"Thanks to the experiences and imagination of James Herriot (the pseudonym of Alf Wight), Thirsk is better known around the world in its literary guise, Darrowby, than as the quaint North Yorkshire market town it is."
Thanks to the experiences and imagination of James Herriot (the pseudonym of Alf Wight), Thirsk is better known around the world in its literary guise, Darrowby, than as the quaint North Yorkshire market town it is. Herriot's adventures as the long suffering vet in All Creatures Great and Small were so well loved that the television series based on the books ran for more than a decade and spawned two feature films. Years later, the town is still proud of its literary history, and provides a great getaway for those in search of a break at the slower pace of life that Wight so often described.
Nestled between the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, Thirsk is made up of a cobbled market square, several longstanding traditional pubs and narrow alleys hiding all manner of eateries. The veterinary surgery in which Wight practised was bought by Hambleton District Council after his death. It has been painstakingly restored as the 1940s surgery, which both Alf and his alter ego James worked in for visitors to enjoy the year round.
To discover the environment that inspired Wight, a visit to the Sutton Bank National Park Centre just outside Thirsk unveils the Yorkshire landscape in all its glory, including what he thought to be England's finest view.
If you're looking for something more adrenaline-inducing, Yorkshire 4x4 has 45 acres of off-road inclines and muddy terrain - along with first-class instruction - to allow you to experience the famous landscape in a more literal sense!
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