The perfect peaceful getaway – visit the North York Moors

Robin Hood's Bay. Photograph by Graham Soult
Robin Hood's Bay. Photograph by Graham Soult

Plenty of places in Britain can boast beautiful scenery and interesting history. But the North York Moors seriously take it up a notch. Whether you’re looking for an epic adventure, time away from the big city or really good fish and chips, make sure the North York Moors are next on your travel list.

Convinced? Here’s a few things you need to experience…

Peace and tranquility

If you’re looking to escape your hectic daily life, there’s nowhere better. With 554 square miles of unspoilt beautiful countryside stretching across North Yorkshire and Redcar & Cleveland, this national park is a world away from grey skyscrapers and waiting for the bus. This protected area is full of beautiful heather moorlands, magical ancient forests, hills and valleys. Take a walk early in the morning, listen to the birds sing, and feel those worries melt away.

A little trip to the seaside

There’s plenty of beautiful coastline too, with picturesque villages like Runswick Bay, Staithes and Ravenscar that are perfect for an afternoon of rock pooling or enjoying a cup of tea in a little cafe. A visit to Whitby is a must, with its stunning abbey, mentioned in Dracula, and its famous fish and chip shops, well worth waiting in line for.

Outdoor adventure

If you’d like to take in the coastline on foot, the beautiful Cleveland Way National Trail is a great way to experience the scenery. Other beautiful walks include the Lyke Wake Walk and the White Rose Way, and there are loads of places you can cycle, horse ride or mountain bike.

Travel back in time

The area is not just beautiful, but has a rich and ancient history. With fossils and dinosaur footprints along the coast, this area has been loved and studied by geologists and palaeontologists for centuries.

Visit Roulston Scar to see ancient settlements, some of the first farms in the UK, and the massive hillfort. The Romans also made their mark on the area at the Cawthorn military complex.

And it’s not just ancient history. There are plenty of beautiful historic buildings to visit, like the stunning Castle Howard, St Mary’s Church in Lastingham, and the English Heritage-owned Rievaulx Abbey. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a wonderful nostalgic experience, with lovingly restored steam trains.

Stay in a cosy seaside cottage, a gorgeous historic abbey or a homely B&B and chat with the friendly locals. Though it’s the perfect place for hiking and walking, it’s best to have a car so you can get around easily, though there are buses too.

Whichever way you choose to get around, we’re sure you’ll love the North York Moors as much as we do.

Our tip: Yorkshire-based Gorgeous Cottages (listed in our Directory here) features 170 luxury holiday cottages across the county, almost half of which are in the North York Moors itself.

Recent additions to the collection include Vine Cottage, an elegant 19th-century holiday home (sleeping 5) with a fabulous snug for children called The Burrow and a hot tub in the garden; and Heather View Lodge, a stunning contemporary property that sleeps 8, and offers lovely views of the surrounding moors at Rosedale.

You can browse all the North York Moors properties from Gorgeous Cottages here, including child-friendly and dog-friendly options.

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