First stay at Spring Cottage

First stay at Spring Cottage

Hilary and Alan had a fabulous first visit to N. Yorkshire when they stayed at Spring Cottage. Alan was part of a two day walking event on the North Yorks Moors

This is what they had to say: “glorious weather, very comfortable cottage. (loved Treacles treats, thank you!) Our highlights were Malton, Helmsley, Filey and the walking – and the food! So many places we wanted to try but not enough time. We’ll definitely be back”


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What an interesting question!

When is a woodland a wood?

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When is a woodland a wood and not just individually planted trees – our Woodland Officer has been pondering for a blog post

Mark Antcliff – Woodland Officer The National Park Authority has played a role in creating more than 600 hectares of new native woodland since the turn of the century, with something in excess of half a million trees established. But when is a new…

When is a woodland a wood?
Mark Antcliff – Woodland Officer The National Park Authority has played a role in creating more than 600 hectares of new native woodland since the turn of the century, with something in exces…

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Things To Do In North Yorkshire in 2017

Things To Do In North Yorkshire in 2017

The 2017 tourism leaflets and brochures are out. Or some of them.  Here’s my top picks so far for things to do in North Yorkshire in 2017. All close to Spring Cottage.

Here I am talking you through what I recommend you visit or you can read my summary below:

Take a Day Trip to York

York Minister dominates the skyline of this city, and the tourism brochures too! Museums I’d particularly recommend are York Castle Museum and The Jorvik Centre. York also has a chocolate making heritage that’s well worth exploring; York’s Chocolate Story. Even if it’s just for an amazing hot chocolate in the cafe!   The National Railway Museum is also situated in York, just behind the station. Or The World’s Greatest Railway Museum as it calls itself!  You’ll find railway engines a-plenty plus the history of the railway and steam rides throughout the school holidays.

Travel by train from Malton or drive along the A64 and park in one of the park and rides.

Ride the Steam Train across the North York Moors

Take a step back in time. Catch a steam railway running from Pickering (5 miles from Spring Cottage) to Whitby across the stunning North York Moors. It’s a full day out. Spend the day in Whitby then get the steam train home again.

things to do in North Yorkshire in 2017Special events are running throughout 2017 too:

Royal Scot – March 25-30, April 1-2

Behind the scenes family weekend  20-21 May

60s Fest – 22-23 July

Annual Steam Gala – 29-30 September, 1 October

Railway in Wartime – 13-15 October

Halloween Train – 26-29 October

Santa Specials – throughout December

Visit Eden Camp World War II Museum

Eden Camp describes itself as a modern history theme museum.  And it’s only a couple of miles down the road from Spring Cottage.  Eden Camp was an original prisoner of war camp for Italian and German prisoners of war.  Each reconstructed hut reveals the day to day life of the Home Front, Front Line, Women at War, Evacuation. Perfect for any WWII school project and also an important reminder of how this major event impacted the area and the lives of those living here.

Explore the Artisan Trail

And meet a variety of artisans from bakers to potters en route. See them at work and purchase their goods from the variety of galleries, farm shops and specialist outlets.  Just like we once did when we bought Spring Cottage’s artwork from an artist’s workshop in Staithes.   Use the map to plan your day around these artisan stop offs.  I’m sure you’ll find something to take home as a holiday souvenir.

Stargaze on the North York Moors National Park

See a sky full of stars at 3 Dark Sky Discovery Sites around the national park. The closest to Spring Cottage is Dalby Forest Observatories. This guide contains a handy cut out stargazing guide to help you navigate your way around the sky at night. There’s big event in Feb but star gazing is something you can do from Spring Cottage’s garden on a clear night. Much less light pollution than from a city or town!

Read Welcome to Yorkshire’s ‘This is Y Magazine’ from cover to cover!

Get a summary of what’s going on in the whole of Yorkshire this year (it’s a big county).  Highlights include coverage of the Tour de Yorkshire starting on Friday 28 April. Stage 1 runs through Malton (sorry, the cottage is already booked that weekend).  Castle Howard is mentioned because ITVs Victoria as partly filmed there.  There’s a page on Flamingo Land Theme park which is just down the road and opens fully at Easter. Although the zoo is open all year round.  It also mentions the small Beck Isle Museum in Pickering as a heritage hotspot. So too, in my opinion, is Ryedale Folk Musuem, in Hutton le Hole.

Yes you’re right, you need to stay for at least two weeks to be able to visit all these places in North Yorkshire!

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Do you want more ideas and inspiration on where to visit and what to do while on holiday in Yorkshire? Then click here and download a copy of my guide to North Yorkshire’s hidden gems, to help you get the most out of your time here:

Guide To Yorkshire



Saltersgate Inn – North York Moors National Park

Saltersgate Inn – North York Moors National Park

As you drive from Spring Cottage, through Pickering, across the North York Moors, past the Hole of Horcum you pass this derelict pub.

It's location is stunning and we'd heard rumours of funny goings-on.

Here is, in spooky Whitby tales – The legend of the Saltersgate Inn – Part 1:

Dare you drive past it?

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6 of the best handmade chocolates from Yorkshire

What a hard job this journalist must have had!

You'd expect nothing but perfection, given York's chocolate making past. Terry's, Fry's, Rowntrees to name but 3!

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The chocolate factory in the North York Moors village of Hutton le Hole is a particular favourite. What better treat to enjoy on a walk from there.

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Images of Yorkshire

Images of Yorkshire

17 photographs from The Daily Telegraph to prove Yorkshire is England’s greatest county.

I’m particularly fond of number 10:

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Castle Howard North Yorkshire

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