North York Moors

The stunning North York Moors national park is within half an hours’ drive of York. Whether you hire a car or travel by bus a whole range of activities are within easy reach of York. Whatever time of year you visit the stunning landscape of moorland, wood

The stunning North York Moors national park is within half an hours’ drive of York. Whether you hire a car or travel by bus a whole range of activities are within easy reach of York. Whatever time of year you visit the stunning landscape of moorland, woodland and historic sites will take your breath away.

Covering an area of 554 square miles the North York Moors national park is a spectacular landscape of wild heather moorland and pasture. I’ve picked a few of my favourite Moors places here but there is so much more to see and do. Visit the North York Moors National Park website for more information.

Sutton Bank Visitor Centre

For spectacular views of the Vale of York right over to the Yorkshire Dales head for Sutton Bank visitor centre. There are some great walks from the visitor centre and a wealth of information about history and wildlife of the area.

The Moors Centre

The Moors Centre at Danby is the HQ of the national park. It’s a bit of a trek from York, right on the Northern edge of the North York Moors but worth a visit if you’re planning on seeing a bit more of the area. Close by are Castleton, Saltburn and the Yorkshire Coast which should definitely be explored.

Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest is approximately 40 minutes from York on the edge of the North York Moors near to Thornton-le-Dale (a lovely little village which was ‘Yorkshire’s prettiest village’ in the 1920’s and 30’s).

Entry costs £7 per car for the day and is pretty reasonable given the amount of activities on offer. Go Ape is based at Dalby and offers adrenelin fuelled fun in the shape of tree-top zip wires and rope walkways. There are loads of beautiful picnic spots, cycle tracks for all experience levels and walks taking in the picturesque landscape and flora and fauna of the area.

Goathland

Goathland would be just another pretty village on the North York Moors were it not famous for being the fictional village of Aidensfield in the television series Heartbeat. I’m not that big a fan myself but thought it worth mentioning for those that are. It’s also a stop on the North York Moors Railway so you can hop off and spend a pleasant half an hour before continuing on your way.