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The North York Moors is situated to the North east of England and encomasses the coastal town of Whitby, home to Dracula and good fish!
The Moors themselves are bleak and full of sheep but there are some fantasic walks including the 40 mile Lyke Wake Walk (a toughie)
Home also to Goathland where 'Heartbeat' is filmed, there isn't lot here but it is good for walks, especially to the waterfall of Mallyan Spout, not sure how high this is but its pretty impressive.
Near Hutton le Hole which is a beautiful little village you come to The Lion Inn which is a great little pub situated at Blaket at the very top of the Moor, they do great meals here and there are some lovely walks from here around the valley following an old railtrack.
All in all the moors are great for walks, good access to the seaside towns too for the kids
I have had 2 holidays in the North Yorkshire moors,they are a unique place to go . In fact a lot of people would benefit from exploring this wonderful island of ours ,instead of going abroad for their vacation. Both times I visited the moors I camped on sites and toured the area,the first site I stayed on was a on an old steam Railway station ,in I think it was Sutton -le- hole,its a few years ago so I will look that up and add on end of opinion. The moors are full of heather and grazing goats and coming to this area from the south of England the moors seem huge.There are tiny little villages dotted here and there ,and the North yorkshire steam Railway runs right through the middle of the moor,I did have one journey on this Railway ,and the scenery is breathtaking.Hope this has been helpful. This Journey commences at Pickering and ends at Goathsland,yes your righ there are a lot of goats in that particular place. There is one more stop after Goathsland but I didnt take it because it is very steep. There is a tea place at Goathsland,so those that dont want to do the last leg of the Journey can stop off the train and have a welcome cup of tea and light refreshments. By the way the whole area has very steep hills that was one thing I found taxing,some people might find this exciteing. The air is very good ,so it is a very healthy place to stay and such variety . I visited Whitby on the coast ,Robin Hoods bay,and Scarborough all sell very tasty fish and chips,with large seagulls drooling on the roofs. Scarborough has those famous donkey rides on the beach fun for all the family. Robin hoods bay is a romantic little place,with a winding cobbled path that goes down to the sea . Little shops are on this small winding path,its the sort of place that would have been used by smugglers many years ago. Whitby has lovely beaches ,and is a good pl
ace for families to go .Also nice eating places antique shops,Whitby is famous for its jet ,a black semi precious stone loved by the victorians. Whitby also has and a good launderette,which is helpful if you are camping. The Campsite I was on mentioned earlier was cosy and had some showers,you should find camping sites on AA or Rac maps.Or just look for signs. The second holiday I had was in Keighly ,wuthering heights country ,in fact we ended up camping on a hill opposite the famous rock featured in Wuthering Heights story.We found a farm onthe opposite hill because there were floods in the valley,something to remember if you visit ,keep to the hills if there are floods. Keighly has the famous Railway used as site for the first Railway children film. I remember that camping site,I mentioned earlier was Thornton in the Dale,(not Sutton le Dale), a very pretty place,they make monster bakewell tarts there in a little patisserie ,and the northern version of custard tarts with currants in .You certainly learn the meaning of up hill ,down dale in this part of the UK. If you dont want to camp I have seen cottages to let in the Lady magazine.They are made of stone along with the walls ,that lovely pale stone . In Bronte country over by Keighly there is one of those steep cobbled hills one of Keighly stations is at the bottom.I went on the Keighly Railway it has several small tunnels ,there are some nice Pubs in Keighly and another venue for fish and chips,they cook some of the best in Yorkshire. Bishop Monkton is a nice little village,with little steams running down the main street,we camped on a farm surrounded by sheep in a field .When we arrived there we had some of that northern hospitality,and we were handed a mug of tea by the farmer and his wife,this is something southerners lack,and could learn from.There is a nice pub in Bishop Monkton that also cooked nice meals. Some
of the towns further down going south hold markets . The holiday was totally unplanned it was quite exciting at the time to just follow your nose and see and discover as you travel. You do need a good map and the moors can get tricky if it gets misty so have your map to hand at all times ,or you might want to plan the whole trip ,the phone numbers heading this opinion should be helpful. This area is refreshing and beautiful.
