There are opportunities in the area for golf, tennis, badminton, riding and pony trekking, swimming, gliding, fishing, country walking and mountain biking.
Country walks and trails start from the site. Other facilities nearby include pony trekking over the moors and gliding at Sutton Bank.
There are fishing lakes at Hovingham, Castle Howard and Terrington. Professional fly fishing tuition is available locally.
The nearest golf course is at Gilling Castle, approximately 2 miles away. There are other courses at Kirkbymoorside (6 miles), Malton (12 miles), Easingwold (10 miles) and Thirsk (12 miles).
At a nearby Sports Centre at Ampleforth College, facilities include an excellent swimming pool, squash, badminton and tennis (indoor & outdoor). This is very popular with our visitors and the Sports Centre is only 3 minutes drive or 15 minutes walk from the site.
At Helmsley there is an open air swimming pool (summer months only).
Excellent bar meals and snacks are available at the village pubs in Ampleforth.
In nearby Helmsley there is a good range of cafés, restaurants, pubs and hotels.