Local Area

The White Horse Lodge Hotel is just a couple of minutes from Thirsk, a traditional market town in the vale of Mowbray. As the ‘heart of Herriot Country’ Thirsk doubled as Darrowby in Alf Wight’s now world famous novels featuring his alter ego, James Herriot.

As you’d expect, being in ‘Herriot Country’, it’s easy to get to open rolling countryside from The White Horse Lodge Hotel. Thirsk is just a short drive from the Yorkshire Dales and only minutes away from The North Yorkshire National Park. Both offer great walking, fabulous drives, world famous natural features and a wonderful selection of towns and villages. So if you want to go cycling, climbing, walking or even caving, this is the place to come. Nearby in the rolling hills of Kilburn, you’ll find the famous White Horse carved in cliff, which is the hotels namesake.

There are many heritage sites to visit, including Byland Abbey, Rievaulx Abbey, Studley hall Gardens and of course the famous Castle Howard.

We are also within easy reach of the historic city of York. It’s a great place to spend the day wandering down cobbled shopping streets or marvelling at the wonderful architecture of York Minster. Of course if you prefer your entertainment to be a little less ‘genteel’ you could always head to Lightwater Park in Ripon. Kids love the rides, rollercoasters and amusements (actually, everyone does).

Other ways you can enjoy scenic views is by taking part in outdoor activities. Yorkshire Outdoors is home to the finest country pursuit and leisure activity centre in the county. Enjoy; 4×4 Off Roading Driving, Quad Biking and Clay Pigeon Shooting – unforgettable experiences for individuals, couples and groups, corporate days out and team building.

Horse racing fans also love this area because of Thirsk Racecourse. It’s been on the same site for over 150 years and offers great views for everyone. The flat racing season lasts all summer. Likewise at Ripon which is a very short drive away, and York, their spectacular course plays host to some of the season’s biggest meets.

There’s a chance to get even closer to the animals at the Birds of Prey & Conservation Centre at Sion Hill Hall. Here you can find out all about some of the UK’s most beautiful birds and even feed and hold them.