Think it’s safe to say that Autumn has truly arrived. The blackberries have been picked and the children are back at school; so what now? Well, here are a few ideas from my bucket list for the ultimate weekend break visiting the North York Moors.
Weekend breaks in the North York Moors
I have a particular soft spot for the North York Moors as they are on my doorstep, and I love to highlight just how beautiful this area of Yorkshire is – particularly when the Yorkshire Dales can sometimes grab all the headlines! The area’s spectacular scenery of heather-clad Grouse moors, charming fishing villages and sheltered wooded valleys make the North York Moors a superb choice for a relaxing weekend away. A visit to any of the areas’ award-winning restaurants, characterful inns or rich mix of visitor attractions, will mean a weekend break will leave you eager to return. So, you have 48 hours to spend in the Moors…
Where to eat
Finding the perfect place to eat in the North Yorkshire Moors won’t be a problem as there are plenty of cosy country inns, cake-filled tea shops and delightful restaurants to suit all tastes. Try not to miss…
The Black Swan, Oldstead
Awarded a Michelin Star in 2013 for the second year running and 3 AA Rosettes, The Black Swan offers innovative dishes created from locally-sourced ingredients. The restaurant’s interior features oak fittings made by the famous local craftsmen Robert ‘Mousey’ Thompson.
Telephone: 01347 868387 Website: blackswanoldstead.co.uk/
The Star Inn, Harome
An old favourite of mine and many others in North Yorkshire. Andrew Pern’s renowned Star Inn at Harome was the Winner of the White Rose Awards Yorkshire Pub of the Year 2012 and offers a range of mouth-watering dishes featuring regional and seasonal ingredients. What I particularly love about it is you can still just turn up and wait for a table in the cosy bar.
Telephone: 01439 770397 Website: thestaratharome.co.uk/
What to do?
The North York Moors offer the Autumn weekender so much choice, visit some of the grand houses in the Howardian Hills or simply tootle in the car up over the high moorlands of Castleton Rigg- I guarantee on a crisp Autumn morning it will take your breath away. Some other lovely things to fill your weekend with…
- The Yorkshire Arboretum
Where better to be on a crisp Autumn day than at an arboretum? A bit of leaf-kicking and soaking up the Autumnal hues is good for the soul so, what could be better than a woodland walk at the Yorkshire Arboretum at Castle Howard. Telephone: 01653 648598 Website: http://yorkshirearboretum.org/
- North Yorkshire Moors Railway
This vintage line runs through the Moors’ finest scenery from the market town of Pickering to Whitby. Passengers can enjoy dining in a magnificent Pullman carriage or even a ‘footplate experience’ – joining the engine crew on a classic loco. Sounds like a great idea for a Christmas present. Telephone: 01751 472508 Website: http://www.nymr.co.uk/
- Mooch around Helmsley
This wonderful market town has some fabulous shopping and attractions including Duncombe Park, Helmsley Walled Garden and a number of splendid cafes and restaurants such as The Black Swan and the Feversham Arms. And if you have time indulge in a treatment at the Verbena Spa. http://www.fevershamarmshotel.com/verbena-spa
- Rievaulx Abbey
Looking across the valley to this medieval ruin is a magical experience, and up close it’s just as spectacular. Why not see for yourself? Telephone: 01439 798228 Website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/rievaulx-abbey/
Where to stay?
We have lots of really beautiful Luxury North York Moors Holiday Cottages to choose from. I’ve highlighted just a few below to give you a taste of the size and variety on offer – you’re sure to find one that suits perfectly!
Bothy Cottage is a stylish and elegant two bedroom luxury cottage with wood burning stove in the pretty North York Moors village of Gillamoor, a few miles from the foodie heaven which is Helmsley. It’s an ideal choice for a small family or couples looking for a country retreat. The local village Inn is just a few minutes walk away, perfect for a lazy Sunday lunch by the fire…
Autumn breaks available from £390
Just a few miles from Malton, another little foodie epicentre of the Moors, Habton Cottage is such a cosy cottage. Both bedrooms, a very sweet twin and a generous master bedroom, look out onto a beautiful large private garden. Sit and watch the leaves fall all toastie and warm by the fire.
Autumn breaks available from £420
A beautiful Georgian townhouse set in the heart of Pickering. Just 40 minutes from York, it’s the perfect large luxury cottage for families and groups of friends. There’s a PS3 and Nintendo Wii to keep the little ones entertained, and with Pickering’s excellent restaurants cafes and pubs on the doorstep there’s lots for adults too.
Autumn breaks available from £750
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and experience the drama and grandeur with a fabulous Weekend Break to the North York Moors!
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