The pretty village of Lealholm (the name means ‘the settlement by the willow trees’) is within walking distance of Old Bears Barn and offers a village shop, post office, plant nursery, tea rooms and pub as well as having sites of local historical interest and easy access to walking trails (the Esk Valley Walk passes through the village). There is also a car park in the village.

Mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086 the village is situated midway along the Esk Valley between the villages of Glaisdale to the east and Danby to the west. With the river Esk flowing through it, crossed by the locally-revered stepping stones, Lealholm was once named by The Sunday Times as the prettiest village in Yorkshire.

The village was home to John Castillo (1792-1845), ‘Bard of the Dales’, a renowned poet treasured for ‘rescuing’ the ancient language of the dales from oblivion; Poets Cottage Shrub Nursery is now on the site of his former home. Frank Meadow Sutcliffe (1853-1941), a famous Victorian photographer based in Whitby, was a regular visitor to Lealholmside for his work and local people and locations appear in many of his images (you’ll find reproductions gracing the walls at Old Bears Barn).

Lealholm station, situated between Old Bears Barn and the village, is on the route of the Esk Valley railway line, which connects rural communities between Whitby and Middlesbrough and offers an alternative way to explore the magnificent landscape and lovely villages.

The Board Inn

The Board Inn pub provides a warm welcome, a well stocked bar and excellent home cooked meals from an extensive menu using locally sourced ingredients. All dietary needs are catered for.


Shepherds Hall Tea Rooms & Craft Gallery

Offering homemade cakes and scones, hot and cold drinks, a full lunch menu, daily specials, desserts, afternoon tea and Sunday Roasts, Shepherds Hall Tea Rooms is a popular place to eat. Seating is available indoors (up steps) or in either of the two garden areas. During the summer months Thursday evenings are for ‘Pie n Mash’; these are very popular and tables must be booked in advance.  

The craft gallery offers a selection of painted furniture, vintage china, hand made buttons as well as locally made greetings cards, candles and craft kits.


Lealholm Store & Beck View Tea Room

Lealholm Store & Beck View Tea Room is open all year round and has an indoor seating area and a small riverside terrace.  It offers a range of high quality tea, coffee, light snacks and homemade cakes and scones. The range of sandwiches on offer are made using fresh bread delivered daily from Stonehouse bakery at Danby. 


Supporting local suppliers, Lealholm Village Shop provides groceries, fresh fruit & veg, newspapers, alcohol, cigarettes and almost everything else you’d expect a good village shop to offer!


Poets Cottage Shrub Nursery

Poets Cottage Shrub Nursery is lovely to visit even if you don’t need any plants or shrubs.
It’s set out as landscaped gardens and displays fine specimen trees, shrubs, herbaceous
borders, rockeries, patio plants and planted troughs.
Open throughout the year.


Esk Valley Railway

“Leaving Teesside, the train chugs out across the North York Moors … along the leafy valley
through Danby, Egton and Lealholm – surely the prettiest village in Yorkshire – to Whitby’s
bracing sea air, fine Georgiana and looming gothic church” Sunday Times 2009


Esk Valley Walk

This 37-mile (60km) walk follows the River Esk from its source high on the North York Moors to the coast at Whitby, passing through Lealholm on its way. It’s marked by a special waymark with a leaping salmon – yellow arrows mean a footpath and blue denotes a bridleway.


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