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Autumn Scene

Free Photos, Thornton Le Dale, North Yorkshire

Thornton Le Dale is a pretty little village straddling the Scarborough to Thirsk Road, also known as the A170.

For many years it was the most popular village within the North York Moors National Park. But following the televising of the TV Soap 'Heartbeat' it's popularity seemed to decline. That said, if you visit the village on most weekends, that would be difficult to believe. It is still a very popular location, both with day trippers and holiday makers alike. Most of the local shops in the village exist on the back of the tourist trade and are in no doubt that they would cease to exist if not for the visitors.

There does seem to be an abundance of Guest Houses offering B&B, plus hotels and Holiday cottages around the village. Yet even though tourism is the main bread earner for the village, local village life still exists in a traditional sense. Throughout the year there are a number of local events which are quite clearly aimed at local people, although everyone is made welcome. Thornton Le Dale, also known as Thornton Dale and has strong French influences, much the same as many parts of Ryedale with many of the villages including 'Le' in their name. Hutton Le Hole is another example, but also there are famous local attractions such as Rievaulx Abbey in the Rye Valley near Helmsley.

The most famous visitor attractions around Thornton Le Dale are the impressive Great Yorkshire Forest of Dalby with it's official forest drive. There is also the world famous North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway in Pickering - only two miles to the west. Still many holiday makers use Thornton Le Dale as a base for exploring the whole of the eastern regions of North Yorkshire, as it is very convenient being within the North York Moors, it is also close to the Yorkshire Coast. And yet with all this activity and lots to do, many of the visitors are happy to park in the village car park and feed the ducks on the village pond, It was in the car park that I took these photos in the Autumn of 2008. The first image of a driveway viewed from the little lane that leads to the car park, the second image of a bench in the carp park itself, covered in fallen leaves.





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