The Howardian Hills offer a unique landscape between the North York Moors National Park, the Yorkshire Wolds and the Vale of York. They were designated An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1987 and are perhaps best known for the array of country houses they are home to. The most well known is Castle Howard (used in the series Brideshead Re visited), but you will also find Hovingham Hall (which was the childhood home of the Duchess of Kent), Duncombe Park, Newburgh Priory, Nunnington Hall (National Trust) and Gilling Castle.
There are some beautiful walks and cycles to enjoy where you will take in the varied scenery of rolling arable plains interspersed with woodlands and hills.
The towns of Malton and Hemsley flank the boundries of the Hills and there are many pretty villages to discover within the area where you can rest and enjoy some refreshments.