You might find there’s something familiar about Thornton le Dale as you stroll through the picturesque village, passing the tiny triangular green, duck pond and pretty cottages beside the babbling beck.
The familiarity may stem from recognising the 17th century thatched Beck Isle cottage, which has adorned many a chocolate gift box or spotting Mathewson’s, the setting for the popular ‘Bangers and Cash’ TV series.
Beyond its picture postcard qualities though, Thornton le Dale has a real depth in terms of its rich heritage, a lively community hub and the village’s passion for the environment.
On the history-front, it’s an ancient place – farmed by Neolithic man, settled by the Anglo Saxons and known to have been in existence in its present form since before the Norman Conquest. Dalby Forest, 8,000 acres of woodland and a veritable playground for outdoor adventurers as well as nature-seekers.
Today there’s a buzz created by the independent shops and cafés fanning out from the village green and the small army of local volunteers working to improve wildlife habitats, ensuring Thornton le Dale remains one of Britain’s prettiest places.
Pick up a copy of our ‘Thornton le Dale and Ellerburn’ walk leaflet or simply wander around the village on a mini voyage of discovery passing historical landmarks such as the medieval cross and stocks on the green.
A short drive northwards brings you to Dalby Forest, 8,000 acres of woodland and a veritable playground for outdoor adventurers as well as nature-seekers.