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Yorkshire Moors

Get out about during your stay in York and visit some of the beautiful tourist spots on the North Yorkshire Moors.

The Moors stretch from The Vale of York and The Vale of Mowbray right across to The Yorkshire Coast.

The Moors are home to The North York Moors Railway. This railway operates in the summer months and visitors can enjoy a ride on a real steam train, whilst viewing some of the fantastic scenery of Pickering [map] and Goathland [map]. This village is, of course, famous for its many appearances in Heartbeat and is a delightful venue for a cream tea and scone in the Goathland tea shop.

The Moors and surrounding areas are home to a number of abbeys. Rievaulx Abbey [map], Fountains Abbey [map], Byland Abbey [map] and Whitby Abbey [map] are all great places to visit and learn about the history of this fascinating area.

If you want to get back to nature a visit to Farndale Daffodils is a must. This valley is on the very edge of The North York Moors. The walk from the car park in Low Mill to the neighbouring hamlet of Church Houses takes about an hour.

The footpath follows the bank of the River Dove upstream, between the steep slopes of Blakey Ridge and Horn Ridge, past a spot where legend has it, two lovers drowned themselves.

A short drive from York is the beautiful smaller city of Ripon [map] and the Prison and Police Museum [map] . This looks at the history of the police, and, in its first floor cells, the conditions in Victorian prisons. The Prison and Police Museum is based at Marygate and is well worth a visit.

At the far end of the Moors we come to the Yorkshire coast and for those looking for a change of scenery the rugged coastline of Whitby [map] and Filey [map] should appeal.

The original Victorian holiday haven of Scarborough [map] is close at hand and is a great place to enjoy a traditional bucket and spade holiday.

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