There is something very special about visiting the North York Moors, comprising over 1400 miles of natural beauty, perfectly placed for exploring both coast and moors. This enchanting region is home to the most picturesque landscape of windswept dales, heather-clad moorland, ancient abbeys and charming seaside towns and villages living side by side in perfect harmony. Experience breathtaking beauty and tranquillity alongside a rich historical heritage and a warm Yorkshire welcome that will take your breath away…
With some of England’s most iconic backdrops and expansive rolling countryside, Yorkshire has nearly one-third of England’s National Parkland, two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and three sections of dramatic coastline designated as Heritage Coast, offering families and friends one of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations.
Only a short scenic drive from many of our luxury holiday homes, take advantage of what’s on your doorstep and explore the North York Moors…
Don’t forget your walking boots to explore North Yorkshire’s breathtaking coastal paths, steep-sloped valleys and fragrant pine forests, filled with roe deer, badgers, owls and turtle doves. With plenty of varied walks from a 1-mile easy stroll to the 109 miles of Cleveland Way National Trail to witness tumbling waterfalls, character-filled villages, coastal bays, moorland crags and historic monuments, there is something for everyone.
Our favourite 360-degree views of the North Yorkshire Moors are at the summit of Roseberry Topping, not far from Osmotherley and Helmsley. Enjoy England’s largest expanse of purple heather moorland in late Summer or the yellow blaze of daffodils in the Spring!
It’s great for cycling too, with top cycling centres at Dalby Forest and Sutton Bank, as well as easy going day-rides with complimentary bike hire at our holiday lodges at Brompton Lakes. Or follow the Moor to Sea Cycle Network, the National Park’s flagship long-distance bike route, which consists of a stunning series of moorland, forest and coastal loops – that’s 150 miles of pedal-powered freedom on quiet roads, woodland tracks and bridleways to escape the everyday ordinary.
Our favourite pit stop is The Rusty Bike in Swainby, where you can rest your feet with a cuppa and a homemade scone, whilst getting advice from John about the best cycle routes in the area or hire your own bike to take out for a tootle.
Take to the trees on a rope swing, or hire bikes and explore miles of world-class bike trails in Dalby Forest, or if that’s not enough excitement, Flamingo Land also awaits, a theme park and zoo where the highest and wildest rides look out over the encroaching moors.
Take a trip back in time on the world’s most popular heritage railway, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which winds through the North York Moors from Pickering to the sea at Whitby. Explore medieval abbeys, discovering secrets from the past with timeless stone villages and age-old fishing hamlets to tell other stories of old. Visit the magnificent Castle Howard with the family to admire ornate interiors, landscaped gardens as well as an adventure playground to keep the kids happy!
Head to North Yorkshire’s stunning coastline and explore tiny fishing villages clinging to rocky cliffs with the most picturesque stretches of white sand. For bucket and spade days, Sandsend and Runswick Bay offer golden sands and rolling waves perfect for surfing, stand-up paddle-boarding and a dip in the good ‘ole Yorkshire sea. Indulge your inner pirate and seek out Jurassic fossils, dinosaur footprints and all manner of wildlife in rockpools along the rocky bays and legendary caves. From Saltburn to Scarborough, the ruined Whitby Abbey dominates the skyline, with its Blue Flag beaches, award-winning fish and chips, a fascinating history, the famous Whitby Abbey and cobbled streets steeped with stories.
Malton, a pretty Yorkshire market town known as ‘Yorkshire’s Food Capital’, is only a short scenic drive over the North York Moors from many of our luxury holiday homes and is a must-visit for foodies.
The North York Moors is spectacular and home to some of England's most iconic backdrops. A must see in late summer, take advantage of the attractions, stunning coastline, walking, cycling and heritage sites. Also exploring the pub or coffee stops along the way is key while taking in the expansive rolling countryside.
Feeling inspired by the Yorkshire 2019 UCI Cycling Championships? We too have been inspired to go out exploring and brush off the cobwebs on the old bike. As your local guide, here's some fantastic routes for the mountain biker and road racer around the North York Moors, plus the top 3 nearby properties.