North York Moors

The North York Moors is a National Park in the county of Yorkshire, UK. They are world famous for their picturesque views and history


Located in North Yorkshire, the North York Moors is a national park regulated by the North York Moors National Park Authority. In contrast to National Parks in some other countries, the North York Moors are not public land; the National Park status, which it received in 1952, prevents inappropriate development.

Displaying a range of stunning landscapes: heather-clad hills, woodland, impressive sea cliffs and secluded beaches; this area is one of the gems of Britain. At 554 square miles and with more than 1,400 miles of paths and tracks to choose from it really is worth a lengthy stay to truly enjoy the many faces of this part of the world. The National Park includes the largest continuous expanse of heather moorland in England while the seaward edge of the National Park is a Heritage Coast, 45 miles of stunning coastline running from Saltburn in the north to the edge of Scarborough in the south and including many traditional fishing villages to visit.


The history of the North York Moors can be explored through the many prehistoric sites found dotted around the park including remains of burial chambers, forts and stone circles. The Yorkshire Coast is a favourite spot for fossil hunters, mainly providing samples from the Jurassic period although Speeton is a rare example of the later Cretaceous.


The North York Moors are a plateau, or table-land, with a sudden drop-off to the north, west and south, and sea-cliffs to the east. The plateau is covered with tree-less moor, interspersed with narrow valleys.

Flora and fauna

As one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the world, this plant undoubtedly dominates the landscape. The moors change colour throughout the months of the year depending on the type of heather that is in bloom. A variety of bog plants and heathland plants can also be found.

Merlin, Golden Plover, Red Grouse, Curlew, Lapwing, Ring Ouzel and Adder can all be found on the North York Moors. Lobster and crab are common along the coast from Staithes to Scarborough.

Get in

By air

By rail

Get around

There is a comprehensive Moorsbus service, which runs from April to October and can take you (and your dog!) all across the park. You can hop on and off at the many stops and by parking your car at designated areas and taking the bus, you are also saving this wonderful environment from unnecessary pollution.




There is a place near Helmsley (more specifically Wass) to the south-west named Byland Abbey. There is a pub in nearby Wass, the Wombwell Arms with good food.


Stay safe

There is little crime in the Moors except for petty theft from cars so leave valuables hidden. Take precautions against the weather if going out walking etc.

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