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North York Moors National Park

Heather-covered hills and views for miles

North York Moors National Park

North York Moors National Park, on the northeast coast of England, is renowned for having some of the best views in Britain. Covering an area of 554 square miles, the park is home to 26 miles of majestic coastline, wide sweeps of open heather moorland, dramatic dales and ancient woodland.

The natural beauty of the North York Moors National Park has been drawing people here for thousands of years, and evidence of its long and fascinating history can be seen all over the park. You can unearth Bronze and Iron Age settlements, discover intricate Gothic architecture or step inside a 'secret' Cold War bunker.

There are plenty of official walking routes and guided tours, as well as two National Trails if you want to walk; miles and miles of cross-country cycle trails for everyone from families to world-class mountain bikers; and if you really want to get back to nature, head to the nearest stables and trot around on horseback.

Top 5 things to see and do

1. Head to Sutton Bank at nightfall – its Dark Sky status means it’s perfect for star gazing

2. Explore the narrow streets and red-roofed cottages that tumble down to the sea at Robin Hood’s Bay

3. Hop on the steam-powered North Yorkshire Moors Railway and explore the picture-perfect villages of the National Park in style

4. Visit the atmospheric ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, set in the deep valley of the River Rye

5. Explore the coastal town of Whitby, inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula

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