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.

Baysdale Abbey

4 star rating

Kildale, near Stokesley, North York Moors

  • Sleeps: 17
  • Bedrooms: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4
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£1289-£2739

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Kildale, near Stokesley, North York Moors

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£1289-£2739

Sleeps: 17 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 0

Lilla Cottage

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Westerdale, near Castleton, North York Moors

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

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£325-£609

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Westerdale, near Castleton, North York Moors

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£325-£609

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

Bridge House

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Helmsley, North York Moors

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£469-£1395

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Helmsley, North York Moors

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£469-£1395

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3 Pets: 0

Sands Farm Cottages - Poppy Cottage

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Wilton near Pickering, North York Moors

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  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£455-£739

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Wilton near Pickering, North York Moors

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£455-£739

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

Hungate Cottages - Saltersgate

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Pickering, North York Moors

  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 1

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£549-£1449

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Pickering, North York Moors

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£549-£1449

Sleeps: 7 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 1

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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£485-£1165

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Spaunton, near Lastingham, North York Moors

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£485-£1165

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

Highfield Barn

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Scackleton, near Hovingham, North York Moors

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

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£305-£725

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Scackleton, near Hovingham, North York Moors

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£305-£725

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

Pear Tree Cottage

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Kirkbymoorside, North York Moors

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

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£360-£549

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Kirkbymoorside, North York Moors

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£360-£549

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

Hungate Cottages - Danbydale

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Pickering, North York Moors

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

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£445-£1195

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Pickering, North York Moors

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£445-£1195

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

Valley View

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Beck Hole, near Goathland, North York Moors

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

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£555-£919

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Beck Hole, near Goathland, North York Moors

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£555-£919

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

Ashberry Farm Cottage

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Rievaulx near Helmsley, North York Moors

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£280-£509

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Rievaulx near Helmsley, North York Moors

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£280-£509

Sleeps: 3 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Ash Tree Cottage

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near Kirkbymoorside, North York Moors

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

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£419-£669

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near Kirkbymoorside, North York Moors

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£419-£669

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

Warren Farmhouse

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Kildale, near Whitby, North York Moors

  • Sleeps: 11
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£1259-£2609

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Kildale, near Whitby, North York Moors

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£1259-£2609

Sleeps: 11 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Pets: 2

Little Fox Cottage

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Lockton, near Pickering, North York Moors

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

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£359-£549

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Lockton, near Pickering, North York Moors

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£359-£549

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

Eden House Holiday Cottage

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Pickering, North York Moors

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

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£469-£659

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Pickering, North York Moors

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£469-£659

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