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.

Wold View Cottage ref: UK2207

Thorpe Bassett, near Malton, North York Moors

£431-£762

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Wold View Cottage
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Ideal for couples and families wanting a break away, this beautiful country cottage lies close to York and the North Yorkshire Coast.
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Hungate Cottages - Levisham ref: KAK

Pickering, North York Moors

£395-£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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Sands Farm Cottages - Fuchsia Cottage ref: CC231128

Wilton near Pickering, North York Moors

£438-£23038

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Ground floor accommodation for 2 with a private hot tub.
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Laskill Grange - The Granary ref: 16322

Bilsdale, near Helmsley, North York Moors

£489-£1145

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Masses of character with exposed stone, beams, sloping ceilings and wood burner; racecourses at Thirsk, Wetherby and York easily reached.
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Beckside Cottage ref: ILC

Great Fryupdale, North York Moors

£319-£804

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Tranquillity, views and a gentle stream add to the charm of this cottage which lies in the North York Moors.
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Shepherds Rest ref: CC233006

Low Easby near Great Ayton, North York Moors

£389-£854

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Enjoy the views from the balcony at this unique cottage. It nestles in a picturesque rural location with a wood burner and beautiful landscaped gardens.
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Studley House Farm Cottages - Swallowtail Cottage ref: UK2296

Ebberston, near Scarborough, North York Moors

£305-£653

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This one bedroom cottage is perfect for couples, and is set in a lovely position close to both the North York Moors and coast.
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Newbiggin Hall Cottages - Cedar Cottage ref: CC241131

Aislaby near Grosmont and Whitby, North York Moors

£399-£1089

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Situated within a courtyard development along with Acorn Cottage, Granary Cottage and Park Lane Cottage.
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    3
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Eden House Holiday Cottage ref: UK2424

Pickering, North York Moors

£439-£604

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Couples will be well catered for in this quaint holiday cottage, an ideal base for exploring all that North Yorkshire has to offer.
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Moorside Cottage ref: UK2032

Ampleforth, near Helmsley, North York Moors

£468-£1101

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Moorside Cottage is situated in the heart of the delightful village of Ampleforth, on the edge of the North York Moors National Park and within walking distance of the village pub.
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    2
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    3
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    1
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Hurworth - Knayton Moor Cottages ref: 25565

Knayton, near Thirsk, North York Moors

£314-£712

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Beautiful views across countryside, excellent walking and cycling, Thirsk with its 15th century Church and racecourse is close by.
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    2
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Waters Edge ref: UK2343

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

£447-£1095

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Nestled in a picturesque village, just a short stroll to the village green and on the edge of the rugged, North York Moors.
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    5
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    3
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Elm Tree Cottage ref: CC232112

Kirkbymoorside, North York Moors

£390-£680

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This delightful conversion provides a well equipped holiday accommodation.
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Moorlands Cottage ref: DC3486

Levisham, North York Moors

£392-£589

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Set in large mature gardens in a peaceful village location.
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Clematis Cottage ref: CC233018

Helmsley, North York Moors

£319-£609

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Centrally positioned for exploring all attractions in North Yorkshire.
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