Wensleydale Railway – Returning 29th May 2021!

The Herriot Country Line places the Wensleydale Railway at the heart of Herriot Country. Alf Wight OBE aka James Herriot worked his rounds in so many of the places where the Wensleydale Railway runs through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.  The line reopened to passenger traffic from Leeming Bar to Leyburn in 2003, and the following year the section to Redmire was also opened.  The line runs west from Northallerton through Scruton, Leeming Bar, Bedale, Finghall Lane, Leyburn and Redmire. Finghall Lane was the location for the fictional Darrowby Station in the filming of the BBC TV series of All Creatures Great and Small.

The hub of the railway, Leeming Bar Station is located just off the A1(M) J51 and has been completely restored with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The railway’s rolling stock is maintained and restored here and it’s the base for the staff office.

The Wensleydale Railway has so much to offer visitors to Herriot Country as it passes through some of the most beautiful parts of North Yorkshire and is one of the longest heritage railways in the country, so it is great Yorkshire value!

Stations along the route are characterful restorations evoking memories of a time gone by and the towns where you can alight such as Bedale and Leyburn which have an array of authentic local shops and services that are run by warm and welcoming Yorkshire folk.

As you approach Redmire, there are stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales and dramatic Penhill plus, it is just a short walk to Bolton Castle. It’s an ideal way for walkers to reach their start point for walks into the Western Dales. Combine a Wensleydale Railway train trip with a local bus service and you’ll see Herriot Country the way that James Herriot did when he first arrived in North Yorkshire. You can see the scenes in the Channel 5 version of All Creatures Great and Small.

Leeming Bar Station
Leases Road
Leeming Bar
North Yorkshire

Phone: 01677 42580




Getting Here

By Car

Leeming Bar Station is approximately 1/2 mile from junction 51 on the A1(M). From the A1 follow the signs for Leeming Bar Industrial estate, then after the level crossing turn right in to the car park. For drivers coming via the A684 head towards Leeming Bar and at the mini-roundabout take the minor road towards signed Kirkby Fleetham, then just before the level crossing turn left in to the car park.

By Public Transport:

 Bus 73

The 73 service runs during weekdays and Saturdays from Northallerton, (including a stop by Northallerton Railway Station) to Bedale and return

Bus 856

The 856 service operates on Sundays only between Hawes and Northallerton

The Yorkshire Tour Guide

Herriot Country has so many interesting places and local charms that it can often be difficult to know where to start. That is why many people prefer to find a local expert tour guide to make their visit more interesting and enjoyable.

That’s where someone like Howard Smelt-Webb, The Yorkshire Tour Guide comes in. Providing a bespoke service with his local knowledge of the area on either a walking or chauffeur-driven tour, Howard and his team share their passion and their enthusiasm for all things Herriot.

Howard was once a police officer in the area for over 30 years so he knows this ‘beat’ very well and especially since he is from a farming background where James Herriot (Alf Wight)  was the vet to the family farm.

Howard and his team will take you to famous tourist attractions like the World of James Herriot to country tearooms, historic pubs, boutique shops, on scenic walks where you can take in Yorkshire’s finest views.

Your tour will include the many market towns, the rugged North York Moors, the Yorkshire Dales, the city of York and the North Yorkshire coastline. It will include many of the locations where James Herriot practised and from where the stories that he included in his multi-million-selling books emanated and where the films and TV series All Creatures Great and Small were made.

You will be introduced to local craftsman, Country folk, farmers, welcoming pub landlords and ladies, enjoy delicious local food and drink and all in the company of your very own local guide up providing you with the insights and access to hidden gems all around Herriot Country.


Be chauffeur driven in one of our vehicles – we have a wide range available to suit your individual needs including saloon cars and multi seat vehicles.  Uniquely, the multi seat vehicles come with a separate Tour guide as well as the driver ( if required ) to ensure you get the most out of your day. Prices vary depending on individual requirements and type of vehicle. 

