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Markington, a perfect North Yorkshire village to call home

Situated in the ‘golden triangle’ between Harrogate and Ripon, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Markington is a small village ideal for those looking to enjoy a relaxed, rural lifestyle within easy reach of the region’s larger towns and cities. 

Take a read of our guide to find out more about the village and its surrounding areas...

A vibrant village life

Although it’s a small village, Markington is home to a thriving community with plenty of local amenities including a general store, post office and public house, the Yorkshire Hussar Inn. Regular events are held at the village hall including exercise classes, community fundraising events and the annual Christmas Ball. There is also a village football team, Markington FC as well as a cricket club

Lots of walking routes are accessible from the village giving residents the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and explore the beautiful surrounding countryside, including the tranquil village Beck. 

The village church, St Michael the Archangel, lies in the heart of the village and adds to the strong sense of community combining traditional and modern services with regular concerts and live music. 

There are also great community clubs for children to join such as Scouts and Cubs, both of which are held on weeknights in the nearby Burton Leonard Village Hall. 

Ofsted Outstanding Schools 

Markington is perfect for families, with Markington Church of England Nursery and Primary School rated outstanding by Ofsted, at the heart of the village. The school is a safe and welcoming place, priding itself on ensuring every pupil is nurtured and encouraged. They welcome pupils from ages 3 to 11 and prioritise small class sizes and high quality provision.

For older children, the village is in the catchment area for the highly regarded Ripon Grammar School which is only 6.5 miles away with a daily bus service from the village.

Perfectly positioned between Ripon and Harrogate 

Markington is perfectly located between Ripon and Harrogate, making it the ideal base for those looking to enjoy quiet village life whilst still within an easy commute of the nearby towns and cities. York is also less than an hour’s drive away, via the A59, and offers excellent rail connections to Newcastle, Manchester, Edinburgh and London. 

Only 6.5 miles north of Markington, the cathedral city of Ripon is easily accessible via the A61 as well as regular bus services from the village. Although it is the smallest city in Yorkshire, Ripon is steeped in history and offers plenty of things to see and do. Centred around a traditional marketplace, the streets are filled with independent shops and eateries. It is also home to Ripon Racecourse, known as ‘Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse’ with 17 race days each season, including family days and a ladies day held in June.

Harrogate is situated just eight miles from Markington and is also easily accessible via the A61. The historical spa town offers a wide choice of high-street shops, specialist antique and art shops within the cobbled streets of Montpellier Quarter, and a great variety of chain and independent restaurants and bars.

Fun filled Family Days Out 
Only two miles from Markington is Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, a National Trust site of Cistercian monasteries. The extraordinary architecture and beautiful water gardens have earned its recognition as a World Heritage Site. The Abbey is also a great place for an educational day out, to keep the children entertained in the large play park and to enjoy a picnic by the riverside in the summer months. 

For an adventure filled day-out, Brimham Rocks is just 7 miles away. The National Trust site is set within 400 acres of moorland and rocks with a variety of walking routes and rocks to climb. The site offers children-friendly activities such as the natural playground and children trails.

For a day of thrills, Lightwater Valley is just a short drive from Ripon and is guaranteed to keep the kids entertained all day.

To find out more information about our development of two, three, four and five bedroom homes in the village, our show home is now open from Thursday to Monday, 10.30am – 5pm.