Purple heather in foreground with green hills in background and sun
Purple heather in foreground with green hills in background and sun

North Yorkshire - North York Moors

Visit this beautiful National Park in North Yorkshire

The North York Moors are a beautiful and peaceful place to breathe in the fresh air and recharge your batteries. Or to get the blood pumping with a bracing walk or bike ride through the breathtaking scenery.

This enchanting region, which spans more than 1,400 miles, is home to heather moorland, pine forests, rolling hills, and a shimmering coastline.

Traditional pubs, historic abbeys, castles, and priories, as well as "hidden" villages and hamlets, can be found if you look closer. The North York Moors are brilliant for all kinds of outdoor activities, especially horseback riding, cycling, and walking. You can even take a ride on a steam train, if that's your thing. It truly is a unique place, where you can experience windswept coastal paths, steep-sloped valleys, and fragrant pine forests all in one day.

In Dalby Forest, rent a bike and cycle through the trees to see ruins, myths, and pass through endless horizons before stopping off at the charming market towns of Malton, Kirkbymoorside or Pickering for a hearty pub lunch when you're ready to take a break.

Enjoy a sense of space on the open moorland as you listen to the cries of moorland birds, the gurgling water in a stream, and the buzz of insects in the heather.

The dales are landscapes that were created generations ago and are still maintained by farmers today. They're a rich patchwork of earthy colours and pleasing shapes. A sense of well-being and a connection to the nature and the past are provided by the ancient trees and woodlands. Also, far from towns' artificial lights, there are truly dark skies with magnificent skyscapes filled with stars.

Spring daffs in Farndale, the legendary Hole of Horcum, romantic Rievaulx or beach-combing at Hayburn Wyke – where do you want to explore today?