The moors, dales, forests and coasts of Yorkshire are steeped in history, rich in wildlife and packed with exciting activities for all the family
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Whether you’re into walks in the fresh air, cycle rides across open country, wildlife, ancient monuments, or delicious cake, there’s plenty to keep all the family entertained around the North York Moors National Park.
Walking is the ideal way to explore the National Park. If you’re not sure what type of walk to pick, there’s advice galore on the North York Moors website. Choices range from easy-access routes to three to seven mile family walks past iconic landmarks, such as the White Horse of Kilburn, with 360° panoramic views.
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Cycling is another way to explore. For beginners, or those with young families, Sutton Bank is a good choice, as it has easy trails.
Families will also enjoy cycle pathways through the Dalby Forest as there are pretty places to picnic, playgrounds and the amazing Go Ape Tree Top Adventure hill-to-hill zip wire.
More experienced cyclists can try a section of the 150-mile Moor to Sea Cycle Network from Scarborough to Great Ayton.
Forget urban squirrels – think whales and dolphins. On a Whitby Whale Watching trip you can see minke whales, porpoises and white-beaked dolphins, which follow the shoals of mackerel and herring.
From gannets to guillemots, sea birds are plentiful, and the woodlands are full of birds of prey, badgers, deer, stoats and weasels.
The North York Moors have been inhabited for thousands of years, with an Iron Age hill-fort, Roman remains, medieval castles and even dinosaur footprints along the coast. There are more than 20 historic abbeys, castles and gardens to discover, but we love the atmospheric ruin of Rievaulx Abbey.
Not for nothing are the North York Moors known as the ‘Capital of Cake’! There are hundreds of places to enjoy a sweet treat and the Black Swan Hotel is renowned for its traditional afternoon tea, which is English tradition at its finest.
If you prefer savoury to sweet, fish and chips by Whitby harbour is a must!
There’s more besides…
Then there’s still horse-riding, sailing, windsurfing, swimming and fishing to try. Music to be heard at the Saltburn Folk Festival on 10-12 August, or the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival on 12-25 August. Noel Coward’s Private Lives to be watched at Esk Valley Theatre from 9 August to 1 September. And an unmissable steam train ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Plus this is one of the best places in the UK to see the stars. It’s truly #alivewithadventure
Win a stay in the North York Moors
Fancy a two-night, bed and breakfast stay at Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa, in the heart of Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park? Then enter yourself to win at northyorkmoors.org.uk/fevarms
If you’re picked, you and someone special could be relaxing at this award-winning hotel and spa very soon. Plus you’ll be treated to dinner and a bottle of wine on one night, too. (Full details and terms and conditions on the website).
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It’s a place alive with adventure and the adventure is yours to make. Start your own adventure at northyorkmoors.org.uk/visiting