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.

Colville House ref: 19181

Helmsley, North York Moors

£294-£1003

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Colville House
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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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  • Bedrooms
    3
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Willow Grange Cottages - Sunset ref: CC233072

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

£394-£774

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A collection of luxury properties with access to two hot tubs and a play area.
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    2
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Rose Cottage ref: CC233118

Lastingham near Pickering, North York Moors

£442-£837

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Nestling within the historic and peaceful village of Lastingham, this charming cottage is a fantastic base for exploring the North York Moors.
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    2
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Stobthorn Cottage ref: DC4474

Brompton near Northallerton, North York Moors

£440-£610

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Situated amid glorious open countryside between the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales.
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    2
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    1
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Goose End Cottage ref: CC233090

Sinnington near Pickering, North York Moors

£354-£609

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Situated in the picturesque village of Sinnington
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The Long House ref: UK2180

Pickering, North York Moors

£445-£1269

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This traditional Yorkshire longhouse is full of traditional features, with cruck beams and flagged floors, it’s perfect for a holiday in a character cottage.
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    7
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    3
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Lavender Cottage ref: CC233020

Helmsley, North York Moors

£379-£731

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This charming cottage is located very close to the centre of Helmsley, with amenities including riverside walks, shops and ample pubs on the doorstep.
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  • Bedrooms
    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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Forresters Lodge ref: DC5113

Little Fryup, Danby, North York Moors

£909-£1766

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Enjoy the spectacular views from this detached, spacious farmhouse, which dates back to the 1800s. It is approached via a three quarter of a mile farm track and lies in a wonderful setting within the North York Moors National Park.
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    10
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
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    3
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Summertree Farm - The Mews ref: CC233057

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

£314-£554

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Midsummer Mews is located in a quiet, secluded courtyard area of Summertree Cottages, close to Thornton-le-Dale.
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    1
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    1
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Dairy Cottage ref: CC233041

Carlton near Stokesley, North York Moors

£319-£641

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A charming barn conversion near Carlton village in Stokesley
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    4
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Holly Cottage ref: 28380

Middleton, near Pickering, North York Moors

£261-£598

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Enjoy a day out on the North York Moors steam train , meander the streets of Whitby or wander around Peasholm Park in Scarborough.
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    3
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Wold View Cottage ref: UK2207

Thorpe Bassett, near Malton, North York Moors

£431-£762

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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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    4
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    2
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Hunters Cottage ref: 26343

Helmsley, North York Moors

£343-£691

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Stone mews cottage, walking distance of Helmsley market square and independent shops, Helmsley Castle and Walled Garden close by.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Old Mill Cottage ref: CC233007

Rosedale Abbey, North York Moors

£409-£854

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4 star rating
Cosy and welcoming holiday home spanning 3 floors in the picturesque village of Rosedale Abbey
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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