Out on the wiley, windy moors, discover one of the UK’s most diverse—and inviting— natural landscapes.
From the North Sea cliffs on the park’s east coast to the heather-laden fells inland, the North York Moors are best known for their rich diversity of landscape. Ancient woodlands, man-made structures, and winding rivers add to the region’s outdoor charms, while stargazers may catch a glimpse of the Milky Way, Andromeda, or even the Northern Lights in the park’s famously dark night sky. The park’s vast network of cycling trails and footpaths open up all sorts of avenues for adventure, and a variety of camping and glamping options provide plenty of places to rest weary heads.
Spring has officially sprung in the North York Moors when the curlew arrive to commence their breeding season, and this is also a good time to see lapwings, puffins, and golden plover. In autumn, wildlife watchers should turn their attention from the skies to the sea to spot minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, and harbour porpoises. Winter visitors may have slimmer pickings when it comes to campsites, but the annual Stargazing and Dark Skies Festival makes up for it. It can be easier to snag a spot during the low season of November through to April, though be aware that not all sites operate year-round.