Activities Available Locally

As well as enjoying the area on foot, on your bike or by car for coast, local towns, and cities, make the most of our stunning Hockney countryside. Located at the foot of the Wolds, we are very close to the Wolds Way. Artist David Hockney exhibited his work of the Yorkshire Wolds at the Royal Academy in London, and we can point you in the right direction to find some of the famous views and villages that inspired him.

Our Cottages are ideal for: Walkers, Cyclists, Families, Wildlife enthusiasts and Garden Lovers! Many other activities are available locally, just see below.

For more detailed information on local activities and days out, see our: Suggested Days Out (downloadable PDF).


Enjoy the peaceful paths where you can have the countryside to yourselves. There are great family walks of varying length around the village.

Walks which include, the North Cave Wetlands, streamside walks, those to local pubs and to our local farm shop and restaurant, Drewtons. Our village pub is 5 minutes away, and The Hotham Arms in Hotham, full of Yorkshire character, is a very pleasant 25-minute walk away from Horseshoe and Bay Tree Cottage. Walking to The Star at Sancton, can really work up an appetite, walking through Hotham and onwards through Houghton wood.


We are able to offer safe lockable storage for your cycles and have nearby routes which are tried and tested by our family, local on and off road routes which we are happy to give advice on. There is also great cycling at the nearby Humber Bridge and coastal routes. For real enthusiasts, try the routes from 2015 and 2016 Tour de Yorkshire, and ask Tom for some training cycle routes; he has local cycling knowledge after training for the Sierra Nevada and the Coast to Coast.

For families there is safe cycling for youngsters on the doorstep, a mostly traffic-free zone in the park, where our own children learnt to ride their bikes.

For cycling enthusiasts: National Cycle Network: 1A Hull to Fakenham, and 65 – White Rose Hull to Middlesbrough.

See also Big Skies Bike Rides/Yorkshire Wolds

Family Fun

Short family walks are available from the door to feed the ducks and play 'pooh sticks' in the nearby stream. Use our fishing nets to try your luck at catching a fish or go for an ice cream from the village shop and enjoy the nearby playground, only 5 minutes away. Enjoy family bike riding on a mostly ‘traffic-free’ road, where our own children learnt to ride their bikes. See the bird of prey centre, just outside the village. Williams Den, the children’s attraction at North Cave is opening in Spring ’17.

Wildlife Adventure

A photographer’s dream location

A photographer’s dream location

With the North Cave Wetlands 1/2 mile from the door, our cottages are ideally located. North Cave is the gateway to East Yorkshire's Wildlife Triangle, and we are proud to support the Wildlife Trust. We’re happy to recommend, where to look for wildlife locally, and on our farmland at Newbald in the next village which has the Wolds Way passing through it.

We can offer a ‘wild’ time at Nordham Cottages. As well as having the North Cave Wetlands on the doorstep, we have built our very own streamside hide in the gardens of Fawley House for wildlife enthusiasts to enjoy. Our own woodland trail enables our visitors to watch wildlife, ‘listen in’ and go habitat spotting. We have a TV bird box, many bird boxes on the property and an abundance of birdlife. We are lucky to have a magical stream passing through the woodland where you can spot king fishers and woodpeckers by day, owls, and stream loving bats by night, if you dare! Please ask Louise for a suitable time to go ‘wild’ watching in the woodland.


There are stunning private gardens to see through the National Garden Scheme and many public gardens well worth seeing. Fawley House, open for National Garden Scheme is just next door, so ask Louise if you are interested in seeing the gardens, to arrange a convenient time. Check out Fawley House on the National Garden Scheme website.

Gardens open to the public include Burton Agnes Hall, Sledmere House, Castle Howard, Burnby Hall, Jacksons Wold, and Scampston Hall.

Yorkshire Garden Tours

Available for parties of up to 14 people, or more using additional holiday cottages nearby. Ask for help devising an itinerary visiting the finest gardens East Yorkshire has to offer. The facilities of the Barn: our own event space, can be used for private dining and even a garden lecture, if you would like Louise to organise that for you.

Call 01430 422266 for details: as X County Organiser for the National Garden Scheme, Louise can advise you.

Other local activities

In North Cave: Canoeing, Diving, Fishing, two garden centres, bird of prey centre, and Williams Den, the children’s attraction (opening in Spring '17).

In neighbouring villages: Horse riding, Polo, Golf and Health Spa, Clay pigeon shooting, even Gliding!

Theatres, Cinemas, and swimming pools 20 minutes away.

See our Suggested Days Out (downloadable PDF)

Activities further afield

Within 20 to 45 minutes

There are many attractions in Hull, Beverley, York, in the Countryside and on the Coast. e.g, The Deep, Ice Arena, The York Maze, York Dungeons, Water world, Watersports & plenty to do at the coast.

Good local food

We are gifted with some excellent local restaurants

For eating out: The Star at Sancton, The Hotham Arms, Drewtons, and the Michelin Star Pipe and Glass at Dalton. There’s also an excellent selection of recommended restaurants in nearby Beverley.

For buying food: We have a fresh egg & vegetable stand at the end of the street in Nordham. There’s an excellent small supermarket in the next-door village and not forgetting Drewtons Farm Shop just outside North Cave.

Large supermarkets include Tesco at Market Weighton, Morrisons at Brough, Sainsbury’s at Hessle, Waitrose at Willerby, M&S in Beverley - all within 20 minutes.

For more suggestions, download our PDF: Local Activities and Suggested Days Out.