Whether you’re a fan of Heartbeat or not the North York Moors Railway is well worth a visit. It runs from Pickering in the south to Grosmont in the north, via Goathland, which is transformed into Aidensfield in order to film Heartbeat. Just in case you’re unfamiliar with the place names here, this railway is situated almost on the north east coast of England, in Yorkshire. The steam trains and carriages are the originals, which have been lovingly restored providing a treat for the enthusiast and the interested observer alike. There is a gift shop on Pickering Station selling all sorts of railway memorabilia. Pickering was originally a Celtic town and dates back to the third century BC. The Motte and Bailey castle has Norman remnants and the church has medieval frescos and effigies. There is also the Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life, which depicts the Victorian era by showing typical shops of the time. At the other end Grosmont is a typical little northern hillside village with the railway running straight through the middle of it. There are sheds here that house an exhibition of railway carriages and engines dating back to 1890. Goathland, which is the stop before Grosmont, is the village where Heartbeat is filmed. The Goathland Hotel also known as the Aidensfield Arms looks just the same inside as it does on the television. I quite expected Claude Greengrass to come in and order a scotch! The only things they change for the benefit of the cameras are the modern optics and such like behind the bar. It appears smaller than it looks on TV, but apart from that it’s like stepping into Heartbeat. I’m a fan of the series anyway, but for ages after our visit I was saying things like ‘I sat there, where PC Ventris just sat!’ I would love to be able to go and see them filming. The village shops, post office and village green are instantly recognisable from the programme but don’t
go looking for the Police House as Goathland doesn’t actually have one! Those scenes are shot elsewhere in Yorkshire. At the northern end of Goathland is the Mallyan Hotel, behind which is a steep, rough track leading down to Mallyan Spout, a 70 foot waterfall pouring over a mossy cliff. This is a quite a scramble taking about 20 minutes and remember what goes down has got to come back up at some point, but the views at the bottom are well worth the climb. The waterfall itself nestles in a little leafy glen and is very pretty, but to get a good view at the bottom you have to climb over some large boulders which are quite slippery due to the fact that they are constantly wet from the waterfall. The scenery all along the route of the North York Moors Railway is spectacular and it’s a journey I would very much like to repeat one day.
The North Yorkshire Moors are mostly vast areas of heather moor land that goes from The Vale Of Pickering to the Esk Valley, they are only broken by steep sided valleys. Pickering is the south terminus of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which operates both steam and diesel services throughout the season. The North Terminus of the railway is in Grosmont, which is the former Esk Valley Village. If you take a short walk from the terminus you can see the locomotive sheds, on route you pass through a short tunnel which used to be on George Stephenson's original line in 1836. The main visitors centre is in Danby which gives you an introduction to the area, they also have picnic sites, nature trails, adventure playgrounds and miles of waymarked walks. An attractive place to see is Hutton-Le-Hole, where they have stone houses with pink roofs, this is the most attractive village on the moors. The village green is divided by a moor land brook, where the sheep roam freely among the cottages.
I live in Whitby Which is a town, surrounded by the North yorkshire Moors, so you can avoid them really! They are lovely if you are the sort of person who enjoys scenic walks in the country. There are many organised trails, such as Danby, Falling Foss,and many more. All have clearly marked routes to follow and refreshments available on site. Some of the views and scenery is breathtaking, lots of streams with little stepping stones to go across,and most of all lots of wildlife!!, i.e sheep everywhere!!.It really is pretty especially in the summer when all the Heather comes out.But please note before taking these long trails, wear suitable footwear and clothing as the climate varys a lot here even in summer. The downside is in winter the moors are the bleakest parts and almost eerie, so I wouldnt recommend a visit then on foot anyway!