Things To Do

Things To Do

Autumn evening light on the Bridestones

Credit RJB Photographic


Whatever your interests - cycling, horse riding, golfing, walking or just touring in this glorious countryside - we have it all here - woodlands and heather moors, hills and dales and the delightful east coast towns of Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay and Scarborough only a short distance away. Within a radius of 35 miles a wide range of attractions awaits your discovery.

Walking & The Coast

There are many walks from the front door to nearby villages and onto the moors and dales. We are proud to have been accepted into the North York Moors National Park Walking Friendly intitiative.

Further afield, why not try a whale watching trip from Staithes or Whitby or go on one of the organised boat trips along the coast to see sea birds close up. (It is best to book these in advance as they soon sell out.)

Photo Tracey Philips


There are lots of museums to tell the story of the area nearby. We recommend the Ryedale Folk Museum and the Eden Camp war museum.

The famous North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a few miles away in Pickering.

Steam train on NYMR Credit Colin Carter_NYMNP

Active days out

Go Ape at Dalby Forest and Flamingo Land theme park are nearby for the more energetic.

Go Ape! Dalby Forest Credit Tracey Phillips_NYMNP

Photo: Chris J Parker

Historic buildings

Castle Howard and Rievaulx Abbey are nearby, as are many National Trust and English Heritage sites

Rievaulx Abbey Credit Chris J Parker_NYMNP

Helmsley Walled Garden

Castle Howard Gardens

Chris J Parker_NYMNP

Castle Howard Credit Parker_NYMNP

Scampston Walled Garden

Gardens to visit

There are some beautiful gardens nearby and don't forget the Yorkshire Arboretum (partnered by the Castle Howard Estate and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)

Landscape Features

Visit the Bridestones in Dalby Forest or the beautiful North Yorkshire coast where you can search on the beach for seashells, fossils and jet

Autumn evening light on the Bridestones.Credit RJB Photographic

Dark skies

The two National Park Centres at Sutton Bank and Danby, as well as the Dalby Observatories in Dalby Forest have been named as Dark Sky Discovery Sites (Milky Way class) – so named because the galaxy is often visible to the naked eye from them.

Organised night walks are conducted from Lastingham onto the moors by Large Outdoors  from time to time.