The North York Moors.
This National Park is about so much more than expanses of moorland and wild heather. It extends to the coast and is dotted with towns and villages. A steam train takes visitors across the moors from Pickering to Whitby, stopping at Goathland and Grosmont.
Find out more about this stunning part of North Yorkshire here: North York Moors website
It covers 554 square miles of land and only 23,000 people live here, so your chances of feeling overcrowded are rather slim.
On the moors you’ll find walks a-plenty, so don’t forget to pack your walking boots and a flask! It’s a haven for cyclists too.
From Spring Cottage, access the North York Moors from Pickering. Take the A169 signposted to Whitby. This is one spectacular drive. You’ll pass the hole of Horcum and it’s well worth stopping here to either take a walk or just to take some pics. What better way to get to Whitby or Robin Hood’s Bay?
Or if you’d rather take the train, visit the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for their timetable.
The villages such as Lockton and Lastingham are beautiful. The pub at Lastingham and the tearoom at Lockton are both very welcoming refreshment stops.
Sheep roam freely on the moors and you really get a feeling that it’s their territory and not ours. So once you’ve crossed a cattle grid, drive carefully!