See England's finest view from Sutton Bank

Sutton Bank, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire

Celebrated author and vet James Herriot gave the view from Sutton Bank the ultimate accolade – “England’s finest”. Find out if he was right…

Dramatic views soon start to appear as you set off on the flat, 1 mile (1.6 km) cliff-top walk from Sutton Bank National Park Centre: the lush vale of York and Mowbray, with the Pennine range of mountains and hills brooding in the distance.

Soaring overhead, you’ll see the gliders of the Yorkshire Gliding Club – the footpath tracks the grassy runway’s edge – while carved into the hillside below is Kilburn White Horse, the largest turf-cut hill figure in England.

On a clear day this is a magnificent vantage point, while on a clear night countless stars splash light across the heavens at this Dark Sky Discovery Site.

Ponder what you’ve seen over Michelin-starred food at The Black Swan, in nearby Oldstead, whose inventive dishes are made with local and homegrown ingredients.

Sutton Bank is approximately 25 miles (40 km) from York, which is 2 hours from London by train.

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For more local tourist information:

  • Sutton Bank Tourist Information Centre
  • Email Address [email protected]
  • Contact Details 01845 597426

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TMilky Way and Perseid Meteor shower at Sutton Bank © Russell Norman Photography
EEnjoying England's finest view from Sutton Bank, just north of the historic city of York © Chris J Parker/NYMNPA
TTake to the skies in a glider for breathtaking view over the North York Moors National Park including Kilburn White Horse © Yorkshire Gliding Club
RRelaxed Michelin Star dining at The Black Swan at Oldstead near Sutton Bank © The Black Swan at Oldstead
VView of Lake Gormire from Sutton Bank, the only natural lake in the North York Moors National Park © Mike Kipling/NYMNPA

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