At over 500 square miles, the North York Moors has breathtaking summits to conquer, moorland to explore and hidden gems to discover along the way. The national park is home to some of England’s most iconic backdrops and expansive rolling countryside. With more people than ever booking a luxury holiday in the UK, this picturesque destination is a popular choice.
Stroll along wooded riverside trails, green winding lanes and less trodden tracks with plenty of Insta-worthy views along the way. We love Autumn and Spring, a quieter time to take advantage of the attractions, stunning coastline, walking, cycling and heritage sites. Also exploring the pub or coffee stops is key along the way when taking in the expansive rolling countryside. The choice of traditional as well as trail-blazing Yorkshire pubs is plentiful!
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. Here are our Top Yorkshire Moors recommendations during your stay…
The North Yorkshire Moors is one of the UK’s most beautiful national parks. Famed for its heather-clad moorland; most spectacular and a must see in the late summer. It magically lights up the landscape in a fiery blanket of bright pinks and purples. The magnificent flowers are alive with bees and butterflies.
The Moors stretches all the way across to the coast. Another way to get around is the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The steam trains, with lovingly restored wooden booths, run for 18 miles through beautiful countryside from Pickering to Whitby.
The magnificent North York Moors is ideal for couples exploring, families escaping the hustle and bustle, groups walking the famous Cleveland Way, and there’s acres of dog friendly fun.
A must-visit is Osmotherley. Popular with cyclists and walkers, the pretty village is found on the Cleveland Way National Trail. Historic sites and peaceful picnic spots sit among the historic sites, with picturesque views are for as far as the eye can see. The reservoir surrounded by woodland is ideal for a gentle stroll, as well as being wheelchair and pushchair friendly.
Visitors must make time for a well deserved local ale (or two) in one of the three pubs. We like The Golden Lion, recently nominated as “Britain’s best post walk pint”. Then tuck into the mouth-watering menu at “North Yorkshire’s best chip shop” opposite!
For something a little different, The Blackwell Ox in Carlton, close to the market town of Stokesley, serves authentic Thai cuisine in a traditional charming country pub with log fires and surrounded by panoramic views and varied walking routes across the Cleveland Hills.
For the more active visitor, hire a bike to explore the great outdoors from The Rusty Bike in Swainby. Head back after and sample the fresh coffee and home baked cake. Relax infront of the cosy fire and soak in the atmosphere. You'll find friendly locals with a similar love of the outdoors.
In a huddle of converted stables is the award-winning Talbot Yard in Malton, a town with a big foodie reputation. Hop between artisan bakery Bluebird, the craft gin distillery, posh pork pies, and end with master patissier Florian Poirot and the delicious macaroons.
Market Towns in the Moors
Helmsley has plenty to offer all visitors. You can find something new to explore or see all year around, starting from the 900-year-old castle. A 250-year-old Walled Garden, the unique Helmsley Arts Centre, the National Centre for Birds of Prey are all only a short walk to the impressive ruins of Rievaulx Abbey.
Fine dining, cosy cafes, a glass of wine in front of a roaring fire, tempting ice creams and gelato, award-winning fish and chips – whatever tickles your taste buds, you’ll find it here. There are lots of local boutiques, galleries and mouth watering eateries to explore in this market town, as well as its own brewery to pop in and try a local ale. Afterwards, we recommend popping in and trying a a pork belly and harissa sandwich or one of their delicious cakes at Mannions & Co bistro kitchen.
Don’t worry about leaving anybody behind on your next family holiday to North Yorkshire either. There is plenty to do for your four legged friends, with many dog friendly pubs offering biscuits and doggy beers, perfect for your pooch before heading home to any of our luxury dog friendly holiday homes.
On these well-known beaches that run from Saltburn by the Sea to Scarborough, the ruined Whitby Abbey dominates the skyline. Whitby is famous for its Blue Flag beaches, the best fish and chips, it’s fascinating history and cobbled streets.
Whitby has endless charm and surprising contrasts. Follow in the footsteps of both Bram Stoker and his journey to writing Dracula, or head to the Captain Cook Memorial Museum to learn about Whitby’s seafaring hero. There is the microbrewery behind Whitby Abbey, and a famous Goth Weekend held twice a year with over 8,000 visitors!
Our perfect walk runs from Whitby to the pretty coastal village of Sandsend, 3 miles north. For something less windswept, take in the history and atmosphere from the high cliffs that tower over winding cobbled streets. The Magpie Cafe is traditional but famous for its fish and chips and seafood, housed in an old-school waterfront cafe.
Read more of our recommendations for exploring Yorkshire’s coastline here.
Holiday cottages in the Yorkshire Moors
The North Yorkshire Moors is the perfect choice for a memorable day trip for all ages. Popular with experienced walkers looking for a challenge as well as beginners choosing between moors and woodlands, with plenty of pubs and history along the way.
Explore them from lovely self-catering holiday cottages in Yorkshire. For advice on which property to book, get in touch with our team or explore below for our hot property in the area. It is a stunning place, all year around.
Full of character and with an excellent village pub, this country cottage is perfectly placed for exploring the North York Moors and Stokesley. With spacious bedrooms, two log burning stoves, a garden room and al fresco dining, this idyllic escape is well suited to all age groups, plus there’s plenty to do on from your doorstep.
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