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.

Millinder House - The Carthouse ref: W41503

Westerdale, near Castleton, North York Moors

£222-£587

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Millinder House - The Carthouse
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A spacious retreat for two in a peaceful setting within the North York Moors National Park.
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Craven Garth - Seran Gypsy ref: 18421

Rosedale, near Pickering, North York Moors

£339-£844

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3 star rating
Upside down cottage in the heart of the North York Moors National Park, ideal for walkers and cyclists.
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Tilly’s Cottage ref: 27184

Goathland, North York Moors

£380-£1022

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3 star rating
Step back in time in Goathland village or board the steam train for a memorable journey through the North York Moors.
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Honeysuckle Cottage ref: ISV

Helmsley, York, North York Moors

£405-£949

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4 star rating
With a wealth of beams, this cottage has a south-facing garden and makes an excellent base for exploring.
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Laskill Grange - Bridge Cottage ref: W43184

Bilsdale, near Helmsley, North York Moors

£297-£674

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Bilsdale - Knayton Moor Cottages ref: 25566

Knayton, near Thirsk, North York Moors

£255-£576

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4 star rating
Enjoy peace and tranquillity in this lovely cottage, with beams and wood floors, Ripon, Harrogate and Fountains Abbey all nearby.
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The Stables ref: 27498

Oswaldkirk, near Helmsley, North York Moors

£469-£897

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5 star rating
Enjoy views over the Howardian Hills from the large patio area and your dog will love all the walking opportunities nearby.
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Pockley Gates Cottage ref: CC232126

near Helmsley, North York Moors

£399-£787

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4 star rating
A quite, semi detached cottage overlooking the countryside just outside the traditional Yorkshire village of Helmsley.
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Beckhouse Cottages - Honeysuckle ref: 29763

Cropton, near Pickering, North York Moors

£0-£623

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3 star rating
This holiday property has landscaped gardens dotted with seating areas - ideal to relax in and enjoy the tranquillity.
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Sands Farm Cottages - Honeysuckle Cottage ref: CC231116

Wilton near Pickering, North York Moors

£464-£23038

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4 star rating
Honeysuckle Cottage is a superbly furnished cottage with an open fire in the lounge. It even has access to a Hot Tub, suitable for use in any weather.
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Step House ref: CC231129

Stokesley near Great Ayton, North York Moors

£374-£679

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3 star rating
A delightful Georgian town house, sitiuated in the heart of Stokesley overlooking College Square.
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    5
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    3
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    2
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Aconley Cottage ref: CC233109

Pickering, North York Moors

£0-£645

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3 star rating
A cosy retreat in Pickering from where you can hop on the steam train and explore the whole of the North Yorkshire Moors and coast!
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    3
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    1
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    2
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    1
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Craven Garth - Boothferry ref: 18425

Rosedale, near Pickering, North York Moors

£339-£844

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3 star rating
North Yorks Moor Steam Train is nearby, and runs 18 miles from Pickering to Whitby on the coast.
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    1
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    2
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Beckhouse Cottages - Rose Cottage ref: DC1839

Cropton, near Pickering, North York Moors

£0-£683

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Rose Cottage is a lovely single storey barn conversion with pretty lawned garden and south facing patio.
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Moorside Cottage ref: UK2032

Ampleforth, near Helmsley, North York Moors

£456-£1074

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4 star rating
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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    6
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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