9 Idyllic North York Moors Villages To Visit This Winter

9 Idyllic North York Moors Villages To Visit This Winter

The North York Moors is a mystical part of God’s Own Country. As well as being a Dark Skies Reserve, it’s home to some of the most idyllic villages and towns. We love pottering around North York Moors villages, whether it’s to find a quaint village pub or to be whisked back in time surrounded by thatched stone cottages and babbling brooks running through the centre.

1. Hutton-le-Hole

The picturesque village of Hutton-le-Hole is one of the most popular villages to visit in the North York Moors. It is found in a natural hollow hence the villages name. You can enjoy the views over the lush villages green, with the stream running through it, It’s a popular spot for avid photographers and walkers to visit, and once you visit, it’s easy to see why.

2. Rievaulx

Think thatched roofs and quaint old stone cottages. Found near Helmsley in the Ryedale region of the North York Moors National Park. The village is found in the once inner court of the ancient Rievaulx Abbey. It is full of amazing things to see which as the old watermill, with its mill wheel which is now a converted house and the mill has been out of operation for a long while.

3. Thornton-le-Dale

Probably one of the most famous villages in Yorkshire, Thornton le Dale is a chocolate box village full of thatched cottages and babbling brooks. The picturesque village is visited by thousands of tourists every year and can be found just east of the market town of Pickering. There are lots of woodland walks surrounding the village to enjoy, as well as moorland to the north.

4. Goathland

Most famously used as the backdrop for popular drama series Heartbeat, Goathland and the train station in Harry Potter, Goathland has been bringing in visitors long before TV existed. It’s easy to see why. It is surrounded by beautiful scenery perfect for walkers as well as being home to quaint stone houses, and feels like it hasn’t been touched by time.

5. Danby

The moorland village of Danby is a beautiful bustling village on the south-facing slopes of Danby Low Moor. It’s found along the scenic Esk Valley Railway route and is a great day trip. Danby is also home to The Moors National Park Centre, which is found in a former hunting lodge along the banks of the River Esk alongside some amazing scenery.

6. Runswick Bay

First of the iconic coastal villages on the list, Runswick Bay is just a few miles from Whitby and is home to beautiful sandy beaches making it a popular tourist spot. The charming red-roofed fishing village has breathtaking sea views and is a great place for rock pooling, fossil hunting and coastal walks, where you can admire the breathtakingly stunning sea views.

7. Levisham

This elegant village is found isolated in the moorlands that overlook Newton Dale. It is close by to the dramatic Hole of Horecum, which is sometimes known as Yorkshire’s answer to the Grand Canyon. Popular amongst walkers Levisham Moor overlooks the impressive Hoel of Horcum, and is popular amongst walkers. Levisham also has a beautiful train station, watermill and church that are worth a visit as well as the long wide village green.

8. Staithes

The fishing village of Staithes is one of the more popular destinations along the Yorkshire coast, and it is easy to see why. As you approach the village from the cliffs, you get a beautiful view of the red-roofed cottages. It is found along the Cleveland Way, which is a popular route with walkers. The fishing village is made up of a labyrinth of cobbled streets, which are perfect for pottering around.

9. Fylingdales

Just down from Whitby, the small inland village not too far from Robin Hoods Bah. It has a beautiful abbey and is best known for the location of Fylingdales RAF base.

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Feature image credit: Photo © Christine Matthews (cc-by-sa/2.0)

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