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Things to do in Brompton, North Yorkshire

Brompton by Sawdon Chapel of Rest
Brompton by Sawdon Chapel of Rest © Stephen Horncastle [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The delightful village of Brompton is situated 8 miles from Scarborough. A small village on the A170 you could easily drive by without realising the full beauty that lies just off this main road.

Home of Aviation

The signs on the A170 read 'Brompton - Home of Aviation' which forms part of this villages unique history.

Brompton Church Green in winter
Church Green © Wipeout Dave via Flickr

Sir George Cayley (1773-1857), lived in Brompton and from the age of 10 was interested in flight.

St Thomas's Church Brompton
St Thomas's Church © Wipeout Dave via Flickr

Inventing a successful glider in 1853 he was the first person to fly a short distance in his Cayley Glider with his coachman as his passenger over Brompton Dale.

Sir George Cayley was the first true pioneer of flight and in 1974 he was put into the International Aerospace Hall of Fame for pioneering the way for later advances in flight.

His fame is a major part of this village with buildings and streets bearing his name.


The All Saints Church is present in this village which has a parish of just over 500 people.

Brompton Beck
Brompton Beck © Alan Walker [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850) who was the English Romantic poet, who famously wrote 'I wondered lonely as a cloud' also known as 'daffodils' married Mary Hutchinson from the village, at this beautiful little church.

On entering this village you are captured immediately by its wonderful scenery.

Church Lane Brompton
Church Lane © Alan Walker [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Quaint houses, stone walls, a small church, school and the odd village shop all add to the charm of Brompton.

Pride is taken in the stone walls, and if you are lucky you may see this traditional work being carried out.

Exploring Brompton

A small stream runs through the heart of the village, surrounded by wonderful greenery and wildlife.

Brompton Carr Lane
Carr Lane © Alan Walker [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

This is a lovely place to relax and gather your thoughts. A short walk around this inspiring village, will take you by the picturesque stream which homes swans and ducks.

The public footway takes you through a field of cows and towards the church.

Brompton Ponds and All Saint's Church
Brompton Ponds and All Saint's Church © Alan Walker [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

This is a charming church which has stained glass windows, which also give you an insight into the Cayley connections.

The small streets are delightful and hens roam freely around the area, with the odd horse and rider passing by.

Brompton by Sawdon High Street and Village Stores
Brompton by Sawdon High Street © Alan Walker [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Brompton is a tranquil village with lots of character which makes it an ideal place for a short stroll, family walk or picnic.

Description by Gary Sean Burrows

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