Holiday Cottages in Nosterfield

Village green at Nosterfield.

The village straddles the B6267 just 4 miles east of Masham but the bulk of the houses are to the south of the road where there is a small, triangular village green with a children’s playground which is surrounded by some of the oldest and newest dwellings. Several of the buildings in the village including the pub’ are designated as Grade II Listed.

The surrounding countryside is rolling farmland with verdant, tree lined meadows, glorious cornfields and deciduous woods. Just to the southeast of the village are the famous Thornborough Henges, known as the 'Stone Henge of the North' which date from 3500 and 2500BC.

The local area is historically noted for gravel extraction with one still active but most reclaimed as wetland habitat. The Nosterfield Nature Reserve, just south of the village, is widely regarded as one of best examples of wetland grassland in the north of England and has won national awards since its designation in 2001. It has 150 acres of wet grassland and open water with three hides connected by pathways that allow the public to watch wildlife at close quarters.

A similar project just to the east of the village is at Nosterfield Quarry, which in part is still a working quarry and is open to the public all year for walkers and birdwatchers. It has a visitor centre and free parking near the entrance to the quarry.

There are many local footpaths and the majesty of The Yorkshire Dales National Park, The Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with their valleys, hills and moorlands are only a few miles away and Ripon, Harrogate and York are all within easy driving distance.