The Nags Head

Leisure Breaks

Fell Walking and Rambling

We are surrounded by some of the world's most breathtaking countryside offering almost limitless choice of footpaths and covering every level of challenge. Visit Walk Yorkshire and Dales Walks for inspiration.

Sporting Breaks

Horse racing

Yorkshire has no fewer than nine racecourses and The Nag's Head is within fifteen minutes of three of them:

We have negotiated a discounted admission rate to the Club Stands at Ripon, Thirsk and Catterick for bona-fide guests of this hotel. Please let us know when booking, or ask at reception, and we will arrange your discount for you.

Golf breaks

Edward and Janet are keen golfers and can recommend a variety of locations in the area. Considerable savings are available for hotel guests booking a golfing package, with up to one-third off green fees at selected courses, including Bedale Golf Club. Local courses include;

You can also visit to read reviews on the courses above and more.


We are within easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales Autograss Club. Autograss is a non-contact motorsport that takes place on an oval (approximately 400 metre) track using a natural soil surface. Due to the close nature of the racing, thrills and spills are never far away. Alternatively, you could try Croft Circuit.

Hunting, shooting & fishing

Just let Edward know your particular interests when booking and he will be pleased to make arrangements or effect introductions for you. A keen horseman, he has his own point to pointers and is familiar with every aspect of the sport.

The region also offers excellent river and lake fishing as well as sea angling from the coast, barely an hour away. We can particularly recommend coarse fishing locally at Carlton Miniott and Sessay, game fishing at Stonebridge Trout Lakes, Little Fencote, and shooting at Warren Gill Shooting Ground at Masham.

You may find the following websites useful;


Activity Breaks

Caving and rock climbing

Please let us know if these are your interests and we will put you in touch with the appropriate local organisation.

Multi-activity days

Experience the wild side of life at Yorkshire Outdoors, or the Camp Hill Centre, Kirklington: 450 acres with more than 40 ways to challenge yourself including 4x4 off road driving, quad bikes, go karts, clay pigeon shooting, plus exciting multi-activity packages for groups of ten or more.

Whatever you fancy, we are the perfect 'base camp'

However you choose to spend your days, the Nag's Head provides you with a welcoming home base where you can enjoy comfortable accommodation, first class food, fine wines and real ales in the restaurant or in either of our character-filled bars.

Please visit our 'Local Attractions' page for more information about places to visit, things to see and do in the area.