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.

Beech Farm - Shepherd’s Lodge ref: KVQ

Wrelton, Pickering, North York Moors

£1040-£2545

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4 star rating
Beech Farm - Shepherd’s Lodge
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Children will love this complex, with its indoor pool, play area and animals including chickens, sheep and ducks.
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    10
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  • Bedrooms
    5
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    4
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Medds Farmhouse ref: 29917

Thorgill, near Rosedale Abbey, North York Moors

£732-£773

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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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Little Edstone Farm -The Farmhouse - West Wing ref: IYX

Little Edstone, near Pickering, North York Moors

£967-£2122

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4 star rating
Set on the owner’s organic farm, guests can buy local produce from the very grounds that The Farmhouse lies within.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Red House Farm Cottages - The Hayloft ref: IGP

Glaisdale, near Whitby, North York Moors

£359-£687

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4 star rating
After a day walking in the local area, return to this property and enjoy a long soak in your own Jacuzzi bath.
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    2
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    0
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Manor Farm Cottages - Little Manor Cottage ref: E3631

Yedingham, near Scarborough, North York Moors

£264-£622

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3 star rating
Spacious cottage with open fire and countryside views, close to the traditional seaside entertainment and golden sands of Scarborough.
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    3
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Chestnut Cottage ref: DC4054

Little Barugh, near Pickering, North York Moors

£372-£673

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4 star rating
Renovated farm building furnished with flair and charm.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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River Cottage ref: CC233047

Great Ayton, North York Moors

£0-£564

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4 star rating
Perfect for walkers and positioned in a stunning location overlooking the river
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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The Long House ref: UK2180

Pickering, North York Moors

£477-£1174

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3 star rating
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.
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Highfield Barn ref: DC4694

Helmsley, North York Moors

£0-£538

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4 star rating
Beautifully presented cottage within a peaceful location
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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Hallgarth House ref: ISE

Pickering, North York Moors

£665-£1513

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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.
  • Sleeps
    10
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Peasholm ref: 15857

Thornton le Dale, near Pickering, North York Moors

£301-£678

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3 star rating
Lying on the edge of the National Park with Dalby Forest and the North York Moors nearby, is this cosy property.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Beech Farm - Beech Royd ref: KVU

Wrelton, Pickering, North York Moors

£381-£969

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4 star rating
After a day spent exploring the region’s many attractions, relax in the shared indoor pool, sauna and spa.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Willow Grange Cottages - The Gallery ref: CC233069

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

£323-£679

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4 star rating
A collection of luxury properties with access to two hot tubs and a play area.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Southolme Lodges - Sycamore Lodge ref: CC232120

Pickering, North York Moors

£276-£479

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3 star rating
A delightful single storey cottage sleeping 2
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Laskill Grange - Foxglove Cottage ref: W43183

Bilsdale, near Helmsley, North York Moors

£295-£674

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4 star rating
  • Sleeps
    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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