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 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 is our local pub and currently serves drinks from 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.


Lealholm Store

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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