Spring is in the air once again. Start the season on a high by staying at Cropton or Keldy in North Yorkshire and treating yourself to some of England’s most breath-taking views.
The landscape captured by no less an artist than JMW Turner is much the same now as it was in 1836 when he included it in his “Picturesque Views of England and Wales” series. Rievaulx Abbey is the jewel in the crown of this verdant scene, which is half an hour’s drive from Cropton and Keldy.
The Howardian Hills
This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a hidden gem, just a short drive south from Cropton and Keldy. Best known for its namesake, Castle Howard, the gently rolling landscape has many riches to offer. Head for the Lavender Garden Visitor Attraction at Terrington where the views across the Vale of York take in the distant York Minster.
Despite its deliciously sweet name Roseberry Topping is a challenging climb with arresting views. To the South is the natural beauty of the North Yorkshire moorland. In stark contrast, immediately to the North is the industrial landscape of Middlesbrough and Redcar, beyond which nature reasserts itself and the Cheviot hills mark the distant horizon. Roseberry Topping is just under an hour’s drive north from Cropton and Keldy through the North York Moors National Park.
The White Horse at Kilburn
The Kilburn White Horse, cut into the hillside at Sutton Bank is not as old as other similar figures in the UK, dating as it does from 1857, but it is worthy of a viewing all the same. The best view is from the Bagby road, where benches are thoughtfully provided. Head towards Thirsk from Cropton or Keldy.
You will be torn between the panoramic 360° views of the surrounding countryside and the strange balancing rock formations right in front of you. This is the place to bring your children who, as adults, will never be quite sure where it was but will always remember it. It is, for the record, in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Yorkshire Dales. This is the furthest point from Cropton and Keldy on our list, but too good to leave out.
Whitby to Robin Hood’s Bay on the Cleveland Way coastal path
The Cleveland Way is 110 miles long, the final 40 or so of which are along the dramatic North Yorkshire coastline. The 6.5 miles between Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay offer fantastic views towards Ravenscar and Filey, with Flamborough Head in the far distance. It’s more of a hike than a stroll, but you are well-rewarded for your efforts.
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