Just 20 miles north of York, rising up from rolling green pastures, is a landscape that is wild, windswept and utterly bewitching. Welcome to the North York Moors National Park. This is a place that manages to be simultaneously forbidding and inviting. Displaying bleak splendour in winter and clad in pillows of purple heather in summer, it’s a wonder to explore whatever the season.
The area is vast. Covering 554 square miles, the North York Moors National Park edges right up to the Yorkshire Coast where it takes in 26 miles of coastline from Staithes in the north to just above Scarborough in the south. Encompassing one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in England, the region is also dotted with chocolate box villages, ancient castles, hidden lakes and idyllic woodland. Arriving here, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had walked straight into the midst of a fairy tale.