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.

Grange Farm Cottages - Riccal Heads

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Spaunton, near Lastingham, North York Moors

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

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£509-£1275

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Spaunton, near Lastingham, North York Moors

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£509-£1275

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

Raero Cottage

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Northallerton, North York Moors

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£0-£0

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Northallerton, North York Moors

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Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Ash Lodge

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Nawton, near Helmsley, North York Moors

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£275-£865

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Nawton, near Helmsley, North York Moors

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£275-£865

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

Woldsend Holiday Cottages: Granary Cottage

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Rillington, North York Moors

  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£639-£2365

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Rillington, North York Moors

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£639-£2365

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

Honeysuckle Cottage

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Helmsley, York, North York Moors

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£509-£1139

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Helmsley, York, North York Moors

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£509-£1139

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

Craven Garth - Master Mustard

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Rosedale, near Pickering, North York Moors

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

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£375-£725

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Rosedale, near Pickering, North York Moors

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£375-£725

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

Church Cottage

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Hutton-le-Hole, near Pickering, North York Moors

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  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2
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£455-£865

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Hutton-le-Hole, near Pickering, North York Moors

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£455-£865

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

Weaver’s Cottage

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Pickering, North York Moors

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£405-£1069

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Pickering, North York Moors

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£405-£1069

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

Craven Garth - Boothferry

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Rosedale, near Pickering, North York Moors

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

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£305-£945

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Rosedale, near Pickering, North York Moors

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£305-£945

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

Chestnut Cottage

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Little Barugh, near Pickering, North York Moors

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

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£369-£689

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Little Barugh, near Pickering, North York Moors

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£369-£689

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

The Loft

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Lockton, near Pickering, North York Moors

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

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£345-£719

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Lockton, near Pickering, North York Moors

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£345-£719

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

Moorlands Cottage

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Levisham, North York Moors

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

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£389-£635

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Levisham, North York Moors

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£389-£635

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

West Wood Hideaway

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Wrelton, near Pickering , North York Moors

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

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£305-£795

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Wrelton, near Pickering , North York Moors

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£305-£795

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

Southview

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Keldholme, near Kirkbymoorside, North York Moors

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£395-£1199

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Keldholme, near Kirkbymoorside, North York Moors

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£395-£1199

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

Beckside Cottage

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Great Fryupdale, North York Moors

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

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£375-£649

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Great Fryupdale, North York Moors

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£375-£649

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