Located near the A1 and between the Dales and North Yorkshire Moors National Parks, the area around Hunton offers numerous leisure and sporting activities.
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 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.
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!
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.
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, it is a quieter but still pleasant time to enjoy the Dales & its special attractions. Why not combine it with a brewery visit?
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.
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.
The YDMT can only continue their 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.