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North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Yorkshire’s outdoor paradise, the North York Moors National Park is a magical mix of ancient ruined abbeys and castles, beautiful market towns and villages rich in local produce. A host of outdoor activities are available in the Park from forest mountain biking and outdoor adventure centres to walking around the Cleveland Way National Trail. Whether you’re looking for a best horse riding, cycling or walking holiday base, the North Yorkshire Moors is the perfect choice.

Take a ride on one of Britain’s great scenic railways, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway running from Pickering in the south, through the heart of the park to Whitby on the coast. Star village of hit tv series ‘Heatbeat’ – Goathland is one of the station stops along the line! Enjoy a packed programme of events across market towns and villages, from food festivals to arts extravaganzas and weekly local produce and craft markets.

Base yourself in fun family Pickering at the start of the North York Moors Railway where you’ll find a host of traditional inns, family restaurants and museums or opt for Helmsley on the south western edge of the park with its magnificent castle ruins and choice of specialist shops and inns. The two main National Park visitor centres are at Sutton Bank east of Thirsk – you’re western gateway, and the flagship Moors Centre in Danby on the Northern edge of the park.

One of the most dazzling collections of Medieval abbey remains cluster here in the North York Moors National Park. The area was once a mighty powerhouse of Cistercian Monasteries, Augustinian Priories and other orders of monks including Benedictine and Gilbertine. The choice of outdoor activities available in the park will astound, with everything from premier golf, fishing and birdwatching to Go Ape activity centres, watersports, horse riding and rock climbing all available. Take a holiday in the North York Moors. Book accommodation with Iknow.

Accommodation in the North York Moors

  • Ampleforth
    Sleeps 7
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    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 7
    Spacious luxury holiday home in Ampleforth village on the edge of the North York Moors, perfect for family groups with garden, woodburner, WiFi, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
  • Hovingham
    Sleeps 6
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    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 6
    Delightful cottage in Hovingham on the edge of the Howardian Hills, only 17 miles from York. Family friendly with an enclosed garden, fully fitted kitchen with AGA and WiFi.
  • Gillamoor
    Sleeps 4
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    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
    Beautifully refurbished cottage in Gillamoor village near Kirkbymoorside with an enclosed garden, fully fitted kitchen and 2 en-suite bedrooms. Family and pet friendly.