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Wild, windswept and wonderful, the North York Moors are a breath of fresh air. Comprising over 1,400 miles of natural beauty, this enchanting region is home to heather moorland, pine forests, rolling hills and shimmering coastline, not to mention badgers, roe deer, red squirrels and hawks. Look closer and you’ll discover historic abbeys, castles and priories, traditional pubs and ‘hidden’ villages and hamlets.
To give you a flavour of just how spectacular the North York Moors National Park is, James Herriot described Sutton Bank as ‘the best view in England’. You can’t help but immerse yourself in its alluring wildness and experience pure moments of bliss as you saunter through beautiful woodland, skim pebbles across streams and breathe in the history that whispers through ancient castles and villages.
The landscape of the moors has many secrets to share about the people who lived here in times gone past. Archaeologists have discovered the remains of Iron and Bronze Age settlements and you’ll be spoilt by the number of abbeys, castles and priories that play hide and seek across the moorland. But perhaps the biggest clues come from the strong traditions which still thrive in the villages today.
Of course time and tide move on, and you’ll also find plenty of modern distractions within easy reach. The coastal resorts of Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay and Scarborough are brimming with activities from fossil hunting to a spot of surfing. Or you can head to Thirsk and explore the home and surgery of James Herriot and try your hand in the TV studio.