VISIT Easingwold- Yorkshire at its best

Village of Sutton-on-the-ForestWelcome to the beautiful villages surrounding Easingwold

There are some lovely villages located in the countryside around Easingwold, varying from larger village centres such as Stillington, Helperby or Crayke to small picturesque hamlets such as Myton on Swale or Whenby. Many have Norman churches which you are welcome to view while some have at their centre the traditional and bustling village shop and friendly pub, of which most nowadays will offer you food as well!

The Managing Committee at Stillington Post Office and Stores

One now famous example of the Yorkshire community spirit can be found in the village of


The village Post Office and Store recently went up for sale and a replacement buyer could not be found. Rather than let the village lose its vital facility – the village bought the store! After obtaining grants from many sources and the issue of “shares” to each villager, the Stillington Post Office and Store is now run by volunteers for the whole community and is acknowledged as being a resounding success by everyone involved!

Stillington Main Street Village Church of St. Nicholas, Stillington Stillington Village Green

The northern villages of our area are close to, or are in, the North York Moors National Park and their character reflects this.

Enchanting Coxwold

with its unique octagonal church tower (and a most surprising interior!) and well kept cottages. Situated on a hill and just inside the North York Moors National Park, Coxwold has an excellent pub/restaurant, resident potter & cabinet maker, a really wonderful tearoom and lovely rolling countryside all around. It holds the home of Lawrence Sterne in Shandy Hall who wrote the famous novel of "Trystan Shandy" and is now a museum in the care of the Lawrence Sterne Trust. Nearby is the hamlet of Byland with the spectacular ruins of Byland Abbey, once one of the largest Abbeys in Europe!

Shandy Hall, home of Lawrence Sterne - authour of Trystan Shandy Shandy Hall Gardens Fauconberg Arms in Coxwold - the centre of village life!

Coxwold, looking up the hill to the Church 'The unique Octagonal Church at Coxwold North York Moors Boundary Stone in Coxwold

Peaceful Oulston,

nestled on raised ground with a beautiful lake nearby;

Oulston Village Green Cottages at Oulston Tranquility at Pond Head, near Oulston

Crayke, the Village perched on a hill

and with views as far as one can see. But that’s not all, Crayke has some of the areas most lovely architecture and the sight of the Village Green with its spring daffodils is a sight for sore eyes indeed! Not forgetting of course, its famous pub, the Durham Ox winner of the AA Pub of the Year 2007-2008 and many other prestigious awards.

Crayke itself has been inhabited since bronze age times as recent archaeological finds have confirmed. Due to a quirk of fate, Crayke was an isolated outpost of the diocese of Durham – hence the pub’s name and only joining that of York at the beginning of the last century.

It is believed that this is the famous hill up which the Grand Old Duke of York marched his 10,000 men! Whle the annual village fete always attracts a celebrity or two.

The famous Durham Ox - Current AA Pub of the Year Crayke, the village on the hill! Spectacular Views from the Village Church

Verdant Yearlsey

with its rolling hills, forest and ponds which are a sight for sore eyes in autumn.

Yearsley Village Yearsley Forest - a local playground for walkers & riders So-called Fishing Ponds in Yearsley Forest

Timeless Husthwaite,

a small village on the western border of the Vale of York with the scenic escarpment of Beacon Banks behind it. For a closer look into life in Husthwaite Click here for the Village's own Website

Cottage in Husthwaite Views to the White Horse of Kilburn from Husthwaite Green Church of St. Nicholas, Husthwaite

The Rivers Swale and Ure

flow though our area fresh from the Yorkhire Dales of Swaledale and Wensleydale respectively. They give a different aspect to the scenery and activities in our area.

For example, you can walk on the many riverside footpaths (see walks) or cycle on a purpose made cycle track all the way from Benningborough right into the middle of York!

Opportunities are here for your boat - from Hull you can sale up the Ouse to York and carry on through our area all the way up to Ripon! Linton Locks is a major boating centre on the River Ouse and of course our rivers mean excellent fishing locations!

River Ouse at Linton Locks, a popular picnic spot with cafe River Ouse at Benningborough Village Glorious fishing pegs on the River Swale at Fawdington, near Helperby

Our southern Villages present a different aspect of North Yorkshire life. Roads here tend to be flatter, straighter and are quiet rural backwaters where you can tour or cycle all day to your hearts content.

Lovely Alne


Beautiful Newton on Ouse

are bewitching and will encourage you to stay just that little bit longer while talking in their situation and hopefully the fantastic food found in the myriad of food pubs and famed restaurants found within.

Spring in Main St. Alne Morris Dancers at Alne Village Fayre Autumn at Newton-on-Ouse Green

Delightful Sutton-on-the-Forest

is a village community on the way to York, although it rigorously safeguards the green countryside in between! The village has its very own Stateley Home although its 'Forest' has long gone, having been felled for making wooden sailing ships for the British Navy!

Sutton Park Stately Home and Gardens Cottages at Sutton-on-the-Forest Spring and the Laburnam Tunnel in Sutton Park Gardens

The Norse settlement of Huby

on the other hand is more practical with a fish and chip shop located next to a farm and a popular village shop. It has one of the oldest Quaker Meeting Houses in the country while Gracious Street is so name because it’s residents were spared the plague which otherwise ravaged this area.

The old delivery bicycle for the Village Shop  gets a well earned rest nowadays Huby's famous and busy fish and chip shop - the one on a farm The Main Street in Huby

Tranquill Tollerton



are mini communities in their own right both with large village greens. Tholthorpe in particular was an important airfield in the last war with many Canadians stationed there. On Tholthorpe Green there is a memorial to them made from Canadian Granite.

Poet-Trees at the annual Tollerton Village Arts Festival. A fine Classic Car by a fine Classic Village Cottage in Tollerton Strange creatures on Tholthorpe Green, with the Canadian Granite War Memorial in the background

Tholthorpe Village Pond Springtime in Tholthorpe Green Tollerton Village Arts Festival

Historic Helperby and Brafferton

are further examples of villages originating from seperate, but adjacent, Anglo Saxon and Viking communities, each thought to share a central area or market place. The River Swale at Brafferton, the older of the two villages, was chosen by St. Paulinus as a place of baptism after converting King Edwin of Northumbria. It is reputed that ten thousand people entered the river to be baptised and those who entered with some "feeblenesse and infirmtie" returned from the river "whole and reformed".

The Red Lion pub in Helperby The monument in Helperby centre Looking down Helperby High St.


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It's a fact

The hill village of Crayke was once an isolated outpost of County Durham and was only quite recently regarded as a part of Yorkshire

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