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Days out in North Yorkshire

08 December 2023

Days out in North Yorkshire

Headlam Hall sits on the southern edge of County Durham just a couple of miles away from North Yorkshire. This makes it the perfect base for exploring the countryside of both the Durham dales and the North Yorkshire dales.

We provide a suggested driving route that can be enjoyed in your own car or by hiring one of our own classic cars which currently includes a 2001 Aston Martin DB7 Volante, a 1972 MG Midget and a 1959 Jaguar XK150 (more details of which can be found on our website). This route leaves Headlam and heads south over the river Tees and on to the North Yorkshire market town of Richmond. From here it follows the road out towards Reeth, the stunning principal settlement of upper Swaledale.

Reeth is a delightful place to park up on the village green and enjoy a cuppa or delicious ice-cream. There are also some great walks to be enjoyed from here including up Fremington Edge for a fabulous 3-4 mile circular route. After leaving Reeth our route goes through Arkengarthdale and onto Britain’s highest pub, Tan Hill. This famous spot is a good lunch option or just grab a drink and enjoy the views. From here you head over to Brough and then follow the scenic road over the tops taking you back into Teesdale and down to Mickleton and then Romaldkirk where you will find Headlam Hall’s sister property, the Rose & Crown. This 18th century village inn is a great place to park up for a drink and sit outside watching the world roll slowly by.

Finally, the drive back down through Teesdale takes in the market town of Barnard Castle and back to Headlam. This is about an 80 mile loop and offers fabulous vistas of both North Yorkshire and the southern part of County Durham with charming villages along the way. 

You can, of course, divert from this route at your leisure to visit some of the North Yorkshire Dales much-loved attractions such as Hawes in Wensleydale and the Buttertubs pass, one of the most famous roads in the country and for good reason!


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