The Old Coach House is located in North Stainley, a picturesque village known for its cricket pitch and duck ponds, on the edge of The Yorkshire Dales. It is a quintessentially British village with a relaxed atmosphere and stunning scenery, surrounded by the rolling Nidderdale Hills.  

At the heart of the area known as God’sOwn County, North Yorkshire offers stunning scenery, proudlocal residentsand delicious local produce, served in huge portions. 

On the doorstep is Ripon, England’s oldest registered city, with its thriving market and impressive gothic cathedral. Alongside its thriving weekly market, Ripon is also known for its interesting museums, including the Police and Workhouse Museums which are well worth a visit.    



The National Trust’s Fountain’s Abbey and Studley Royal are easily accessed by road (about a ten minute drive) and well worth a visit, they are recognised as a World Heritage Site for a reason, and we are blessed to have them so close by. 

Stately homes are plentiful within easy reach, our closest being Newby Hall and Gardens, which is privately owned and open to visitors in the summer, offering gardens designed by Capability Brown, and lots for the younger guests to enjoy too, with regular special events throughout the year.Brimham Rocks is approximately a 20 minute drive away across stunning Dales countryside, and provides an amazing walking and climbing experience for the brave, as well as an all emcompassing panoramic view of our gorgeous countryside.  

Rail enthusiasts are in good company in Yorkshire. The famous North Yorkshire Moors Railway is easily accessible for a trip on a steam train, and the scenery to be viewed from our local trains is stunning. Our closest railway station is Thirsk, which has direct routes to London in less than three hours.  



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 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 the full route can be found here.  


Local attractions are abundant, and many celebrate the best of Yorkshire’s provenance. Wensleydale is a short drive away, and theCreamery at Hawes’ visitor centre is well worth a visit. The local Black Sheep and Theakston’sbreweries are twenty minutes away in historical Masham, which also boasts a thriving market and a day spa at Swinton Park.  

For the thrill-seekers Lightwater Valley theme park is located within walking distance of The Old Coach House and features Europe’s longest rollercoaster, The Ultimate. 

North Yorkshire has a thriving horseracing fraternity, with ‘Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse’ in Ripon, with ten other point to point venues scattered across the county with regular meets.  



Travelling a short distance from the village there are several places that offer ideal walking. Hackfall woods is a great trip out and features some historic follies as well as an abundance of stunning flora and fauna. For those who enjoy all things botanical, Grewelthorpe’s  seasonal Himalayan Gardens and Sculpture Park are close by, as is the stunning Thorpe Perrow Arboretum, which holds special events throughout the year.  

We are blessed with a huge range of things to keep the visitor here in North Stainley, steeped in heritage, culture and history – for more information visitRipon’s Tourist Information Centre,Visit Harrogateor ask one of our friendly team for some recommendations. If our local area isn’t enough and you seek some seaside or cityscape, within an hour’s drive of North Stainley are the rich coastal heritage of Whitby and Scarborough, and the metropolitan cities of York, Leeds and Harrogate.  


Ripon Tennis Centre is a family-friendly tennis club located on the outskirts of Ripon, just five minutes’ drive away from the Old Coach House B&B. Their facilities include two indoor courts, six outdoor floodlit courts, two Padel courts, gym, aerobics studio and fully licensed cafe/bar area. Non-members are welcome. To book a court please contact 01765 606066 or book online here;- 

Ripon Tennis Centre, Palace Road, Ripon, HG4 3HJ. 

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