Weekends Away



Just a reminder about our next weekend away at Thirsk, North Yorkshire on the above dates. It is on a book your own B&B basis.

For those who are interested we will be going to the local Indian Restaurant on the Friday evening and you are welcome to join us. On the Saturday evening there will be the usual arranged group evening meal, a menu will be sent out to you nearer the time. Would you please let me know if you wish to be included for either just the Saturday evening meal or both Friday and Saturday as I need numbers for booking.

We will be walking in the Hambleton Hills area covering part of the Cleveland Way on the Saturday B and C walks. There will be a C walk in the same area on the Sunday.


Thirsk is a traditional North Yorkshire Market town superbly positioned midway between the stunning North York Moors and the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. It is near to the medieval city of York, Harrogate, Ripon and the county town Northallerton.

It is easy to get there. Thirsk is on the A19, close to the main north-south A1 road. There are several trains a day from London, taking just over 2hrs without any changes. Local buses run from York, Ripon and Northallerton and there are daily coach services direct from London and other cities. Thirsk is an ideal base for visiting our many well-loved attractions and exploring the wonderful Yorkshire countryside.

Thirsk has a charm of its own, essentially unchanged and uninfluenced by the world. It centres around a bustling cobbled market square, dominated by the town clock, with its Monday & Saturday markets and independent shopping. Visitors from all over the world are impressed by the warm and friendly welcome from the residents of this gem of a town.

Visitors can enjoy a number of flat short walks through the town and along the river or may prefer to travel a little further afield to explore the small pretty villages with their sandstone cottages. More strenuous walking can be found on the Hambleton Hills and the moorland tracks such as The Drove Road. The Swale Way long distance path passes through Thirsk connecting Boroughbridge and Kirby Stephen.

James Herriot, local vet and author, is Thirsk’s famous son. He wrote 'All Creatures Great and Small' and other stories about his life as a country vet. You can find all about him at ‘The World of James Herriot’, the award winning museum converted from his house and surgery. Thirsk has another famous son, Thomas Lord. The founder of Lord’s Cricket ground was born here in 1755 and his birthplace is now Thirsk Museum.

If you should require further information please contact Derek Downes. His mobile number and email address can be found in the walks programme.

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