North Yorkshire Moors
The North Yorkshire Moors National Park is an extensive upland plateau, a vast expanse of heather moorland which at its eastern edge, ends abruptly in a dramatic coastline of soaring cliffs. To the west the plateau falls away to create the Cleveland escarpment, which affords superb views across the Vale of Mowbray to the Yorkshire Dales. In places the plateau is dissected by dales, some broad and sweeping and others steep-sided and intimate. These secluded valleys are lined with pasture enclosed by stone walls, and contain attractive broad-leaved woodlands and stone-built villages characterised by red tiled roofs.
Funkystock / age fotostock
There are few motor roads across the plateau but ancient tracks and pathways still exist and the weathered stone crosses which mark the these routes create an atmosphere of mystery and timelessness. Evidence of Bronze Age occupation can be seen in the tumuli and stone circles dotted across the moor. Wildlife is plentiful with moorland birds such as Grouse, Curlew, Golden Plover, Ring Ouzel and Merlin on the high ground, Dippers, Kingfishers and songbirds in the valleys and a multitude of seabirds on the coastal cliffs.
Our walks will sample all aspects of the National Park and highlights of the tour will include the wonderful views from the Cleveland Escarpment and the summit of Roseberry Topping; the attractive Eskdale villages of Glaisdale, Egton Bridge and Grosmont; the view down onto the red–roofed cottages of Robin Hood’s Bay; the attractive harbour at Staithes and Cowbar Nab; the historic port of Whitby; and the space and expansiveness of the high plateau.
We stay at Gisborough Hall Hotel [AA****], a magnificent country house which stands in extensive wooded grounds, close to the picturesque market town of Guisborough, on the eastern edge of the North Yorkshire Moors and Coast National Park.
Gisborough Hall Hotel has an enviable reputation for luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine (two AA Rosettes) and an atmosphere of Victorian elegance.
- All of the above prices are per person, and based upon two guests sharing a double or twin-bedded room.
- Single traveller? Enjoy sole occupancy of a double room at a supplement of £30 per night. (More about single supplement)
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Onward travel: Public bus or taxi