The village nestles at the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park just 4 miles north of the A170 road which runs from Scarborough to Thirsk along its southern edge. The village provides peace and relaxation and has much to offer the holidaymaker. It is a place of unique beauty and historic interest. The village website www.lastinghamvillage.org is full of useful information.
Lastingham is a quiet village with fewer than 100 inhabitants and has a charming inn, The Blacksmiths Arms, which serves food and drink every day. It is everything a village pub should be.
Opposite this is the most famous building in the village - the church of St Mary with its ancient crypt built in 1078 as a shrine to St. Cedd and St. Chad. They came from Lindisfarne to found a monastery here in A.D. 654 and St. Cedd is buried beside the altar in the crypt. It is a very peaceful place for contemplation.
Experience England’s history and nature ‘in a nutshell’ in the North York Moors National Park – where peace and beauty rub shoulders with a rich heritage and a warm welcome. The National Park is one of Britain’s treasured places, established in 1952 to protect 554 square miles of moorland, ancient woodland, secluded dales, historic sites and a stunning Jurassic Age coastline. From rolling panoramas and big skies to forests and dales, there’s a sense of peace and tranquillity here that’s hard to beat – and all just 20 miles or so north of York.
Some videos to give you a flavour of the North York Moors National Park
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