NORTH YORK MOORS AND COAST
When you arrive in this magnificent area, and check out the vast library of information and guides in Honeysuckle Cottage, you will be in awe of the seemingly endless places to go and things to see and do. If you start your exploration on the coast, you may choose to feel the atmosphere which the pirates felt in days gone by - the evidence in the tiny ginnels and passageways which were used for smuggling is still there even today. Robin Hoods Bay is particularly charismatic in this respect and there is a local Brewer who can tell you a tale or two about that - baytownrhb.com while in Staithes, Sean is famous for his foraging, fossils, fish and fun tours - Realstaithes.com. If you fancy a touch of a 'Cornish' fishing village with a beautiful beach and sit for hours looking out at the hypnotic view to the sea (people do, I'm one), then choose Runswick Bay or maybe you would like to go fossil hunting at Port Mulgrave? Throughout all these fascinating villages you will be spoiled in the choice of which Inn or Tea Room you would like to try, or perhaps you would like a luscious cream scone in an alfresco setting at Falling Foss Tea Room - good for kids playing poo sticks in the beck here too! - fallingfossteagarden.co.uk. And speaking of delicious food - quite uniquely, on our doorstep we have Sarah Muir's, Arches Cookery School providing themed day courses to develop kitchen skills in a relaxed and delightful atmosphere - choose from local Yorkshire fare to globally inspired dishes - a super and unique experience - archescookeryschool.co.uk
Whitby, a bustling sea port, home of jet, (can you believe, jet originated from Monkey Puzzle Trees which clad the riverbanks of Whitby!!) and its jewellery industry and a fascinating maritime history - you can even take a seasonal whale watching trip!! Children delight in counting the 199 steps up to Whitby Abbey, to finally stand in the graveyard which Bram Stoker used in his novel Dracula and take in the magnificent view from the East Cliff - Rose the Storyteller of Whitby - whitbystoryteller.co.uk will let you into the fascinating secrets of this town and its history during her walkabout tours.
Ryedale is smothered in delightful villages and another must is to experience the never ending views across the seamless summit of the moors. Drive from Moorsholm to Castleton and onwards across the heather clad land through Hutton Le Hole until you arrive in Helmsley, voted the best of UK market towns 2015 - probably one reason being the sloe gin truffle ice cream from Hunters Deli!!! All the family will delight in the Castle and shops, tea rooms, walks and on the neighbouring Baron Feversham Estate of Duncombe Park is to be found the National Centre for Birds of Prey ncbp.co.uk
Ravenscar is famous for the 'town that never was' - ravenscarmovie.com in days gone by, now it is a reknowned coastal centre with amazing views from the paths, and nearby on Brow moor can be found bronze age burial mounds and Neolithic rock art from 3000BC!!
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