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.

Maddy Cart House ref: UK2048

near Castleton, North York Moors

£178-£427

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With sweeping moorland views, this studio property has a shared games room and lies within easy reach of the coast and the North York Moors.
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Southolme Lodges - Maple Lodge ref: CC232121

Pickering, North York Moors

£329-£609

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3 star rating
A delightful single storey cottage sleeping 4
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Laskill Grange - The Granary ref: 16322

Bilsdale, near Helmsley, North York Moors

£489-£1145

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4 star rating
Masses of character with exposed stone, beams, sloping ceilings and wood burner; racecourses at Thirsk, Wetherby and York easily reached.
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School House Cottage ref: UK2454

Coxwold, near Thirsk, North York Moors

£347-£595

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This cosy cottage for couples is perfectly placed for enjoying the beautiful walks and cycle trails of the Howardian Hills.
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Lapwing Cottage ref: UK2531

Goathland, near Whitby, North York Moors

£418-£888

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A warm welcome awaits guests at this delightful cottage, nestled in a tranquil location, yet within easy reach of the bustling fishing town of Whitby.
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Colville House ref: 19181

Helmsley, North York Moors

£288-£994

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Enjoy exploring Runswick Bay and Robin Hoods Bay, well as Whitby and York from this comfortable detached house.
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Red House Farm Cottages - The Hayloft ref: IGP

Glaisdale, near Whitby, North York Moors

£333-£706

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After a day walking in the local area, return to this property and enjoy a long soak in your own Jacuzzi bath.
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Moorland Cottages - Heather Cottage ref: UK2166

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

£432-£848

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Set in the traditional Yorkshire village of Hutton-le-Hole this ground floor converted stable provides homely accommodation just 3½ miles from Kirkbymoorside.
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Fox Cub Cottage ref: DC3653

Lockton, near Pickering, North York Moors

£312-£516

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3 star rating
Lovely courtyard cottage with a village inn serving meals closeby.
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The Nest ref: CC243085

Castleton, near Whitby, North York Moors

£416-£503

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3 star rating
Bursting with character and charm and a perfect base for walkers and cyclists
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Little Edstone Farm -The Farmhouse - West Wing ref: IYX

Little Edstone, near Pickering, North York Moors

£967-£1946

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4 star rating
Set on the owner’s organic farm, guests can buy local produce from the very grounds that The Farmhouse lies within.
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    3
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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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Easter Cottage ref: 30683

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

£0-£859

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Centrally located in a beautiful village, Easter Cottage is a traditional cottage complete with woodburner and beams.
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Beech Farm - Fat Hen Cottage ref: KWG

Wrelton, Pickering, North York Moors

£291-£898

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4 star rating
Enjoy a drink at the nearby pub, which is just a short walk away, after a day spent exploring Yorkshire.
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Ryecroft ref: CC233019

Nunnington near Helmsley, North York Moors

£437-£928

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4 star rating
Beautiful fully renovated cottage with paddock in a quiet village– ideal for families
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