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.

Hungate Cottages - Rosedale ref: KAP

Pickering, North York Moors

£381-£1152

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4 star rating
Hungate Cottages - Rosedale
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In a peaceful setting, yet only a short stroll from Pickering’s inns, 12th-century castle and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
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Low Muffles ref: 30496

Hartoft, near Pickering, North York Moors

£483-£961

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3 star rating
Great for those who enjoy the outdoors, this 100-year-old, former forester’s cottage is surrounded by woodland and a trickling stream.
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    6
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Nab End Farm Cottages - Farndale ref: W43155

Glaisdale Dale, near Whitby, North York Moors

£295-£749

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4 star rating
A peacefully situated property, well-placed for both the moors and coastal attractions.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Flowery Bank ref: 13837

Broughton, near Malton, North York Moors

£300-£653

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4 star rating
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    2
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    1
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Medds Farmhouse ref: 29917

Thorgill, near Rosedale Abbey, North York Moors

£732-£843

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4 star rating
This stunning property is set on an organic farm, with beautiful views, and is just 2 miles from Rosedale Abbey.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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Honeysuckle Cottage ref: ISV

Helmsley, York, North York Moors

£450-£990

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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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    4
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    2
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    1
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Daisy Cottage ref: IRB

Thornton-le-Dale, North York Moors

£412-£911

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4 star rating
In a pretty village setting, this cottage is just half an hour from York, within easy reach of many attractions.
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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Harland Cottage ref: E3633

Ebberston, North York Moors

£253-£605

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3 star rating
Pretty cottage with sun room and private courtyard, close to Pickering and North York Moors Steam Railway. Rievaulx Abbey also nearby.
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    3
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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The Coach House ref: KSL

Rosedale Abbey, North York Moors

£564-£1139

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4 star rating
Enjoy a moors setting in this Victorian coach house, within easy reach of a great restaurant at Rosedale Abbey.
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    6
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Moorlands Cottage ref: DC3486

Levisham, North York Moors

£392-£573

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5 star rating
Set in large mature gardens in a peaceful village location.
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Sycamore Farm Lodges - Millie’s Lodge ref: UK2211

Cropton, near Pickering, North York Moors

£350-£1063

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3 star rating
A comfortable lodge for 6 guests perfect for enjoying the great outdoors of the North York Moors and the North Yorkshire Coast, both within easy reach.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Hallgarth House ref: ISE

Pickering, North York Moors

£631-£1459

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4 star rating
Awash with character, this wonderful listed property has open fires and lies within easy reach of the coast.
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    10
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Cardioid Cottage ref: UK2272

Pickering, North York Moors

£329-£931

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4 star rating
Perfect for a families, there is an abundance of attractions in the area, or travel further afield to visit the coast.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Grange Farm Cottages - Stone Cross ref: ITQ

Spaunton, near Lastingham, North York Moors

£311-£603

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4 star rating
With stunning views, this property is in a peaceful location from which to enjoy the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Robin Lodge ref: E4478

Nawton, near Helmsley, , North York Moors

£308-£625

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3 star rating
Peaceful lodge enjoying lovely views, close to Helmsley with castle and market square, Rievaulx Abbey and Castle Howard close by.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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