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.

Swiss Cottage ref: UK2450

Rievaulx, near Helmsley, North York Moors

£579-£1415

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Swiss Cottage
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This beautiful 17th century detached thatched cottage overlooks Rievalux Abbey.
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Pear Tree Cottage ref: DC4438

Kirkbymoorside, North York Moors

£335-£511

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Attractive converted farm buildings overlooking the Vale of Pickering. Rural area, ideal for walking and cycling.
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Cherry Laurel ref: CC231136

Thornton le Dale near Pickering, North York Moors

£379-£625

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Snuggle up in front of the wood burner whilst admiring the gardens of this quaint holiday cottages just one mile from Pickering.
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Eversfield ref: IDO

Goathland, near Whitby, North York Moors

£876-£2687

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With its own sauna, games room and children’s play area, this property is perfect for a family holiday.
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    12
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    5
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Shaws Cottage ref: RCHM28

Thornton-Le-Dale, near Pickering, North York Moors

£423-£1419

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Exceptional spacious, detached house, with oak beams, stone fireplaces, open fires, and private garden, ideal for location for touring.
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  • Bedrooms
    4
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    3
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Sloe Berry Barn ref: CC233015

Rosedale Abbey near Pickering, North York Moors

£416-£628

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4 star rating
Luxurious and romantic barn conversion set in the heart of the North York Moors
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High Farm Cottage ref: 7519

Gerrick, near Moorsholme, North York Moors

£218-£523

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Ideal for lovers of both coast and country, with many walking opportunities in the area your dog will love it too!
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The Old Mill at Littlebeck - Riverside Cottage ref: IBE

Littlebeck, near Whitby, North York Moors

£352-£945

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4 star rating
This property is set in a secluded location, yet is just 5 miles from Whitby, with its sandy beaches, harbour and attractions.
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Moorland Cottages - Moorland Cottage ref: UK2164

Hutton-le-Hole, near Kirkbymoorside, North York Moors

£397-£783

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Sympathetically converted from an old farm building, providing a cosy and well maintained home from home in the heart of the North York Moors National Park.
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Hallgarth House ref: ISE

Pickering, North York Moors

£543-£1640

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4 star rating
Awash with character, this wonderful listed property has open fires and lies within easy reach of the coast.
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    10
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    5
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    2
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The Old Mill at Littlebeck - Woodlands ref: IHJ

Littlebeck, near Whitby, North York Moors

£374-£664

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4 star rating
In a lovely riverside setting, this property is the perfect location from which to enjoy the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.
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Elm Tree Cottage ref: DC4053

Little Barugh, near Pickering, North York Moors

£335-£664

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4 star rating
Renovated farm building furnished with flair and charm situated in a sleepy hamlet.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Red House Farm Cottages - The Old Sheaf Store ref: KYZ

Glaisdale, near Whitby, North York Moors

£455-£896

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4 star rating
A perfect base from which to explore both the North Yorkshire Moors and the Heritage Coast.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
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    2
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Highfield Barn ref: UK2467

Nawton, near Helmsley, North York Moors

£319-£552

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4 star rating
Perfect for a couple who want to enjoy a countryside break, this barn conversion is also within easy reach of the Yorkshire coast.
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Limberview ref: W40741

Glaisdale, North York Moors

£600-£1488

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5 star rating
Superb, detached barn, with wooden floors, wood burner and beams, set in North York Moors National Park, Whitby easily reached.
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  • Bedrooms
    4
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    3
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