Bedale town centre and church


  Bedale is on the eastern edge of the Yorkshire Dales and close to the A1. Not far on the western side is the North York Moors so there are two National Parks right on its doorstep. Bedale has a pleasant main street with a variety of local shops, its own museum, Ice House, Leech House and some interesting Georgian architecture. There is a local golf club and a wonderful arboretum at Thorp Perrow, only a few miles from the town. Bedale is a small Georgian market town that has easy access to the Yorkshire Dales via Leyburn and onwards through Wensleydale to Hawes. Some local history can be found in the town centre museum located within Bedale Hall. The museum depicts the life of and times of Bedale throughout the centuries with exhibits including the 1748 Bedale hand-drawn fire engine. The Leech House is a Grade II listed building owned by English Heritage and originally used by the local apothecary for the storage of leeches. The Leech House itself is only open to the public on heritage days, although visitors are welcome to use the garden. Bedale has several caravan parks including family-friendly and adults only, so all campers can tailor their experience to meet their needs. There is a ‘Millets’ camping store in Bedale itself, as well as several other similar stores in nearby Northallerton. For food supplies, you will find plenty of small independent stores in Bedale as well as large supermarkets also in Northallerton. Furthermore, Bedale market day is every Tuesday and there are lots of stalls selling local produce here for you to try.