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Discover the Countryside

The Great Outdoors!

The Yorkshire Coast is one of the real contrasts, from the haunting landscapes of the souther end, to the dramatic and rugged cliffs of the north - all all within an easy day's drive. Just inland, enjoy the rolling Wolds that so inspired David Hockney, or the spectacular woodlands and moorlands of the North York Moors National park, which also boasts some spectacular coastal scenery within its boundaries.

Off-Road Exploring

Whether you're an experienced cyclist or just looking for a fun healthy day out with the family, the North York Moors National Park offers some of the UK's best cycling routes - and all with spectacular views! Try the 'Moors to Sea' cycle network which connects Scarborough, Whitby, Dalby Forest, Pickering and Great Ayton in a stunning series of moorland, forest and coastal loops.

Walks of Life

It's seen as one of the best possible ways to exercise, and is open to everyone, whatever their ages, ability or fitness level, enjoyable, sustainable and cheap, and needing little or no specialist equipment.

The Yorkshire Coastline offers endless opportunities for walking, whether your looking for a gently stroll suitable for all the family, a wildlife-watching ramble, or a bit of serious hiking.

Horse Riding

Could there be a better way to spend a day outdoors than on horseback? Fresh air, great views - and the horse does most of the work.

Horse riding gives you a great vantage point for the lovely views this county is famour for - with the added advantage of keeping you fit at the same time.

Watersports

With a coastline stretching almost 100 miles from Saltburn-by-the-Sea in the north to Spurn Point in the south, and covering a dazzling variety of different landscapes and coastal villages along the Yorkshire Coast, also offering some fantastic opportunities for watersports.

There are some fantastic waves which make Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Scarborough's North and South Bay, Cayton Bay and Bridlington Bay excellent locations for surfing, windsurfing and kayaking. Offering some fantastic schools to get you involved so click here to view them all!

Top 6 Routes

  • Way of the Roses
  • The Scarborough to Whitby Cinder Track
  • Moor to Sea Cycle Network
  • Bridlington Promenade
  • Rosedale Railway Ride
  • Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route

Road Biking

We love our cycling in Yorkshire - we even have our own equivalent of the Tour de France, the Tour de Yorkshire.

Bridlington marks the end of the 'Way of the Roses' cycle route - a 170 mile trip starting on the West Coast in Morecambe and travelling across the country through some of the UK's most beautiful landscapes

And if you prefer to go off-route, there are many miles of unoffical routes on quiet roads through our lovely countryside, with plenty of welcoming tea rooms and pibs when you need a break.

Top 6 Walks

  • Spurn Point
  • Flamborough and Bempton Cliffs
  • Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail
  • Cleveland Way National Trail/England Coast Path
  • Cloughton and Hayburn Wyke
  • Levisham Moor and the Hole of Horcum

Freshwater Sports

If freshwater sport is more your thing, head to the windswept Scaling Dam in the North York Moors National park; Wykeham Lakes near Scarborough, Spectacular Hornsea Mere - Yorkshire's largest freshwater lake or Brandesburton's gravel pits, with over 12 acres of inland water for power boateres, water skirts, wake boarders and jet bikers.

And, of course, the entire coastline offers great opportunities for sailing, with sailing clubs and venues in nearly all of the communities dotted along the coast catering for everyone from the experienced sailor to those eager to find their sea legs.