Sandwiched between two National Parks – the stunning Yorkshire Dales to the West, and the dramatic North York Moors to the East, Thorp Perrow is perfectly situated to include in your visit to North Yorkshire.
Easily accessible from the A1 and other major routes, Thorp Perrow is located just outside the picturesque village of Snape, between the bustling market towns of Bedale and Masham.
Snape is approached from the main road via an imposing avenue of Lime trees, giving the visitor a fantastic view of Snape Castle, originally built in c1430. The castle was the residence of Catherine Parr and her husband, John Neville, 3rd Baron Latimer, before she became the sixth wife of King Henry VIII. The ‘Catherine Parr Oak’ within Thorp Perrow Arboretum was allegedly planted in 1535 to commemorate the marriage of Baron Latimer and Catherine Parr!
Dubbed ‘The Gateway to the Dales’, and with many local accommodation providers, Bedale is well placed to act as a base for exploring Herriot Country and the National Parks beyond. Shop for delicious local produce in the cobbled market square, wander along the beck side footpath, or follow the heritage trail to explore Bedale Hall, the 12th Century church, and the fascinating Leech House – thankfully no longer in use!
Masham (pronounced ‘Massam’) boasts two famous breweries, the biggest market square in Yorkshire, an annual sheep fair and a thriving arts and food culture. It was once the venue of a huge sheep sale where 70,000 sheep were sold every year. To mark this heritage, the Masham Sheep Fair takes place annually on the last weekend in September. An annual steam rally is also held every July.
Masham makes for a great day out – take a tour of the breweries; follow the Swift trail; stroll along the river or visit the many galleries, independent shops and eateries on offer in this beautiful Dales town.
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Photo credits – Dales Landscape: www.wendsphotography.co.uk, Nosterfield LNR: LUCT/Whitfield Benson, Masham: Ian Whitaker