Head off into the open countryside on your bike and enjoy the wind in your face as you cycle on the many National Cycling Routes that are within easy reach from Morndyke.
Whether you enjoy a leisurely tootle or are in training for the next Tour de Yorkshire, there are rides for every ability, not least the crippling Sutton Bank that pales even the toughest rider. The view you are rewarded with once you reach the top of Sutton Bank is remarkable, there is even a sign stating ‘Finest view in England’ to prove its worth!
Enjoy a leisurely walk on the permanent pasture strips that are set around the edges of our fields whilst keeping eyes peeled for the array of birds, butterflies and wildlife that live here.
If you’d prefer a slightly longer walk, choose between either a 3.5 mile walk around the 1943 disused Canadian airbase where you can enjoy researching the history of the derelict control tower or parachute building. Listen to the skylarks sing above the fields and watch the lapwings dance and perhaps even catch sight of a roe deer grazing peacefully, undisturbed by the distance sounds of tractors.
Or choose to go further along the banks of the river Swale and watch the sand martins fly over the river and the Herons stand like statues along the banks. Maybe even catch a glimpse of the otters that play in the swift flowing currents of the turbulent dark waters.
Meet Juno & Jupiter (arranged by appointment only) – the two Suffolk crossed sheep that starred in ‘The Yorkshire Vet’ TV series. Have your photo taken with Juno; she’ll do anything for a polo! Be warned, they’re rather spoilt!
Less than half a mile walk across the fields, down the set-aside strips, will take you to the friendly hub of Busby Stoop garage that stocks all your essentials in food, toiletries and drink – including a number of alcoholic beverages for those who wish to relax with a bottle of wine and watch the sun set. Opposite is the award winning Jaipur Spice Indian restaurant that prepares both Indian and English food - though best to book early as their success aids their popularity.
If you wish to travel a little further (about 1 mile), you will reach the pretty village of Sandhutton with it’s very popular pub ‘The King’s Arms’, that unusually, cook whatever you wish once you’ve chosen your desired meat or fish.
In Thirsk itself (3 miles away) there are many different pubs, cafes and restaurants that cater for a wide range of tastes. Our favourites are ‘The White Horse Café’ that sells the best fish and chips this side of Whitby, and ‘White Rose Books and Café’ that sell smashing homemade cakes.
There is always the option to enjoy a barbecue outside your own shepherd’s hut, on your purposefully built patio. Sit and watch the stars, whilst relaxing and sharing a meal together and listen to the owls call to each other as dusk falls. Or let the sun light the endless skies and dance on the distant Hambleton Hills that stretch from Sutton Bank at one end, to as far as the eye can see.
You are within close access to local market towns such as Thirsk or Northallerton or you can venture further to the busy locations of Ripon, Harrogate and York.
There are a range of activities and venues within the area that you can visit, examples of these are the World of James Herriot, The Ritz cinema and The Rural Arts Centre in Thirsk. Ripon, Northallerton and York offer further visitor attractions.
There are further attractions within the area, these include; Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Mount Grace Priory, Sion Hall Bird Falconry UK, Carlton Lodge, Thorpe Perrow Arboretum, Skipton-on-Swale Riding Centre, Camp Hill Ariel Extreme, Yorkshire Outdoors, Yorkshire Gliding Club, White Horse of Kilburn & Sutton Bank, Newby Hall & Gardens, Thirsk & Northallerton Golf Course, Richmond Castle.
Bookings for the Morndyke Shepherds' Huts require a minimum stay of two nights and operate as adult only accommodation (age 18+). Morndyke Shepherds' Huts is a dog friendly glamping site so please bring your four-legged family member along.
Morndyke Shepherds' Huts have a strict no smoking policy.