Travelling around Stokesley
Lying on the banks of the River Leven in North Yorkshire, the town of Stokesley sits right at the edge of the North York Moors. With some fine Georgian architecture, scenic walks and a number of beautiful parks and gardens, there’s plenty to admire in this picturesque market town.
Stokesley is easy to reach by road, and Arriva buses run services in the area, providing routes to nearby towns, such as Guisborough and Marske, as well as regular links to and from Middlesbrough.
Stokesley has a rich and vibrant history and first appears in the written records in the Domesday Book in the 11th century. Following the infamous harrying of the North in 1070, which saw William the Conqueror lay waste to vast swathes of Northern England, Stokesley was gifted to the House of Balliol, a family of nobles with ties to Picardy in France. The town grew steadily throughout the Middle Ages and was granted a charter to hold an annual fair by Henry III in 1223, a custom which the town still honours today. Iron ore has been extracted from the nearby Cleveland Hills for hundreds of years, and the mining industry flourished after the Industrial Revolution, bringing an influx of workers and a new rail infrastructure, linking Stokesley to major hubs like Middlesbrough and Leeds.