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Riccall and Escrick are local villages to Three Hagges Wood-Meadow.

Riccall is situated 3.5 miles to the North of Selby and 9 miles South of York. The village originally an Anglo-Saxon settlement has links with the Viking invasion and the Norman Conquest of 1066 due to its proximity to the River Ouse. The village church of St Mary’s was built on the sit of the original Anglo Saxon church in the 12th century just after the Norman Conquest.

The village has a primary school, post office, NISA store, hairdresser/beauty salon, butcher, two public houses, Italian and Indian restaurants and the Regen Centre, an award-winning conference, events, and community facility. The Regen Centre houses a bar, four outdoor tennis courts, and a small sports hall where football and badminton can be played. Villagers are kept up to date with local news via bimonthly editions of Riccall News. Places to stay include The Park View, South Newlands Farm, The White Rose Villa and Dairyman’s Cottage B&B which has twice won the certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor. If you have a caravan/camper van you can also stay in the caravan park at Approach Farm, situated next to Three Hagges Wood-Meadow.

Escrick is equidistant from Selby and York on the A19. Escrick sits at the southernmost limit of glaciation during the last ice age. When the ice retreated, a deposit known as a "terminal moraine" was left behind, in the form of a ridge. The name "Escrick" may mean "ash ridge", suggesting that the village was first established in an area of Ash. During the medieval period, the village was known as “Ascri” (Ash Ridge), but by 1600 the name Escrick was in use. Escrick was developed as an Estate Village by Sir Henry Thompson who acquired the village and the Hall in 1668. Sir Henry’s great grandson, Beilby Thompson, inherited the Estate in 1742. Under his ownership the village extended towards York and the Church was relocated from beside the Hall to its present site on the York Road (A19). Part of this re-organisation involved stopping the main village street at the gates to the Hall and creating a by-pass which has become the present day A19. The village’s sylvan character also evolved from the time of enclosure when the open land became parkland. For more history on Escrick please visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escrick

The village has a primary school, doctor’s surgery, hairdressing salon, two public houses (The Black Bull and The Fat Abbot), The Escrick and Deighton Club where tennis can be played. You can stay at the Pavilion Hotel and Spa.