The Yorkshire Arboretum

The Yorkshire Arboretum

I used to be a frequent traveller through the Castle Howard estate, I lived nearby. I must have passed this site hundreds of times without really giving it a lot of thought. What a gem I had been missing. Truth is I probably wasn’t sure what an arboretum was either! An arboretum is simply a botanical collection which is made up of trees. Generally, it is intended to be a place for scientific study. Just…

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Fountains Abbey, Fountains Hall and Studley Royal Water Garden

Fountains Abbey, Fountains Hall and Studley Royal Water Garden

The extensive sandstone ruins of Fountains Abbey are located in the wooded valley of the River Skell. On the same 800 acre site is the Georgian water garden of Studley Royal complete with statues, follies and amazing views. The site is also home to the Elizabethan Fountains Hall and the Victorian St Mary’s Church. You can easily spend a whole day exploring the Abbey ruins and other buildings, not forgetting the Deer Park as well….

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Rievaulx Terrace

Rievaulx Terrace

Rievaulx Terrace sits on the hill above Rievaulx Abbey. Thomas Duncombe the Third, the owner of Duncombe Park, created this neo-classical garden in 1758. The National Trust owns the site and access is free for members, non-members must pay the entrance fee. If you are combining a visit here with a trip to Rievaulx Abbey, the two sites are only a short walk or car ride apart. The site allows Dogs as long as they…

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Walk from Runswick Bay to Staithes along the Cleveland Way.

Walk from Runswick Bay to Staithes along the Cleveland Way.

This is a short (3 mile) cliff-top walk, from Runswick Bay, through Port Mulgrave and on to Staithes. There are some amazing views. It follows the Cleveland Way for the whole length of the walk. Runswick Bay. If you have walked into Runswick Bay from further down the coast, Whitby or Sandsend, then walk along the beach to the old lifeboat station. This sits above the rail-mounted winch and fishing cobles. From here it’s a…

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Walk from Ravenscar to Robin Hood’s Bay

Walk from Ravenscar to Robin Hood’s Bay

Most people visit Ravenscar for the stunning views over Robin Hood’s Bay. These are spectacular all year round, but especially so in springtime when the gorse is in bloom and late summer when the heather is flowering. Robin Hood’s Bay refers to the Bay and also the picturesque old fishing village. Ravenscar – History. The history of Ravenscar is strange, to say the least. After the Whitby to Scarborough railway line was built in 1885,…

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Walk from Scarborough to Ravenscar along the Cleveland Way.

Walk from Scarborough to Ravenscar along the Cleveland Way.

This is an undulating 9-mile cliff top walk from Scarborough to Ravenscar, which follows the Cleveland Way for the entirety of the walk. The path only drops to sea level at Cloughton Wyke and Heyburn Wyke. The Cleveland Way is well signposted and you should have no difficulty in finding your way. If you are walking with your dog or children please be aware that the path is very to close to the cliff edge…

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Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey

Rievaulx Abbey’s impressive ruins are the perfect choice if you want a day out immersed in history. I found the peaceful atmosphere and beautiful surroundings the perfect stimulus for an imagined trip back in time. The extensive site is home to some of the most complete of England’s abbey ruins. Walking around it’s easy to imagine what the Abbey must have looked like hundreds of years ago. The ruins include extensive remains of the church,…

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Walk from Sandsend to Runswick Bay along the Cleveland Way.

Walk from Sandsend to Runswick Bay along the Cleveland Way.

The coast walk from Sandsend to Runswick Bay is about 4 and a half miles in length. The walk is an undulating route along the cliffs with stunning vistas at several points. In particular, the view from Kettleness towards the sweeping bay at Runswick has to be one of the best views on the Yorkshire Coast. Sandsend. This route starts at the car park near the northern end of Sandsend beach. Look out for the…

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR)

North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR)

NYMR – Introduction. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) is one of the UK’s most popular historic railways. For this reason, hundreds of thousands of passengers travel on the line annually. Vintage steam and diesel trains haul passenger trains 18 miles over the North Yorkshire Moors. The railway runs from Pickering through Levisham, Newton Dale and Goathland to Grosmont. Trains then run on Network Rail track for a further 6 miles through to Whitby. Closed…

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