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Places to visit

You will never be short of something to do on your North Yorkshire holiday at Church House Farm with interesting places to visit all year round.  We have fantastic beaches at Runswick Bay, Sandsend and Saltburn as well as the very popular seaside resorts of Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay.

Popular local villages to visit include Hutton-le-Hole, Lealholm, Rosedale, Goathland and Lastingham.  There are a wealth of museums and historic sites to visit including Pickering Castle, Helmsley Castle and Rievaulx Abbey, all within each reach.  As is the world famous North York Moors Railway which runs from Pickering to Whitby, through Grosmont, where you can visit the engine sheds, where the steam locomotives are maintained and restored.  

The nearby North York Moors National Park Visitors Centre in Danby has an exhibition area, cafe, shop and outdoor adventure play area; and offers a wealth of information on local events, maps and books.  Situated between the village of Danby and Castleton we are lucky to be in one of the best places to see stars with the nearby Danby Moors Centre designated as an official Dark Sky Discovery Site. Just down the lane form us you will find Botton Village where there are several farms and a workshop, cafe, and shop, selling Botton made foods and other produce.  

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. 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.

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