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Living in Easingwold

Situated in the heart of North Yorkshire, Easingwold is surrounded by spectacular rolling hills and pretty woodlands. This picturesque market town is situated just 13.0 miles from the centre of York and is popular with commuters, offering excellent transport links to York, Malton and Northallerton.

Things to do

If you like walking, you're in luck: the terrain surrounding the town is not too demanding, so walkers of all ages will be able to enjoy a walk in the country, taking in the spectacular views across the Howardian hills. If you prefer horses to walking, Easingwold is situated in the centre of horse country. The area has a network of paths and bridleways, away from busy traffic, which wind their way through the tranquil Yorkshire wolds. And don’t worry if you can’t ride, as there are a number of excellent riding schools in the area for you to take lessons or experience riding for the day.

For golfers, there are two 18 hole courses in the area, with the stunning Parkland course one of the best in Yorkshire. If you just want to practice, there’s a 9 hole pay and play course nearby as well. Easingwold is also a fisherman's paradise, with both coarse and game fishing available from a number of managed lakes and rivers. The River Ouse, for example, is brimming with Bream, Roach and Chub. So you won’t have to wait long for a bite. For sports fans, the local cricket club is the place to be. Founded in 1829, Easingwold CC is one of the oldest clubs in Yorkshire and the perfect place to sit back and relax on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Eating and drinking

Easingwold is well and truly on the foodie map, as it has an excellent range of local delis, bars, and restaurants, all of which serve local produce. One of the many highlights of Easingwold is the Sugar Mouse, discretely located in the market square. Sugar Mouse is a mix of a traditional victorian sweet shop with a contemporary cafe bar. The atmosphere is relaxed while the food is truly excellent, and the cakes are delicious too.

If you’re looking for something a little more refined, The Aldwark Arms is situated just five miles outside the town. A traditional half-timbered pub from the outside, it offers little clue of the treasures that lurk within. The food served here is of true Michelin Star quality, but without the inflated prices. The Aldwark Arms really is an undiscovered gem, just don’t tell anyone. If you want to relax with a coffee, you won’t find a Starbucks in Easingwold, but you will find the Curious Table, a quirky little coffee shop/cafe, situated on the market square. Always busy, the Curious Table serves local homemade produce and an excellent selection of cakes - and the coffee’s not bad, either. There really is something to suit all palates in Easingwold, a fact that didn’t escape The Independent when it described the town as an essential foodie’s pit stop.

Shopping

Shopping in Easingwold is a joy, with a range of independent retailers jostling for a place on the busy high-street with big name stores. The diversity of retailers is impressive, with independent bookshops sitting next to contemporary ladies outfitters. And if you’re in the market for something a little older, Easingwold is famous for its range of antique shops. So if you fancy yourself as a budding Lovejoy, Easingwold is the place to be.

Schools

Easingwold is home to some excellent public schools and colleges, all within a five-mile radius. Public Schools: Easingwold Community Primary School, Easingwold School Crayke C of E School, St. Martin’s Ampleforth Alne Primary School, Huby C of E School, Husthwaite C of E School, Stillington County Primary School, Private Schools: Queen Ethelburga's College, 7.6 miles.

Transport links

Easingwold is connected to both York and Thirsk by the 30, 30X bus, which runs every hour. The journey takes about 20 minutes to Thirsk and 40 minutes to York. There is no direct rail service to Easingwold, but York Railway station is just 11.8 miles away and is connected to the East Coast Mainline, with direct trains to London and Scotland.

History

There has been a settlement in Easingwold since before the Doomsday book of 1086, which recorded the town as having a church with a sitting priest and approximately 10 families. In 1221, the town applied to the Crown for the privilege to host a market each Saturday. With little money available to pay for the privilege, the townsfolk paid with a palfrey. A palfrey is a lightweight horse, highly valued in the Middle Ages, for its ability to cover long distances. By the early 1600s, the town had grown considerably, with light industry taking over the largely rural community. Easingwold became famous for its leather goods, with both a tannery and glove makers calling the town home. In fact, Easingwold gloves were in high demand as far away as Amsterdam and London.

Fascinating facts

William Peckitt (1731-1795) was born in Easingwold. Peckitt is regarded as one of the England’s finest stained glass artists, designing the stained glass windows for many of England's finest churches of the period. Much of Peckitt's work still exists, Including the stained glass windows of York Minster, Lincoln Cathedral, Cambridge Trinity College Library and Oxford Oriel College chapel.


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