try the Yo! Kids adventures to keep the youngsters entertained.

Larks Edge Alpacas

If you are looking to do something a bit different and spontaneous, you could take an alpaca for a walk! Families are sure to enjoy learning about these fascinating animals, feeding them and going for a walk whilst taking in the spectacular scenery. The farm is just down the road in Dalton – and it even offers VIP experiences, including feeding the alpacas.

The great outdoors of the North Yorkshire Moors

There is nowhere better for walking and cycling than the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside – and there are plenty of options within five miles of Abbots Green. From flat former railway lines to off-road routes through woodland, you won’t be short of choice, whether you’re on foot or on two wheels. Throw in a pit-stop at a great pub, charming cafe or inviting ice cream parlour and you’ve got the recipe for a great day out. Speak to the Park Managers for their top route recommendations.

The Tour de Yorkshire

The Tour de Yorkshire has been growing rapidly over the last few years and many of our residents have been out to the route to watch some of the world’s leading cyclists fly past. This year, we’re incredibly fortunate that the route passes right past York House Holiday Park and Abbots Green, as it makes its way towards Sutton Bank. With the whole event lasting from Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th May, it is in our area for Stage 3 on Saturday 5th May, so naturally we’re planning to make a real occasion of it!

Why not plan to visit the Old Barn Coffee Shop for breakfast before you join us to line the route and cheer on the riders? Then come back inside for lunch, afternoon tea or an ice cream – and if the weather obliges, you can even enjoy it outside on our patio garden surrounded by late spring flowers!

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