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The local area guide to living in Harmby

Situated in the North Yorkshire District of Richmondshire, Harmby is a quaint village and civil parish. History records suggest that The Templars, the most powerful and highly respected of Christian military orders, held land in Harmby from as early as the 12th century. In the 19th century, the village was host to a manor house that has since been transformed into a private home. A chapel was originally attached to the house before being pulled down, and it is believed a monk’s grave is placed below the current building standing there. A Methodist church, built in 1855, is still in use today.

The River Ure runs close-by, with the Harmby Beck flowing directly through the village. Harmby is renowned for its beautiful scenery, with popular nature walks throughout the area, including visits to Harmby’s waterfall, which is an attractive spectacle. For a pit-stop, the Pheasant Inn offers a peaceful, old-fashioned atmosphere, and also licenses the attached caravan park for holiday-goers. Harmby is also home to an old limestone quarry, which is now used to run two caravan sites.

Information about the local residents

The most recent 2011 census shows that 371 people currently reside there. People of Harmby mostly believe they are in good health, with 78.9% of residents describing their health as either very good or good, and only 10 people believing they have bad or very bad health. 57% of households are owned outright by their inhabitants, which is significantly above the national average of 30.6%. The majority of housing is detached, with some semi-detached and terraced housing.

Immigration to the area is low with 356 of the 371 inhabitants being white and 347 of the residents being born in Britain. The village continues to be a highly Christian society. At the time of the 2011 census there were only 4 people unemployed in Harmby, with the employed individuals working in an array of different industries.

Nearby Schools

There are no primary or secondary schools located directly in Harmby, though there are a number of schools situated nearby. Spennithorne Church of England Primary School is the closest primary school at a mere 0.7 of a mile away in the neighbouring village of Spennithorne. In the latest OFSTED inspection, the school received a rating of “good” across the board. For a primary school rated “outstanding” by OFSTED, Leyburn Community Primary School is just over a mile from Harmby.

The Wensleydale School and Sixth Form is the only secondary school in close proximity to Harmby and is located just over a mile away. OFSTED have rated this school as “good” in all areas. As for the closest “outstanding” secondary school, St Francis Xavier School is roughly 8 miles away.

Getting Around

Harmby is small enough to travel around by foot. To get to the nearest town of Leyburn there is a bus that stops in Harmby five times a day. There is also a school bus connecting Harmby to Wensleydale School. From Leyburn the Wensleydale Heritage Railway runs to Northallerton, which is situated on the East Coast Mainline for more widespread travel.

Travel via road is easy around Harmby, with the A684 heading west through the Yorkshire Dales to Kendal, and heading east it is around 20 minutes to the A1. Harmby is very centrally located in the North of England.

Local Shops

For all your shopping needs, a short journey to nearby Leyburn is required. There are a range of shops to fulfil all of your practical requirements, as well as a selection of speciality shops, from clothing to electrical goods. The nearest supermarket, The Co-op Food, is also in Leyburn.

If Leyburn isn’t sufficient enough, taking the train to Northallerton is the easiest option for a wider range of retail stores, including Topshop, New Look, Argos and more high street retailers.

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