More of a name than a village, Cockayne refers to the small group of houses at the northern end of Bransdale, probably the least populated of the major dales. The southern exit of Bransdale is hidden from view within the valley by a spur of the moors, giving the impression that you are in a bowl in the hills.
Cockayne was a medieval myth, a place of luxury and pleasure. Sadly, the village of Cockayne probably gets its name from its church. Life in medieval Bransdale was probably not ever luxurious.
Cockayne and Bransdale's main feature is that they are surrounded on all sides by open moorland.
Cockayne is on Ordnance Survey Explorer Map OL26 (North Yorks Moors Western Area)