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Thatched roof building - Thornton le Dale

Thornton le Dale


Sitting on the picturesque banks of the crystal clear beck in Thornton le Dale, is one of Britain’s most photographed thatched cottages – a stunning scene which you may recognise from appearing on countless calendars and chocolate boxes over the years. Whilst you wander round the village, it won’t surprise you that this location was once voted ‘The Most Beautiful Setting in Yorkshire’, many people believe it still holds this title today.

Although Thornton le Dale is peaceful, there is plenty going on throughout the year to keep visitors entertained. The first of December sees the annual Christmas lights ‘switch on’ by the Village Lights Committee, by whom money is raised all year round for this festive event. In the summer, August holds the Thornton le Dale Show with stalls selling everything from fine art to knitwear to jewellery. Every Sunday during July and August, Thornton le Dale hosts ‘Music on the Green’ – free, live summer bands throughout the afternoon.

If you prefer to explore at your own leisure, Thornton le Dale has several craft and antique shops for you to walk round, as well as being close by to Pickering which also offers plenty to see and do. 

Accommodation in Thornton le Dale is varied, with a selection of bed and breakfasts, self catering cottages and campsites. Thornton le Dale lies on the A170, 2 miles east of Pickering and 11 miles north of Malton.