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.

Mill Cottage

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Rievaulx, near Helmsley, North York Moors

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

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£675-£1375

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Rievaulx, near Helmsley, North York Moors

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£675-£1375

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Pets: 2

The Boiler House

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Osmotherley, North York Moors

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

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£299-£655

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Osmotherley, North York Moors

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£299-£655

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

Woldsend Holiday Cottages: Rose Cottage

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Rillington, North York Moors

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

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£439-£1065

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Rillington, North York Moors

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£439-£1065

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

Pan Cottage

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Middleton, near Pickering, North York Moors

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

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£345-£589

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Middleton, near Pickering, North York Moors

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£345-£589

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 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

The Shack

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Beckhole, Goathland, near Whitby, North York Moors

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£625-£655

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Beckhole, Goathland, near Whitby, North York Moors

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£625-£655

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

The Old Coach House

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Burythorpe near Malton, North York Moors

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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£340-£529

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Burythorpe near Malton, North York Moors

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£340-£529

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

Stable Cottage

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Commondale near Danby, North York Moors

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

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£309-£499

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Commondale near Danby, North York Moors

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£309-£499

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

Hungate Cottages - Rosedale

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Pickering, North York Moors

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

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£439-£1309

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Pickering, North York Moors

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£439-£1309

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

Nab End Farm Cottages - Farndale

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Glaisdale Dale, near Whitby, North York Moors

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

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£325-£865

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Glaisdale Dale, near Whitby, North York Moors

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£325-£865

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