Staxton Vale is just a 15-minute drive from the attractions of Scarborough and less than 10 miles to Filey, but there’s plenty to do within a stroll of the park if you want to get out and about and leave the car behind.
The Yorkshire Wolds Gallery and the Douglas Gray Gallery
Situated less than three miles south of the park is the Yorkshire Wolds Gallery and Coffee Shop on the grounds of the Willerby Wold Farm. The farm has been in the Sutton family for three generations and former farm buildings have been converted into a coffee shop, studio and gallery.
The Yorkshire Wolds have inspired many local artists, including David Hockney whose famed ‘Tall Trees at Warter’ was painted just a few miles away.
Around the corner, on Forden Lane, you’ll find the Douglas Gray Gallery dedicated to the art of the international award-winning artist. On display is a selection of Douglas’s original paintings. Limited edition prints and greetings cards are available to view and purchase.
Staxton Radar Base
A stroll down Wolds Lane to the galleries will take you past Staxton Radar Base. This remote base has been used as an early warning site since the 3rd Century BC when the Romans set up a beacon here.
At the height of the Battle of Britain, Staxton Wold was tasked with countering German air attacks. Today, it is the only one of the few original radar sites still operating, making it perhaps the oldest radar base anywhere in the world.
Special permission is needed to see inside the base but you can catch a glimpse of what lurks beneath the mysteriously quiet dome from a 2017 BBC documentary exploring the delights of the Wolds.
Staxton nearby pubs, restaurants and bistros
Gecko’s coffee house and bar is situated on Main Street in Staxton adjacent to the GMEC motorcycle shop. With a large beer garden to the front, Gecko’s offers hot and cold drinks, light bites and Sunday Lunch.
Just two miles from the park is the Foxhound Inn gastropub. Serving classic dishes and seasonal specials, the inn serves a range of cask ales.
A twenty-minute walk from Staxton Vale luxury lodges is the Spittal Inn, tea room and village centre. With a bar, restaurant, tea room and shop, a bakery, deli and gift shop and beauty centre on-site, there’s lots to eat, drink and do.
The Yorkshire Wolds Way passes not far from Staxton Vale on its 79-mile trail from Hessle to Filey. The final stages of the Wolds Way traverse various brows on the way to the coast past Staxton.
Staxton Wold is a deep country dale with a lovely section of holloway (sunken lane) at Staxton Brow which has a magical appearance with trees forming a canopy over the ancient pathway.
Information on sections of the Wolds Way can be found here.