There are regular buses to both Harrogate and Ripon, which offer a wide variety of shopping experiences including local farmers markets, buzzing independents full of delicious treats and historic city centres to explore. Ripon has its own majestic cathedral and picturesque canals, as well as playing host to Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse. In Harrogate you will find fashionable shops set around the ancient Stray and of course the famous Betty’s tea rooms.
The surrounding local areas are crammed full of beautiful locations for days out including the historic houses and gardens of Ripley Castle, Newby Hall and the nearby National Trust property of the enchanting Fountains Abbey. Access to the main arterial route of the A1(M) is just 15 minutes meaning commuting is easy North or South. Train services to London and Edinburgh on the East Coast Main Line are available from Thirsk station, a half hour drive away.