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Visit ancient cities and stone-built villages, explore moorlands to the north and coastline to the east, enjoy the forest beneath your feet and the starlit skies above you. All on a long weekend in Yorkshire, staying in a cosy cabin at Cropton or Keldy. Discover our top picks to make your your long weekend in Yorkshire the best yet...
After a long week at work and a drive to what feels like another worldâ€¦start slowly.
Where will you choose to stay: Cropton meadow or Keldy woodland..
Let the forest work its magic on you and relax over a barbecue beneath the trees, breathing in that Yorkshire air. Later, as the stars come out, hit the hot tub and make your plans for the weekend ahead.
Bed early for a big day tomorrow!
Up early, and after a hearty breakfast in your cabin (you can order our breakfast pack with local sausages and bacon), head to the pretty Yorkshire village of Pickering. First stop,Â Beck Isle Museum. This hidden gem is packed with curios that tell stories of country life in times past. Watch your timing though, because itâ€™s bigger and better than youâ€™d ever guess from the unassuming Victorian faÃ§ade.
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Grab a bite in the lovelyÂ CafÃ© CocoaÂ on Smiddy Hill, where the home-made pies, quiches and cakes, using lots of good Yorkshire produce, will set you up for the next adventure on your Yorkshire weekend.
Catch the steam train out of Pickering on the mainly volunteer-runÂ North York Moors Railway line. The one and three-quarter hours journey to the gothic seaside town of Whitby is a joy, both within your vintage carriage and outside the window.
Discover the social history of Pickering, North Yorkshire
The wildÂ North York Moors National ParkÂ is your backdrop and if Goathland looks familiar as you pass through, itâ€™s probably because you have seen the station on Harry Potter and the town itself as Aidensfield in Heartbeat.
Hop aboard and take in the Yorkshire countryside
At Whitby, scare yourself silly on the spine-chillingÂ Count Dracula Experience, climb the 199 steps to St. Maryâ€™s churchyard andÂ Whitby AbbeyÂ and then drop back down for a well-earned fish and chip tea from the award-winningÂ Quayside chippie.
Donâ€™t miss the last train back to Pickering!
Finish your day back in the forest, and, as darkness falls, accompany the Forest Ranger on aÂ Night Vision Adventure, to see the nightlife of the forest with specialist night vision equipment.
Take a seat and discover Yorkshire
Just time to lie back in the hot tub beneath the stars once again and reminisce about your day.
Hire bicyclesÂ and head for the open moors, purple with heather in the summer and abundant with wildlife.Â
Moody skies over Whitby Abbey
Discover the "lost dale" on theÂ Bransdale LoopÂ and enjoy lunch at one of the villages towards the end of the ride.
After your long hours of cycling itâ€™s time to chill out on Sunday afternoon and feel that holiday vibe. Enjoy anÂ In-cabin Spa treatmentÂ to soothe those aching muscles, then order pizzas and curry from the Forest Retreat and enjoy a movie night in.
Oh, and donâ€™t forget that hot tub; itâ€™s ready when you are!
Nocturnal Adventure activity
The trick is to treat Monday as part of your holiday and not just the day you go home. There is no better way to do this than to head for theÂ city of York. Modern life sits comfortably with centuries of history in York, giving you the opportunity to explore the past and enjoy the vibrant cafÃ© culture of today.
Stunning heather at North Yorkshire Moors
Enjoy the forest view from your hot tub
Here you will see the remnants of the city of Jorvik as it stood nearly 1000 years ago and learn about the people who lived here.
After your Viking morning, enjoy lunch atÂ CafÃ© No.8 Bistro, a delightful restaurant where, behind the distinctive stained-glass windows, the welcome is Yorkshire-friendly and the menu punches well above its weight.
Explore the historical city of York
After lunch, take a gentle wander through theÂ Snickelways, a network of paths which criss-cross the city, introducing you to overhanging medieval buildings, hidden gems such as Lady Peckettâ€™s Yard and stories of York, such as that of Mad Alice Lane, named after a woman hanged in 1823 for poisoning her husband.
Viking helmet at Jorvik Viking Centre
Time for one more landmark before the journey home. Itâ€™s tough to choose in a city that boasts more attractions per square mile than any other in the UK, but after the closed-in Snickelways, head up the grassy hill toÂ Cliffordâ€™s Tower. Originally built by William the Conqueror, it offers fabulous views of the city and the countryside beyond, giving you one last lingering look at Godâ€™s own county.
Weâ€™ve given you just one itinerary here; you could stay in Yorkshire 100 times and have different holidays. You've got to start somewhere though, so find out more about ourÂ Yorkshire holidaysÂ andÂ book a cabinÂ atÂ CroptonÂ orÂ KeldyÂ today.
Refuel at CafÃ© no8 bistro
Soak up the views at Clifford's Tower