Camp Hill Estate

Camp Hill Estate is near Bedale in the heart of Herriot Country and offers an eclectic mix of outdoor activities, accommodation and events throughout the year. It’s a place for families, a place for couples and a place for corporate events.

A beautiful country setting with 170 acres of varied woodland, 85 acres of parkland grass and three miles of hard roads and tracks, woodland walks, small lakes and woodland walks. Indoors there’s Orangery  seating 200 people, Rustic Barn for up to 150 people and Safari Tent  for 100 people

Built in 1738 the Estate has been a family home, a sporting residence, to the Serjeantson's, Leyland's, Reynard's and since 1945, an agricultural estate and the Ropner family took the helm in 1993, opening its gates to the public in 1996. Over one million members of the public have visited over the past two decades, Camp Hill Estate has built a reputation for delivering fun in a thrilling, creative and inventive way for all its audiences.

Camp Hill’s small but dynamic team of event experts specialise in school, education and youth groups outdoor learning days and residential visits plus bespoke corporate events as well as glamping for families, private parties, festivals, shows, weddings and large-scale events.

The estate is home to Camp Katur Glamping Village which is an ‘Off the Grid” glamping experience that includes Safari Tents, Tipi, Bell Tents, Hobbit Pods, Geodomes, Unidomes, and a cosy upcycled cosy cabin called Bears Lodge. This is all to be found in meadow and woodland within Camp Hill Estate which is a mix of relaxation, tranquillity and adventure. Especially a favourite with families, groups of friends and couples as a back to basics way of living and for spending quality time in a natural outdoor environment.

Camp Kestrel Village is a new and exciting addition to Camp Hill Estate that is set in a spacious self-contained area and with a community feel that has a fire pit, fully lit festooned lighting and bell tents that are an awesome way to sleep with nature. Located next to the large sports field, there’s also a Safari dining room, multi-use space and  brand-new toilets and shower facilities. There’s also a 40-capacity woodland lodge group cabins.

In addition to this, a wide range of events is held on the site including Camp Hill Sausage & Beer Festival, Dubs int Dales VW Campervan Festival, North Yorkshire County Show and Bear Souls Yoga Dome so there’s a whole package of adventure on this 300-acre estate.

At Camp Hill, there’s a strong corporate social responsibility ethos. Helping to protect our wonderful estate and everything in it including our environment, our customers and our employees. Year on year we plan on reducing our Carbon Footprint by seeking recyclable materials, environmental schemes, work experience volunteering, charity events, local fundraising and the list continues…

Camp Hill Estate, Kirklington, Bedale, North Yorkshire DL8 2LS

Tel: 01845 567788


How To Find Camp Hill

Just 5 minutes off the A1(M) we are only 50 minutes by car from Leeds and York and 30 minutes from Harrogate. Local coach companies provide easy return transport to major cities and the World of James Herriot in Thirsk is only 15 minutes away and where there is also the mainline train station.

Big Sheep and Little Cow

Big Sheep and Little Cow is a small, family-run farm near Bedale in Herriot Country that has a family play area, guided farm tours, go-karts, brush a pig, lamb feeding, home-made ice-cream.

There is a lot to do at Big Sheep Little Cow for families, school groups, mums and dads and grandparents. It’s a fabulous place to learn about animals and see how a small farm works and to get involved in farm activities. It’s a unique hands-on farm experience and anyone interested in animals and farming will love it.

Planning a visit is very easy and there are farm tours held every day. Animal feeding is part of the experience and there are fun rides and activities for children that will give them happy memories for the rest of their lives.

Big Sheep and Little Cow has picnic areas, a play barn, café, and a selection of interactive, hands on, creative and fun activities; designed with babies and toddlers in mind. There are different activities each day and the basic activity ticket entitles all visitors to a 30-minute activity plus unlimited play area access for the whole day! All activities are tailored to you and your little one, with trained staff on hand to accommodate all your needs. Birthday parties are also a speciality.

James Herriot would have been in heaven at Big Sheep and Little Cow. Come and enjoy. . .

Big Sheep and Little Cow, Aiskew Watermill, Aiskew, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 1AW

Tel: 01677 422125