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 occupies most of the land surrounding Staveley to the North West, which means that this side of Staveley is protected from development. Not so, unfortunately, is land to the North East, which is under threat from development by house-builders who have no interest in protecting the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside. A Staveley Residents Action Group is active in fighting their proposals.
Chair – Nick Stringer