Rugged and remote with a stunning coastline
With more than 4,500 square miles at your disposal, Yorkshire still has plenty of undiscovered country to explore. The stark beauty of the North York Moors National Park is a rugged and less-frequented landscape of lonely uplands, riven by steep-sided valleys and fringed with a truly spectacular stretch of coastline.
The Moors are a place of drama and solitude – an elevated plateau with an elemental quality where humans have worked in rhythm with an ancient landscape. The area has changed little over the millennia. With only a handful of villages and towns dotted around the boundaries of the park, the wild heart of the Moors is best explored on foot or by bike.
The 550 square mile expanse of the national park is criss-crossed with footpaths, tracks and quiet roads. The Moors offer limitless opportunities for a walking, trail running or cycling.
Another highlight of this natural wilderness is its spectacular coastline. Stretching from just north of the bustling seaside resort of Scarborough to the edge of Teesside at Saltburn, this stunning littoral strip encompasses soaring sea cliffs. Scenic fishing ports are huddled among valleys carved by rivers as they flow off the Moors and into the sea.
Whitby, Staithes, Ravenscar and Robin Hood’s Bay are just some of the characterful towns and villages just waiting to be explored along this enchanting stretch of Yorkshire’s North Sea coast.
This rugged expanse of coastline offers some of England’s best coastal walking and – for those who are happy to trek to lonely beaches in far-flung locations in search of the perfect wave – some superlative surfing.