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Walking holidays on the North York Moors

Walking is one of the easiest – and best – ways of discovering the beautiful and, often hidden, landscapes of the North York Moors National Park and Ryedale.

Whether you are looking for a quick stroll along to Thornton-le-Dale or Pickering or prefer longer, hikes around the Moors. High Oaks Grange is the perfect location for a walking holiday.

Whether you're taking a gentle ramble or a challenging hike, prepare for an extraordinary journey, with over 1400 miles of paths and tracks to explore. Follow any footpath in Ryedale, and you'll find yourself walking through thousands of years of history - following in the footsteps of royalty warriors and saints. Roam the romantic ruins of castles and abbeys, or take a stately promenade through country estates that are still family homes and ancient farmland that's barely changed since the Domesday Book. At the same time, your walk could turn into a wondrous wildlife safari, where you'll be spotting marvels of nature that are rare or even extinct elsewhere in the UK: encounter otters and owls, raptors and reptiles, wander through butterfly meadows with skylarks as your soundtrack or discover wild daffodils in woodland dells.

Stick to the marked walks of Dalby Forest or use one of our Ordnance Survey maps to track your own route across the Moors. Whichever direction you choose you will find stunning views across some of the most picturesque countryside and heather moorland in the world.  

From picturesque market towns such as Helmsley, Pickering and Malton you can enjoy short family rambles with a range of top-class services on hand, from tea-room treats to easy car parking. Or explore easy-access trails which indulge the senses: follow the scent of the North's largest lavender fields at Wolds Way Lavender and
Yorkshire Lavender; the taste of the apple harvest in the centuries-old orchards of Helmsley Walled Garden or Ampleforth Abbey: or the sound of 6000 whispering trees in the giant Yorkshire Arboretum near Cstle Howard.

We are also close to amazing national walking trails like the Wolds Way and Cleveland Way, starting at Helmsley you can leave the traffic and your cares far behind. With just birds, bees - and curious sheep for company, you'll find time to breathe, wonder, and fall in love with the world at your feet. 

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