Cropton is located at the edge of the Tabular Hills, with a road descending off the escarpment and down into Rosedale. Traditional stone houses and cottages line a broad main street that leads towards the church, but Cropton is even older than it looks – with a history dating back at least 2,000 years.
Things to see and do
Step back in time with a visit to the unique earthworks of Cawthorn Roman Camps. An easy access walk shows you the whole site, which is brought to life by the 'Cawthorn Roman Camps Trail' booklet, available from The New Inn.
In medieval times, Cropton had a motte-and-bailey castle which commanded an excellent defensive position overlooking Rosedale. It was built of wood by Robert de Stuteville and the earthworks can still be seen. The perimeter of the bailey was defended by a rampart and the remains of the bank are visible, although much eroded. A second ditch and earth bank defended the Castle approaches from the valley bottom and its remains can be found nearby.
Nearby Cropton Forest has luxury log cabins and an outdoor education centre, Peat Rigg. You are welcome to enjoy the woods on foot and bike.
Eating and drinking
Cropton's New Inn has its own microbrewery – tours are available.