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.

Dragon Cottage ref: IOT

West Ness, Nunnington, Malton, North York Moors

£840-£2615

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5 star rating
Dragon Cottage
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Set in ¾ of an acre of natural unspoilt and landscaped gardens, Dragon Cottage includes fantastic on-site leisure facilities.
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    4
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Manor Farm Cottages - Little Manor Cottage ref: E3631

Yedingham, near Scarborough, North York Moors

£264-£674

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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
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    1
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    1
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Peasholm ref: 15857

Thornton le Dale, near Pickering, North York Moors

£308-£697

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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.
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    4
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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School House Cottage ref: UK2454

Coxwold, near Thirsk, North York Moors

£333-£608

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4 star rating
This cosy cottage for couples is perfectly placed for enjoying the beautiful walks and cycle trails of the Howardian Hills.
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    2
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    2
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    1
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The Long House ref: UK2180

Pickering, North York Moors

£445-£1269

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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.
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Highfield Barn ref: 24873

Scackleton, near Hovingham, North York Moors

£278-£662

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4 star rating
Stunning Howardian Hills are the back drop for this apartment, Hovingham and the market town of Helmsley are close by.
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    2
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    2
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    1
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Esk Cottage ref: 26228

Egton Bridge near Whitby, North York Moors

£234-£642

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With gated access to stepping stones leading to the pub just 100 yards away, this cottage offers lots of character in a tranquil location.
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    3
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Gable End Cottage ref: UK2373

Goathland, near Whitby, North York Moors

£304-£895

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4 star rating
Gable End Cottage is ideally located for exploring the North Yorks Moors National Park with its bustling market towns and picturesque villages.
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    4
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    2
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    2
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    1
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Featherstone Cottage ref: IVH

Newton-upon-Rawcliffe, North York Moors

£629-£2015

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4 star rating
Large characterful barn conversion in a quiet village location with plenty of country walks to enjoy across the North York Moors.
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    10
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Mill Cottage ref: CC233044

South Otterington near Thirsk, North York Moors

£310-£589

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Delightful cottage perfectly located for exploring the Moors and Dales of Yorkshire.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Manor Cottage ref: 17303

Old Byland, near Helmsley, North York Moors

£308-£1034

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4 star rating
Set within the North York Moors National Park, this detached house is great for walking, cycling and riding.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    1
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Sands Farm Cottages - Poppy Cottage ref: CC231119

Wilton near Pickering, North York Moors

£438-£23038

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4 star rating
A romantic one bedroom cottage with some low beams, a jacuzzi bath, four poster bed and a private hot tub situated within Sands Farm holiday cottages.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Camomile Cottage ref: 19797

Nunnington, North York Moors

£359-£541

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4 star rating
In an idyllic peaceful location, a lovely comfortable cottage from where you can explore this wonderful area.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Cherry Blossom ref: CC231135

Thornton le Dale near Pickering, North York Moors

£379-£625

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5 star rating
A quaint cottage for two with a wood burner in the picture perfect village of Thornton-le-Dale with its iconic thatched cottages, fields and woodland.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Mulberry Hayloft ref: DC4143

Little Barugh, near Pickering, North York Moors

£453-£847

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4 star rating
Renovated farm building furnished with flair and charm set in a sleepy hamlet.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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