Explore the best of the North York Moors on this full day tour across stunning moorland, visiting quaint villages and the seaside town of Whitby.
A day out exploring the North York Moors and Coast. We will drive from York to Thirsk before passing the famous giant White Horse of Kilburn on the hillside and the Mouseman furniture museum.
From here we will travel through Coxwold past Byland Abbey and through Ampleforth to Helmsley with its lovely market square and medieval castle. This is a great town to explore with its independent shops, cafe's and old stone buildings. From here its over to Pickering before heading up onto the North York Moors National Park with its unique heather moorland befre climbing over Fylingdales Moor – past Yorkshire’s Grand Canyon – the Hole of Horcum and into Heartbeat Country.
We will stop at Goathland and visit the railway station which played Hogsmead in the Harry Potter films and Scripps Garage & Funeral Parlour made famous by the TV series Heartbeat.
We will drive to Whitby before taking a short walking tour of the historic seaside town, where we will hear about the inspiration behind Bram Stokers Dracula, its links to Captain Cook as well as Whitby’s seafaring and whaling heritage. Before stopping for a hearty Fish and Chips lunch.
We can drive up to both cliff tops to get up close to the Abbey and St.Mary’s Church and the iconic whalebone arch. From here we will drive via the picturesque coastal village of Sandsend to Danby, stopping at the National Park Visitor Centre..
We’ll then drive back down Blakey Ridge with its stunning moorland landscape and views into both Rosedale and Farndale. We’ll pass some ancient stone crosses and then climb up chimney bank in Rosedale to see the old iron stone kilns.
After this we’ll pass Hutton le Hole before travelling back to York via Sutton Bank – which James Herriot described as “the finest view in England”.
Our tour ends in York