One of the smallest of the National Parks, the North York Moors comprise a high plateau bounded on the north by the Plain of Cleveland and on the south by the vales of Pickering and York. The park is at its scenic best in August and September, when the purple heather is in bloom. On the north and south the moors are etched by deep valleys, or dales, and the eastern boundary of the park ends in a spectacular coastline.
North York Moors near Stape
North York Moors
near Stape, north of Pickering
One of the most popular dales with visitors is Farndale, where the springtime daffodil displays bring people flocking to the walk between Low Mill and Church houses.

For a memorable walk, trace the course of the defunct Rosedale Railway over the moors from Rosedale to Ingleby Greenhow. These high moors are home to a variety of birdlife, including curlews, golden plovers, and merlins.
Wheeldale Moor, North York Moors
Wheeldale Moor
The Cleveland Way National Trail hugs the rim of the moor, and a trip along it provides excellent views. Along the trail is the distinctive Roseberry Topping, which looks, if you use your imagination, like a miniature version of the Matterhorn. This region is home to Captain Cook, whose father worked on a farm at the foot of the Topping.
Worth Seeing:
Moors Centre (Danby) - information centre for the park, with 13 acres of woods and meadow walks.
Esk Valley Walk - 33 mile trail between Farndale Moor and Whitby following the route of the Esk Valley railway and the Esk river to the sea.
Ravenscar Geological Trail - walks of 2.5 and 4.5 miles following the course of the Peak Fault, past disused alum quarries. The area is rich in fossils.
Rievaulx Abbey - this extremely popular medieval abbey sits in woodland bisected by 12 lovely walks.
Hayburn Wyke (Staintondale) - path beside Thorny Beck, with its series of waterfalls, through a nature reserve to the sea.
Robin Hoods Bay, North York Moors
Robin Hoods Bay
Ordnance Survey maps covering the North York Moors:
Explorer OS maps (Scale: 4cm = 1 km / 1: 25000) - best for walking
EX027 North York Moors - Eastern Area
EX026 North York Moors - Western Area

Landranger OS maps (Scale: 2cm = 1km / 1: 50000)


North Yorkshire Moors National Park
The Old Vicarage, Bondgate
YO62 5BP
Phone 01439 772700

Visitor Centres
Tel 01439 772737

Sutton Bank
Tel 01845 597426

All photos © David Ross and Britain Express

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