To help with your daily exercise, residents may wish to try a routes across the fields instead of just along the road. There is a booklet of East Harlsey Walks (see link at the bottom of the page) which was written many years ago and has now been revived for the use of local residents. If you go out on these routes, please keep your dog on a lead, pick up and take home your doggie dirt, and be sensitive around farm buildings respecting social distancing rules.
A new village Walking Group is just starting up (June 2021). Contact Sarah Martin if you might be interested and want more details.
East Harlsey is a small, picturesque and vibrant village with lots happening. It is situated close to the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales, the Hambleton Hills and the Vale of York so there are many opportunities for local recreation. East Harlsey is only seven miles from the market town of Northallerton in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated less than 2 miles from the A19 so access from both north (17 miles to Teeside) and south (35 miles to York) is easy.
Near the eastern end of the village is the lovely St Oswald's Church in its well-maintained churchyard with fine views across to the Hambleton Hills. This has been the site of a stone-built church since Norman times, with most of the present building dating from 1855. Next to this the impressive Harlsey Hall can be found, a private residence but whose gardens and grounds are sometimes open to the public. Mount Grace Priory, a Carthusian Priory owned by English Heritage, also lies within the parish boundary.
In the middle of the main street is the Village Hall, built in 1938, and the centre for many social and cultural activities. It provides space and opportunities for local groups and societies to get together. Members of the public can hire this fine building for their own functions. It makes a excellent venue for a wedding reception where you can plan your own event. Follow this link for a Village Hall leaflet to download. The refurbished Mowbray Room and Bar (formerly the Snooker Room) was formally opened by Aytor Karanka on Thursday 9 March 2017. A crowd of about 50 local people enjoyed drinks and refreshments. The former Supper Room has been refurbished and re-named the Hambleton Room.
Behind the hall is an excellent childrens' Playarea with modern equipment, and a open grass space for functions or play.
The local East Harlsey Players have put on many amateur dramatic productions in the village hall in previous years.
At the west end of the village stands the imposing Cat and Bagpipes Public House at the top of the hill that leads down to the well used Cricket Club pitch and on towards Northallerton, just 7 miles away.