Legendary North York Moors Road Trip Is One Of The Most Beautiful In The World

Legendary North York Moors Road Trip Is One Of The Most Beautiful In The World

A drive from York to Robin Hood’s Bay takes in some of Yorkshire’s most beautiful scenery and has featured in popular travel guide, Lonely Planet, who ranked it has one of the best road trips in Great Britain.

Starting in the historic city of York, which is known for its cobbled streets, ancient walls and fantastic Minster the route winds through the heather carpeted North York Moors through chocolate box villages and quaint fishing towns.

Some highlights along the York To Robin Hood’s Bay route which is 87 miles, and would take around four to five days include Malton, the self proclaimed ‘food capital of Yorkshire’, and then back to Helmsley the ‘gateway to the North York Moors’. Both of which are incredibly popular market towns that are picture perfect.

York To Robin Hood's Bay

After that you head into the heart of the North York Moors at Goathland, made famous due to classic drama Heartbeat and the Hollywood hit Harry Potter where the station was used as Hogsmead.

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Through the Esk Valley, you’re brought out onto the coast with views of the iconic Whitby Abbey as you arrive into the seaside town of Whitby where you can stop off for some fish & chips at the famous Magpie Cafe.

York To Robin Hood's Bay
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Then follow the southern part of the York To Robin Hood’s Bay road trip along coastal cliffs to Robin Hood’s Bay.

Lonely Planet’s head of experience, Tom Hall, expressed how this road trip is a great example of “combining urban and rural settings, along with coastal and inland vistas” and is a great way to “absorb history, culture, and the warmth of British hospitality, all the while supporting local businesses, communities, and attractions.”

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