The Staveley Arms, North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3HT

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Discover the local area

The Staveley Arms is located in North Stainley, a rural village known for its cricket pitch and duck ponds, surrounded by the rolling Nidderdale hills and yet only 15 minutes from junction 50 of the A1. The nearest railway station is Thirsk, just ten miles away, where you can hop on direct trains to York, London and Edinburgh.

Ripon

On our doorstep is Ripon, one of England’s oldest and smallest cities, with its ancient marketplace and impressive 7th-century cathedral. The obelisk sits proudly in the centre of the market square, where for over 1,000 years at precisely 9 pm, the Hornblower sets the watch. Three museums celebrate Ripon’s rich history. The original Ripon Liberty prison, which later became the city’s police station, is a must-visit. Every Thursday, there is a popular market selling local goods and produce plus you will find a broad selection of independent shops and high street names.

Fountain's Abbey

Just outside of Ripon is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and the elegant Studley Water Gardens. Walk amongst the abbey ruins, along riverside paths lined with ancient trees and mirror-like ponds, discover follies, viewpoints and statues galore. The expansive Deer Park is home to red, fallow and sika deer, plus ancient lime, oak and sweet chestnut trees.

Newby Hall

Newby Hall with its award-winning gardens, is also nearby and has something for the whole family. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, this family home is open to visitors and is an exceptional example of 18th-century interior decor. There are stunning herbaceous borders and elegant gardens to explore. Plus an adventure garden, boating lake and miniature train for all the family to enjoy. 

Thornborough Henges

The ancient neolithic monument of Thornborough Henges is only a couple of miles from The Staveley Arms. Three circular earthworks, often called the ‘Stonehenge of the North’, lie on a raised plateau above the river Ure. Gifted to the nation in 2023, they have become part of the National Heritage Collection.

Ripon Walled Gardens

Ripon Walled Garden is home to the Ripon Community Link Charity. This peaceful space was once a kitchen garden to the Bishop’s Palace. The charity works with disadvantaged and young people with learning difficulties and has a nursery garden, orchard, woodland and shop. A wonderful place to relax, explore and shop; jams, chutneys and apple juice made from produce grown on site, honey from their own hives and plants are all available to purchase. 

Hackfall Woods

Hackfall Woods at Grewelthorpe is a beautiful, ancient, semi-natural woodland within a steep, rocky gorge of the River Ure. In the 18th century, it became a pleasure ground, filled with grottos, temple waterfalls and glades. Restored by the Woodland Trust, it is now a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the considerable number of plants and invertebrates that live here. Look out for the Kingfisher, the Dipper, the Grey Wagtail and the Sandpiper. Visit in spring to see the bluebells.

Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park

The Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park also near Grewelthorpe, has 45 acres to explore with woodland gardens, an arboretum, lakes, contemporary sculptures and the North’s largest collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias. Whilst here, it’s worth stopping off at the Druid’s Temple, Ilton. A nineteenth-century folly, in the style of Stonehenge, it’s an intriguing monument in a stunning location, with a cafe at Swinton Bivouac next door. The Forbidden Corner at Tupgill Park near Middleham offers a unique experience for young adventurers and the young at heart with a labyrinth of tunnels, follies and surprises in a four-acre garden. Pre-booking is required, find out more here.

Nosterfield Nature Reserve

Nature lovers should visit Nosterfield Nature Reserve, 150 acres of wet grassland and open water. A former quarry, the area has been transformed into North Yorkshire’s premier wetland. The Wetland attracts many birds including Lapwing, Redshank and Curlew. Three purpose-built hides are open to the public to watch the wildlife at close quarters.

Great walks on our doorstep

If you enjoy walking, there are many great walks you can access from The Staveley Arms.

The Yorkshire Dales have long been a mecca for all types of walkers, from serious long-distance hikers to gentle day walks. A gentle 20-minute circuit of our village starts from outside The Staveley Arms, or for the more intrepid, download the 5-mile circular walk around North Stainley taking in the beautiful setting of the pub and the village, from woodlands, farm tracks to the banks of the River Ure.

The Ripon Rowel is a long-distance 50-mile walk taking in a wonderful sweep of countryside, villages and wooded valleys around the ancient city of Ripon, divided into five legs. To discover the impressive route, which passes The Staveley Arms on the 5th leg south to Ripon full details can be found here.

