The North York Moors National Park is an extremely special place. Where else do you find stunning moorland next to golden beaches? Picturesque fishing villages set amid wildflower meadows? Ancient ruins next to bustling harbors? There is nowhere quite like it.
From the glorious coastline—an example of the British seaside at its best—wild moorland erupts proudly before giving way to lush meadows and farmland. Three quarters of all the world’s heather moorland is in Britain and North Yorkshire boasts the largest expanse in England.
In winter, the moors have a rugged and melancholy charm. In the summer, they erupt in glorious purple blossom as the heather flowers. At any time of year, you will find them a welcome escape from the hustle-and-bustle of modern life.
With such a rich variety of scenery and things to explore, there is something for everybody in the North York Moors and the routes in this Collection represent that. Whether you want to hike up hills and through empty moors, saunter through ancient ruins and churches, relax on sandy beaches, paddle in the sea, swim in freshwater lakes, admire cliff-top views, or explore hidden coves, there will be something to fall in love with in this glorious part of England.
This Collection will show you the many different sides of this national park. With routes of varying lengths, for all ages and abilities, you will be taken to some of the best known—and best kept secrets—of the North York Moors on these glorious routes.
Whitby is a fantastic choice to stay when visiting the area. A fascinating town to explore in its own right, the ancient port boasts a huge range of accommodation, plenty of food and drink options, a glorious beach, history, nightlife, museums, and more. There is an abundance of classic countryside and coastal walks straight from Whitby, too, and fantastic bus links from the town to inland honeypot towns and villages. Whitby has a train station, too, with decent connections from all over the country.
If you opt to stay somewhere a little more off the beaten track, there are also train stations in the nearby towns of York, Malton, Scarborough, Middlesbrough, Saltburn by the Sea, Northallerton and Thirsk, with good bus links from the stations.
For more information about the North York Moors, where to stay, visit, eat and drink, transport advice and much more, visit: northyorkmoors.org.uk.
For local bus timetables and information, visit: yorkshiretravel.net.
For train timetables and tickets, visit: thetrainline.com.
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