Things To Do & Places To Explore


The picturesque village of Roecliffe in the Lower Ure Valley sits on the banks of the River Ure with its idyllic village green at the centre and St Marys Church in the heart of the village. Within the village ‘The Roecliffe Ramble’ will take you from St Marys Church and along the River Ure passing Westwick fishing locks and Newby Hall House and Gardens.

Staveley Nature Reserve boarders the Farm and is a short and enjoyable walk from Waingates Farm Huts, taking you through the Reserve to Staveley Village where you can stop for lunch at The Royal Oak, a Dog Friendly pub serving lunch and dinner.

For keen cyclists Waingates Farm Huts is the prime location the take on ‘The Ripon Cathedral to Boroughbridge Loop Cycle Route’ which passes right past our door, as does the ‘Way of the Roses Coast to Coast Cycle Route’ 170 miles from Morecombe to Bridlington.



Waingates Farm Huts Roecliffe is 2 miles from the bustling Roman town of Boroughbridge. This vibrant local town with a host of independent retailers, fantastic cafes, pubs and restaurants is an ideal place to start to explore the area.

We would recommend THINK FINK for food lovers wanting to make the most of cooking in their hut, a food emporium of top quality local produce, artisan baking, continental fine foods and fresh fish, cheeses and meats.

Bowe & Co Deli and Café for the best coffee in town and delicious homemade quiches, salads and cakes to eat in or takeaway.

The Dining Room is an award winning restaurant with accolades from The Good Food Guide 2016 and Michelin Guide. Reservations are recommended 01423 326 426

Issima is the towns thriving gift shop with a card for every occasion as well as ladies fashions, including Rubie and Ed, French Sole, Ochre Cashmere and Katie Loxton as well as gifts and interiors.

Espada Boutique is a fantastic independent ladies boutique selling fabulous shoes, bags and womenswear. 14 St James Square, Boroughbridge.

The Beauty Shop Boroughbridge is fabulous for everything from having your nails done, a relaxing massage or facial as well as makeup, lash and brow tints and much more. Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment

Where To Eat In The Surrounding Area

Waingates Farm Huts Roecliffe is conveniently situated close to many pretty surrounding villages all with superb pubs and restaurants serving delicious food. We would recommend the following for either lunch or dinner, early booking is advisable.

The Crown Inn, Roecliffe

The Dinning Room, Boroughbridge

The Wild Swan,Minskip.

The Alice Hawthorn, Nun Munkton

The Royal Oak, Staveley.

Shahi Raj Indian Restaurant, Boroughbridge

The Oak Tree, Helperby.

The Punch Bowl Inn, Marton cum Grafton.

The Crab and Lobster, Asenby.

The Malt Shovel, Brearton.


Where To go & What To See

The City of Ripon is a small unspoilt cathedral city with its magnificent ancient Cathedral first built in the 7th Century with a Saxon Crypt and carved choir stalls which are said to have inspired Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland, it really is a must see.

Newby Hall and Gardens lies between Waingates Farm Huts and the centre of Ripon in the village of Skelton on Ure. Newby Hall and Gardens is open each year from April to September and is a beautiful place for keen gardeners to visit and take in the inspiring planting schemes and famous herbaceous boarder leading up to the magnificent House. The location for a variety of events throughout the season as well as an inspiring gift shop and plant nursery.

The National Trusts stunning Fountains Abbey and The Studeley Royal Water Garden are on the outskirts of Ripon, as is the fascinatingly shaped natural landscape of Brimham Rocks and Ripon Racecourse with flat racing throughout the season.

The Curzon Cinema in Ripon shows the latest mainstream films as well as Opera and National Theatre Live.

Places to Eat In Ripon

The Black A Moor Inn

Olivers Pantry

Prima Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant 


The famous elegant Spa Town of Harrogate with it’s well known Turkish Baths and Health Spa has become known as one of the happiest places to live in the country. It is a vibrant and cosmopolitan town with all the major retailers and big fashion brands in its centre.

Culturists should see what’s on at the Harrogate Theatre  or the Everyman Cinema, the town also has year round exhibitions at The Mercer Gallery with artists such as Atkinson Grimshaw.

The beautiful gardens at RHS Harlow Carr on the edge of the town and has events all year round as well as a wonderful shop and Bettys Café.

Harrogate has an overwhelming choice of superb restaurants, bars and cafes to suit everyone’s tastes but our favourites are Bettys Café, Filmore and Union, The Orchid, La Feria and Fisk.


The ancient City of York has something for everyone as well as fast train links to and from London and Edinburgh. Must see attractions include York Minster, The National Railway Museum, The Yorkshire Museum, York Art Gallery and York Racecourse.

We would recommend eating at The Alice Hawthorn in Nun Munkton on your way to or from York, but early booking is advisable, as it is very popular! If you plan to eat while you are in York, our two favourite restaurants would be The Star in The City and Roots which is the sister restaurant to The Black Swan at Oldstead, made famous in 2017 for being voted 'The Best Restaurant in the World'.