Some real gems. Prosperity brought gorgeous Georgian and Regency town houses to Stokesley and around the greens they still look well-kept and stylish. The River Leven runs through the village and sweet cottages hug its banks. On the outskirts find modern executive estates or a few miles further you’re in real moorland territory and can find secluded properties with some of the most stunning views in the country. At a price. This is a bit of a honeypot.
Stokesley acts as a commuter town for those working in Middlesbrough or Teesside’s riverside industries. The A19 is within easy reach but getting to Middlesbrough can be busy. Within a few minutes you can be in the relative wilderness of Bilsdale. Helmsley with its trendy shops and galleries is about half an hour away – though the route is a Sunday biker’s paradise. Durham Tees Valley aiport about half an hour away or connect to the east coast main train line at Northallerton, also about a half hour drive away.
A grand day out. The Friday market is a real attraction with lots of local growers showing their wares. A popular farmer’s market takes place the first Saturday of the month.
There are plenty of small independent shops in Stokesley and it’s a lovely destination for a lazy-lunch and mooch day out.
The Yorkshire Store has a good selection of cards and gifts, offering something a bit unusual. Cath Kidston, Emma Bridgewater goodies on sale here.
Satisfy those designer shoes, bags and clothing needs at Cobblestones which is packed with nice one-offs and some good designer names. Lovely service from a mum and daughter team and the chance to find something just a bit ‘not on the high street’.
Croft Interiors is a great place to check out very stylish stuff for the home over its three floors. On-trend gifts for the home but also a great top-floor studio with masses of fabric and paper samples and an interior design consultancy.
The Townhouse is another good place to find treats for the home. Hand-painted furniture, quirky accessories and cool must-haves.
Depending on your ambition you can include Stokesley in some very big strolls as it’s close to the route of both the Lyke Wake Walk and the Coast to Coast Walk. The scenery is spectacular and there are plenty of good hill top car parks for your starting point. Lord Stones cafe above the village of Carlton is a good starting – and finishing – point offering amazing views of the moors, coast and the awesome industrial vista of Teesmouth. Stokesley Society’s ‘Stokesley Trail’ explores the town with walks of interest. It looks at old buildings from the medieval to the modern and how Stokesley has developed over the years. In the book are maps of the town to help you find your way around and the walk starts outside the Town Hall. It is available at £1.99 from The Yorkshire Store, and also from the Parish Council Office in the Town Hall.
EAT AND DRINK >>
Plenty of nice places for all tastes. Nice lunching and early suppers at Chapter’s Deli or Howards – which has regular live jazz nights and in summer has a suntrap patio.
YThai restaurant is famous for good, authentic Thai food to eat in or take out and there’s a Whitby catch at the fish and chip shop and restaurant close by.
Chapter’s Hotel stands out as ever-popular for chatty lunchtimes or gourmet dinners. There’s a regular wine-tasting programme with some seriously sought-after bottles to try as well as themed nights and live music suppers which have a great atmosphere.
About ten minutes from Stokesley, the Tontine and McCoys brasserie are legendary.