North York Moors


Roseberry Topping, North York Moors  (matrobinsonphoto/Shutterstock)

Roseberry Topping, North York Moors (matrobinsonphoto/Shutterstock)

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Why Go To The North York Moors?

The North York Moors - not just a national park but a supreme coastline too. Just some of things you can do on the North York Moors that you can't do anywhere else...

  • Start / finish Wainwright's Coast-to-Coast walk
  • Walk the entire coastline (and much of the moors) on the Cleveland Way national trail
  • Enjoy unique views of (and from) the high points of Urra Moor, Roseberry Topping and Sutton Bank

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The North York Moors National Park has the largest continuous expanse of heather moorland in Britain, as well as extensive woodlands, lots of dales (which aren't confined to the Yorkshire Dales national park) and the dramatic 26-mile Jurassic-age ‘Dinosaur Coast’, with some tremendous beaches along the way. One of England’s steepest roads is here (Rosedale Chimney), as is Britain’s tallest lime tree (Duncombe Park) and the oldest surviving Gooseberry Show in the country (held at Egton Bridge since 1800). Poor thing.. all on its lonesome? We'll get our coats. Highest point: Urra Moor (454m).

   Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire  (Dave Head/Shutterstock)


Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire (Dave Head/Shutterstock)

The essential journey in the North York Moors? For walkers, the Cleveland Way or Wainwright's Coast-to-Coast walk both fit the bill. Sustrans' Walney to Whitby route, an alternative coast-to-coast cycling itinerary, looks pretty epic too.

Hayburn Beck...


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My living in Yorkshire was so far out of the way that it was actually twelve miles from a lemon.
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Getting To The North York Moors, Maps & Guides

Getting there: 1.5 hours from Sheffield by car, 4 hours from London.

Travel times from where you are: See the North York Moors on Google Maps.

Maps: Find the right Ordnance Survey maps and / or get a month's free subscription to their excellent OS Maps app.

Guidebooks: Bradt's Guide to the North York Moors, or the Rough Guide to Yorkshire.

Walking route guidance: North York Moors Classic Walks.

Tourist board: Visit North York Moors.

Even More North York Moors Adventure Inspiration

Some gentle reading for a little North York Moors inspiration...

And let's not forget the North York Moors have some serious coastline...


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