Thorp Perrow Arboretum, near Bedale, DL8 2PR
Just south of Bedale, Thorp Perrow Arboretum is one of the finest private collections of trees and shrubs in the country. Spread over 100 acres, there are tree trails, a nature trail and a children's trail, a large lake, picnic area and children's play area. It is home to five National Plant Collections and there are 51 Championship Trees. A walk around the arboretum is a journey of discovery that takes you around the world. There is also a tearoom and bird of prey and mammal centre, with regular flying demonstrations. Tel: 01677 425323.