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The North York Moors offer an idyllic and tranquil escape and have long attracted tourists and holidaymakers from all over the world. Made a National Park in 1952, the region features one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the country, with deep valleys cutting through the landscape, hiding quaint villages and romantic ruins.
This beautiful part of the UK can be reached in less than two hours’ drive from the DFDS ferry port in Newcastle, making it perfect for a driving holiday.
Driving south on the A19 to Middlesbrough, you can choose from many great locations to head for first, from Whitby and Scarborough on the North Sea coast, to the many villages dotted throughout the region’s valleys and hills.
A trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a must, giving you 24 miles of stunning landscape from Pickering up through the heart of the National Park to Whitby. A stop-off at Goathland station is essential for Harry Potter fans too, as this is filming location of Hogsmeade station in the movies.
On a clear day it's a great idea to head up to Roseberry Topping, a distinctive hill with a jagged cliff that gives you unrivalled views across the moors. A visit to the North York Moors isn't complete without a trip to Whitby, the seaside town made famous as a location from Bram Stoker's Dracula, as well as the place where Captain Cook learned seamanship. You can explore the abbey ruins, stroll through the quaint narrow streets, and enjoy the most British of delicacies - fish and chips.
One of England’s most picturesque and impressive abbey ruins can be found at Rievaulx near Helmsley. These romantic ruins perfectly frame the tranquil valley and provide the ideal spot for a picnic.
Another must for stunning scenery is the view from Sutton Bank, undoubtedly one of the finest in England. This breath-taking vista over the fields of Yorkshire is also the start of a fantastic walk that leads to the Kilburn White Horse, the largest chalk horse in the country. This massive piece of art was created by a Victorian schoolmaster, inspired by the ancient chalk horses found in the south of England.