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Visit the gateway to the Yorkshire Moors

The ancient market town of Pickering is on your doorstep at Cropton and Keldy, and it's well worth a lazy afternoon's mooching around; pick up a bargain at the indoor Flea Market, enjoy lunch at one of the many excellent restaurants, and explore the fascinating medieval back lanes. And if you recognise Pickering Railway Station, it's because you've seen it in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone!


Pickering is close enough for a spontaneous trip into town as it's only 7 miles away or a short 20 minute drive.


Ryedale's other towns of Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside, Malton and Norton are within easy reach of Cropton and Keldy. You'll never be short of things to do; from independent shops and galleries, to award-winning restaurants. Festivals and special events draw crowds from far and wide, and each town boasts its own special attraction!


Celebrate the golden age of rail travel

Experience the joys and splendour of the golden age of rail travel on the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway. Starting out from nearby Pickering, it’s the perfect way to explore this stunning county. Stop off at friendly villages, windswept moors, or the bustling seaside town of Whitby. Or simply sit back and enjoy the pleasure of stepping back in time and travelling on an authentic, lovingly restored steam train.

To start your journey through the North York Moors head into Pickering; 7 miles from Keldy and Cropton cabins.


Discover clues to ancient civilizations

If Cropton Woods has whet your appetite for forest life, you must visit nearby Dalby Forest. It’s an enchanting forest with a variety of evergreen and broad-leaf trees, crystal clear streams, and an abundance of wildlife. You won’t be the first to have appreciated its charms - clues to previous settlements abound, including Bronze Age burial mounds and earthworks and bring yourself right up to date at the sustainably designed Visitor Centre, where you can take a break, uncover some interesting facts about the forest and grab a snack at the excellent Forest Café.


For the more active, mountain biking is not to be missed and is often cited as one of the best mountain-biking sites in the country. With it's 2 play areas, there's plenty for children, with space and freedom to explore and discover the enchanted woodland!


Dalby Forest and its visitor centre is 12 miles away or a half an hour drive.

Dalby Forest. Photo by: Joe Ford


Have fun in the forest

For the adventurers in your party, nothing will beat Go Ape. It‘s a tree-top adventure, deep in Dalby Forest, which will bring out their inner Tarzan. They brief you for safety before you fly down zip-wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle crossings whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery in Dalby Forest.  You can also get off-road on the latest all-terrain segways; it’s the latest new addition to the Go Ape experience and a totally unique way to tackle the trails in the forest. And enjoy an exclusive 10% discount on ticket prices as a Forest Holidays customer. 

Go Ape can be found only 12 miles from your cabin near Dalby Forest visitor centre; a 25 minute drive. Please check the Go Ape website for seasonal opening times.

Go Ape!


Step up the pace with a city visit

We’re close enough for a day trip to York and we highly recommend it. York manages to comfortably combine its historic charm with a cosmopolitan, up to the minute vibe. Don’t miss York Minster, the endlessly surprising snickleways, and the not-to-be-missed Jorvik Viking Centre and York Dungeon! Then take in the vibrant café culture, lively arts scene, and talented street entertainers. York is whatever you want it to be.

It will take just under an hour to make the 30 mile trip and start exploring York.

York, North Yorkshire


Explore a reconstruction of the Viking age!

The world famous JORVIK Viking Centre is a ‘must-see’ for visitors to Yorkshire and is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK. Visitors’ journey through the reconstruction of Viking-Age streets, as they would have been 1,000 years ago. JORVIK Viking Centre also offers four exciting exhibitions and the chance to actually come face to face with a ‘Viking’.


JORVIK Viking Centre is around an hour and a quarter’s drive from Cropton so it’s great for a day trip if visiting York, or if you’re driving from the south it’s perfect to visit on your way home from the forest.


