Glaisdale is a lovely village of stone-built, terraced cottages in the heart of the North York Moors National Park
The scenic hillside village of Glaisdale is located on the edge of the North York Moors National Park in the beautiful Esk Valley. This quaint village has a post office, general store, talented butcher (famous for his pork pies), and a traditional village with a popular restaurant. It’s a popular destination for walkers, long distance hikers (Wainwright’s famous Coast to Coast Walk runs through Glaisdale), cyclists, motorcyclists, families and tourists wanting to explore the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and North Yorkshire Coast.
History of Glaisdale
Built in the 19th Century, Glaisdale was originally a mining village. Iron ore was abundant in the surrounding hills and three blast furnaces were built in 1869, along with much of the terraced housing that can still be seen today. However, the furnaces were uneconomical and closed down in 1875. Since then farming, which has always played a vital role in the economy of the region, has become the lifeblood of the village and is Glaisdale’ main industry.
Pubs in Glaisdale
The Arncliffe Arms
Built in 1865, the Arncliffe Arms is the only pub in Glaisdale and is located on Arncliffe Terrace. It’s a traditional village pub and serves a variety of local and international beers (including guest cask ales), an extensive range of spirits, and a selection of wines. They also offer delicious homemade meals that are cooked using local ingredients like fresh fish and scampi from Whitby and locally-farmed meats from the surrounding area. And their all-day Sunday lunches are not to be missed! Off-street parking is available at the back of the pub.
Glaisdale Bed and Breakfasts
The Arncliffe Arms
Apart from being a great place to have a meal or a drink, The Arncliffe Arms also has B&B accommodation available. They have six comfortable en-suite bedrooms (including doubles, twins and a family room) and all have wonderful views of the rolling countryside that surrounds. Each room has central heating, tea and coffee making facilities, bath and hand towels, a TV/DVD player and free Wi-Fi. Guests can choose between a full English or Irish breakfast in the morning. Off-street parking and secure bicycle storage are available on site.
Beggar’s Bridge Bed & Breakfast
Beggar’s Bridge Bed & Breakfast is located on Arncliffe Terrace and overlooks the romantic Beggar’s Bridge (See the “What to See and Do In Glaisdale” section further down this page). Comfortable accommodation is provided in a building known as Station House, which has two en-suite double rooms. Both have TVs, DVD players, tea and coffee making facilities and are strictly non-smoking. There is also a comfortable residents’ lounge and a conservatory that overlooks a garden, where guests can enjoy their full English breakfast. And if you want to do some exploring, it’s only a short, 200-yard walk to the train station and bus stop.
This homestay-style B&B accommodation is a favourite stop-over for Coast to Coast walkers, ramblers, hikers, cyclists and holidaymakers looking for a place to rest their weary limbs and enjoy a taste of village life. This family home has three different rooms to choose from (double, single and the loft) and all have a TV with FreeSat, free Wi-Fi, towels and dressing gowns. And if you’d like a cup of tea or coffee, you’re more than welcome to go into the kitchen and help yourself! Apart from breakfast (which is included in your tariff), two-course evening meals and packed lunches are also available on request. Greenhowe is located on Glaisdale Hall Lane (near High Street) and has free parking and secure bicycle and motorcycle storage available on site.
Red House Farm
Red House Farm offers a variety of accommodation styles in historic buildings, with some having been there since the mid 1600’s. In fact, you won’t find a modern building (or tractor, for that matter) on the property, which the owners also use to raise longhorn cows and hens. B&B accommodation is available in a restored Georgian farmhouse, with family and double rooms with en-suites, and single rooms with separate bathrooms on offer. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, tea and coffee making facilities, and free Wi-Fi. You also have the option to upgrade to their “Luxury” package, which gives you access to the swimming pool, high-tech gym, and a steam room with aromatics! This property can be a little hard to find, as is it’s located on an unnamed rural road to the southwest of Glaisdale.
Rock Head Farm
Rock Head Farm has bed and breakfast guest rooms available that come with a private bathroom with free toiletries, free Wi-Fi and free parking. The property also has barbecue facilities and a relaxing garden you can enjoy. A Full English or Irish breakfast is included in the tariff and is served daily. This property can also be difficult to find because it’s on an unnamed road to the west of Glaisdale.
Bank House Farm
The Bank House Farm is about 2.4 miles from Glaisdale and is located on an unnamed rural road to the south of the village. They offer traditional farmhouse B&B accommodation on the property with one family room and two rooms with bunk beds available. There is a shared bathroom for guests to use and a breakfast of cereals, toast, fruit, tea and coffee is provided. There is also barn camping available on site.
Self-Catering Holiday Cottages in Glaisdale
Red House Farm
Red House Farm offers self-catering holiday cottage accommodation in an award-winning listed barn conversion. There are three cottages to choose from: The Old Sheaf Store, The Threshing Barn, and The Hayloft. All blend the original character of the buildings, old farm artefacts, and period furniture with the luxuries of modern living. Each cottage is fully self-contained with central heating, wood stoves, fridge/freezers, dishwashers, microwave ovens, washing machines, tumble dryers, TVs, bed linen and towels provided. You also have the option to upgrade to their “Luxury” package, which gives you access to the swimming pool, high-tech gym, and a steam room with aromatics! Red House Farm is located 0.4 miles to the southwest of Glaisdale.
