Thornton-le-Dale, also known as Thornton Dale, is a small picturesque village on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, three miles east of Pickering. It is situated on the A170 main road between Thirsk and Scarborough. The coast is only fifteen miles to Scarborough and twenty miles to Whitby. Thornton-le-Dale is, therefore, a popular touring base. There is a collection of attractive cottages, including the much photographed thatched Beck Isle Cottage, which is believed to date from the early Tudor period. The gently meandering stream, Thornton Beck, sweeps past the cottages.

There are twelve stone almshouses, endowed in 1656 by the Lumley family, the Barons of Scarborough. At one end, the largest building was the village’s grammar school. In the centre of the village is a small village green, complete with market cross and stocks, opposite The Square. On Sunday afternoon in the summer, band concerts are held on the green. All Saints Church is a Grade II Listed Building on a raised site, overlooking Thornton-le-Dale. The remains of an earlier Norman church have now gone and the current church is largely 14th century, but the chancel was rebuilt in 1865 and 1866. The New Inn stands in The Square. It is an old Georgian coaching inn dating from 1720, full of character with exposed wooden beams and open log fires. It provides accommodation in six en-suite bedrooms and a self catering cottage.

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