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.

Beech Farm - Bracken Brow ref: KVR

Wrelton, Pickering, North York Moors

£578-£1663

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4 star rating
Beech Farm - Bracken Brow
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Being so close to the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, guests will find plenty of country and woodland walks to enjoy.
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Square Farm Barns - Low Horcum View ref: IXY

Lockton, near Pickering, North York Moors

£403-£765

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After an active day cycling, walking or enjoying Go Ape, relax in this peaceful property with its countryside views.
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Sands Farm Cottages - Jasmine Cottage ref: CC231117

Wilton near Pickering, North York Moors

£439-£23038

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4 star rating
Jasmine Cottage is a quality holiday cottage, furnished to a high standard and with access to a hot tub.
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Hillcrest ref: CC233055

Pickering, North York Moors

£299-£791

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4 star rating
Centrally located within easy reach of the town centre of Pickering
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Robin Lodge ref: E4478

Nawton, near Helmsley, , North York Moors

£323-£681

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3 star rating
Peaceful lodge enjoying lovely views, close to Helmsley with castle and market square, Rievaulx Abbey and Castle Howard close by.
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    2
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Highfield Barn ref: 24873

Scackleton, near Hovingham, North York Moors

£278-£662

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4 star rating
Stunning Howardian Hills are the back drop for this apartment, Hovingham and the market town of Helmsley are close by.
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Hunters Cottage ref: 26343

Helmsley, North York Moors

£343-£691

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4 star rating
Stone mews cottage, walking distance of Helmsley market square and independent shops, Helmsley Castle and Walled Garden close by.
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The Snug ref: UK2091

Glaisdale, near Whitby, North York Moors

£249-£611

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An aptly named ’snug’ for 2 with a secluded courtyard located in the quiet village of Glaisdale in the Esk Valley, 10 miles from Whitby.
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Hungate Cottages - Saltersgate ref: KAH

Pickering, North York Moors

£471-£1312

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4 star rating
Relax by the open fire, with logs included, after a day spent walking or cycling around Dalby Forest.
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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Southolme Lodges - Oak Lodge ref: CC232118

Pickering, North York Moors

£307-£499

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3 star rating
A delightful single storey cottage which is wheelchair friendly, is nestled in a quiet setting.
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Edgemoor Cottage ref: UK2304

Newton-upon-Rawcliffe, near Pickering, North York Moors

£0-£0

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3 star rating
With the North York Moors National Park on your doorstep, this cottage is perfect for walkers and cyclists to enjoy the great outdoors.
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    4
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Lilac Cottage ref: UK2131

Sinnington, near Pickering, North York Moors

£288-£784

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3 star rating
Located in a quaint village setting, Lilac Cottage also has good access to Dalby Forest and the sandy beaches of the coast.
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  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Esk Cottage ref: 26228

Egton Bridge near Whitby, North York Moors

£234-£642

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With gated access to stepping stones leading to the pub just 100 yards away, this cottage offers lots of character in a tranquil location.
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    3
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    1
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    2
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Stable Cottage ref: DC5473

Kennythorpe near Malton, North York Moors

£358-£628

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4 star rating
Open views of the countryside with walks and rambles from the doorstep.
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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The Old Mill at Littlebeck - The Old Mill ref: IBD

Littlebeck, near Whitby, North York Moors

£502-£1508

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5 star rating
Situated within the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, this is an ideal location to enjoy walking, cycling or horse riding.
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