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Grewelthorpe in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty


Grewelthorpe, again where does the name originate from? To quote ‘the name Grewelthorpe derives from the words Gruel and Thorpe, Gruel being a family name and thorpe meaning "outlying farmstead", the village is also mentioned in the Domesday Book when it was known at Torp. Grewelthorpe can be found some three miles south of Masham and six miles from Ripon and is in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty.

Beautifully placed to explore the surrounding countryside with plenty of walking to stretch those legs and take in clean, fresh air. A must is the nearby Hackfall Woods, which is a Grade I Garden in English Heritage's Register of Historic Parks and Gardens, don’t miss out Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, now a world heritage site. You could even try the Aislabie Walk, 17.5 miles circular walk from Studley Royal so not for the faint hearted. There are options for shorter walks, follow the link for more information.

First impression Grewelthorpe could be a sleepy little village with a duck pond, always plenty to watch there, a large green, pretty little St James Church and local pub, The Crown, but dig deeper and you’ll find a thriving community with events, classes and talks going on in the village hall and a buzz always with a primary school in its midst.

Plenty of places nearby to visit such as the Himalayan Gardens, Thorpe Perrow Arboretum, Brimham Rocks where older children may need a bit of supervising and maybe not. For thrills and hopefully no spills there’s Lightwater Valley, Aerial Extreme. For the little ones, take them to Big Sheep and Little Cow. Go walking with the Nidderdale Llamas and be amazed by birds of prey at Talon Falconry near Ripon.

If you would like to stay in Grewelthorpe or quite nearby, we have The Hay Barn to sleep 4 and welcomes two well behaved dogs, Mistle House near Galphay, Holt Barn and Warren Barn at nearby Kirkby Malzeard both welcoming up to two well behaved dogs and of course quite a few cottages in Masham to tempt you. Do give us call on 01969 663559 or book online.

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Written By Nadine Bell

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