North York Moors - The Scenic Route

North York Moors - The Scenic Route

Whether you are an avid cyclist or not, you can use the Tour de Yorkshire as your inspiration and your guide
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With so much on offer, it's a good idea to have a plan to follow - or even a track. Whether you are an avid cyclist or not, you can use the Tour de Yorkshire as your inspiration and your guide. In Stage 1 of the race, competitors will cycle from Bridlington to Scarborough, passing through the heart of the North York Moors and some of the most stunning scenery en route.

View across North York Moors

View across the North York Moors

A giant mystery at the Hole of Horcum

Take, for example, the Hole of Horcum, a short distance from Levisham. A huge natural amphitheatre, reputed to be caused by the giant, Wade, scooping earth from the land to throw at his wife, the Hole is perfect for spectators hoping to watch the Tour. The 5-mile walk around the edge of the valley is perfect for ramblers while nature lovers will discover plenty of rare bird species. 

North York Moors Railway

Steam train travelling along the North York Moors railway

Magical moments with North Yorkshire Moors Railway

If you prefer a less strenuous way to explore the course, hop onto the North Yorkshire Moors Railway at Levisham. A heritage steam railway, the NYMR runs through the moors, giving you a magnificent sample of the landscapes on offer, before picking up the Tour route through to Goathland. Harry Potter fans will want to disembark here! Step down from the carriage in a cloud of steam and you’ll find yourself transported to the magical station of Hogsmeade.

Goathland station

Bench at Goathland station

A small but beautiful village deep in the moors, Goathland was also the set of police drama, Heartbeat. It's also close to some stunning waterfalls including the famous Mallyan Spout, and the tiny hamlet of Beck Hole, home to the small but popular Birch Hall Inn

View of falls at Mallyan Spout

View of the falls at Mallyan Spout

Fact and fiction along the coast

The most northern point of the Tour reaches the ancient sea port of Whitby before turning back down the coastline to Robin Hood's Bay. Surrounded by the highest cliffs in England, Whitby is a decidedly active fishing port that embraces the unusual. Known as the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula, Whitby will be hosting the Whitby Goth Weekend on 21 - 23 April. Those looking for a more factual history may be inclined to explore the stunning cliff top ruins of Whitby Abbey

Sunlight glistens on the ruins of Whitby Abbey

Robin Hood's Bay has its own enticing history as the home to smugglers and is rumoured to be hiding a network of smuggler passages under the homes. Legend says that Robin Hood helped fight off pirates and saved the village. Visitors can discover more about Robin Hood and smugglers in the museum, or spend the day on the beach, perfect for rock-pooling and fossil-hunting.

Robin Hoods Bay

Coastal walk at Robin Hoods Bay

Discovering a tamer wilderness

Although the Tour de Yorkshire leaves the National Park here, there is still a huge amount to discover and do. It's time to leave the cycle route and strike out on your own, as you head inland to the market town of Helmsley. Here, discover nature in a more tamed style, in the restored Victorian Walled Garden.

Helmsley sign

Waymarker at Helmsley

Don't miss out on one of the impressive views of the national park from the landscaped garden of Rievaulx Terrace, looking over the ruined Rievaulx Abbey.

And, from the tamed to the untameable, there is one more view you have to see. Look up - and enjoy the panorama of the night sky from Dalby Forest, a Dark Sky Discovery Site.

Rievaulx Abbey

Extensive ruins of Rievaulx Abbey

Discover the North York Moors when you stay at Forest Holidays!

Throughout the North York Moors National Park, there is a combination of ancient landscapes and modern engineering, incredible geology and simple, natural fun. It's the perfect place for everyone, young and old, to explore and discover natural England. Book your family friendly hot tub cabin at Cropton or Keldy now and you will be perfectly placed at the gateway to all the moors have to offer.