Ampleforth is an attractive village in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, about 23 miles north of York and 4 miles south of Helmsley. The main street of the village forms the southern boundary of the North York Moors National Park, with the northern area in the park, and the south outside. The population of Ampleforth Parish, according to the 2011 Census is 1,345 – with 760 in 342 households and 585 in Ampleforth College. The only major local employer is Ampleforth College, which is situated within the parish, with farming, tourism and support services, the main occupations.
Historically,the village has existed since Saxon times and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Elements of its history are being documented under the History menu of the web site, so please take time to read these. Comments on history are very welcome, especially from long term residents.
Geographically, the village is situated along the southern slopes of the Hambleton Hills, along the spring line, which has always assured a good source of water. The slopes run down to the Coxwold-Gilling Gap, a valley about six mile long and one an a quarter miles wide, which separates the Hambleton and Howardian Hills. The river Holbeck runs through the valley.
For electoral and administrative purposes, the parish of Ampleforth is part of Ampleforth Ward, along with other parishes: Coulton, Oldstead, Byland with Wass, Gilling East, Scackleton, Cawton and Grimstone. Ampleforth Ward is part of Ryedale District Council, a district of North Yorkshire County Council. Ampleforth is in the parliamentary constituency of Thirsk and Malton.
Ampleforth is a vibrant, working village and our web site endeavours to provide details of all facilities and activities, within the parish and close by.