North York Moors National Park
Its decline came when chemical dyes were discovered. Join wildlife experts from Yorkshire Coast Nature and set sail from Staithes in search of Minke whales. Cotton grass is a distinctive plant which grows in the boggy areas. As visiting is currently out of the question, The Dark Skies Festival will be returning virtually for February, , and the wonders of the night sky will be brought into your living room.
North York Moors
We cover 1, square kilometres between Scarborough, Thirsk North York Moors National Park Teesside. Discover the places and meet the people to take you on this journey. Experience the very best of the North York Moors and forge lasting memories with family and friends. Join wildlife experts from Yorkshire Coast Nature and set sail from Staithes in search of Minke whales. Smell the myriad of sweet scents at Helmsley Walled Garden, featured in the film adaptation of The Secret Garden. Find your inner peace with Adventures for the Soul who teach the practice of mindfulness whilst out in nature.
The open moorland — ablaze with purple heather in summer — will give you a rare sense of space. Away from the noise of traffic, you can hear the cries of moorland birds, the trickling water in a stream and the buzz of insects in the heather.
On the coast, experience the roar of the sea, the wind in your hair, the sand between your toes. Our woodlands and ancient trees provide North York Moors National Park sense of well-being and a link to the past.
And far from the artificial lights of towns, there are truly dark skies where you can see majestic skyscapes full of stars. Rail services and long-distance buses from across the country run to surrounding towns — and London to York can take less than two hours by train.
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Agricultural use of the moors is shared with grouse shooting as a means of gaining financial return from the vast expanse of heather. Escape the city crowds and discover centuries of history and breath-taking landscapes right on the doorstep of York. Our woodlands and ancient trees provide a sense of well-being and a link to the past.