Brief Area Information

“SCARRSCROFT” is within easy reach of, not only the lovely North Yorkshire Moors, including Goathland (Aidensfield in TV’s Heartbeat) but also the Great Dalby Forest, Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay, Scarborough and Filey on the east coast and the historic city of York.

Thornton Le Dale  the gateway to the North York Moors, is ideally situated for visiting a wide variety of places and taking part in various activities.The village itself is very attractive, with interesting buildings, the village green complete with stocks and market cross, the Beck which runs along the main street, and the village pond. In the centre of this thriving, picturesque village are a number of gift shops , a motor museum, 3 tearooms, two pubs, bistro, fish and chip take a way/ restaurant, chocolate factory, newsagent incorporating the Post Office, chemist and  hairdressers (all within 0.5 miles). There are numerous walks to be taken in and around the village and only one and a half miles away is the Great Dalby Forest where more walks are signposted, together with cycle trails, children’s play park, bike hire centre and “Go Ape” activity centre. Flamingo land with its exciting rides park and zoo is 5 miles away. There are also several good fishing lakes close by.

Being on the southern edge of the North York Moors Thornton is also a short drive from some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery in England. The pretty village of Hutton Le Hole is a short drive away on the moors and is the location of the Ryedale Folk Museum. Not far from here is Rosedale Abbey, reached by arguably the steepest hill in England, chimney bank. A potentially hair raising drive, but with great views from the top of the hill. A little further east is the village of Goathland, otherwise known as Aidensfield in TV’s Heartbeat. Within half an hours drive are the coastal towns of Whitby and Scarborough and in the other direction the city of York with its shops, tourist attractions and historic buildings.

Hole of Horcum
The Hole of Horcum is one of the most spectacular features in the National Park – a huge natural amphitheatre 400 feet deep and more than half a mile across. Legends hang easily upon a place known as the ‘Devil’s Punchbowl’ – the best-known says that it was formed when Wade the Giant scooped up a handful of earth to throw at his wife during an argument.
Actually, it was created by a process called spring-sapping, whereby water welling up from the hillside has gradually undermined the slopes above, eating the rocks away grain by grain. Over thousands of years, a once narrow valley has widened and deepened into an enormous cauldron – and the process still continues today.


“Railway in Wartime” Every year in October.