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.

Quarry Cottage ref: DC4087

Commondale near Danby, North York Moors

£266-£458

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Converted farm building surrounded by quiet tracks and footpaths within the North York Moors.
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Hall Garth ref: E2867

Wrelton, near Pickering, Yorkshire, North York Moors

£0-£910

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Traditional character cottage with a woodburner in an inglenook fireplace, beams and sole use of the hot tub - great walking at Cropton Forest close by.
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Mill Cottage ref: UK2449

Rievaulx, near Helmsley, North York Moors

£529-£1269

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A detached character cottage with an open fire, overlooking Rievaulx Abbey.
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Willow Grange Cottages - Sunset ref: CC233072

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

£369-£774

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4 star rating
A collection of luxury properties with access to two hot tubs and a play area.
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Maddy Cart House ref: UK2048

near Castleton, North York Moors

£178-£427

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With sweeping moorland views, this studio property has a shared games room and lies within easy reach of the coast and the North York Moors.
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Swiss Cottage ref: UK2450

Rievaulx, near Helmsley, North York Moors

£579-£1415

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4 star rating
This beautiful 17th century detached thatched cottage overlooks Rievalux Abbey.
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Sands Farm Cottages - Honeysuckle Cottage ref: CC231116

Wilton near Pickering, North York Moors

£439-£23038

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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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Ash Lodge ref: W40993

Nawton, near Helmsley, North York Moors

£329-£744

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4 star rating
Detached lodge, in lovely countryside, between Helmsley and Kirkbymoorside, with Castle Howard, Duncombe Park, and York all easily accessible.
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Evergreen Cottage ref: 27886

Sinnington, near Pickering, North York Moors

£359-£727

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Explore moors and coast or enjoy pony trekking, stately homes and seaside resorts, all easily accessible from this picturesque village.
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    4
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    2
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    2
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Southolme Lodges - Oak Lodge ref: CC232118

Pickering, North York Moors

£307-£499

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A delightful single storey cottage which is wheelchair friendly, is nestled in a quiet setting.
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Hungate Cottages - Levisham ref: KAK

Pickering, North York Moors

£399-£1369

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4 star rating
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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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
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    3
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Daisy Cottage ref: IRB

Thornton-le-Dale, North York Moors

£338-£1071

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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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    4
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    2
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Dairy Cottage ref: CC233041

Carlton near Stokesley, North York Moors

£319-£641

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4 star rating
A charming barn conversion near Carlton village in Stokesley
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Forget-Me-Not Cottage ref: UK2314

Pickering, North York Moors

£0-£0

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4 star rating
Close to York, the North York Moors and the east coast, this cottage is in a great location for discovering all North Yorkshire has to offer.
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Colville House ref: 19181

Helmsley, North York Moors

£288-£994

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3 star rating
Enjoy exploring Runswick Bay and Robin Hoods Bay, well as Whitby and York from this comfortable detached house.
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    1
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