North York Moors

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Places to stay in The North York Moors

The North York Moors is a quiet and largely untouched area of the UK, and is framed by some of the most beautiful market towns in the country, including Helmsley, Pickering, Scarborough and Whitby. These all sit on the outskirts of the North York Moors and provide a modern contrast to the plains themselves, which are dominated by rocks from the Jurassic period laid down in tropical seas millions of years ago.

As such, people looking for an action-packed holiday will not be short of things to do here, especially if they're an adventurous and outgoing type. The expansive heather moorland, alongside numerous crags and hills - as well as over 700 scheduled ancient monuments - give wanderers the chance to experience the great outdoors in a truly unique way.

Hostels in The North York Moors
Hostels in The North York Moors

If you're heading to this stunning National Park in the north of England, then you won't be short of options with YHA. We offer six hostels in and around the North York Moors, as well as three camping barns that will give you that simple approach to accommodation, right in the heart of this area of outstanding natural beauty.


Five Free Things To Do In The North York Moors

Scale Carlton Bank
Overlooking the villages of Carlton-in-Cleveland and Faceby, the summit of Carlton Bank provides amazing views over Teesside, encompassing Middlesbrough and Redcar, as well as large parts of the North York Moors themselves.

Walk the White Rose Way
Created in 2011, the White Rose Way snakes through the North York Moors after departing from its starting point in Leeds; it ends in Scarborough. It most notably passes through Dalby Forest, home to badgers, deer and a variety of other woodland creatures.

As one of the most classically attractive market towns in England, Helmsley is home to classic British architecture, including the ruins of its castle, which was besieged for three months during the English Civil War.

Rievaulx Abbey
Founded in 1132 by Cistercian monks, Rievaulx Abbey went on to become one of the richest establishments of its kind prior to the dissolution of the monasteries. You can see it in all its glory for miles around, and walk around the largely intact ruins for a small fee.

The Cleveland Way
Those wanting to enjoy more of the North York Moors on an adventurous walk should try the Cleveland Way, the UK's second-oldest public trail. It runs 110 miles from Helmsley to the Brigg at Filey, and connects to another six or seven famous paths along the route.

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