The area is steeped in history : drive just a couple of miles up the road and you arrive at Middleham with it's magnificent castle which was home to Richard III. A little further along the dale will lead you to Bolton Castle, where the castle sits proudly at the head of a very picturesque village, and where Mary Queen of Scots was held captive for six years.
The magnificent ruins of Jervaulx Abbey serve as a powerful reminder of this area's monastic heritage. The ruins are
located just five miles from Cecilia House.
Cecilia House offers the best of all worlds. It is both nestled in the centre of the beautiful market town of Leyburn, yet is only a stone's throw away from the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is surrounded by natural beauty.
There are many walks from the doorstep of Cecilia House leading into the depths of the Wensleydale countryside, with mile upon mile of of unspoilt rolling green hills and dry stone walls. The scenery is some of the most beautiful in all England. For details of walks available from your doorstep click here.
Whether you are on foot, cycle or horse, or travelling by motor vehicle, you will find so much to see and do in this most beautiful part of England. Just a few hundred yards from the doorstep of Cecilia House, take a stroll along Leyburn Shawl, a dramatic escarpment that affords the finest view point in the whole of the Yorkshire Dales, including a view of Penhill in the distance.
The whole area is a mecca for cyclists with many trails on the doorstep. And with the Tour de France Grand Depart taking place in July 2014 around the Dales countryside, significant investment is continuing to be made to ensure that this area offers superb cycling for many years to come.
Golfers amongst you have the choice of a number of quality courses in the area including Bedale, Richmond, Catterick, Thirsk and Romanby. Most of these courses are affiliated to the 2-Fore-1 discount golf scheme offering half price rounds of golf.
Many well known artists have been inspired by the wonderful north Yorkshire landscape. Few are better known as JMW Turner. There is now a Turner Trail which follows his many trips in the area and which went to inspire over 100 of his famous paintings and many 100's of sketches.
Continuing this love affair, many arts and craftspeople now live and work in the Leyburn area, working in and with a wide variety of materials, including woods and wools, metal and glass, clay and candle wax, rope, chocolate and even felt and copper. You can see them all by following the Swaledale & Wensleydale ' Arts & Crafts Trail '.
Why not visit the quaint town of Hawes, along the Wensleydale valley, and try out Wallace & Gromit's favourite cheese at the Wensleydale Creamery. See how tasty this looks.
What better way to take in the beauty of the surrounding landscape than by steam railway. The Wensleydale Railway line stretches for 16 miles between Leeming Bar and the village of Redmire, with stops at Bedale, Finghall and Leyburn itself. Take a closer look.
We should not forget the children. They love the excitement of a theme park, and few come more exciting than Lightwater Valley Theme Park, just over half an hours drive from Cecilia House.
14 Grove Square
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