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North York Moors - Nature, Parks & Gardens

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The North York Moors National Park is one huge paradise for the nature lover. From its sweeping coastline, home to seabirds, waders, wildfowl and marine animals, across the moors where bird-watchers can spot red grouse, curlew, lapwing and predators including hawks and owls, to the Western reaches with their more pastoral areas, wildlife abounds within the 1,400 square miles of the Park.The moors are home to an important number of Britain’s smallest raptor - it’s believed that around 40 pairs of only 1,300 merlins left in the UK live in the Park.

And, of course, the moors are also home to the colour purple – in the form of the heather that flowers in late summer and early autumn. It’s a valuable habitat for other rare species, including birds such as the golden plover and plants including sundew, and cranberry, juniper, dwarf cornel, bog rosemary and cloudberry.

Keep a careful eye out, too, for adders, Britain’s only poisonous snake, which is common on the moors, but rarely seen.

Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley

Five-acre walled garden with Victorian glasshouses, flowers, vegetables and specialist fruit collection. Plant Centre, shop and Café.

 
 
International Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

Helmsley

International Centre for Birds of Prey Duncombe, is home large collection of exotic and spectacular birds of prey.

Enjoying England's "finest view" at Sutton Bank

Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Sutton Bank

For a great day out head to Sutton Bank National Park Centre, less than 30mls north of York. Soak up England’s finest view on easy walking trails or head out on two wheels along the new spectacular Sutton Bank cliff edge family cycle route.

Newbridge Park

Newbridge Park

Pickering

Newbridge Park have developed bike trails, improved footpaths and created a family picnic area in a disused quarry and adjoining neglected woodland behind Pickering Castle. Locals and visitors can enjoy family walks in a nice woodland area.

The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

The Moors National Park Centre

Danby

For inside info on the National Park and a fun free day out. There’s an outdoor adventure play area and indoor climbing wall for kids. Interactive exhibits, a café, gift shop and contemporary gallery, Inspired by… with changing exhibitions.

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley

Towering over the attractive market town of Helmsley, and surrounded by spectacular banks and ditches, Helmsley Castle is an imposing sight with a wealth of history.

Laburnum arch at Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley

Helmsley Walled Garden, five acres of stunning herbaceous borders, Victorian vine houses, Kitchen Garden, Orchard and other garden rooms.

Plan Your Visit

 

What's on in the North York Moors

Easter Break

Easter Break

Cober Hill, Cober Hill, Cloughton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 0AR

Mon 3 - Fri 28 Apr 2017

Why not join us for an Easter Break at Cober Hill? Inclusive of a day trip to Farndale to see the Daffodils! £308pp Full Board or £268.00pp DBB Monday - Thursday. Call Reception on 01723 870310 to book.

Pickering Car Boot

Pickering Car Boot

Pickering Showground, Malton Road, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8EA

Sat 1 Apr - Sun 29 Oct 2017

From 1st April 2017, the Pickering Car Boot will be running every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday afternoon from 3pm onwards (weather dependent)

Cober Hill

Cycling Weekend

Cober Hill, Cober Hill, Cloughton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 0AR

Fri 28 - Sun 30 Apr 2017

Come and enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast for just £99per person on Friday 28th April - Sunday 30th April.

Parkrun

Parkrun

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Sat 29 Apr 2017

Every Saturday 9.00am

Screen painting workshop

Screen Printing Workshop

The Moors National Park Centre, Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2NB

Sat 29 - Sun 30 Apr 2017

Gill Kirk teaches masking and stenciling techniques.

Canine Caper

Canine Caper

The Moors National Park Centre, Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2NB

Wed 3 May 2017

A doggy walk along the old railway line. Meeting at Station House Tea Room, Cloughton YO130AD

Parkrun

Parkrun

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Sat 6 May 2017

Every Saturday 9.00am

Parkrun

Parkrun

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Sat 13 May 2017

Every Saturday 9.00am

Acrylic Painting Workshop

Acrylic Painting Workshop

The Moors National Park Centre, Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2NB

Sun 14 May 2017

Workshop focusing on acrylic paint.

A-Mazing Workshops

A-Mazing Workshops

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Sun 14 May 2017

The Friends of Dalby Forest are working with Mark Ellis, a local dry stone waller, on creating the world’s largest Dry Stone Wall Maze in the middle of Dalby Forest.

Car Boot

Hutton-le-Hole Car Boot

Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire, YO62 6UA

Sun 14 May - Sun 20 Aug 2017

Local Car Boot on selected Sundays.

Cober Hill

Creative Writing

Cober Hill, Cober Hill, Cloughton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 0AR

Fri 19 - Sun 21 May 2017

Come and join Angela Hindle for a creative writing course here at Cober Hill. Our tranquil surroundings will enable you to make the most of your creativity. Relax and unwind while meeting new people and discovering hidden talents.

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes Family Weekend 2017

North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Pickering Station, Park Street, Pickering, YO18 7AJ

Sat 20 - Sun 21 May 2017

Join us for our first Family Weekend, where you will be able to take a sneaky peek behind the scenes at the railway. This new event will showcase all the work that goes into keeping the wheels turning.

Parkrun

Parkrun

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Sat 20 May 2017

Every Saturday 9.00am

Country Fair

Pickering Game & Country Fair

Outdoor Shows Limited, Skelton Banks, Cropton, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8EX

Sat 20 - Sun 21 May 2017

Attractions include Clay Shooting, Air Rifle Competitions, Mounted Games Association, Terrier Show & Racing, Gundog Scurries organised by Adrian Slater, Flycasting Demonstration & Tuition by Hywel Morgan.

Spring Market

Spring Market

Cober Hill, Cober Hill, Cloughton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 0AR

Sat 20 May 2017

Come along to our Spring Market on Saturday 20th May! Free admission, from 10am - 3pm Our cafe will also be open all day serving drinks and sandwiches.

Cober Hill

Birdwatching with Richard Baines

Cober Hill, Cober Hill, Cloughton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 0AR

Mon 22 - Fri 26 May 2017

Join Richard Baines for a week of exciting excursions spotting unusual species of birds that reside in the local area. An excellent opportunity to photograph some amazing species in their natural habitat.

Parkrun

Parkrun

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Sat 27 May 2017

Every Saturday 9.00am

Walkfest 2017

Walkfest 2017

North York Moors National Park, The Old Vicarage, Bondgate, Helmsley, YO62 5BP

Sat 27 - Mon 29 May 2017

Join us over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend for the return of our walking festival and enjoy a great programme of guided themed walks in some very special places.

Parkrun

Parkrun

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Sat 3 Jun 2017

Every Saturday 9.00am

Parkrun

Parkrun

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Sat 10 Jun 2017

Every Saturday 9.00am

A-Mazing Workshops

A-Mazing Workshops

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Sun 11 Jun 2017

The Friends of Dalby Forest are working with Mark Ellis, a local dry stone waller, on creating the world’s largest Dry Stone Wall Maze in the middle of Dalby Forest.

Parkrun

Parkrun

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Sat 17 Jun 2017

Every Saturday 9.00am

Acrylic Painting Workshop

Acrylic Painting Workshop

The Moors National Park Centre, Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2NB

Sun 18 Jun 2017

Workshop focusing on acrylic paint.