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The Woolly Sheep Cafe

The Woolly Sheep Cafe


The Woolly Sheep Cafe is located at Danby Lodge, home of the North York Moors National Park Visitor Centre, on the outskirts of the moorland village of Danby, near Whitby.

The Woolly Sheep Cafe is situated in the oldest part of the former shooting lodge in what was the drawing room and dining room dating from the 17th century.

The charming cafe has a traditional feel with modern touches and offers a wide range of freshly ground coffee, leaf teas and delicious homemade cakes. Light lunches, hot and cold sandwiches and paninis are freshly prepared to order, whilst a daily specials board reflects the seasonal variety from the local area.

At The Woolly Sheep, we place emphasis on the quality of our ingredients; meats are supplied by a local butcher J Wood of Lingdale and breads from a local artisan bakery, Stonehouse Bakery of Danby. Our fresh fruit and vegetables are supplied by Quality Food Service of Teesside.

Our Coffee is supplied by Cafe Vinci and it is imported from an independent roaster in Italy. Produced from the finest washed green beans using Sweet Arabicas from the plateaus of Brazil which impart chocolate and nutty flavours whilst high quality Robustas from Africa and India add body and bring together the aromas, textures, and tastes.

This results in a coffee with a pleasing complexity and which creates a unique product, a smooth blend with a depth of flavour that does not lose the subtle flavour nuances when added to milk.

The Cafe is Wheelchair Accessible and special 'grip' cutlery is available on request.

We also are able to offer meals to guests with special dietary requirements. We can prepare Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten and Dairy Free Meals. Please advise a member of staff of any allergies, intolerances or requirements. Or ask to see our easy to use guide which covers the most common allergens.

We hope you enjoy your visit!

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Opening details

2018 -->
January & February - Weekends only until February Half Term
Daily from February Half Term until 31st March - 10.30am to 4pm
Daily April to July - 10am to 5pm
Daily August - 9.30am to 5.30pm
Daily September & October - 10am to 5pm
Daily November & December - 10.30am to 4pm
(Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)

2019 -->
Daily until 7th January 2019 - 10.30am to 4pm
Weekends only from 7th January until February Half Term - 10.30am to 4pm


Lodge Lane,
North Yorkshire,
YO21 2NB



See location of The Moors National Park Centre - Danby on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: NZ 716083  Lat: 54.46504 Long: -0.89685

By road:
From Whitby take the A171 towards Teeside. After about 6 miles turn left signposted Danby. The Moors National Park Centre is 1 mile from Danby village. The Centre lies in picturesque grounds on the side of the River Esk, 16 miles inland from Whitby.

By public transport:
The Moors Centre is a pleasant one mile walk from Danby Station, on the Esk Valley line (Middlesbrough to Whitby).

A new bus service for 2014, the Esk Valley Hopper, operated by Coastal & Country, runs from Whitby Bus Station and Whitby Park & Ride along the Esk Valley to The Moors National Park Centre. Buses run daily during school holidays, weekends and on public holidays, from Good Friday to the last Sunday in October – for more details see

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Danby station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesNut free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu