Soak up “England’s finest” view at Sutton Bank

Thirsk, North Yorkshire

It was author and vet James Herriot who gave the view the accolade of “England’s finest” and there’s only one way to find out if he’s right.

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Set off on the flat, one-mile cliff-top walk from Sutton Bank National Park Centre and the dramatic views soon make themselves felt across the lush vales of York and Mowbray, the Pennines a brooding presence in the distance. Soaring above on the thermals are the gliders of the Yorkshire Gliding Club (trial lessons available).

The path tracks the edge of the grassy runway, while carved into the hillside below is Kilburn White Horse, England’s largest and most northerly turf-cut hill figure. On a clear day this is a magnificent vantage point, while on a clear night countless stars splash light across the deep, dark North York Moors sky.

Starry nights are also to be had courtesy of Michelin, at the Black Swan restaurant-with-rooms at nearby Oldstead, which does fabulously inventive things with rigorously sourced local ingredients. Amazing views, plus food to match. It turns out Herriot might just be right…

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