Places to visit in the North York Moors

Looking for things to do in the North York Moors? Hop onto one of the many right-of-way footpaths which cut across heather coated heathland, ridges and North Sea cliff edges in the North York Moors. Follow dinosaur footprints to the Jurassic bays of the Heritage Coast and keep your eyes peeled for fossils. Snap farmland framed by Cistercian abbey ruins. This North Yorkshire national park is teeming with birdlife – have your binoculars ready to zoom in on red grouse and merlin, the UK’s smallest bird of prey. Sore feet? The ‘ways’ are dotted with plenty of traditional inns serving cask ales and home-cooked grub for weary walkers.

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Explore the pretty village of Thornton Le Dale

When we tell you that this place is a chocolate box village, we’re really not joking.

Location: Thornton Le Dale, North Yorkshire

 

All aboard for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Revel in the romance of steam with a trip on the world’s most popular heritage railway line, spotting film locations and amazing scenery on the way.

Location: Pickering to Whitby via North York Moors National Park

 

Sampling England’s national dish in historic Whitby

The traditional taste of fish and chips still comes out on top in the picturesque seaside town of Whitby.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

 

Enjoy a weekend break in picturesque Helmsley

For a National Park town known historically for its castle and market, Helmsley these days is more about makeovers, macchiatos and boutique beds.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

 

Discover Yorkshire's dramatic winter coast

Head to Robin Hood’s Bay this winter and discover Yorkshire's dramatic coast in a new way.

Location: Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire

 

Saddle up for windswept romance on the Yorkshire coast

When it comes to romantic things to do, it’s doesn’t get much better than a windswept horse ride, followed by retreating to a cosy lodge.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 

Romantic weekend breaks in Robin Hood’s Bay

How lovely darling, you’ve booked us a romantic summer break by the sea. Hang on, what do you mean, it’s a pigsty?

Location: Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire

 

Relive the past at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Peel back 900 years of history at this UNESCO World Heritage Site of majestic monastic ruins, water gardens and medieval deer park.

Location: Near Ripon, North Yorkshire

 

Enjoy a rural romantic break at Carr House Farm

Carr House Farm is perfect for a romantic spring getaway, with four poster beds and spectacular scenery.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

 

Cross the great viaduct to historic Knaresborough

Mysterious caves, a medieval castle and a magical spring that turns objects to stone are just a few reasons to visit this gorgeous riverside town.

Location: Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

 

Explore the Forge Valley

A walk through 165 million years of history.

Location: Forge Valley, North Yorkshire 

 

Cycle along the old coastal railway line to Whitby

Ride 21 view-filled and traffic-free miles along the ‘Cinder Track’, the old coastal railway line between Scarborough and Whitby.

Location: Whitby, Yorkshire

 

Discover the village that fell into the sea

One dark night in 1664, while local people were attending a wake, the whole village of Runswick slipped into the sea…

Location: Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire

 

Take on adventures aplenty in Dalby Forest

See some of Yorkshire’s beautiful countryside from a mountain bike, Segway, tree-top trail and by night, at one of the UK’s premier activity centres.

Location: Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Relax in Harrogate’s Turkish Baths

Use the next rainy day as an excuse for a spa treatment in these elaborate Turkish baths, recently restored to their former glory.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

 

Go camping in the grounds of one of England’s finest stately homes

Take the kids camping on a child friendly holiday at Castle Howard, near York, where a thousand breath-taking acres await for you to explore.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

 

Waterfalls, row boats and a pagoda in Peasholm Park

Explore this beautiful Grade II listed oriental themed garden, set on the site of a medieval manor house with many activities to enjoy.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 

On location with the world’s most popular heritage railway

Ride along with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway as it takes a starring role, from Dad’s Army to Harry Potter.

Location: Goathland, North Yorkshire

 

Enjoy a magical ride across the English countryside

With your day ticket in hand, hop on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and discover some of the best villages in UK between Pickering and Whitby.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

 

May events: Put your best foot forward at WalkFest

Put a spring in your step over the spring bank holiday weekend at the North York Moors National Park’s annual walking festival.

Location: North York Moors, North Yorkshire

 

Bathe in autumn colours in Falling Foss’s wonderful woods

If ever there was a magical woodland walk, it’s the two-mile circular trail through the trees from May Beck to the charming Falling Foss waterfall.

Location: North York Moors, near Whitby, North Yorkshire

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