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Boroughbridge

 

Steeped in history and surrounded by stunning countryside, the small but bustling North Yorkshire town of Boroughbridge is ideally situated in close proximity to the A!, and is a great base for exploration to Harrogate, Ripon and York.  Despite its size, Boroughbridge’s small and picturesque centre still manages to cram in all useful amenities and delightful extras, from specialist fruit and veg shops to boutiques and a Morrison’s supermarket (situated just outside the town for those larger shops).

With its sweeping weir, The River Ure makes a spectacular focal point and a hub for keen fishers and boating enthusiasts, who have access to private moorings and boat trips.  The canal which runs parallel is one of the most northerly points of the country’s expansive canal network.

Boroughbridge is home to “The Devil’s Arrows”, a series of millstone pillars thought to date back 4,000 years, the tallest of which, at 22ft 6in tall, stands at a greater height that Stonehenge.  Centuries later, the fountain in St. James Square was built over an artesian well in 1875 and still stands proudly in the centre.

The town is well known for its welcoming community spirit, which is shown in abundance at its regular festivals and events.  Most notable perhaps are the many fairs and the annual rural extravaganza that is the Aldborough Show.  Boroughbridge was once home to 22 pubs, sadly some of have closed but those that remain proud to supply both national and local brewed ales.