To the north of York lies the North York Moors, a national park and one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the UK. The area is bordered by the awe-inspiring North Sea coast cliffs and the Cleveland and Hambleton Hills.

Wild and windswept, the landscape of the North York Moors is breathtaking. Visitors will find miles of purple heather moorland, dense pine forests, hills and coastline. The space and solitude of the moors and its hidden valleys contrasts with the busy villages and towns found dotted in and around the area. They provide excellent opportunities to stop for a drink, a meal or for a taste of culture and tradition, from ancient castles to modern day attractions.

Many visit for the outdoor pursuits on offer. There are thousands of kilometres of paths and tracks to follow on the moors, from short strolls to days-long treks. For serious walkers, hikers and cyclists, the North York Moors are crossed by a number of long distance footpaths, including the Cleveland Way and the famed Coast to Coast walk. For a more leisurely but no less stunning experience, travel the 18 mile journey on the steam railway from Grosmont to Pickering, right through the Moors.

Visit popular destinations in and around the national park. Rievaulx Abbey and its landscape gardens are beautiful, while Helmsley and Pickering are both renowned for their ancient castles. For family-friendly options, try the grounds of Castle Howard or the Ryedale Miniature Railway, as well as the coastline dotted with rock pools and gentle waves.

Bridge House ref: KOG

Helmsley, North York Moors

£491-£1318

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5 star rating
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Located in the town of Helmsley, this Grade II listed house is great for visiting Helmsley Castle and Duncombe Park.
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Craven Garth - Seran Gypsy ref: 18421

Rosedale, near Pickering, North York Moors

£339-£778

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3 star rating
Upside down cottage in the heart of the North York Moors National Park, ideal for walkers and cyclists.
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    2
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    2
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Lavender Cottage ref: CC233020

Helmsley, North York Moors

£379-£731

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4 star rating
This charming cottage is located very close to the centre of Helmsley, with amenities including riverside walks, shops and ample pubs on the doorstep.
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Pasture Barn ref: DC5007

Lockton near Pickering, North York Moors

£385-£713

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4 star rating
Detached cottage with countryside views close to Moors and Coast.
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Manor Cottage ref: 17303

Old Byland, near Helmsley, North York Moors

£308-£1034

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4 star rating
Set within the North York Moors National Park, this detached house is great for walking, cycling and riding.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    1
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Sleepy Fox Cottage ref: DC4160

Lockton, near Pickering, North York Moors

£287-£516

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3 star rating
One of three courtyard cottages with fantastic access to moorland walks in the North York Moors.
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    3
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    2
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    1
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Spring Farm Cottage ref: CC233056

Hambleton near Helmsley, North York Moors

£339-£605

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4 star rating
Charming cottage enjoying stunning open views, ideally located for exploring this picturesque area.
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    1
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    2
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Old Mill Cottage ref: CC233007

Rosedale Abbey, North York Moors

£0-£719

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4 star rating
Cosy and welcoming holiday home spanning 3 floors in the picturesque village of Rosedale Abbey
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Pan Cottage ref: 29800

Middleton, near Pickering, North York Moors

£242-£582

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3 star rating
Close to the historic market town of Pickering, explore the North Yorkshire Moors and the Heritage Coast from this cottage.
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    2
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    2
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    1
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The Dairy ref: UK2019

Beck Hole, near Goathland, North York Moors

£931-£1862

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4 star rating
A spacious cottage in a peaceful location with a large double bedroom with stunning views across the valley through a large feature window.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Swallow Cottage ref: CC233024

Westerdale, North York Moors

£492-£889

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4 star rating
Delightful former barn with stunning views over the Esk Valley
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Meadowfield Cottage ref: CC233028

Glaisdale near Whitby, North York Moors

£323-£569

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4 star rating
Ideally positioned to explore the North York Moors National Park areas
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Newbiggin Hall Cottages - Acorn Cottage ref: CC241132

Aislaby near Grosmont and Whitby, North York Moors

£335-£936

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4 star rating
Situated in a courtyard development with Cedar Cottage, Granary Cottage and Park Lane Cottage.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
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    2
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    2
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Lilla Cottage ref: UK2197

Westerdale, near Castleton, North York Moors

£324-£631

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3 star rating
Delightful one bedroom cottage offering an abundance of charm and character situated in the heart of the North York Moors National Park.
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    2
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    1
  • Bedrooms
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    1
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Hungate Cottages - Levisham ref: KAK

Pickering, North York Moors

£389-£1369

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4 star rating
Perfect for guests looking for a more active holiday, fishing, cycling, walking, pony trekking and golf can all be found close by.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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