Welcome to our website! Our two villages, Staveley and Copgrove, are about a mile apart and located within the Ripon, Knaresborough and Boroughbridge triangle, on the edge of the Vale of York (see the map below) in North Yorkshire. Staveley is the bigger village, with approximately 200 households, a pub (The Royal Oak), school, church and village hall , but alas no shop. Both villages have a long history, dating back to the Domesday Book, and there are several Grade II listed properties within them. The centre of Staveley is a designated Conservation Area.
The villages’ main purpose historically has been to serve the agricultural community that surrounds them, but as times have changed, many residents today commute to nearby towns for their work.
Each village is very much a community. This community is made up of a diverse range of individuals, couples and families, and that gives rise to numerous and varied social and recreational activities within the villages.
One of Staveley and Copgrove’s greatest assets is the Staveley Nature Reserve , owned and administered by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. This superb wetland site, lying close to the River Tutt, holds great interest for visitors with regular sightings of otters and several orchid species among the highlights.
The Reserve has a relatively small public car park located on Minskip Road on the edge of the village. However, due to a significant increase in visitor numbers in recent times, many are choosing to park elsewhere, either on the road adjacent to the Reserve car park or along the main street and Village Green area in the village. Please note there is no footpath along the road linking the village to the Reserve car park.
When parking within the village please be considerate, ensuring sufficient access to driveways, not obscuring views at junctions and not parking on pavements or verges. Please also remember that this is essentially a farming community and access for tractors and other farm vehicles, many of which are very large, needs to be maintained.