Osmotherley Winter Escape

Osmotherley, a pretty Yorkshire village with three pubs, a lake and easy  access to the Yorkshire Moors, was a tempting destination for our weekend escape.   Just 10 mins from the A45 trunk road  it was easy to  reach and famous for its quaint Yorkshire character.


Only 15 mins stroll from the centre of Osmotherley village  COTE GHYLL MILL provided ideal accommodation for our family.  Our en suite family bedroom had six bunks, ideal for a larger family, and rooms sleeping 2 and 4 were also available.  There was a great self catering kitchen, which helped to keep the holiday costs down,  and a cafeteria offering some very  tempting menus.  Having driven through the narrow streets of Osmotherley, I was pleased to find  plenty of parking at the mill.  As we walked towards reception we were thrilled to see the white tails of deer bobbing off into the woods right in front of the hostel.

Cote Gyll Mill, Osmotherley
Cote Gyll Mill, Osmotherley

The next dawned mild.  We  explored Osmotherley village in the morning. There were old stone buildings, tree lined streets, a general store,  tea shop and some very  inviting pubs.  In the afternoon we visited Cod Beck Reservoir. A  footpath direct from the hostel grounds lead us up to the lakeside in a few minutes.   Picnic benches by the dam made a great stop of lunch.   From there we followed a well made path up the west shore of the lake. This  had lovely views of the water and was very accessible, it would be ideal for a family bike ride or  wheelchairs.

osmotherley trees around lake
Cod Beck Reservoir, Osmotherley

At the top of the lake we  crossed a stream on stepping stones and followed a more rocky footpath back along the east shore of the lake  to complete the circuit.  As the evening drew on we watched a murmuration of geese  come down to land on the lake, and as the light dropped it was good to know the hostel was only a few minutes walk away.

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We had an early tea and settled down in the hostel common room to play monopoly.  A group of walker doing the Coast to Coast long distance path called into the common room  for a chat before setting off to explore the  pubs in Osmotherley.  I had noticed a stone with the name  Lyke Wake Walk  written on it,  when were at the top of the reservoir, so I did a bit of research using the hostel’s Wifi and found that The Lyke Wake Walk started at the reservoir and went over the high moors of North Yorkshire to Ravenscar on the coast.   What an ideal night’s accommodation Cote Gyll Mill would be for anyone walking the Lyke Wake Walk!   One of the walkers told me that the Cleveland Way also passes close by and  that Osmotherly, which is  high and has direct access to the higher moors, is well known as a great base for a walking holiday.osmotherley wake walk

The next day we followed  a circular walk on the National Trust website from Cod Beck to Mount Grace Priory.  We started at point 4, having walked along a track from the reservoir to join the route.  We also  took the detour at point 7 to see the priory so all in all it added up to a good days walk.   The weekend was drawing to a close and we felt like we had been away for a week.  There are lots of great hostels in Yorkshire and I would definitely recommend Osmotherly as a great destination for a weekend escape.