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Things to do

Places to visit

You will never be short of something to do on your North Yorkshire holiday at Church House Farm. There are interesting places to see all year round.

Popular places to visit locally include Rosedale, Hutton-le-Hole (Ryedale Folk Museum), Goathland (TV's Heartbeat location) and the bustling market towns of Helmsley, Pickering and Stokesley. You can take a step back in time and ride on the steam railway from Pickering to Whitby and Grosmont, venturing slightly further afield is Flamingo Land Zoo and Theme Park.

The East Coast seaside resort of Whitby is close by, with Scarborough a little further away, although still easily accessible. You will find stunning beaches at Sandsend, Runswick Bay and Robin Hoods Bay which are linked by beautiful coastal paths.

In the immediate area, you will find Botton Village run by the Camphill Trust which is open to the public and has a coffee shop. The Moors National Park Centre at Danby is a visitors centre with cafe, exhibitions and is an excellent source of information on local attractions, walks etc. We are also situated close to the popular wedding venue of Danby Castle.

Cycling

With many miles of country roads, bridleways, moorland and forest tracks, the North York Moors National Park is a perfect cycling area for all abilities and disciplines. The variable terrain makes it a superb choice for both road rides and mountain biking; you will not fail to be amazed by the beautiful area. Road rides will take you over picturesque moorland, through idyllic villages and along stunning coastline whilst there are numerous areas of moorland and forestry tracks that are popular for Mountain Biking.

Why not try the Moor to Sea cycle ride on your holiday? Featuring over 80 miles of forest tracks, lanes, and the disused coastal railway, the route can be ridden in stages ranging from easy to more challenging. Alternatively Dalby Forest and Guisborough Forest are both close by and offer a range of graded Mountain Bike routes.

If you prefer to stick to the roads, you could try the Pickering & Esk Dale route. A tough 80km of climbing and moor crossings but with a variety of roads and scenery you would struggle to match anywhere else in England!

There are hundreds of cycling routes and tracks based in and around the North York Moors National Park, far too many for us to list here. 

Please see below for links that may give you a better idea about what there is to offer.

British Cycling - Ride Guide North Yorkshire Moors

North Yorkshire Moors National Park - Cycling

Cycle Route - North Yorkshire

Moor to Sea Cycle Route

Esk Valley Railway - Cycling & Walking

Forestry Commission - Yorkshire & The Humber

Mountain Bike Routes - North York Moors

Walking

Whether you enjoy a gentle stroll or a long, tough hike, there are walks on the North York Moors and North East Coastline that will cater for everyone. There are 1400 miles of documented walks in the area taking in the stunning moorland, beautiful forests and coastline of North Yorkshire.

For a shorter walk, perhaps try the Danby Castle walk through the Esk Dale allowing you to take in Danby Castle which dates back to the 1300's and crosses the rolling farmland and country lanes of the area. If you are looking for something more strenuous, the Esk Valley walk is a 35 mile trail that takes you from the source of the River Esk and brings you to the estuary where it joins the sea at Whitby Harbour. A moorland-to-coast walk, it also leads you through riverside country and a steep wooded gorge.

We are also well situated for you to complete stages of the popular Coast to Coast and the Cleveland Way routes.

Many of these walks are linked by the Esk Valley train line and bus routes enabling you to return to your starting point if needed. Alternatively, we can prearrange drop off and pick-ups for a small charge.

Walking routes in the North York Moors National Park offer endless possibilities and there is something for everyone. Below are some links where you will find further information to plan your walking holiday.

The Walking Englishman - Walks in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire Moors National Park - Walking

Esk Valley Railway - Walking & Cycling

Walking Britain - North York Moors

go4awalk - route maps in The North York Moors

National Trails - Cleveland Way