North Yorkshire Moors
Guide to the North Yorkshire Moors
Check out Heartbeat country and drop into the "Aidensfield Arms" for a drink or lunch, the real Aidensfield is Goathland a lovely village but take care! the sheep wander freely around the village and on the roads. There are a lot of nice little villages dotted across the Moors, you may stumble across Grosmont which is a stop on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, you can often see a steam train passing through.
The moors can be a little bleak in winter but it is special landscape and really comes into it's own in August when the heather flowers and the moors are a mass of purple. The North Yorkshire Moors steam railway runs from Pickering to Whitby so you can often catch sight of the train as it wends it's way across the Moors or why not take a trip on the train? It is a great half day's trip and you can get off an explore at stops along the way.
Just north of Pickering you will find Flamingo Land a theme park and zoo, nearby Dalby Forest is great for mountain biking and Go Ape have a high ropes centre in the forest.
Whitby sits on the coast at the far side of the North Yorkshire Moors - a delightful fishing port with a jumble of buildings built on what seems like every square inch up the cliffs. Whitby Abbey is well worth a visit set high up on the cliffs you can walk the 199 steps up there or pick up one of the sightseeing buses who drop off at the Abbey. You can wander round the abbey ruins, there is also a small museum and a lovely cafe where you can get a drink or lunch.
In the town you will find Captain Cook's Museum and Pannett Park which has a local history museum and children's playground. You can also spend a great afternoon strolling around the harbour and the cobbled streets. Take a look at the Whitby jet shops selling this unique jewellery or take a break at one of the many coffe shops and cafes.
The town also feeds off the legend of Dracula who entered the country at this port! So beware! Pick your time to visit as there are Goth weekends when the place is overrun with - you have guessed it Goths!
Not a place to visit if the weather is poor but can be a very nice day out.
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