scalefoot farm and surounding area


about scalefoot farm...

Commanding breathtaking views over the Esk Valley, Scalefoot Farm is set in 104 acres of pasture and woodland with a ΒΌ acre lake and slightly smaller wildlife lake. The pasture is grazed in rotation by the Esk Valley Belted Galloways, sheep and other cattle, depending on the time of year.  Two woods, Maddy Wood and the aptly named Hell Hole provide diverse and relatively undisturbed wildlife habitat. This countryside offers frequent sightings of roe deer, lapwings, curlews, water fowl, waders and nearly every native game bird.


scalefoot farm houseKeen naturalists and photographers may make use of a permanent hide set in a secluded old quarry, an early morning face to face with a roe buck may just make your holiday something really special.


On the eastern boundary of the farm you will find the Middlesborough to Whitby train line. Frequent trains run through out the day and can be accessed from stations at both Castleton and Commondale. Of particular interest to steam enthusiasts will be the trains operated by Heritage Railways throughout the summer season. Details of these can be obtained from North York Moors Railways. Trains can easily be photographed from our boundary providing fences and safety are respected at all times.


snow over scalefootOne of the main rivers in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park is the River Esk, it is a major river starting at Westerdale as a collection of becks called Esklets and flowing eastwards into the sea at Whitby. Fishermen can fish for sea trout and salmon in the River Esk which is the only river in Yorkshire that this can be done. There are lots of beautiful wildlife that inhabit around the river and its banks. Voles, otters, dippers and kingfishers are just some of the diverse animals that can be found in and around the Esk on Scalefoot Farm. Commondale Beck forms the eastern boundary of the farm.