Laura’s Cottage is near to Cropton, a small village that is located on the southern edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. It is an ideal central location for you to access the numerous places to visit in the area.
You can find lots of history and historical places to visit, magnificent scenery in an area of outstanding natural beauty and fantastic coastal resorts with charm, history and plenty for you to do.
In the village of Cropton is the New Inn pub which is the home of the Cropton Brewery. You can take a tour of the brewery and sample the numerous locally brewed ales. Make sure you taste the ‘Scoresby Stout’ and ‘Monkmans Slaughter’ ales. The Stout was voted the best in Great Britain by the Campaign for Real Ale in 2007. The ‘Monkmans Slaughter’ was voted the best strong beer in Great Britain.
There are a number of walks in and around the village but one of the best walks is at the nearby Cawthorne Roman Camps. The North Yorkshire Moors National Park operate this site so there are good car parking facilities. It is possible to take a circular walk around these camps. You can get a leaflet from the Cropton Brewery or the local Tourist Information centres explaining its history. The views over the North Yorkshire Moors from the Cawthorne Roman Camps are sensational.
The Ryedale Folk Museum is situated in the picturesque village of Hutton le Hole. This museum brings to life the history of the North Yorkshire Moors area. Watch out for the numerous events at the museum. The village is a great place to wander around with plenty of shops and tea rooms there. On some Sundays in summer there is a well attended Car Boot Sale.
Pickering is the nearest town. Amongst the attractions in Pickering are the popular North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Take a train trip through beautiful moorland scenery to Goathland (Heartbeat’s Aidensfield) or Grosmont. The Beck Isle Museum, in the centre of town, is a good place to visit. If you have the time try and go to Pickering Castle. Market day is every Monday.
Dalby Forest has an environmentally friendly visitor centre. There are many waymarked forest walks, cycling tracks and the Go Ape attraction.
Helmsley is a popular market town to visit. You can visit the Helmsley Walled Garden, Helmsley Castle, Duncombe Park and lots of top quality shops. Market day is Friday.
North of Helmsley is the village of Rievaulx. It is the home of Rievaulx Abbey, a previous home of Cistercian Monks. Looking over the Abbey is the Rievaulx Terrace and Temples. Visit the Terrace for some great views.
Nunnington Hall is a National Trust property. It is a picturesque Yorkshire manor house. You will find an organic garden and an exciting programme of exhibitions.
Two North Yorkshire Moors National Park properties worth visiting are the Moors Centre at Danby and the information centre at Sutton Bank. There are plenty of local walks at both places. You will find amazing scenic views from Sutton Bank on the White Horse Walk.
The market town of Thirsk has the World of James Herriot attraction.
A couple of popular attractions in the Malton area are the Eden Camp Museum and the Flamingo Land Amusement Park. The Eden Camp will give you a fascinating glimpse of what life was like during the 2nd World War. Flamingo Land will give you the thrills and spills of top class white knuckle rides plus a Zoo with a wide variety of animals from around the world.
Further afield, but within easy driving distance from Laura’s Cottage is Castle Howard and the ancient city of York. You may recognize Castle Howard if you have seen the film Brideshead Revisited. The Castle Howard house and gardens are well worth a visit at all times of the year. York is a very popular day trip. Major attractions include York Minster, National Railway Museum, Castle Museum, Jorvik Viking Centre and York Dungeons.
Why not take a visit to the coastal resorts of Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay. You can travel through “Heartbeat Country” on the way to Whitby. Wander through the cobbled streets and climb the 199 steps to Whitby Abbey. Further down the coast is the quaint fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay. The views over the bay are stunning.
Scarborough is an easy day trip. Visit the Scarborough Castle for a little history or join the crowds in the recently revamped harbour area at the South Bay. Don’t miss the popular Sea Life Centre at the quieter North Bay.
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