Scary fun for everyone

The York Dungeon is a unique visitor attraction that brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages and scenes in a truly unique and exciting walk through experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It's hilarious fun and sometimes a bit scary. Your 75 minute journey will take you through 2,000 years of York's dark history. You'll also get up close and personal with local legends including Eric Bloodaxe and Dick Turpin.

The York Dungeon is in the heart of York so less than an hour’s drive from your cabin and a great day out.


A fact-filled day for all the family!

Travel back in time to wartime Britain! The Eden Camp museum allows you to discover British military and social history from the World Wars to the modern day. Built within the grounds of a former prisoner of war camp, the Eden Camp ensures an interesting, fact-filled day for all the family.


Enjoy a unique experience, encompassing the sights, smells, and sounds of World War II. After uncovering interesting facts about our British heritage, and burning off some energy on the junior assault course, grab some food in the newly refurbished Winstan's Bunker Café before retreating to the luxury of your cabin.

The Eden Camp museum is around 14.5 miles from your cabin, or a half hour drive.


Enjoy a fun-packed day out

Looking for a change of pace? The young at heart will love a day at a theme park. Luckily enough, just up the road in Malton, is Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo. The Zoo is the most visited in the UK and the theme park has an exciting mix of thrills and spills. Flamingo Land also host events, tours and activities, and it is open from April to early November.

Don't miss a trip to Flamingo Land - it's only 10 miles from your cabin.


The largest maize maze in Europe!

Treat the kids to a fun-filled family day out at York Maze, the largest maize maze in Europe! With at least one million maize plants in its grounds, over 20 rides, attractions, and shows, your day out promises endless fun for all the family. Then, after a long day exploring the maze, lose yourself in your hot tub, listening to the soothing sounds of the forest.


York Maze is 34 miles from your cabin, and will take around 48 minutes by car.


Yorkshire's finest historic house and estate

Visit Castle Howard to experience a varied, traditional and working estate; it's so much more than a visitor attraction. Visit and view world-famous collections and stunning architecture. Stroll among idyllic gardens, enjoy woodland and lakeside walks, and watch the kids let off steam on the adventure playground.  Castle Howard's changing programme of events and exhibitions offers something for all the family.


Castle Howard is just 20 miles from your cabin, or a 40 minute drive.


Pack the buckets and spades

Head off to Scarborough for a good old fashioned day at the seaside. Ice creams and kiss-me-quick hats all round, deckchairs for hire, and some serious sandcastle building to be done. Worth a day trip just for the complete change of pace, particularly knowing that your hot tub awaits you when you return.

Scarborough is just 25 miles away and a whole world away from the tranquil beauty of the forest.


If time permits, travel the extra five minutes and let Scarborough SEA LIFE sanctuary take you on a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean through 14 themed zones. Every step will reveal something new.


The SEA LIFE sanctuary is only 26 miles from your cabin, or a 50 minute drive.


Explore the seaside town with a spooky side

Hop on board the steam train at Pickering and head for Whitby. A working harbour town packed with history, charm and a little bit of horror too. Whitby features in Bram Stoker’s Dracula and it’s where Captain Cook served his apprenticeship. Marvel at the gothic splendour of the Abbey ruins which overlook the town. Climb the famous 199 steps to the church and headland. Let the dog and children run wild on the sandy beach. Then fish and chips for tea before heading back on the last steam train.

Whitby is a 40 minute drive through the North York Moors, or alternatively you can take the 20 mile journey on the North Yorkshire Moors steam train.

Whitby Port. Photo by: G. Pargeter LRPS


Explore the outdoors

Unleash your adventurous side and be transported to rocky Yorkshire terrain. Enjoy an exclusive outdoor experience at Yorkshire Outdoors, offering a variety of thrill-seeking activities including off-road driving, quad bike trekking, and clay pigeon shooting. Accompanied by a trained instructor, prove your skills behind the wheel!


Yorkshire Outdoors is just a 45 minute drive from your cabin, a fantastic day out for thrill-seekers.


