Home of sheep, the Rydale Folk Museum, and the most picturesque cottages you can ever imagine. It is very very very pretty, even on a gloomy day.
Often on my way either to see the family (if I fancied a detour through the moors), see friends or go to York, I would drive through Hutton-le-Hole often thinking, 'I must stop off here one day and wander the winding paths over the pillowy mounds that is the village green'. So here I am!
Postcard-worthy village, with quaint little village shops, tea rooms, an ice-cream parlour and a pub. Even when it was just about 5 degrees there was a couple enjoying a Mr Whippy ice-cream from the ice-cream parlour. Legends.
If I had taken some change with me, I would have stopped off for a cuppa in the tea rooms to check it out. Also for the Ryedale Museum, I will have to come back to check it out. After researching it just now, I did not realise quite how big it was. 6 acres of grounds? Twenty reconstructed heritage buildings? 40,000 objects? Ehhhh, what on earth? On the outside, it looked tiny. I genuinely thought the Folk Museum was just the converted barn, but clearly not - that was just an exhibition room, entrance and gift shop! How wrong could I have been!
If it is anything like Beamish museum, man I will love it. It is an open-air museum full of volunteers that show visitors how to make/do traditional things like wheel-hooping, wood-turning and rope-making demonstrations, workshops and craft courses. I am not one for stuffy museums full of exhibitions (I appreciate the history, but it does not captivate my attention for long), definitely more of a hands-on kinda museum goer, so an open-air one is right up my alley. You would not believe how excited I was wandering around Beamish last year!!
So, Hutton-le-Hole, I will be back. Thinking about it, will probably make a day of visiting Hemsley walled garden and the Ryedale Folk Museum. I am just visioning the fun I will have taking all the photographs!!!!
Stay cute Hutton-le-Hole, see you soon.
- MM x