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.

The Wheelhouse

4 star rating

Swainby, near Stokesley, North York Moors

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£455-£949

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Swainby, near Stokesley, North York Moors

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£455-£949

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Emerald Cottage

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Castleton, near Whitby, North York Moors

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£335-£635

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Castleton, near Whitby, North York Moors

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£335-£635

Sleeps: 3 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Laskill Grange - Foxglove Cottage

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Bilsdale, near Helmsley, North York Moors

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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  • Number of Pets: 1

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£315-£709

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Bilsdale, near Helmsley, North York Moors

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£315-£709

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Gable End Cottage

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Goathland, near Whitby, North York Moors

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£375-£895

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Goathland, near Whitby, North York Moors

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£375-£895

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Studley House Farm Cottages - Swallowtail Cottage

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Ebberston, near Scarborough, North York Moors

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  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£345-£635

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Ebberston, near Scarborough, North York Moors

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£345-£635

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

The Old Mill at Littlebeck - The Old Mill

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Littlebeck, near Whitby, North York Moors

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  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£625-£1299

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Littlebeck, near Whitby, North York Moors

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£625-£1299

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Newbiggin Hall Cottages - Cedar Cottage

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Aislaby near Grosmont and Whitby, North York Moors

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£475-£1059

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Aislaby near Grosmont and Whitby, North York Moors

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£475-£1059

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 2

Primrose Villa

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Rosedale Abbey, near Pickering, North York Moors

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£335-£595

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Rosedale Abbey, near Pickering, North York Moors

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£335-£595

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Holme End

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Great Broughton, near Middlesborough, North York Moors

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£599-£619

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Great Broughton, near Middlesborough, North York Moors

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£599-£619

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Wood Cottage

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Chop Gate, near Stokesley, North York Moors

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£0-£953

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Chop Gate, near Stokesley, North York Moors

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£0-£953

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Maddy Cart House

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near Castleton, North York Moors

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£259-£509

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near Castleton, North York Moors

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£259-£509

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1

Toad Hall

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Helmsley, North York Moors

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£485-£1075

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Helmsley, North York Moors

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£485-£1075

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Finkle Barn

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Great Fryupdale, North York Moors

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£459-£1215

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Great Fryupdale, North York Moors

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£459-£1215

Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

The Byre

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Great Fryupdale near Whitby, North York Moors

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£415-£759

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Great Fryupdale near Whitby, North York Moors

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£415-£759

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Lavender Cottage

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Helmsley, North York Moors

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£499-£889

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Helmsley, North York Moors

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£499-£889

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 1