Visit this picturesque village

Between Pickering and Whitby lies in the picturesque village of Goathland. Serving as the backdrop for both the popular TV drama Heartbeat, and the magical Hogsmeade station featuring in the wizarding world of Harry Potter, Goathland boasts celebrity status. Discover the history of the railway and the magnificent steam engines housed at the station, which has retained many features of its original beauty since being built in 1865.


Surrounded by scenic moorland, embark on an adventure to the Mallyan Spout waterfall, the waterfall, set in a deep gorge, stands 70ft high and is an impressive sight for visitors to behold. a pleasant walk from Goathland, Mallyan Spout is a must for all the family, and there will still be time for jam and scones in one of the quaint tea-rooms on your return to the village.


Goathland Station is a 22 mile journey from Cropton and Keldy, only a 40 minute drive.


Discover a hidden treasure

Deep in the heart of the magical Little Beck wood, discover the enchanting Falling Foss waterfall. A two mile circular route through idyllic woodland provides endless fascination for the kids, and ensures a peaceful afternoon allowing you to stop and admire the scenery. This hidden treasure promises breath-taking panoramic views, and is well worth the walk - especially after a heavy downpour, where the waterfall becomes a particularly impressive sight.


Falling Foss waterfall is only a 45 minute drive from your cabin.


Discover 900 years of history

Is there anything better than learning about places you've never been before? Explore the remarkable ruins of one of England's most powerful Cistercian monasteries, and enjoy a family day out, at one of the UK's most popular visitor attractions. Learn about 900 years of history and be transported back to Medieval England as you stroll around the beautiful grounds, and make new memories in this historic setting.


Situated only half an hour from your cabin, this stunning Abbey cannot be missed!


Get closer to nature

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is a local charity working to protect and conserve Yorkshire's wild places and wildlife for all to enjoy. Currently caring for over 100 nature reserves in Yorkshire, including iconic sties such as Spurn National Nature Reserve, Staveley Nature Reserve, Potteric Carr, and Flamborough Cliffs.


There are a number of reserves on your doorstep at Cropton and Keldy where you can explore and get closer to nature. These include Garbutt Wood Nature Reserve, Chafer Wood Nature Reserve, and Ellerburn Back Nature Reserve.


A wide variety of growing landscapes

Explore the delights of RHS Garden Harlow Carr, a garden with a wide variety of growing landscapes ranging from woodland to wildflower meadows. RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Yorkshire covers 27.5 hectares (68 acres). Set in a valley and very much a part of the Yorkshire countryside, the garden has a wide variety of growing landscapes, from running and still water to woodland and wildflower meadows. A great place to visit on the way to Cropton or Keldy before you check-in or maybe end your stay with a day exploring Harlow Carr before your drive home.


RHS Garden Harlow Carr is open every day except Christmas day and is 1 hour and 20 minutes from Cropton and Keldy.


Delicious fresh produce

Enjoy a day out at a award-winning farm shop and café! Known to be an absolute food heaven you can indulge in fabulous food! Cedar Barn Farm is run by a husband and wife and everything they serve has been produced in beautiful North Yorkshire. Whether is fresh meat, Scarborough fish, seasonal fruit and vegetables or delicious deli products your taste buds are in for a treat! 


Amazing sea creatures

Venture to the Scarborough Sea Life Center for a day of witnessing glorious sea creatures. From Stingrays to Penguins whatever your favourite sea creature is you are sure to find it at the Sea Life Center. With lots of facilities it makes for a great day out with the kids


Explore the stunning North York Moors and photograph its wildlife

What better way to explore the North York Moors and photograph its stunning scenery and wildlife than with a safari style guided tour from the comfort of high spec 4 x 4 vehicle.


At North York Moors Wildlife Photography Tours your welcome to bring along along your own equipment to use but, for the ultimate in Wildlife Photography experiences, why not choose a tour that includes the use of incredible Canon super telephoto lenses and equipment and try wildlife photography Pro style.