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.

Moorland Cottages - Heather Cottage

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

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Number of Pets: 2

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£455-£775

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

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£455-£775

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

Stobthorn Cottage

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Brompton near Northallerton, North York Moors

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

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£489-£649

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Brompton near Northallerton, North York Moors

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£489-£649

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

Highfield Barn

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Scackleton, near Hovingham, North York Moors

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

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£299-£729

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Scackleton, near Hovingham, North York Moors

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£299-£729

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

Ash Garth Cottage

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Little Barugh, near Pickering, North York Moors

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

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£549-£885

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Little Barugh, near Pickering, North York Moors

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£549-£885

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 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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£349-£719

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Nawton, near Helmsley, North York Moors

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£349-£719

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

The Long House

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Pickering, North York Moors

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

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£479-£1235

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Pickering, North York Moors

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£479-£1235

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

Old Reading Room

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Thimbleby, near Osmotherley, North York Moors

  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£675-£1749

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Thimbleby, near Osmotherley, North York Moors

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£675-£1749

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Pets: 0

Pickering Beckside

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Pickering, North York Moors

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

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£399-£1195

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Pickering, North York Moors

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£399-£1195

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

Red House Farm Cottages - Threshing Barn

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Glaisdale, near Whitby, North York Moors

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

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£499-£995

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Glaisdale, near Whitby, North York Moors

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£499-£995

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

The Old Mill at Littlebeck - Woodlands

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Littlebeck, near Whitby, North York Moors

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

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£379-£649

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Littlebeck, near Whitby, North York Moors

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£379-£649

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

Laskill Grange - The Granary

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Bilsdale, near Helmsley, North York Moors

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

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£509-£1245

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Bilsdale, near Helmsley, North York Moors

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£509-£1245

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

Craven Garth - Corby Wood

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Rosedale, near Pickering, North York Moors

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

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£345-£759

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Rosedale, near Pickering, North York Moors

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£345-£759

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

Cherry Tree Barn

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Little Barugh, near Pickering, North York Moors

  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Number of Pets: 0

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£830-£1589

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Little Barugh, near Pickering, North York Moors

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£830-£1589

Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Pets: 0

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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£0-£983

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Helmsley, York, North York Moors

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£0-£983

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

Willow Tree Cottage

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Thornton-le-Dale, near Pickering, North York Moors

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

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£399-£905

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Thornton-le-Dale, near Pickering, North York Moors

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£399-£905

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