Places to visit
Popular local villages to visit include: Lealholm, Rosedale, Goathland (Aidensfield), Hutton-le-Hole with Ryedale Folk Museum, and Lastingham with St Mary's Church famous for its eleventh-centre crypt. There are a wealth of museums and historic sites to visit including Pickering Castle, Helmsley Castle, Whitby Abbey and Rievaulx Abbey. The historic city of York is just over an hour away.
There are fantastic beaches at Runswick Bay, Sandsend, Robin Hood's Bay and Saltburn where you can travel up into the town centre on the funicular railway, the oldest operating water-balance cliff lift. As well as the very popular seaside resorts of Whitby which offers whale watching, harbour boat trips, and the Captain Cook Memorial Museum; and the wonderful Whitby Museum with displays of the town's whaling, shipping, and geological history, including some impressively large fossils!
The world famous North York Moors Railway (as seen on TV) 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, gallery, cafe, shop and outdoor adventure play area; and offers a wealth of information on local events, maps, books and guides to the local area. Situated between the village of Danby and Castleton we are lucky to be in one of the best places to see stars with the Danby Moors Centre designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site. Just down the lane from us you will find Botton Village where there are several farms and a workshop, cafe, and shop, selling Botton made foods and other produce.
Whether you enjoy a gentle stroll or a good long hike, there are footpaths from our doorstep going in every direction. There are 1400 miles of documented walks on the North York Moors, taking in the stunning moorland, beautiful forests and coastline of North Yorkshire. Many of these walks are linked by the Esk Valley train line enabling you to return to your starting point if needed.
St Hilda's Way is a new 43-mile footpath which passes Church House Farm, Danby. The walk starts in Hinderwell and ends at Whitby Abbey and is in celebration of the life of St Hilda, Anglo-Saxon Princess who hosted the Synod of Whitby, as the first Abbess in 664. The walk passes by places dedicated to St Hilda including our St Hilda's Church, Danby, and continues on through the beautiful North York Moors before reaching Whitby Abbey.
The Esk Valley Walk is a 37-mile trail that follows the river Esk from its source high on the North York Moors to the coast, ending in Whitby, where you can take a dip in the sea. We are also well situated for you to complete stages of the Coast to Coast and the Cleveland Way routes.
Captain Cooks Monument stands at Easby Moor overlooking Great Ayton. There is a 7-milk circular walking route taking in Captain Cooks Monument and Roseberry Topping. Often referred to as Yorkshire's Matterhorn, Roseberry Topping's dramatic shaped summit cut away on one side is a legacy of extensive mining industry over the centuries, and from the top you get a stunning panoramic view over to the coast and moors.
The North York Moors National Park is a fantastic place for a cycling holiday with quiet country roads, bridleways, moorland and woodland tracks. Plenty of cafes and traditional pubs to stop off at as you pass through the moorland villages, and coastal towns. The Moor to Sea Cycle Network has around 150 miles to explore through the heart of the North York Moors National Park. Dalby Forest and Guisborough Forest are also both close by and offer a range of graded mountain bike routes.