North York Moors National Park doesn’t have the most glamorous of names. You hear the word ‘Moors’ and images of boggy roaming landscape springs to mind. Which of course, you’ll still find if you visit. But this National Park has so much more to offer.
The North York Moors National Park was the UK’s sixth national park. It was officially created on 28 November 1952. And covers an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres).
The city of York is about an hour’s drive from the south of the park (hence the name!) And going north Middlesbrough is less than half an hour from the furthest north point.
This was my first stop on my UK National Park challenge. During my time in North York Moors, I explored a wide area. First, starting in the east based at YHA Boggle Hole. Then driving west staying at YHA Helmsley. I did some wonderful hikes and I be sharing them very soon. But for now, I wanted to tempt you with some photos. And start you thinking about maybe visiting this stunning area.
So what can you find within those 554 square miles of North York Moors?
1. For starters, The National Park has 26 miles of coastline
2. you have wonderful views from the cliffs of the quaint town Robin Hood’s bay
3. If you are really brave you can Dip your toes or go for a swim in the North Sea. Brrr too cold for me!
4. Staying at YHA Boggle Hole you have little coves all to yourself
5. The hostel also has a wonderful cake selection. If you happen to be walking past and need extra energy.
6. As you’re admiring the sea views, there’s evidence of old iron works along the path
7. And the further you walk the more the scenery changes as the tide goes out
8. But don’t worry there are more pretty views as you walk away from the coast
9. Out walking you get to meet the very friendly locals. They might even make you take a detour somewhere more beautiful!
10. in late summer/ early autumn, the moors are full of colourful heather which is stunning
11. And for those of you that don’t like hillS, there are some wonderful walks along old (and flat) railway lines
12. But the north sea is never too far away. And is a great landmark so you don’t get too lost
13. Heading further inland, North York Moors has more evidence of the industrial heritage
14. Giant kilns that you can imagine firing up to melt the ore which was then transported via railway
15. Yet more stunning Panoramic views as you walk along the old Rosedale railway line
16. It’s 360 degrees of wonderful views. Well on a good day of course, yes we do have those in the UK
17. And hidden away along your walk there’s a cute little teas shop that you can pop in
18. Then to burn off those calories from all the cake. A few obstacles along the way.
19. Lastly, my journey takes me to Sutton Bank, furthest west of North York Moors National Park
20. Fields of sunflowers, who doesn’t love sunflowers!
21. Somewhere for the kids (hmmm big kids) to play at Sutton Bank Visitor Centre
22. And simply breathtaking scenery – sometimes a picture says it all!
Now if that hasn’t tempted you to visit North York Moors then I am not sure what else will persuade you! Keep following me for more detailed posts on my time in the National Park.
And if you have any questions in the meantime. Please don’t hesitate to drop me a message in the comments or via my Facebook page @beckythetraveller
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