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.

Fryup Gill Cottages - Fryup Gill Cottage 2

4 star rating

Great Fryup, near Whitby, North York Moors

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

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£485-£1169

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Great Fryup, near Whitby, North York Moors

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£485-£1169

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

Colville House

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Helmsley, North York Moors

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

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£305-£905

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Helmsley, North York Moors

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£305-£905

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

Sands Farm Cottages - Daisy Cottage

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Wilton near Pickering, North York Moors

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

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£835-£1345

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Wilton near Pickering, North York Moors

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£835-£1345

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

The Loft

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Lockton, near Pickering, North York Moors

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

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£379-£689

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Lockton, near Pickering, North York Moors

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£379-£689

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

Squirrel Cottage

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Thornton-le-Dale, North York Moors

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

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£309-£735

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Thornton-le-Dale, North York Moors

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£309-£735

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

Westfield Barns - The Roost

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Normanby, near Helmsley, North York Moors

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

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£379-£689

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Normanby, near Helmsley, North York Moors

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£379-£689

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

Forest Lodge Farm - Coltus Lands

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Castleton, North York Moors

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

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£480-£1079

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Castleton, North York Moors

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£480-£1079

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

Nab End Farm Cottages - Eskdale

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Glaisdale Dale, near Whitby, North York Moors

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  • Bedrooms: 1
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  • Number of Pets: 2

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£289-£655

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Glaisdale Dale, near Whitby, North York Moors

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£289-£655

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 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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£689-£1749

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Thimbleby, near Osmotherley, North York Moors

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£689-£1749

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

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-£825

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Rosedale, near Pickering, North York Moors

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£345-£825

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

Hillcrest

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Pickering, North York Moors

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

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£355-£729

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Pickering, North York Moors

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£355-£729

Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 0

Newbiggin Hall Cottages - Park Lane Cottage

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Aislaby near Grosmont and Whitby, North York Moors

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

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£415-£899

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Aislaby near Grosmont and Whitby, North York Moors

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£415-£899

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

Cherry Garth

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Goathland, North York Moors

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

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£605-£1635

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Goathland, North York Moors

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£605-£1635

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

Hill View Cottage

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Sinnington near Pickering, North York Moors

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

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£385-£809

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Sinnington near Pickering, North York Moors

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£385-£809

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

Elm Tree Cottage

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Little Barugh, near Pickering, North York Moors

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

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£385-£709

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Little Barugh, near Pickering, North York Moors

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£385-£709

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