Explore the North York Moors
The North York Moors National Park is home to one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the UK, 26 miles of coastline and scores of appealing smallstone villages. The eastern edge of the national park is defined by the physical boundary of the cliffs which overlook the North Sea. The northern boundary follows the steep scarp slopes of the Cleveland Hills and the southern edge follows the indented line of the Tabular Hills and the Vale of Pickering.
This is agricultural country, with sheep on the tops and cattle on the lower ground. The hardy, black-faced Swaledale sheep are at home on the open moors, and are brought down into the valleys only at lambing times. Grouse, raised for shooting, also occupy the moors in significant number. To see the moors at their colourful best make your visit in the late summer months when the heather is a sea of pinky-purple.
The park is a walker’s paradise, with around 1,400 miles of public rights of way, and if you are a fan of great drives, then the North York Moors has some fantastic scenic drives for you.