Experience England’s history and nature ‘in a nutshell’ in the North York Moors National Park – where peace and beauty rub shoulders with a rich heritage and a warm welcome. The National Park is one of Britain’s treasured places, established in 1952 to protect 554 square miles of magical moorland, ancient woodland, secluded dales, historic sites and a stunning Jurassic Age coastline. From rolling panoramas and big skies to enchanting forests and idyllic dales, there’s a sense of peace and tranquillity here that’s hard to beat – and all just 20 miles or so north of York.
The Moor’s Centre at Danby is a good place to start planning your holiday. Here you can find out about events covering the whole National Park.
You’re surrounded by rugged moorland where the curlew calls to herald the spring, heather blankets the moor in the summer and the changing colours of the woodland reflect the approach of the autumn. Winter brings its own special flavour to Westerdale. There are plenty of walks from short strolls to bigger hikes.
And getting out on a bike is just one thing to do at Dalby Forest – Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, music festivals and more is available.
Visit Whitby, the home of Captain Cook and haunting ruin of Whitby Abbey and miles of sandy beaches stretching to Sandsend. And Runswick Bay is just along the coast for those who like to scavenge the beach for fossils.
You will be spoilt for choice of when deciding where to spend your days out! Castle Howard (one of England’s finest stately homes), Scampston Hall with its award-winning garden and Helmsley Castle are just a stone’s throw away.
A day can easily be spent in Hutton le hole starting at the Ryedale Folk Museum. Here you can reach out and touch history. Eden Camp will transport you back to experience the sights, sounds and smells of wartime Britain. And a day spent here will not be forgotten!
The North Yorkshire Moors railway is a day out to remember where you can travel under steam from Grosmont to Pickering or Whitby.
Now more than ever we all need to find time to count our blessings. Challenge yourself to create some time for yourself.
Perhaps an evening walk along a quiet beach listening to the sound of the waves lapping at the shore; a stroll by the river or an early morning walk on the moors with only the curlews for company?
Turn off your phone and tune in to what nature has to offer. Recharge your own batteries. What matters is you, now.
It’s all here in the North York Moors.