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Helmsley to Whitby

Experience the North York Moors & Coast

Roads guaranteed to delight anyone and a roller-coaster ride over the North York Moors National Park. Attractions encountered along our route range from spectacular viewpoints and top-notch fish 'n' chips to proud memories of Captain Cook and spine-chilling visions of Count Dracula.

Starting in Helmsley, a gem of a market town with links to the past including Duncombe Park, a baroque mansion and a ruined Norman castle with formidable earthworks.

We will head north before plunging down to where steep, wooded slopes overlook Rievaulx Abbey's majestic ruins. Next we'll head up to Bilsdale for some excellent views. Landmarks include Roseberry Topping, which looks like an extinct volcano, and Captain Cook's hilltop monument. 

We take the road to Guisborough, another pleasant old town with a ruined priory, before turning left to Loftus. What has previously been a rural drive encounters Cleveland's industrial history during a short detour to Skinningrove.

We will then visit Staithes,a tiny fishing port clinging to the cliffside where Captain Cook worked for a shopkeeper before going to sea . Staithes must be visited on foot, because the village street is very narrow and steep enough to impress a mountain goat. We can drop off and pick up at the harbour if there are mobility issues. 

We'll then drive to Whitby with its gothic Abbey which overlooks the harbour where yachts mingle with workaday fishing boats. This is where Count Dracula's coffin came ashore in Bram Stoker's classic horror story.

Nobody should leave Whitby without eating fish and chips  and visiting the gallery where Frank Meadow Sutcliffe's photographs recall the Victorian era. His portraits of bearded lifeboatmen and waif-like fishergirls contrast with idyllic harvest scenes and a study of Whitby Abbey shrouded in mist.

We leave and follow a narrow road up the Esk valley to Grosmont, one of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway's main stations. 

In summer, wild roses and cow parsley flank the steep lanes that climb to an eternity of heather-clad moorland beyond Grosmont and Egton Bridge. 

Our journey takes us to Hutton-le-Hole where the Ryedale Folk Museum recalls local life over the past 400 years. The route rcompletes the circuit by finally returning to Helmsley. 

As with our driver guided tours, we have the flexibilty to stop whenever you wish and with so much to see you can dictate which areas of interest you want to spend most time exploring.

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