5 reasons why you should move to Boroughbridge
PUBLISHED: 00:00 30 September 2019
Neighbourhood know-how, places and people.
Situated in the heart of North Yorkshire, between Harrogate and York, Boroughbridge has a thriving High Street full of local independent shops. A fascinating fact is that it's equidistant between London and Edinburgh, so has always been a traditional stopping place for travellers, who nowadays can choose from a fabulous array of cafes, pubs and restaurants, not to mention local butchers, bakers and fine food stores. Steeped in history, with three ancient standing stones and nearby Roman remains at Aldborough, Boroughbridge is a pretty good base from which to explore the rich and varied landscape of North Yorkshire.
The best of both worlds. A genuine market town but with the A1 on the doorstep for when Scotland or London are on your mind (or maybe just Leeds). You're handy for mainline trains at York or the airport at Leeds Bradford.
Bag a property
As the A1 is on Boroughbridge's doorstep, the town makes for commuter heaven so you'll find lots of exec properties laden with good spec and space to breathe.
There are plenty of good value older cottages to snap up for a project or waterside apartments converted from grand buildings, rich in history. You'll find sought-after homes with names like 'The Old Bookshop', packed with character and impeccable credentials. On the outskirts are sought-after villages like Minskip and Marton cum Grafton with lots of charming properties with lashings of kerb appeal.
You can take the town trail from the pretty cobbled Hall Square, once the home of fishermen. Today you will find the Butter Market Museum, an eclectic display of local artefacts, showing the history of the town's people.
Boroughbridge is on the edge of the Vale of York which offers more gentle countryside and the canal and River Ure run through, offering the perfect setting for gentle walks and picnic spots, an afternoon's fishing or a relaxing boat trip from the marina. Flat terrain and quiet roads make it a good place for family so you soon cover a lot ground along the bridleways. Get a history fix walking to the next village of Aldborough, situated on the Roman town of Isurium Brigantum. Two spectacular mosaic pavements remain and there are more finds on display in the museum.
Café & cocktails
Cafes to note include Chez Nous at Stone Yard for a very French-style breakfast - and bicycle parking. Bowe & Co is a hearty deli that gets plaudits from locals and travellers. All day breakfast are legendary at Plenty or try Bean Emporium for impeccable coffee, hearty breakfast and yummy stuff like walnut and gorgonzola salad.
Pubs worth a name check include The Anchor, The Grantham, The Three Horseshoes, The Black Bull and The Ship at Aldborough.
Boroughbridge is a town that's 'worth a potter'. It's the epitome of the town that loves its independents and they rally together to make the place tick and to offer something special in terms of choice and service. Definitely worth that detour off the A1.
Or ladies clothes, accessories and gifts check out Wardrobe for great casual gear - including silver plimsoles! Issima is great to mooch for accessories and nice home bits. FINK Home & Nature has great eco-credentials. Cyclists will swoon after Biketech and for proper food and drink, forget the supermarket and head to
FINK, Greenwoods and Appletons butchers, Listers and Minskip farm shops, and Winearray.