North Yorkshire is a region of stunning contrasts with many places to visit. We are situated on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. The North York Moors National Park runs from Scarborough, Whitby, Staithes and Saltburn on the coast to the market towns of Pickering, Helmsley and Thirsk via some stunning moorland.
Dalby Forest is the main attraction within the North York Moors which has numerous walks and cycle routes to suit all abilities.
The local market towns and villages all have their own individual character with independant shops and interesting nooks and crannies to explore.
Helmsley is known for its galleries, boutique shops, luxury hotels, coffee shops and restaurants. Friday is market day. Explore the impressive ruins of Helmsley Castle, enjoy the serenity of the Walled Garden.
Kirkbymoorside has a broad, cobble-lined main street and fine Georgian buildings, with a market on Wednesday.
Pickering is one of the area’s oldest towns, founded in 270 BC! It has a castle, an eclectic museum and a wide variety of shops, cafés and pubs, and is at the start of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. A lively Monday street market and first Thursday farmers’ markets are a good source of local produce.
Thornton-le-Dale is a well-known gateway to Dalby Forest. Visitors enjoy strolling along the stream which flows through the village, looking out for the beautiful Beck Isle Cottage, one of the most photographed chocolate-box thatched cottages in England.
Hutton-le-Hole nestles beside one of the many streams flowing south towards the river Rye. Sheep roam at will, ignoring the distinctive white painted birds’-mouth fencing as they enjoy the gently undulating grassy areas beside the babbling beck.
Hutton-le-Hole is home to the Ryedale Folk Museum, with the Harrison Collection, an incredible collection of English everyday antiques and rare curiosities put together by Edward and Richard Harrison. Spanning five centuries of history, the collection covers everything from cooking pots to brain surgery tools.
At the eastern edge of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is Malton. It’s becoming a real magnet for foodies and those who wish to enjoy its Saturday market, Georgian buildings and discover its links with Charles Dickens.
We have an information room on site to help you plan your days out. You can also visit our attractions page. Please do call into reception where we will be happy to share our information on the local area.