Nestled in a valley, there’s a village in North Yorkshire that offers more than just a quintessential cream tea. Hutton-le-Hole is full of traditional cottages that enclose the central green, but if you venture just off the main road you’ll find Ryedale Folk Museum. As soon as you step inside, you’re transported back in time from the 1950s all the way to the Iron Age, and woven into your journey are traditional craft demonstrations (think wood-turning, rope making and wheel hooping), a cobbled street of village stores, and ancient dwellings.
We walked to the museum via one of the numerous winding footpaths that smatter the surrounding fields, and even with a Labrador in tow, found we still had the energy to explore for a couple of hours, and with so much to see, that’s how long you’ll need here.
After enjoying the evocative scent of wood-smoke curling from the chimney of the crofter’s cottage, we meandered through the vegetable patch, stopping briefly to admire the old farm vehicles and colourful wooden caravans. Rain threatened, but we sheltered for a while in the old photography studio, and took full advantage of the costumes and backdrops on offer (not just for little ones!). We finished the day at the Iron Age Round House, which was dank and dark, and wonderfully atmospheric.
Not only is Ryedale full of history and intrigue, it’s also small enough to avoid the trappings of more commercialised museums, creating the perfect combination for a spot of time travelling.
Images by Eleanor Cheetham