The picturesque fishing town of Whitby provides many activities and attractions for all ages to enjoy; climb the 199 steps to get a bit of culture at The Abbey Ruins and St Mary’s Church set atop the East Cliff, take surf lessons in the North Sea, hunt for crabs in the rock pools, wander the cobbled streets in the Old Town or have a stroll along the sea front – you may even spot a dolphin on the horizon!
Take a pause whilst enjoying a slice of homemade cake in a cosy café then finish your day perfectly by sampling the local fish and chips from one of the many restaurants or take-aways the town has to offer.
The North York Moors
Surrounded by the beautiful North York Moors National Park, Newton House Farm is the perfect place from which to explore this wonderful area.
Robin Hood’s Bay & The Yorkshire Coast
Head to Robin Hood’s Bay for a day on the beach, saunter along the sand to the Youth Hostel at Boggle Hole for refreshments but watch out for pirates! Be sure to explore the labyrinth of narrow streets and plethora of shops and cafés before heading back up the bank to enjoy the sunset from the cliffs.
The Esk Valley
The Esk Valley; made famous by the filming of popular ITV drama ‘Heartbeat’, is home to a selection of little villages, settling on the banks of the River Esk which flows 28 miles from the moors of Westerdale to join the sea at Whitby. Visit Danby, Glaisdale, Egton or Goathland to name just a few, enjoy a walk to take in the North York Moors then spend the evening by an open fire in one of the many welcoming local pubs you’ll find along the way.
Falling Foss Waterfall and Tea Garden (open seasonally) are just 10 minutes walk down the road from Newton House Farm; hidden beneath the canopy of Sneaton Forest. A morning wander of the woodland trails is finished off perfectly with a lovely cup of tea and bacon butty or for those with a sweet tooth, a delicious jam and cream scone. There is plenty of opportunity for the kids to paddle in the river or play pooh sticks on the footbridge whilst the grown-ups relax in the tranquil tea garden.
Board the famous North York Moors Steam Train to Pickering, take the kids to the Danby Lodge National Park Centre or go boating on the River Esk at Ruswarp. Walk a section of the well-known Coast to Coast or Cleveland Way walks or spend all day on one of the beautiful beaches along the Yorkshire Coast, there is always plenty to do – whatever the weather!
Explore the North York Moors National Park
Watch the video below see what the North York Moors National Park has to offer.