Thornton Lodge – Things To Do In the Yorkshire Dales

One of our lovely houses in the Yorkshire Dales has just launched a series of themed mini-breaks, and here at Landed Houses, we thought we’d support Thornton Lodge by publishing a few of them.

One of things people sometimes wonder when booking a big group break in a holiday house is: what will we do all day? Well luckily, Thornton Lodge has a few ideas, and their activity range suits everyone from small children to walkers, to businesses and corporates, to groups of old friends.


Activity taken on site by Karen Hand of the Handy Archer and suitable for all ages. Costs £250 for 2 hours group instruction.

Badger watching 

Thornton Lodge has its own badgers, and can take guests to watch them. Please note that these shy creatures don’t always put in an appearance!

Beauty Treatments

Beauty and massage treatments offered at the house, or at the local salon.

Brewery Tour

Of the Black Sheep Brewery in Masham.

Castle Tours 

Thornton Lodge is just across the valley from Castle Bolton, which is an amazing place to visit. We are also close to Middleham Castle and Richmond Castle. All three could be visited in a day.

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Off-site at Warren Gill shooting ground from £30 per person.

Falcon Handling

at Castle Bolton


Permits can be purchased for the River Ure which lies in the valley beneath Thornton Lodge or fly fishing at a trout lake near Hawes.


Courses are located at Richmond and Bedale, whilst there is a driving range on the road from Leyburn to Bedale.

Guided Walks

Often held in the area or a bespoke itinery can be arranged with a professional guide.

Helicopter rides

From the house!

Horse Riding

From Bainbridge (only 3 miles away).

Historic House Visits 

too many to mention individually but enough to satisfy the most ardent visitor (Golly! Even the Landed Houses’ Office crew?!)

Kite Flying 

Up the hill behind the house.

Laser Clay Shooting

This is a fun and safe alternative to Clay Pigeon Shooting. Five guns shoot a laser from adapted shot guns at the clay targets and an electonic scoreboard keeps track of who hits the clay first. To hire in the activity for an afternoons entertainment is around £400.

Museum Visits 

learn about the history of the Dales at the Countryside museum, followed by a visit to the Hawes Creamery incorprating its own museum, then a trip to the historical Gayle Mill.

Red Squirrel watching 

an enchanting 2.5m circular walk through Snaizeholme wood to watch the squirrels.

Waterfall trail 

Lots of waterfalls in the area, which can be visited individually or as a series of stop off points on a tour of the area. There are many enjoyable walks based around the different falls.

For more information, and prices for staying at Thornton Lodge, do visit the website…

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