Why you should move to Thornton-le-Dale
PUBLISHED: 00:16 31 October 2011 | UPDATED: 21:58 24 December 2014
There are few places prettier than Thornton-le-Dale to buy new and settle down
Thornton-le-Dale is a gateway to the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and it is the surrounding moorland landscape which attracts so much appreciation and enjoyment both nationally and internationally.
The stretch of coastline partly bordered by the Moors includes the resorts and fishing ports of Scarborough, Filey and Whitby, all of which are located within a particularly pleasant drive of 20 miles or so.Dalby Forest with its rigg and dale, densely wooded landscape, is known locally as the Great Yorkshire Forest and is a mountain bikers paradise with a series of sculpted green to black cycle trails ranging from surfaced runs to steep rocky climbs and descents.
The forest is a renowned venue for summer open air concerts.The nearby market town of Pickering sees the start of the 18 mile railway heritage line which runs across the Moors to Grosmont via Goatland through villages and countryside, all familiar territory to followers of the Heartbeat TV series.
Trains are mostly steam hauled – hard to imagine something more nostalgic than the site of a chugging locomotive bellowing out a steam trail against the backdrop of some of the most stunningly beautiful countryside.
The ancient and walled city of York lies approximately 23 miles south west of Thornton-le-Dale with good access via the A64. Rich in heritage, York offers a wealth of historic, tourist and shopping attractions along with its famous racecourse. George Husdon brought the railway to the city and to this day, York boasts fast rail links to London and Edinburgh.