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.

Moorland Cottages - Byre Cottage ref: UK2165

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

£345-£759

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Moorland Cottages - Byre Cottage
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Converted from an old cow byre this cottage nestles in the heart of the North York Moors National Park, only 9 miles from Pickering.
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Scythe and Sickle Barn ref: CC233099

Glaisdale near Whitby, North York Moors

£389-£537

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Lovely barn conversion in a peaceful location on the North York Moors.
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Elm Tree Cottage ref: DC4053

Little Barugh, near Pickering, North York Moors

£360-£664

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Renovated farm building furnished with flair and charm situated in a sleepy hamlet.
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    1
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    2
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Hungate Cottages - Farndale ref: KAN

Pickering, North York Moors

£387-£1005

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Perfect for fishing enthusiasts, this complex has its own private stretch of nearby Pickering Beck.
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    5
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    3
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Crossbill Cottage ref: CC233062

Chopgate near Stokesley, North York Moors

£344-£589

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Exceptional bird life in the area making it perfect for keen bird watchers.
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    2
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The Cottage ref: UK2466

Carlton-in-Cleveland, near Stokesley, North York Moors

£341-£1020

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This delightful cottage is a great choice for families to enjoy the wonderful North York Moors National Park and the Heritage Coast of Yorkshire.
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    3
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    2
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Surprise View ref: W43352

Glaisdale, North York Moors

£339-£883

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A rural retreat in the magnificent North York Moors National Park, this former cow byre enjoys far-reaching countryside views.
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Hungate Cottages - Levisham ref: KAK

Pickering, North York Moors

£411-£1369

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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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    1
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    3
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    3
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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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Situated in a courtyard development with Cedar Cottage, Granary Cottage and Park Lane Cottage.
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    2
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Sands Farm Cottages - Jasmine Cottage ref: CC231117

Wilton near Pickering, North York Moors

£464-£23038

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Jasmine Cottage is a quality holiday cottage, furnished to a high standard and with access to a hot tub.
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    4
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    1
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    2
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Cherry Blossom ref: CC231135

Thornton le Dale near Pickering, North York Moors

£379-£625

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A quaint cottage for two with a wood burner in the picture perfect village of Thornton-le-Dale with its iconic thatched cottages, fields and woodland.
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    2
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    1
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Southolme Lodges - Elm Lodge ref: CC232117

Pickering, North York Moors

£324-£499

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A delightful single storey cottage for 2 nestled in a quiet setting.
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    1
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Flowery Bank ref: 13837

Broughton, near Malton, North York Moors

£299-£671

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Set in an elevated position in the Howardian Hills, just 1 mile from Malton and close to historic Castle Howard and York.
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Quarry Cottage ref: DC4087

Commondale near Danby, North York Moors

£291-£458

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Converted farm building surrounded by quiet tracks and footpaths within the North York Moors.
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  • Number of Pets
    1
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The Wheelhouse ref: IQL

Swainby, North York Moors

£382-£920

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After a day exploring the North York Moors National Park, relax in the garden room with a drink.
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