Yorkshire Net Guide to the North York Moors

Purple moors and rolling hills

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A National Park since 1952, a sense of space and solitude marks the North York Moors. Ridge upon ridge of purple heather moorland extend into the distance. The deep secret valleys which cut the plateau come almost as a surprise and the warmth of their red-roofed villages contrasts with the upland solitude. In spring, valleys such as Farndale come alive with daffodils.

Travel 18 miles through the North York Moors on the NYMR steam railway from Grosmont to Pickering, with a station at Goathland, the famous Aidensfield of the Heartbeat TV series and now a Harry Potter film location. More modern are the listening posts at Fylingdales Moor, replacing the famous ‘golf balls’ of Cold War fame.

There are over 2,300km of paths and tracks on the North York Moors making it a walker’s and cyclist’s paradise. There are short strolls and half day walks and the superb Cleveland Way National Trail, which can be explored in circular sections. Sutton Bank offers challenging bike rides and spectacular views.

Wildlife enthusiasts can hear the call of upland birds in the moorland peace. Whatever the season the Moors are a place to get away from it all and experience spectacular countryside.

Exploring is assisted by the Moorsbus, a National Park organised service which travels to all corners of the Park.

Visit the honey-coloured villages of the Moors, and perhaps have a meal at one of the traditional country pubs. Or for more wooded country visit Dalby Forest, west of Scarborough, and walk forest trails through beautiful woodland.

Within the North York Moors National Park are the high cliffs and rocky shores of the North Yorkshire and Cleveland Heritage Coast with fishing villages, sandy beaches, and a coastline rich in natural flora and fauna.

See the Yorkshire Coast guide for more information.

At the southern end of the Park is Helmsley, a very pretty market town huddled around a 12th century castle and Pickering, ‘The Gateway to The Moors’, dominated by its church spire and known for its ancient castle keep. Nearby, the traditional country towns of Hambledon and Ryedale bustle with local life. They include Thirsk in ‘Herriot Country’, Northallerton in its broad green vale and Malton, the gateway to Ryedale.

Rosedale Sheep grazing on the North York Moors
  • Kilburn Park Cottage

    Situated on a peaceful farm, with outstanding views of the White Horse at Kilburn, this pet friendly cottage for 2 is a great base for exploring Thirsk, the North York Moors, Whitby and the Yorkshire Coast. Stables and stabling are provided if you want to bring your own horse for horse holidays.

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  • Bank House Farm Hostel

    Ideal for groups & families for walking, cycling and relaxing. Converted in 2011, it is luxurious for a bunkbarn, well equipped with superb setting. Stunning views from large garden with permanent bbq & water feature. Tours available of this beautiful organic farm in the heart of the North York Moors National Park.

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  • Kilburn Park White Horse Cottage

    Situated on a peaceful farm, with outstanding views of the White Horse at Kilburn, this pet friendly cottage for 5 is a great base for exploring Thirsk, the North York Moors, Whitby and the Yorkshire Coast. Stables and stabling are provided if you want to bring your own horse for horse holidays.

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  • Low Osgoodby Grange B&B

    4 star family run, Georgian farmhouse B&B offering comfortable, good value for money, B&B accommodation on a working farm near Thirsk. Great base for exploring North York Moors, Thirsk races, and A1. Pony trekking and deer stalking can be arranged or enjoy the private fly fishing lake!

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  • Farfields Farm B&B

    Enjoy a warm welcome with spacious and comfortable, converted barn accommodation on this working farm B&B. With circular walks from the doorstep and stunning views of the beautiful Newton Dale Valley, Farfields is just 1 mile from Dalby Forest, 4 miles from Pickering and 16 miles from Whitby.

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  • Barn Holidays for Couples

    Bank House Farm offers a lovely barn conversion for couples short breaks and holidays. Beautifully set in Glaisdale Dale in the North York Moors, this very reasonably priced and cosy accommodation offers king sized bed, well equipped living area with Freesat TV/DVD, WiFi, large garden and magnificent views.

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    Agricultural Shows

  • Castleton Show

    The Castleton Show is a traditional North York Moors village affair with many attractions. It boasts ‘A road race for fell runners and a fell race for road runners'. Held on the second Saturday in September.

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  • Farndale Show

    Enjoy the Farndale Agricultural Show in the North York Moors National Park near Rosedale Abbey and within an hour's drive from Whitby. Find special attractions, such as dog displays and flying shows and demonstrations, such as sheep shearing and wool spinning. Held annually on August Bank holiday.

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  • Rosedale Show

    Rosedale Show in Milburn Arms Field at Rosedale Abbey, North York Moors, offers displays of Cattle, Goats, Hunters, Heavy Horses, Ponies, Jumping, Sheep, Produce, Flowers Fruit, Vegetables, Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Pigeons, Poultry, Vintage Tractors and Scarecrows. Held every year in August.

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  • Ryedale Show

    Find Ryedale Show in Welburn Park, Kirkbymoorside between Pickering and Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park. Situated within a natural amphitheatre, there are eight rings running throughout the day, exhibiting prime cattle, horses, sheep, pigs and goats. Held every year at the end of July.

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    Castles, Gardens and Stately Homes

  • Falling Foss Tea Garden and Waterfall

    Take a picturesque walk through a woodland tea garden and see a 30foot Falling Foss Waterfall in Whitby, North York Moors. Open from the Easter holidays to the end of September.

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  • Rievaulx Terrace

    The National Trust owns this abbey ruin, located in the North York Moors National Park, in the market town of Helmsley. At either end of the terrace stand two mid 18th century small Palladian temples, the Tuscan Temple and the Ionic Temple. The temples are open 10am – 4pm, 7 days a week until the 4th November.

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    Food, Drink and Craft Visits

  • Cat Pottery

    They make Moorside Cats, modelled in clay and given life in the village of West Burton, Wensleydale. There are, metallic, ceramic and granite stone garden cats modelled off the family's cats over the years. Open 9.30am-4.30 throughout the week and from 10am-2pm Sundays.

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