North Yorkshire Coast Cottages
Over 8,500 sq kilometres of spectacular countryside make North Yorkshire the largest ceremonial county in England, much of it taken up with the beautiful North York Moors and the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, and almost half of the county designated as a National Park.
Things to do in North Yorkshire
With some of the most beautiful countryside and coastline in the country, the geology of North Yorkshire is reflected in the varied landscape. Walking, hiking and rambling are all popular local pursuits, while the proliferation of heritage railway makes the county a popular destination for train spotters and rail aficionados.
Pickering – An historic market town in Ryedale, overlooking the Vale of Pickering, and the official gateway to the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, Pickering is well positioned to offer visitors a myriad of attractions, including the opportunity for a relaxing ride on England’s longest steam railway (the North Yorkshire Moors Railway), an energetic ramble around the historic ruins of Pickering Castle, or the educational merits of the social history documented by the Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life.
Scarborough – A quintessential seaside town and the largest resort on the Yorkshire coast, Scarborough is still a thriving settlement, with a high rocky promontory pointing eastwards into the North Sea, balancing the ruins of the 11 th century Scarborough Castle; although ruined since the English Civil War, the Castle still attracts visitors to climb and wander over its battlements, and offers spectacular views of the town and surrounding countryside and coastline.
Whitby – This archetypal Yorkshire town is situated at the mouth of the River Esk; the fishing harbour is dominated on its East Cliff by St Mary’s Church and the spooky ruins of Whitby
Abbey, the setting for part of Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’. On the opposite side of the harbour, a whalebone arch commemorates the once-thriving local whaling industry. A statue of the once-resident Captain James Cook is also situated nearby.
Robin Hood Bay – This picturesque fishing village is located just south of Whitby, and was once a more important port than its now-famous coastal neighbour. It still retains links to its tradition of smuggling, and the fine maze of tiny streets is reputed to house a network of subterranean passageways, built to aid the distribution of contraband during the 18 th century.
Grosmont – Within the wilds of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, Grosmont is a mecca for railway enthusiasts, with its station forming an intersection between the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and the national networks Esk Valley Line. It is also home to the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group’s workshop and the NYMR’s engine shed.
Staithes – This small seaside village to the north of Whitby was once one of the most prosperous fishing centres on the North Sea coast. Now this pretty hamlet, with its sheltered harbour, is largely a tourist destination, with only one local fishing boat still taking to the sea.
Guisborough – Home of the ruined 12 th century Gisborough Priory, this market town still holds a twice-weekly sale each Thursday and Saturday.
Bridlington – The North Sea fishing port is a popular tourist resort, with steep coastline to the north, leading to low sands to the south. The Old Town lies about a mile inland, whilst the main tourist area and harbour are focused at Bridlington Quay, with the parade and ornamental gardens providing ample opportunity for walks along the fine promenade.