North York Moors National Park

United Kingdom

22 reasons to visit North York Moors National Park

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).
North York Moors National Park

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 

Boggle Hole to Robin Hood's Bay (1)

2. you have wonderful views from the cliffs of the quaint town Robin Hood’s bay

North York Moors - Ravenscar to Robin Hood's Bay (218) (1280x783)

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!

Boggle Hole to Robin Hood's Bay (7)

4. Staying at YHA Boggle Hole you have little coves all to yourself

Boggle Hole to Robin Hood's Bay (17)

5. The hostel also has a wonderful cake selection. If you happen to be walking past and need extra energy.

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6. As you’re admiring the sea views, there’s evidence of old iron works along the path

North York Moors - Ravenscar to Robin Hood's Bay (31) (1280x853)

7. And the further you walk the more the scenery changes as the tide goes out

North York Moors - Ravenscar to Robin Hood's Bay (10) (1280x774)

8. But don’t worry there are more pretty views as you walk away from the coast

North York Moors - Ravenscar to Robin Hood's Bay (100) (1280x824)

9. Out walking you get to meet the very friendly locals. They might even make you take a detour somewhere more beautiful!

North York Moors - Ravenscar to Robin Hood's Bay (119) (1280x819)

10. in late summer/ early autumn, the moors are full of colourful heather which is stunning

North York Moors - Ravenscar to Robin Hood's Bay (65) (1280x811)
11. And for those of you that don’t like hillS, there are some wonderful walks along old (and flat) railway lines

North York Moors - Ravenscar to Robin Hood's Bay (180) (1280x791)

12. But the north sea is never too far away. And is a great landmark so you don’t get too lost

North York Moors - Ravenscar to Robin Hood's Bay (140) (1280x731)

13. Heading further inland, North York Moors has more evidence of the industrial heritage

North York Moors - Rosedale Railway (173) (1280x650)

14. Giant kilns that you can imagine firing up to melt the ore which was then transported via railway

North York Moors - Rosedale Railway (182) (1280x853)

15. Yet more stunning Panoramic views as you walk along the old Rosedale railway line

North York Moors - Rosedale Railway (209) (1280x833)

16. It’s 360 degrees of wonderful views. Well on a good day of course, yes we do have those in the UK

North York Moors - Rosedale Railway (194) (1280x699)

17. And hidden away along your walk there’s a cute little teas shop that you can pop in

North York Moors - Rosedale Railway (202) (1280x726)

18. Then to burn off those calories from all the cake. A few obstacles along the way.

North York Moors - Rosedale Railway (205) (1280x849)

19. Lastly, my journey takes me to Sutton Bank, furthest west of North York Moors National Park

North York Moors - Sutton Bank (12) (1280x853)

20. Fields of sunflowers, who doesn’t love sunflowers!

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21. Somewhere for the kids (hmmm big kids) to play at Sutton Bank Visitor Centre

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22. And simply breathtaking scenery – sometimes a picture says it all!

North York Moors - Sutton Bank (139) (1280x781)

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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Comments (4)

  1. I’ve lived all my life in the UK and never been to the North York Moors – which is just ridiculous! Your photos are fab, and really inspire people to visit this beautiful country of ours. I really must sort out that trip!

    1. Ha ha well it must be time to visit then Jill. It’s really lovely and has so much to offer for everyone. And thank you for the compliment on my photos, glad you like them. Hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂

    1. Ha ha yes I know. It’s not something I had realised before I started looking into and most people I told didn’t know there were that many either! I’m from Nottingham so right in the middle and perfect for going north or south! How about you where are you from?