Located on Arncliffe Terrace, and just a short walk from the Arncliffe Arms, Hart Cottage is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a well-earned break. It has a spacious master bedroom (complete with four poster bed) and with views over Glaisdale and beyond, as well as an attractive single bedroom overlooking the woodland to the rear of the cottage.The luxurious new bathroom has a freestanding roll-top bath with separate shower cubicle, heated towel rail, WC and basin. The cottage is well-equipped with modern luxuries like a cooker/hob, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, microwave oven and coffee machine. The living room at the front of the cottage has a multi-fuel stove, Freesat TV, DVD/CD player, iPod docking station, books, board games, jigsaws and DVDs. And at the back of the cottage, there’s a sunny kitchen-diner, which looks out over the woodlands that border the property. There’s also a small front yard, spacious enclosed rear garden, private parking and secure storage for bikes.
Blinkbonny is a charming, stone-built cottage on Arncliffe Terrace with lovely views over hills and woodlands, just a few minutes walk from the Arncliffe Arms. This traditional cottage makes a great holiday home for a family with two bedrooms (1 x double, 1 x twin), a bathroom with bath and shower, galley kitchen, and sitting room with dining area and cosy wood-burning stove. The cottage also has all the mod cons needed to make life easier, like electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with full BT TV and BT Sport, DVD player, free Wi-Fi, books, games and DVDs. Outside, there’s a small, sheltered patio with lovely views of the surrounding fields and hills―perfect for enjoying a morning coffee.
Lanes Barn is a luxurious self-catering cottage located to the northeast of Glaisdale. It’s a detached barn conversion (the owners fully renovated it themselves), with wonderful pitched beamed ceilings, underfloor eco-friendly heating and a spacious open plan living area. The cottage has room for up to four guests, with a twin bedroom on the ground floor and a master suite upstairs with king-size bed and en-suite shower room. The lower floor level also has a lounge, dining room and kitchen. The lounge area has a leather sofa with reclining chair, wall mounted TV with Freeview and a built-in DVD player. The kitchen is fully equipped with a washing machine, dishwasher, full-sized fridge and freezer, microwave, electric oven and hob. Outside, there’s a stone dining table with chairs on a gravelled patio – perfect for enjoying a meal or cup of tea – and off-street parking for three vehicles.
High View Cottage
High View Cottage is a charming stone-built property with spectacular views of Glaisdale village and the surrounding countryside. It provides comfortable accommodation for up to six people in three double bedrooms spread out over three floors. The property is full of character, having retained many of its original features, such as exposed beams in the ceilings, and an enclosed garden to the rear of the property is the perfect place for a spot of outdoor dining in the summer. Amenities include LPG central heating, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV, DVD, radio/CD player, and free Wi-Fi. And the cottage is conveniently located, being just a two-minute walk away from The Glaisdale Village Shop and a 10-minute walk from the Arncliffe Arms.
Things To See & Do In Glaisdale
Beggar’s Bridge is a historic packhorse bridge built over the river Esk in 1619 by Thomas Ferris, the son of a poor local moorland sheep farmer. According to the legend, Thomas used to wade across the river to secretly court his sweetheart, Agnes Richardson, whose father would not allow his daughter to marry Thomas because he wasn’t wealthy enough.
To win her father’s approval, Thomas decided to seek his fortune on the high seas but the night before his departure, the river was in flood and he couldn’t cross it to say farewell to his beloved. He swore that one day he’d build a bridge on that very spot. He returned to Glaisdale years later a rich man, married Agnes and, true to his word, built Beggar’s Bridge.
These days, it’s a popular tourist attraction and is located 0.7 miles east of the Glaisdale Post Office. You can read a more detailed version of this landmark’s romantic history here.
Museum of Victorian Science
This is a small, private museum absolutely crammed-packed full of historic scientific apparatus. A visit here is like walking into Dr Frankenstein’s laboratory… with a steampunk twist! Inside you’ll find strange glowing bulbs, Jacob’s Ladder, crackling sparks, electric flames, early telegraph systems, early x-ray tubes and literally hundreds of early electrical instruments, mainly from the 19th century. It’s located 0.6 miles east of the Glaisdale Post Office, between the Arncliffe Arms and Beggar’s Bridge. To find out more about the Museum of Victorian Science, you can visit their website here.
If walking along woodland paths, ancient stone trods, and through scenic river valleys is something you enjoy, then Glaisdale has many trails you can wander. Whether you want to tackle Alfred Wainwright’s epic 192-mile Coast-to-Coast Walk (which passes through the village) or a simply fill in a day following a 5-hour circuit stroll like the Glaisdale to Egton Bridge Walk, Glaisdale has something for you. For a list of all the popular walks in the area, including maps and descriptions, visit https://www.hikideas.com/walk-glaisdale.html
For our recommended walks in and around Whitby, click here
There are many nearby villages to visit in the rolling hills surrounding Glaisdale, such as Goathland (the location of Aidensfield in the “Heartbeat” TV series), the quaint moorland villages of Hutton-le-Hole, Lastingham and Thornton Dale, the market town of Pickering, and the coastal townships of Robin Hood’s Bay, Ravenscar and Staithes.
And you’re only a short drive from the picturesque seaside town of Whitby – with its folklore tales, bustling harbour, and fish and chip dinners.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Looking for a unique way to explore the Yorkshire countryside? Why not hop on board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway? This not-for-profit organisation is run by volunteers and is one of the world’s greatest heritage railways.
Their steam and diesel trains will take you back in time as you explore region’s amazing scenery. The line runs from Pickering to Whitby, with the closest station to Glaisdale at nearby Grosmont. For more information, including timetables and station locations, click here.
Looking for more fun ideas?
Check out www.northyorkmoors.org.uk. Their website is bursting with great information, maps, details of local events and shows, National Park sponsored activities for adults and children, local history and places of interest. They’ve also got local telephone contacts for fun activities like fishing, golf, swimming, walking, cycling and mountain bike riding.
How far is Glaisdale from Whitby?
Glaisdale is situated approximately 20 minutes west of Whitby (9.6 miles). See the map below.