Centre of the Old Yorkshire Ridings

The ash tree at Barkston Ash was the centre of the old Yorkshire Ridings. We are 350 metres from the present tree

Yorkshire been the largest county in England was divided into three areas.

  • The East Riding, the smallest and least hilly of the three, much of it in the plains extending from the north bank of the Humber and containing the seaport city 
  • The North Riding, extending from the Pennines to the North Sea, the most rural but still containing Middlesbrough on industrial Teesside;
  • The West Riding, the largest and most urbanised as its southern parts contain the great industrial cities of Yorkshire, the largest being Leeds and Sheffield though in its north it encompasses some of the finest of the Yorkshire Dales.
  • All the riding met in York, the Capitol of the North of England from 875 till 1974 when they became Boroughs or City’s.


Area centre of these Old Ridings was then Barkston’s ASH TREE.

Our Logo of a Rose is significant as the White Rose of Yorkshire.

At Towton (1.5 miles away) the bloodiest battle on English soil was fought between The Houses of York and Lancashire in the war of the Roses

Restaurant near Lead

Local Food

Boot & Shoe  https://www.facebook.com/bootandshoebarkstonash

Rockingham Arms, https://www.therockinghamarms.com/

Crooked Billet, http://www.crooked-billet.co.uk/

White Horse https://www.facebook.com/thewhitehorsechurchfenton/

Sherburn in Elmet and Tadcaster also have a selection Restaurants and takeaways


Scarthingwell Golf Club ½ mile.

Fishing, https://www.facebook.com/Scarthingwellfishponds/

Towton Battlefield 1- 1/2 miles

Yorkshire Dales – Walking, Bronte Parsonage, Malham Tarn.

North Yorkshire Moors, Walking, North Yorkshire Moors Railway,

James Heriot country between at Thirsk with Sutton Bank visitor centre above

Yorkshire Coast with famous places Bridlington, Filey Scarborough

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There are good walks close to The Presbytery Guest House

Towton battlefield, https://www.towton.org.uk/

Tadcaster http://tadwalks.org.uk/

Then further afield (We ourselves use Pocket Mountain books which are exhalent safe walking books with lots of info)

North Yorkshire Moors https://pocketmountains.com/shop/england/north-of-england/north-york-moors/

Yorkshire Dales  https://pocketmountains.com/shop/england/north-of-england/yorkshire-dales


We are 14 miles to York

York City is old world with Snickets and Lanes to explore  https://www.visityork.org/explore/attractions

14 miles to Leeds

Great Shopping choice of shopping centres or cultural quality shopping to the famous Open Market not forgetting the Corn Exchange https://www.visitleeds.co.uk/