Sutton Hall is located in the small village of Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe which lies between Thirsk and Helmsley, it is an ideal base for exploring all of North Yorkshire including the Dales, Moors, coastal resorts such as Whitby and Scarborough and historic sites such as the abbeys of Rievaulx and Fountains.
World of James Herriot museum
Thirsk is well known as the home of James Herriot (Alf Wight, OBE) the world’s most famous vet. You must visit the World of James Herriot museum in Kirkgate where Sutton Hall guests enjoy reduced entry fee concessions. The BBC TV series “All Creatures Great and Small” brought this area into the limelight following the success of the James Herriot books and films. A new Channel 5 series “The Yorkshire Vet” is filmed at Skeldale Surgery in Thirsk, the modern successor of James Herriot’s surgery.
Wildlife in profusion.
Wildlife in profusion. In a detailed survey conducted in and around the Hall, its grounds and the surrounding area over 80 bird species were observed together with numerous mammal species.
Great Walks abound in the area and Sutton Bank (below) makes up part of the Penine Way. Garbutt Wood nature reserve and Gormire Lake at the foot of the bank is a moderately easy walk from the Hall
Sutton Bank on the A170, the top of the bank affords panoramic views of the plain of York Stretching between the Pennines and the Hambleton Hills. There is a large car Park and a comprehensive visitor information centre. Beyond Sutton Bank to the east lies the expanse of the North York Moors National Park, one of Britain’s finest.
Coxwold lies at the foot of the Hambleton Hills. Some say the most attractive village in Yorkshire. Shandy Hall was the home of writer Laurence Sterne who wrote “Tristram Shandy” there in the 1760’s. Newburgh Priory home of the Earls of Faulconberg, allegedly houses the headless remains of Oliver Cromwell.
Richmond is an interesting market town overlooked by Richmond Castle. The castle was built by the Normans and was used as a barracks and a prison. The ‘Richmond 16’ First World war conscientious objectors were held in the castle. The heritage garden in the castle grounds is well worth a visit. There is a Georgian theatre built in 1788 and the Green Howards regimental museum in Holy Trinity Church.