We also recommend the Studley 7 Bridges Walk: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/yorkshire/fountains-abbey-and-studley-royal-water-garden/the-seven-bridges-valley-walk

The close proximity of the glorious Yorkshire Dales – Nidderdale and Wensleydale are the closest, offer a variety of trails, passing riverside, woodland, meadows and waterfalls, with hills and fells to climb for the more energetic. https://www.threepeakschallenge.uk/yorkshire-three-peaks-challenge/

Ask us for more information on recommended routes.

Cycling

In 2014, Le Grande Depart of the Tour De France passed through North Stainley during the first stage from Leeds to Harrogate. Then in 2017, the Tour de Yorkshire international cycle race brought more excitement to the village. Many cyclists now follow these routes through the glorious Yorkshire Dales and beyond. Cyclists often stay across the road at the Old Coach House, where there is plenty of space for safely storing bikes, then refuel and discuss the day’s adventure at The Staveley Arms

The long-distance Way of the Roses coast-to-coast cycle route between Morecombe and Bridlington also passes through Ripon, check out the route here.  

Tennis

Ripon Tennis Centre is a family-friendly tennis club located on the outskirts of Ripon, just five minutes drive away from The Staveley Arms. Their facilities include two indoor courts, six outdoor floodlit courts, two Padel courts, a gym, an aerobics studio and a fully licensed cafe/bar area. Non-members are welcome. To book a court, call 01765 606066 or book online here.

Golf

Close to the tennis club, a short drive away from The Staveley Arms, is Ripon City Golf Club. Visitors will receive a warm welcome at this beautiful 18-hole course. Surrounded by peaceful countryside with a professional available for advice when needed. Guests are also welcome to access the bar and lounge facilities. Bookings can be made online or by phone: 01765 603640.

A few miles further away, the stunning nine-hole parkland course at Masham also welcomes visitors. The tranquil River Burn runs through the course with splendid views from every tee. The friendly clubhouse also serves meals and has a licenced bar. Book online or phone 01765 688056. Another great course can be found at Bedale.

Horse Racing

Yorkshire’s garden racecourse is a short walk from Ripon city centre and has been hosting exciting and prestigious racing for more than 300 years. Ladies’ Day is held in June every year and the course hosts both day and evening racing throughout the season, Find out more here.

North Yorkshire is the base for many racehorse trainers and a short drive into wensleydale brings you to the historic small town of Middleham, with fifteen professional stables, it has the nickname ‘Newmarket of the North’.

Days Out

There are so many interesting places to visit near The Staveley Arms. As well as Ripon, there are several other market towns close by, including Bedale, Masham and Thirsk. In Masham, you will find Theakston’s and the Black Sheep Breweries and Thirsk is the location for James Herriot’s original veterinary practice which is now a museum.

Close to Bedale is Thorp Perrow Arboretum. Home of one of the UK’s finest tree collections including five National Plant Collections and 51 Champion Trees. The arboretum covers 100 acres and is most spectacular in spring and autumn. Thorp Perrow is a leading centre for raptor conservation with close to 100 birds from all over the world, including eagles, falcons and owls. The walk-through mammal centre includes meerkats and wallabies; there is an adventure playground for children and themed trails throughout the year. 

Other local towns worth a visit are Knaresborough with riverside boating and a picturesque viaduct, Boroughbridge with ancient standing stones, the Devils Arrows on the edge of town and a Roman mosaic pavement in nearby Aldborough, the spa town of Harrogate with the world-famous Bettys’ tearooms. Pateley Bridge is home to the ‘oldest sweet shop in the world’ and within an hour’s drive, you’ll find Leeds in one direction and York in the other.

The area is rich with history and castles including Richmond, Middleham, Knaresborough, Helmsley, Spofforth and Castle Bolton. Plus, the Cistercian abbey Jervaux, is privately owned but you can visit by making a donation. There are spectacular waterfalls, the most famous being Aysgarth Falls and Hardraw Force, near Hawes, which both featured in the Hollywood movie, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. Cauldron Falls at West Burton and Kisdon Force at Keld are also impressive.

Brimham Rocks, between Ripon and Pateley Bridge, is a dramatic moorland landscape with large gritstone rock formations, created 300 million years ago by a glacier. To put that in context, that’s 100 million years before the dinosaurs! A place of geological and scientific interest, it offers fascinating walks with incredible views and a climbing experience for the brave.