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Coastal North Yorkshire Moors - Our Top 4 Villages and Towns

1) Whitby

From Whitby Walks talking about ghosts and In Search Of Dracula, to climbing the 199 steps up to the Abbey, there is plenty to keep you entertained in Whitby for a good few hours or even days. If it is wet, pop down to one of the popular fish and chip shops and then spend your change in one of the bustling penny arcades. You might like to try a boat trip up the River Esk, or when the weather is better out onto the sea. Maybe even watch the sun setting over the land, an unusual feat for an east coast town, because of the strange geography of the area.

2) Pickering

Home of the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway, plus also the Pickering Castle and the trout farm and fishing lake. On bad weather days you can call into the public swimming pool, just check for public swim times before you travel! Whilst in Pickering, pop down the road in the Scarborough direction for a couple of miles for a walk around Thornton-Le-Dale. Look for the beautiful chocolate box scene of the thatched cottage set behind a lovely winding stream, which can be seen from the road as passes over the stream. Well worth stopping in the main car park for a walk to allow time to take a photo or two of this scene, rewarding yourself with an ice cream on the way back.

3) Goathland

TV's Heartbeat may have left the village alone, but it is a village that I have enjoyed visiting since well before it became the star of the international hit TV program. A gentle walk around the village and even a walk down to the Church, or head off into the moors using the village as a base. The main tea rooms are large and provide decent food and somewhere to warm up on a cold day. Then pop into the post office, pub or garage, all often used in the programs. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway stops here and it is certainly a popular station with the countless of visitors that disembark here each year. A gentle walk down the hill following the Railway Trail to Grossmont then a train trip back to Goathland station can be an enjoyable afternoon, especially if you take a sandwich or two. The fitter might prefer to get the train and then walk back up hill, or join me in walking both directions as the path meanders through fields and woods, across streams.

4) Hutton-Le-Hole

A quiet village that appears to be getting busier each year. Pretty to walk around and you might enjoy a few hours on a sunny day walking around the folk museum. Apart from the pretty village and tearooms, this is the main feature of this village and one in which you might get lost for a few hours, admiring the traditional buildings that have been pulled down from elsewhere, transported there brick by brick and rebuilt.


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