Things to do
Yorkshire Nature Triangle
Turnstone Cottage is an ideal base for visiting the wildlife reserves in the Yorkshire Nature Triangle. There are a large number of species of plants and animals that you may see. From the Dingy skipper butterfly to the ever popular Gannet. Hares are a common sight in the Yorkshire Wolds and you should always keep a look out for Roe deer. You may see Buzzards soaring overhead and there is always the chance of seeing a rare bird during the migration seasons.
Turnstone Cottage is wildlife friendly and you will find identification guides, maps and information on the reserves. There is also a pair of binoculars to borrow. Don’t forget that as a guest of the cottage you have access to the wildflower meadow which itself attracts lots of wildlife. You may see a Cormorant fishing in one of the ponds or hear a Grasshopper warbler. Skylarks are attracted to the meadow and will fly high above singing their distinctive song.
There are too many places to list here so please have a look on www.yorkshirenaturetriangle.com . You will also find wildlife trips listed which offer a great day out with a chance to learn more about the wildlife in Yorkshire.
Within half an hour’s drive
Heading north, Scarborough is a bustling seaside resort with lots to see and do including:
Scarborough Sea Life Centre
Scarborough Castle (English Heritage) – historic castle with glorious sea views
Scarborough Open Air Theatre - a wide range of concerts and events in an open air amphitheatre
Shops, cafes and restaurants
There is a Park and Ride bus service into Scarborough off the A165 road from Filey to Scarborough (this is the main road just outside the entrance to The Bay)
Heading south, you’ll find Bridlington with sandy beaches, promenade and gardens. You can take a sea cruise from the harbour on the ‘Yorkshire Belle’ or visit nearby Flamborough Head with its lighthouse and cliff-top walks.
If you enjoy golf, there are several golf clubs in the area:-
Filey Golf Club – between The Bay holiday village and Filey Tel. 01723 513293
Scarborough North Cliff Golf Club Tel. 01723 506305
Flamborough Head Golf Club Tel. 01262 850333
Bridlington Links Golf Club Tel. 01262 401584
Within an hour’s drive
Whitby is a picturesque harbour town with narrow cobbled streets and a dramatic ruined abbey on the clifftop. Individual shops, cafes and restaurants. Home of the Dracula Experience and Goth weekend. The nearby villages of Robin Hood’s Bay, Sandsend and Staithes are also great to explore.
Dalby Forest in the North York Moors offers 8000 acres of woodland to explore, including cycling and walking trails, play areas for children and picnic/barbeque areas. There’s also a Go Ape adventure course with high ropes and zip wires amongst the trees.
For horse riding the Snainton Riding Centre is situated off the A170 between Scarborough and Pickering
If you want to try something very different then how about Husky Trekking at Pesky Husky Staintondale
Sledmere House, nestling in the Yorkshire Wolds, is a historic house with a cafe, extensive grounds and countryside walks.
Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo, near Pickering.
Castle Howard, near Malton – Stately home with gardens, cafe, restaurant, shop, garden centre, lake and grounds.
North York Moors Railway, Pickering – Very popular heritage railway with daily services through the North York Moors national park from April to end of October.
Burton Agnes Hall, near Bridlington – Elizabethan house and charming gardens with teashop.
Eden Camp, near Malton – be transported back to war-time Britain at this living history museum.
Scampston Hall (with its magnificent Regency interiors and art collection) and Walled Garden , near Malton – Contemporary garden with perennial planting and a restaurant overlooking the walled garden.
At Potter Brompton is the Sally Middlewood Glebe Farm Bakery with Tea Garden and Tea Room Serving
Light Lunches and Cream Teas. They also sell:-
Award Winning Pies
Free Range Eggs
Fruit and Vegetables
Cakes and Pastries