You are very welcome to visit our beautiful village, gateway to the North York Moors National Park – and there is a large car park to make it easier for you to spend the day with us!
Follow the signs to the car park from the centre of the village, and please don’t be deterred if it seems like you are driving away from the village, you’re not as the road loops back round! The car park entrance is in Maltongate - put YO18 7SD into your Satellite Navigation system and this will take you to Maltongate.
Once you arrive, you’ll find that the car park is behind an attractive wall (once part of a walled garden) and it’s a two-minute, signposted walk from here past the leafy duck-pond and across the babbling beck to the village green. There are toilets and there is easy access for disabled visitors (aerial view). The photos below shows views around the pond and path to the village.
With parking taken care of, you are free to browse the village shops, explore the back lanes and follow the stream past Thornton le Dale’s attractive cottages. Charming local walks take you around the village and its environs. If you have a dog, you’ll find that walk number 3 takes you into some woods within two to three minutes.
Thornton le Dale is also handily placed for visiting the nearby market town of Pickering or for great walking, family-friendly cycling and mountain biking, head to Dalby Forest only a couple of miles away. You can also head out on your bike straight from the village. Have a look at our road cycling route suggestions here.
To find out more about the North York Moors National Park, visit the National Park Information Point inside Wardill Bros, the newsagents and general store facing the village green.
Car park charges
The National Park Authority manages the village car park and they ask that you do pay the relatively small amount that they charge to help them maintain them.
Cars £1.50 up to 1 hours, £2.50 up to 2 hours - £4.50 over 2 hours (non transferrable)
Motor Bikes Free
If you are a regular visitor you may find purchasing a weekly permit is good value. It’s valid in eight pay & display car parks across the National Park and costs £20 for 7 days from the date of issue. You can buy them from The Moors National Park Centre and Sutton Bank National Park Centre. Find out more at www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/visiting/visitor-information/car-parks